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09.06.2021
the memories of a product manager
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 I read in HBR that post-COVID in US we will have  "more than 140 million people out of work and another 1.6 billion at risk of income loss." Most jobs are lost forever

" Shifting to a skills-focused approach is a viable solution to an evolving workforce dilemma. Workers often don’t realize that the skills they have for one job can be easily transferred to another — nor do employers."

I breathe deeply, and I am trying to describe myself in terms of skills and beliefs

My Beliefs and skillsRetirementWe are all mortals, but this discovery becomes acute after the age of  fifty. Each day is a gift from God. God is under no obligation to give another day. We should treasure this gift and ask how can I make this day more Holly.And  I reject the Shmucks on Silicon Valley who discriminate middle agers and elders ." If you are still alive, it means you have something left to do: The very fact that God has granted a person a single additional day of bodily life means that he has not yet concluded his mission in life, that there is still something for him to achieve in this world. [Lubavitcher Rebbe]"There is no retirement. Does not mean must die on paid job, but means must be useful to the end. How is a person's worth to be measured? If his physical strength has waned while his life experience, sagacity and insight have grown, is this an improvement or a decline?DadaismThe artist is universal, inspiring across any borders. It seeds new thoughts. The word Art and its' unique way to communicate sentiments, does not exist in business. What is Dada?   A video. you must watchIs credibility a sentiment? No is not. Does a piece of art expresses a desire to increase sales?  No it doesn't. PR is designed for 99.99% of people who see only prismatic light. -  the colors of the visible spectrum produced by passing white light through a prism; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.But this is only 0.01% of what it up there. It is this invisible 99.99% Realm is for a minority who can live  moments of clarity, rapture, insight, expanded consciousness, epiphany or even the revelation that allow us to pick the winning numbers in the lotteryFlow or Happiness"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  Aristotle A psychologist with a hard to pronounce name is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi He discovered that people find genuine satisfaction during a state of consciousness called FlowIn this state they are completely absorbed in an activity, especially an activity which involves their creative abilities. During this “optimal experience” they feel “strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities.”In the footsteps of Maslow, Csikszentmihalyi insists that happiness does not simply happen. It must be prepared for and cultivated by each person, by setting challenges that are neither too demanding nor too simple for ones abilities."The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.The impossibility of being objectiveIt is humanly impossible to be completely objective. The Rabbis know that "Every person has a bias of some kind"We may live without an agenda, but we can not live without bias. "Through a mix of nature, nurture and free will, we all possess a certain lens that frames and forms the way we see ourselves, others, and the world  around us.It is simply not possible to erase all traces of our personality, past experiences and deeply held beliefs, no matter how hard we may try.The adopted frame either consciously or unconsciously, deeply impacts the way we perceive reality. This is a personal matrix of understanding is like a personal operating system, through which we construe and contextualize , react and reinforce, interpret and identify every intersection may experience.Based on this  unavoidable subjectivity, we conclude - living positively is a matter of choice, not circumstance - It is not the events of out life that shape us, but the meaning  we assign to these eventsBreakthrough success is mysticalThe Chabad Rebbe said that many individuals cannot commit to a cause based only on systematic thought and reasoned conclusions. The trend has been, instead, to relate to symbols that are less abstract, and more tangible and emotional. I posit that Steve Jobs believed he could lead his followers to his core principles... History has proved that Steve Jobs’s analysis and approach were correct and effective. In other words, the strategy worked – and it continues to work, fueling his mission, even after his passing. Both the Apple followers and others who were initially outsiders began by establishing an emotional bond with Steve’s vision. From that bond, they continued further and further Freelance writer styleI  do NOT  write for Public Relations. I do not write for Google search visibility. I write for people and I care about their sentiments. We don't buy from people who are only geeky. We don't buy because a technology. We buy to satisfy a human need, a passion, a dream, something that make our life easier and more pleasantReadabilityIf people don't read what I write then the whole effort is in vain. My writing must flow, using words any body can understand. I am respectful of my clients, but I defend my right to be meI will update this list over time.Super-EntrepreneursSilicon Valley entrepreneurship consist mostly in adding features to existing products and services. This is a sure passport to insignificance. We need entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Zuckerberg, the Google founders. We need an increase supply of entrepreneurs who start from scratch, doing everything upside down, like the dadaists
09.11.2020
the memories of a product manager
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Why this post? I have in mind something I received from the invisible world described by Kabbalah. I feel a sense of fulfillment . I 0nly have a handful of readers who understand,This is essential to understand the Super Entrepreneurship the creation to 0 to 1 products described by Peter ThielKabbalahThis picture of Kabballah describes the ten dimension of the world. The Upper World are the six sefirot  4, 5,  6, 7, 8 and  9 who underwent a sudden contraction to create our Universe.Now only ten sefirot? Why not 15 or 20? Because two thousands years later. The String Theory calculated that the number of dimensions to make it work is 10. It's eerie how the magic numbers of physics and the unified field theory are found in KabbalahEndless Fulfilment and HappinessAll this knowledge. modern Kabbalists synthetized and brought it a level of understanding to more people to achieve the purpose of life and the birthright of humanity. This is happiness.The Upper World is the 99%  realm we touch in one of those rare moments of "clarity, insight, expanded consciousness, epiphany and even the revelation that allow us to pick the winning numbers in the lottery."This is when your heart beats like a drum  and something overwhelms you. Whenever you have felt happiness , tranquility, inner peace, and feel able to conquer anything, you were touching one of the ten sefirot.Plato wrote about the timeless world of ideas and formsThe Greek philosopher  uses the word :"ideas" to replace the word "sefirot" that exist beyond the physical world of the five sensesSir Isaac Newton Isaac Newton’s notes on the existence of God  1710From his theological manuscripts in Trinity College in Cambridge Plato, travelling to Egypt when the Jews were numerous in that country, learned there his metaphysical opinions about the superior beings and formal causes of all things, which he calls Ideas and which the Kabbalists called SefirotWhere is God  when we need Him most? How many times why it is so hard to connect with our Creator? The key answer is knowing how to connect ourselves to the Upper World, also known as the 99 Percent Realm.ConclusionIt is very hard to connect with the Upper World and get a glimpse, Yet there is no greater happiness and sense of fulfillment in lifeDadaism tries to do everything contrary to what has been done before. The future of Silicon Valley is to have geniuses who are aware of the 99% Realm.I am very serious. we can cultivate this happines
01.11.2020
the memories of a product manager
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These are quotes extracted frrom my blogsWhen things don't work out

