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The Genius and Tragedy of Patrick McKenzie

I. This post outlines Patrick McKenzie - a brilliant technologist and entrepreneur - how he's done such amazing things and learned so much, and why he's getting drastically underpaid and how it's his own fault. This post will be most valuable for technologists who underestimate themselves and undervalue themselves.

II. Hacker News is the best tech community on the internet, and patio11 - Patrick McKenzie - is the best contributor there. I don't even think that's controversial, I think it would be near universally agreed by the HN crowd that Patrick has made as many or more important contributions as anyone.

If you're from Hacker News, you know Patrick already. But for my readers that don't know him, let me give you a quick overview.

III. Patrick is a multi-faceted genius, and I don't throw the word genius around casually.

Patrick McKenzie is many things - he's an expatriate to Japan, he's a talented coder, tester, metrics/split-testing/analytics user, a great writer, extremely modest and helpful. He can recruit people, evaluate talent, and manage people well. He understands ROI very well and is good at purchasing advertising. He's good at customer service. Outsourcing. Automation. Coding. Ecommerce.

High stakes emotional autonomy

On Linus Rylander

A big part of emotional autonomy is to fully accept the world around you as it is, and live in the world as it is, and not as you think it should be.

If you think something should be other than it is, you have some work to do.

My brother let me know about this today. The famous swedish football coach Sven-Göran "Svennis" Eriksson, who used to coach the England national team, just lost about £10MM.

Why? He gave his financial adviser total autonomy to do whatever he wanted. It got invested in a bunch of dumb things, and now Eriksson is practically bankrupt.

And he's blaming it on Samir Khan, his former financial adviser. Full story here.

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