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Where babies come from in Denmark

Published August 31st, 2006 edit replace rm!

Via Boing Boing I rediscovered this fantastic book which we had in kindergarten in Denmark when I was growing up. The copy at hand is in German, but who cares about the text anyway, I learnt everything I know from this book. Oh the memories.

Warning about security update for OSX

Published March 2nd, 2006 edit replace rm!

I dutifully installed the new security update this morning and now Safari has been crashing like crazy. I have of course submitted reports to Apple, so I hope it gets fixed soon. I the meantime maybe I will switch to Camino as my main web browser.

Pavlina's $10,000 hour

Published November 10th, 2005 edit replace rm!

Steve Pavlina has written another great bind twisting piece on changing the way you think about your time outside employment. He says we need stop focusing on our regular hourly rate, but instead focus our attention on those $10,000 hours.

It is really a great way of thinking and it really does make me think. Don’t worry about your time as such, but worry about pursuing those ideas that cause big payoff:

Almost always the $10,000 hour is the result of a great idea. And great ideas can strike at any time. When I get one of those $10,000 candidate ideas, I’ll normally drop everything and implement it right away. If it flops (and usually it does), I’ve lost an hour, but I still learned something. Most of the time it isn’t a total loss. I end up with a lot of $10, $50, and $250 ideas too. But I can afford to endure dozens of those relative flops for the chance to hit just one more $10,000 idea. And when it works, I must say it’s pretty darn nice. How to Earn $10,000 in One Hour

It just makes so much sense. The idea of putting a value on each hour of work is comes from the industrial age and does not make sense with creative types such as entrepreneurs.

Seth Godin on Local Max

Published November 9th, 2005 edit replace rm!

Seth has a fantastic article about Understanding Local Max that should probably be read by all small entrepreneurs.

I is about how you put effort into something and you reach a point where the effort pays off, but eventually starts decreasing. His point is that when you reach what he calls the local max, which is that initial peak and it starts going down hill it really hurts. You should however keep fighting because as points out it will start increasing again and this time by much more. Read the article.

I suppose one way of applying it to someone like myself is that I put the effort in while I had my 9 to 5 after a while there is a limit to what I could do with the amount of effort I had to give so I quit my 9 to 5 and I’m somewhere in the bottom around point C now. Doing something like that is scary for many people, but as Seth points out you have to face C bravely and you will come through.

One point that I think Seth probably meant, but isn’t mentioned specifically is that at some point your Big Max will become the next Local Max and you have to keep at it. Also the Local Max will some times by itself start a downwards trend and you will have to reach for point C.

Famous in recent years Point C’s was Microsofts Internet attack in 1995 (and Live in 2005) and Apple’s (OSX in 2000 and Intel in 2005). Good leaders have to make the often unpopular choice of going to point C.

Last day at my 9 to 5

Published October 31st, 2005 edit replace rm!

So today is my last day at my day job. It will be great to have more time for other things. I have a few things todo this week in the annoying paperwork department, but then again not much so I’m cool.

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My name is Pelle Braendgaard. Pronounce it like Pelé the footballer (no relation). CEO of Notabene where we are building FATF Crypto Travel Rule compliance software.

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