Relax. Even if it’s all your fault and you deserve everything you’re getting, trust in G‑d that it is all for the good, and stay calm.

Is that fair?  Yes. Because trust in G-d transforms you into an entirely different person, no longer the person who deserved the past.

Al reveals what we think we knowThe danger of having artificially intelligent machines do our bidding is that we might not be careful enough about what we wish for. The lines of code that animate these machines will inevitably lack nuance, forget to spell out caveats, and end up giving AI systems goals and incentives that don’t align with our true preferences. Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom in 2003 imagined a superintelligent robot, programmed with the seemingly innocuous goal of manufacturing paper clips. The robot eventually turns the whole world into a giant paper clip factory. Humans often don’t know what goals to give our AI systems, because we don’t know what we really want. Human Optimized AI -Rational wayStuart Russell, a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, gave a TED talk on the dangers of AI in 2017.The machine’s only objective is to maximize the realization of human preferences.The machine is initially uncertain about what those preferences are.The ultimate source of information about human preferences is human behavior.Yuval Noah Harari Harari,  21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyThe danger is that if we invest too much in developing AI and too little in developing human consciousness, the very sophisticated artificial intelligence of computers might only serve to empower the natural stupidity of humans.For every dollar and every minute we invest in improving artificial intelligence, it would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in advancing human consciousness. Unfortunately, at present we are not doing much in the way of research into human consciousness and ways to develop it.The Rabbis know that "Every person has a bias of some kind"It is simply not possible to erase all traces of our personality, past experiences and deeply held beliefs, no matter how hard we may try.AI and HumansMany see the AI as a buttons we press to do the thinking and bring us satisfaction without any efforts from us. The female G-spot was first identified by German researcher Ernst Gräfenberg in the 1940s. Touching the G-Spot automatically creates intense orgasms.  No need of brain participationhumans are similar to other domesticated animals. We have bred docile cows that produce enormous amounts of milk but are otherwise far inferior to their wild ancestors. They are less agile, less curious, and less resourceful.We are now creating tame humans that produce enormous amounts of data and function as very efficient chips in a huge data-processing mechanism, but these data-cows hardly maximize the human potential.Kabbala and Humans It is not mysticism. It is an art.  The entrepreneurship must produce 0 to 1 products. The 0-to-1 products, just because are zero-to-one products, are not going to succeed automatically by dabbling with functionality. We need to convey emotion and create habits. But emotion for whom, if we do not know yet who are the the people who will become users? We to do some customer development, outside and inside the group of users the founders thought are the market. We want to offer a service, an R processing service when many compute resources beyond the laptop are needed. This service must be a 0 to 1 service product must be 10x better than the competition. However there is no definition of 10x or a methodology of how to calculate it. Simply, Peter Theil recommends we should think by ourselves, and NOT parroting what a book, any book,  says .What 10X better means?It means being easier to use than other product / service on the market, by far. From Quora social network, this is a reply to the question : "How do you know if your startup idea already exists?This is just a presentation gimmick. It shows how well domesticated super-entrepreneur make boring products and destroy the Spirit of Silicon ValleyFrank Gehry thoughtFor me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did. And I get the sweats. I go in and start working, I'm not sure where I'm going. If I knew where I was going I wouldn't do it. Frank Gehry
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