Six principles for making new things

Posted February 19, 2008

I love it when someone writes what I’m thinking about writing. Saves me time.

Paul Graham posted a new essay today entitled ”Six Principles for Making New Things.”

Here’s the juicy bit:

I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, then (f) iterating rapidly.

Read the rest.

To add a few thoughts.

When I think of overlooked problems I think of a bell curve. Most people/companies/countries are average: thinking average thoughts and doing things in an average way. Their average thoughts/actions lead to average results. If you want exceptional results, you have to act and think in ways that are exceptional. Average=dead, the edge is where the action is at.

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Kyle's profile picKyle Mathews lives and works in Seattle building useful things. You should follow him on Twitter. Currently exploring what's next and open to consulting.