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Miscellanous

Revisited: An Entrepreneur’s Routine

The last time I discussed this topic was in August 2020: https://aman-agarwal.com/2020/08/25/getting-into-a-routine-as-a-solo-entrepreneur/ What Happened It seems like stress, productivity, procrastination and discipline are all intensely interconnected. Over the last 13 months, I've been through many stages of crippling stress and procrastination, when I also felt very unproductive. At the same time, I've also made some terrific changes in my life that I can't take for granted: Had a 132 day unbroken streak of Chinese reading on LingQNoFap streak unbroken (and still ongoing) for 148 days straight. I never thought I could have achieved this, without the help of certain friends…
Aman Y. Agarwal
October 12, 2021
Miscellanous

Educational Resources for Employees

I wonder how I could provide my team with the training they need. Major areas: Negotiation and collaborationJob-related skills and knowledgeThings that would accelerate their career in generalPersonal growth and well-being Negotiation Black Swan method by Chris Voss. The most effective I've found yet. Ship a copy of the book to every new team member and see if they learned anything from it. Also the Vimeo uploads by this user: https://vimeo.com/user104273425 Things that accelerate their career in general Writing good emails. Speaking more clearly. Sales and marketing. I can share with them: The 10-day MBAEbooks that changed my life and…
Aman Y. Agarwal
May 3, 2021
Miscellanous

Hiring Philosophy

It's been a while since I wrote in this codex. I've been interviewing candidates for SANPRAM, and it's a little overwhelming. One of my core principles in recruiting is to root for their success. It has helped me receive consistently good feedback from them that it's the best recruitment process they've ever been through. But on the flip side, rooting for everyone's success means now I have too many candidates I'd love to somehow fit into my team at SANPRAM. I've grown somewhat attached to them! Naturally, it's not fair to them or to me to hire people who aren't…
Aman Y. Agarwal
May 3, 2021
Miscellanous

Brainstorming Job Descriptions

SANPRAM needs its first recruiting page. Let's chart out what the page will look like. Hiring Philosophy Trust is foremostRoot for their successLook for students of their craft - the very best way to see if someone's really fit for a role or not.Hire happy people - no complainersBe welcoming to everyone Audience People who want to try something unique, adventurousMotivated to learn new things and succeedMay be frustrated with job/internship hunting (not sure what they're good for, ignored/ghosted by recruiters, impostor syndrome, submitting resumes etc)Want to be given a chance, responsibilityWant to do great workHeart of a teacherEnjoys reading?…
Aman Y. Agarwal
February 6, 2021
Miscellanous

Brainstorming the careers page

Goals Attract people who are students of their tradePeople who want to try new thingsPeople who are nice and honestPeople who want to make a markGood communication skills What we can offer to such people Ownership and freedom to experimentBeing recognized and celebratedSupportive team and clean cultureVariety of workAbility to hone their craft What candidates may be concerned about Not knowing if they're good or notNot knowing if they'll get selectedTired of applying and not hearing back? Structure Build trust, be remarkable, be encouraging What does every internship post do? Show how cool the company isTalk about the competitive naturePromise…
Aman Y. Agarwal
February 1, 2021
Miscellanous

The Eccentric CEO Page

Goals of the page: Establish the brand of SANPRAM and myselfGet guests excited about being on the podcast/showGet listeners excited about tuning in Don't just make it like an Anchor webpage - give it more personality! The page should have more things than the average podcast page. Like a description and what makes it unique. Without useful stuff, nobody will remember it! Who is the target guest/customer? A true student of businessEnjoys discussing and sharing knowledgeNot very shyHas a good sense of humorWants to learn and get better.Willing to invest in themselves and their company.A "promising" CEO Accusation audit: There…
Aman Y. Agarwal
December 23, 2020
MiscellanousReflections

Film and TV business Codex Entry

(This is not a blog. It's a codex - raw, unpolished and brutally frank.) A lot of changes happening. Business models are changing, therefore lots of opportunities. The data is pointing towards starting a distribution company that also does production, instead of a production company that also does distribution. Using this codex entry to save all the ideas in my head right now. Free digital distribution has very low margin: Ads are NOT effective for monetizing online. Look at YouTube's monetization:https://onezero.medium.com/this-is-how-much-youtube-paid-me-for-my-1-000-000-viewed-video-1453cad73847$1000 from 3 million viewers. So if you make a movie for a million dollars, ad revenue will not break…
Aman Y. Agarwal
October 17, 2020
Miscellanous

The urge is real. What can I do?

(A splash page that pops up at 10 PM every night, to help me go to sleep early) I want to keep watching the video at night, keep scrolling the social media site, or keep browsing that website. The urge and inertial are too great. I want to indulge because I'm in the mood - after all, what is life without some joy? It's completely fine. I accept these urges. These sensations in my mind and body want me to feel happy, and I am grateful. Think about how you'd feel the next morning. Think about the books you could…
Aman Y. Agarwal
October 1, 2020
MiscellanousRambles

Don’t be too rational, be skeptic of the Arithmocracy

Watched some more talks by Rory Sutherland today, and as always they are amazing. Took notes. - People with data and numbers tend to control conversations and win arguments, because most people like certainty. Usually nobody gets fired for being rational, and most people are terrified of looking silly and stupid. - The problem with using "data" to guide every decision with rigorous rationality, is that your models of the world are wrong. You will never have enough information to accurately capture how humans work. - Any metric that becomes a target, ceases to become a useful metric. When companies…
Aman Y. Agarwal
August 2, 2020
MiscellanousRambles

What does failure for DenseLayers look like?

Nobody wants to read my essays about papers on Medium.Nobody wants to discuss papers on DenseLayers.DenseLayers gets sued and forced to shut down or escape.Site is never able to scale, and becomes/remains a niche community or fancy blog.Site gets hacked.Becomes community of spammers, haters and bots. Questions Which ones are realistic? All of themWhat can be easily/mostly avoided? 3,5,6What is the Minimum Successful Product? A site that has a new cool paper from DRL every month or so, with my comments. Essentially a community that only includes myself.Am I okay with minimum success? Yes.
Aman Y. Agarwal
July 12, 2020
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