Three Steps to Startup Success (in 15 syllables)

August 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

  1. Own a big problem.
  2. Make measurable progress.
  3. Together.

 

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A Spirited Defense of Consciousness

August 12, 2018 § 1 Comment

Dear Scott,

I finally found some deadlines to force me to¬†put forward an account of consciousness. ūüôā Here it is.

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The 3+1 Model of Consciousness

While rather simplistic, I have found it a useful model for clarifying my own thinking. The key innovation is defining Spirit as “the ability to reflect on our thoughts feelings and desires in order to decide what kind of person we want to be.” I equate Spirit with the interiority of your Ghost in the Quantum Turning Machine, while the boundary of the triangle defines the Digital Abstraction Layer. I sometimes use the terms self-awareness, attitude, and willpower as loose synonyms for Spirit. ¬†I also plan to name you as both Prophet and Chief Skeptic of my newly-formed Cult of the Digital Abstraction Layer!

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How to Print Mac Scientific Posters onto Multiple Sheets of Paper

August 7, 2018 § Leave a comment

There are many ways to create scientific or other large-format posters on the Mac, but printing them out on similar-sized paper at FedEx can cost $100. ¬†If you’re not going for tenure or selling expensive jewelry, here is a low-cost alternative using an ordinary home printer, a few dollars of posterboard. ¬†and the $5 Mindcad Tiler from the Mac App Store.

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Sunday School 2.0: Shark Tank for Spiritual Growth

July 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

The purpose of Sunday School 2.0 is to create an adaptive architecture of participation where everyone can experience what it feels like to be children of God, including:

  1. The Security of unconditional love
  2. Service to those outside
  3. The Struggle to create something worthwhile

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MissionalTrails.app: Pokémon GO Into All The Nations

June 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” —¬†Proverbs 29:18a¬†(KJV)

In our breakout session at the “hope” Kingdom Networking event, Tim Svboda of YWAM SF taught us that “Information creates Vision creates Mobilization creates Transformation.” ¬†In particular, it is incredibly helpful to know the the ratio and distribution of:

  • ¬†ethne:¬†people groups, cultural touch points
  • evangel:¬†churches, seminaries, ministries, etc.

Both at the aggregate “macro” city level for strategic planning, and at the “micro” street level for personal presence and ministry.

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Whole-I-Ness: A New Job to Be Done for Christianity

June 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

In many ways, Western Christianity is now a solution in search of a problem.¬† We are a victim of our own success, having effectively worked ourselves out of a job by eliminating the “pain points” of Judaism, paganism and animism while diffusing most of our benefits into the culture.¬†Like a technology-centric startup, we now find ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to define (or worse, create) problems that need our solution.

The alternative is to go back to the customer discovery phase. Who is our customer? ¬†What are their most important¬†jobs to be done? ¬†What is the “impossible” thing that, if it could be done, would change everything for them?

What is it that the world most needs? Especially from us?

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What is a Technical Co-Founder?

April 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

Most successful startups require¬†both a technical “hacker” and a relational “hustler”¬†to bring them to life.¬† One common pattern is that a “hustler” has access to ideas and potential funding and looks for a “technical co-founder” to join him or her, ¬†through a process often compared to¬†finding a spouse.

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