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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.

Guest Post: Primer on Late Payments 4

This article is the fourth in my series on how to collect late payments. If you missed articles one, two and three, they covered what I call the Four General Rules to Getting Your Money. You can follow the links back to them here.

[Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3]

Now, on to the next lesson. In the previous article I said that the most important of the four general rules was to --

Stay right on top of the customer’s missed payment deadlines.

It is a surprise to me that 99 times out of 100 people fail to understand why this advice is important and what it actually means.

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