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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.

Daily or weekly journal on finance, record of trades etc.

On Ideas in the Making

Well lately, after playing some hearthstone and watching most of mad men (or rather in between doing both) I have managed to squeeze in some time to making my habits work for me. One of the things I've always wanted to do is write daily, or at least three times a week. Sometimes it was hard and I would force myself or write really superficial things or just whatever was on my mind. But after rereading ikigai as well as taking some advice from traders I have decided to try to keep a log and post my goals as far as I can. Most of these posts will consistent solely of me just talking about what it is going on. In no way will the posts be made directed towards an audience, or even, in some cases, expecting one. They will very diary/log/introspective.

Where I am now and current progress:

This year has been amazing, definitely one of the best years of my life. I havent been able to travel international much but some highlights from this year include:

1. Moved colleges and now go to college in California. Absolutely love it here, only part of the northeast i miss is NYC, which I already spent like 20-30 days in this year to compensate. The whether here is just flawless, I have my own place, I live in the city. The only bad part is you need a stupid car to go do anything really interesting, or else spend tons of time. Even with that though, California beats the hell out of the north east for college experience.

2. Made money and invested. I didn't make a lot of money this year, but I made a very decent amount doing some REALLY easy/simplistic, yet somewhat time consuming (but highly flexible/multi-taskable e.g. From my computer) work. The real success though were my investments in Bitcoin and Bitcoin related business. They have pretty much double my net worth on top of what I've made. Pretty crazy.

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