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Where should the money go?

(This is not a blog. This is a codex - raw, unpolished and brutally frank.) In this codex entry, I'm exploring my thought process around how my company should spend its money at this particular stage - what I can delegate or outsource, what I can't. For a recap, I'm running a services company with one employee (myself). At this time, I don't even have enough in profits to pay myself a salary. Right now, I'm doing every single thing myself. Here are all the things that need to get done: Accounting / bookkeepingSales and direct outreach (emails, phone)Marketing: content…
Aman Agarwal
October 2, 2020
Rambles

Website design for SANPRAM

A great online business needs a great website. The goal: NOT to introduce the company, because based on my marketing strategy, most leads would likely know what we do before they know the company's name. Therefore the goal is to build ON TOP of that trust, and further cement the relationship the reader has with us, and leave a remarkable, lasting impression. It's a good way of establishing the overall brand, and what we believe in. Questions to ask myself How do you build trust and rapport?HonestyCredibility/ExpertiseConsistencyHumour, human connectionWho is the audience?Executives, business leaders, entrepreneurs. Or those who aspire to…
Aman Agarwal
August 14, 2020
Rambles

Rambling About World’s Best Technical Fluency Syllabus

Brainstorm Ramble Aug 4 Learning process:1. Visualize desire/motivation2. Learn high-level components3. Learn lower level components So, start with what the person is trying to do, and then go down the levels of abstraction one by one. In the essay, we start at a very low level of abstraction (how a computer works, kitchen etc), and then build the story of how modern technology works. We also built some intuition around the high-level trade offs. Next, since the goal of the program is to empower the imagination, as well as the ability to understand what people are talking about. And then…
Aman Agarwal
August 4, 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 Agarwal
August 2, 2020
Rambles

Landing Page for Tech Fluency Training

In today's Ramble, I will write out my freerunning thoughts on what my new landing page for the technical fluency program should look like. I believe my target learners are busy executives like myself, so I won't have extremely long copy and fluffy marketing speak. I want to communicate the WHY behind the course, then the HOW, and then the WHAT is least important. I also have to limit the number of learners I can take per month to 5, so I need to make sure the process for getting into the training program is not open to all. My…
Aman Agarwal
July 25, 2020
Rambles

“Minimum Successful Product”

This is a term I've just coined, for my personal projects. It's a good way to see if something is worth doing or not. An MSP is the minimum you need to accomplish, to get the project to a state where even if it plateaus and never grows beyond that, you're pretty happy about the result and are willing to leave it running forever. Link to LinkedIn post: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mngrwl_minimum-successful-product-i-like-to-think-activity-6687924119507492864-DHHI Actually, copying the original post here in case LinkedIn shuts down 10 years later and nobody can find it anymore: MSP is the minimum I would have to build and accomplish,…
Aman Agarwal
July 13, 2020
Rambles

Technical Fluency Course for Non-Engineers

This is a new project/business idea about teaching non-technical people about modern computing technologies in a rapid fashion without learning to code, to build systems thinking and technical fluency which is way more valuable than writing your first 5000 lines of code. Inspiration:Was talking to Taylor Kennon in the gym at 1040 about him getting ripped off by a developer, and offered to explain to him the overall tech ecosystem etc. Prepared a talk about it and gave it in the gym itself a few days later - my first talk was terrible because there wasn't enough time, but it…
Aman Agarwal
July 12, 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 Agarwal
July 12, 2020
Rambles

Audiobook Tool Idea

So I had an idea about how a tool that would allow people to easily record voice versions of their Medium articles, and automatically did the noise removal and balancing etc for them using machine learning. I imagined that most people don't really want to spend all their time doing audio editing, which is why a lot of online articles don't have any audio versions on them. I also imagined that a lot of people would enjoy turning their blog posts into "podcast"-like episodes, but are deterred by all the technical mayhem involved. I feel like recording and hitting "publish"…
Aman Agarwal
May 27, 2020
Rambles

DenseLayers Pre-Launch Refresh

Using this post to think through all assumptions, strategy and technical decisions made so far about DenseLayers. Deploy date is tomorrow. Today is 01May2020, and DenseLayers is ready to release minus a few last-minute changes that I keep making. I am in a state where I keep adding one more feature to make it easy to maintain the website once it is out, so that I can focus exclusively on content creation and marketing for the next several weeks. It is classic scope creep. But in the midst of all the excitement, I need to recollect my thoughts and ideas…
Aman Agarwal
May 2, 2020
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