245: TZ Discussion – The Two-Sigma Problem

Justin and Jason talk about bringing on a potential marketing partner for AnyFu, why Justin may buy some Twitter shares, Jason’s investment thesis and why he believes Apple is reverting to the mean, Google’s mystery barges, Jason’s post on teaching kids how to code, Nitrous.io, the audio book Masters of Doom, the movies WarGamesClose Encounters of the Third Kind, and Enders Game, the surprising momentum of the Jason’s posts How to Increase Your Luck Surface Area and Why I Quit Algorithmic Trading to Do Web Startups, motivations for contributing to open source projects, how listener James Jensen taught himself electronics and designed his own circuit board on Upverterdark siliconmemristers, Darpa’s analog computer initiative and spintronicshow IQ doesn’t appear to be set in stone and why watching TV probably doesn’t make you dumberthe Flynn effect and James Flynn’s TED Talk, the relationship of working memory to IQ, how Jason embedded Sandy’s voice into a trading system’s audible alerts, wireless devices powered by ambient backscatter rather than batterieshow US hypocrisy has come to light as a result of the Manning and Snowden revelationscombining mastery learning with the flipped classroom approach and Bloom’s two-sigma problem.

  1. I have a feeling the reason you’re getting less interest in the anyfu partnership is the generally techie nature of the tech zing audience. If you had said, we’re badass marketers, but really need to hand off the technology portion of this product, are there any tech people around? I’d bet you’d get a lot more responses.

    That’s not super useful, but maybe it’d inform future attempts to find someone?

  2. Jason says:

    @James Robert – I think you’re probably right.

  3. nethy says:

    Jason, sounds like you’re a modernist – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_to_materials .

    I liked discussion about mixing tutoring and computer based learning. It sounds right to me. I was an on campus correspondence student too, even in high school. It reminded me of an NPR podcast I listened to recently about computer assisted chess playing. Sounds like a promising path.

  4. Oddly my habits of listening to things are different again to you guys. I cannot listen to anything spoken (lyrics included) when programming, but podcast’s and lectures (my current favourite being Greece and Rome integrated history of the Mediterranean) when closing my eyes makes me sleep instantly.

    Totally with you about the Tron Legacy soundtrack though. The best code I have ever written was to that soundtrack. 100% awesome.

    As for odd posts that generate work, here is mine http://www.boyter.org/decoding-captchas/ I get about one email a week from someone either asking me to write a CAPTCHA decoder for them or from people wanting more information about it. Have not generated much work from it but I do get correspondence with some interesting folks which is always good.

  5. Alfie says:

    I highly recommend the movie Sneakers for Colby, and possibly Hackers (non-nudity edit).

  6. I have to say, I’d love to see you guys break through this barrier with Anyfu. I think it’s one of the most common hurdles that causes tech startups to fail. if you guys break through it and succeed you might well inspire a few more entrepreneurs to keep going.

    Good luck to you!


  7. Another interesting show! Although the first 30 mn sounded a bit like an extended segment of “letters from the dark side”. 😉
    It’s great to hear that AnyFu may become a “trio”. Hope that works out.

  8. Andrea says:

    Fareed Zakaria GPS has an interview with Elon Musk this week.