Transcript: Man, fundraising is truly a psychedelic, beautiful, and awful experience at the same time. I just spoke to someone from a fund and it's got to be like one of the worst video chats I've had with someone in a long time. Her vibes were just so whack from the beginning. She was supposed to be like some follow-up call after I spoke to some VC and he's like, could you speak to this person from my firm? I've got a few questions about the company. He seemed very excited and this seemed to be like a, I don't know, a bean counter from his fund. And we're out of the bat. She was just like in a bad mood, hadn't seen the deck. I wanted her to try out the space-time feature to be in a call and she like wouldn't install a test flight because she's like, I think it'll take a while. And then immediately started asking about like retention numbers and stuff. I'm like, what's the point of talking about this if you don't know what this is and you can't see the bigger picture? And then I lightly snapped because, you know, she's asking these questions. I'm like, listen, the person at your fund, tell me they believe in founders and understand that it's challenging. They, who they want to bet on? Founders. I was like, well, you either believe in founders or you believe in numbers. Which one do you believe in? And she's like, kind of both. And I said, well, anyone can say one believes in founders. It's just like anyone can say I'm a good person. You must do it via demonstration. But anyone can look at numbers and say these numbers are big numbers. So I asked her, what are the numbers you're looking for that check the boxes here? Because I can tell you the answers. You're looking for daily active users, daily retention, weekly retention. I can tell you numbers on prior experiments. I'm not gonna pull up some graphs. I'm not gonna go do a bunch of digging through data. I also don't have access to all of that data. But I know what was working and despite that I'm focusing on a different direction, which I think is more important. Trying to go down the psychedelic portal of what happens when you put a super creative intelligent host into environments that people want to hang out in. Oh, I'm like so sick of these NPCs, man.
Pascal, from Brooklyn, is excited to engage with a new social network and a burrito he just tried. He's currently experiencing winter weather and has consumed a weed gummy before diving into work on the Tanaki app with multiplayer live video features. He plans to get a massage to unwind physically and mentally. Pascal hopes for a feature that enables connection with his audience to avoid feeling isolated and looks forward to interacting with others on the platform.
I had a profound two-hour call with Jordan at 9 a.m., discussing a range of topics including the exciting potential of language models, which he called "word calculators." Jordan and I agreed on the importance of solidifying a good intention to create a compelling demo that deeply explores the vision of our project. We also touched on self-expression and the value of using the platform as a "playground" to honestly express oneself without worrying about the audience. Lastly, we delved into the dynamic nature of intentions and how they evolve over time, along with the idea that AI could support individuals by acting as an executive function override during moments of weakness.
The conversation with Shahrouz left the speaker feeling supported and appreciative, especially with the encouragement received about their capabilities. Shahrouz advised considering a trip to San Francisco to network and potentially find a co-founder, while also suggesting the speaker look into Nicholas Feltron's work for dashboard design inspiration. Emphasis was placed on the critical nature of branding and identity for the project, along with the desire for a hand-built rather than machine-made feel, accepting imperfections for the eventual quality result. The speaker was also motivated to work on building an app with the right feedback loops and entertained the thought of raising funds based on the app's development, finding all the advice very helpful.
Today has been a challenging day, with the speaker feeling overwhelmed by logistical tasks like taxes and job inquiries. They had a productive conversation with Danny but were left feeling aware of the amount of work ahead. They are also pondering ways to make money and considering the potential of experimenting with data and language models. The speaker is interested in the concept of "brain twin" and is curious about using it in a group setting with others, possibly collaborating with someone named John.
AI for Friendship is gaining interest, fueling a creative desire to establish an environment akin to an art studio filled with engaging items. Dave proposed a concept, "14 days of 13 bad posts," to clear out unproductive thoughts, highlighting the importance of community building as seen in Seth Godin's work and the importance of presentation. The tool in question has the potential to be profitable, with the expectation that successful users will share their strategies, thereby encouraging more effective use by others. An idea for a social game revolves around the concept of mutual discovery between participants, with the flexibility for users to engage with the system simply or contribute to its development.
For dinner, the individual enjoyed their leftover salmon with rice, kale salad, and some croutons. They had an intense and productive phone conversation with Ellie where they shared the progress of their work and discussed Ellie's expertise in spreadsheets and data. There's an intention to refine a presentation deck that clearly demonstrates significant value, aiming to implicitly show the potential of over a hundred million dollars without stating it outright. They also touched upon the importance of including social elements in their approach and mentioned their background as a builder in the web 3 space, stressing the significance of decentralized protocols.