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Kirill Zubovsky

Founder of SmashNotes.com - Y Combinator alum - Living for the moment.

Recent Highlights

How to pitch your startup

A good product in an early stage startup is actually just an agile research tool. Something that can be used to test hypotheses, get closer to the customer, and search for a business model.

Source: https://www.founderscoop.com/2018/dont-pitch-me-your-product

How to sell your book before you write it

How I Made $40,000 Off A Book…Before I Even Published It.

Source: https://compiled.blog/blog/how-i-made-40000-dollars-on-a-book

The Value of Science.
Professor Richard Feynman. 1955

When a scientist doesn’t know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty darn sure of what the result is going to be, he is still in some doubt. We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt.

Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

It is our responsibility to leave the people of the future a free hand. In the impetuous youth of humanity, we can make grave errors that can stunt our growth for a long time. This we will do if we say we have the answers now, so young and ignorant as we are. If we suppress all discussion, all criticism, proclaiming 'This is the answer, my friends; man is saved!' we will doom humanity for a long time to the chains of authority, confined to the limits of our present imagination. It has been done so many times before.

Source: http://calteches.library.caltech.edu/1575/1/Science.pdf

What is a startup?

Going into business is like a hang-glider launch: you'd better do it wholeheartedly, or not at all. The purpose of a company, and a startup especially, is to make money. You can't have divided loyalties.

Source: http://www.paulgraham.com/bronze.html

9 Life Lessons from compedian Tim Minchin

One of the best convocation speaches from someone who has done well for himself, and is not afraid to speak truthfully and honestly about the life that matter.

Source: https://yoo2080.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/it-is-not-hard-to-read-lisp-code/

How to read Lisp code.

Why does Lisp put operators first, unlikely other programming languages that use more typical math notation? That's because lisp is functional, and it uses functional syntax! For example, (1+2) is written as 'The sum of one and two', which is therefore translated as (+ 1 2). Fascinating! So simple, so clever, but so confusing until you understand it.

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