The best utopian was Saint-Simon. He had these schemes, these triangular schemes. You know how they Saint-Simonians would get dressed? They dressed with the buttons on the back of their suits. That way, you couldn’t dress yourself. You needed someone to help you. So that’s a wonderful situation, where you are creating communities because you can’t get dressed without them.
AM: Yeah, it came from—and this is so cliched and so stupid—but it came from a trip on LSD that I accidentally took. It wasn’t the trip itself, which was full of ridiculous things like the usual hallucinations, but it was the afterglow of it, which seemed to last three or four months. It was quite profound for me because I was back in London walking around places like Hampstead Heath just at the very height of summer, and at the time I was feeling very strange, eerie sensations coming from nature. I almost had the paranoid feeling that it was looking back into me as I was looking at it and just getting the chills from it for about three or four months. That’s the time period when those songs were written. I was listening to sort of spooky old folk music at the same time. Also, it’s from going running through the woods early in the morning—and when you run you start to lose track of who you are and of yourself and your personality dissolves a bit. You find yourself inhabiting the spaces around you in an imaginary way, if that doesn’t sound too pretentious. The Clientele’s Alasdair MacLean draws inspiration from hangovers and accidental acid trips | Music | Interview | The A.V. Club Madison
Early in a startup, product decisions should be hunch driven. Later on, product decisions should be data driven.
Hunches come from being a power user of the products in your category and from having a long standing obsession about the problem you are solving.
Domain expertise to the point of obsession is highly correlated with the most successful entrepeneurs in our portfolio.
Ideas that most people derided as ridiculous have produced the best outcomes. Don’t do the obvious thing.
Monetization should be native and improve the experience for users. Fred’s Five Rules for Product/Market Fit