Last week, Marco Arment launched a new product on HN, Overcast - An iPhone app that makes listening to podcasts much easier (and more fun).

There was a lot of productive discussion which made me realize that I need to give podcasts a serious chance. Given that I would be travelling soon, I went ahead, downloaded the most popular podcast app for Android and added a couple of feeds (thanks to this HN thread for recommendations).

For the next 8 hours, I was completely tuned into talks by speakers on Stanford Enterprenuership Thought Leader series, highly entertaining discussions by Radiolab and interesting interviews on Software Engineering Radio. There’s one ETL talk that I particularly liked and wanted to write it down so that I don’t forget the lessons.

Heidi Roizen talks about a list of ten things that she learnt from her experience as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. The talk is awesome, I highly recommend you to give it a listen.

Ten Things

  1. If you’re not doing something hard you’re wasting your time.
  2. Don’t compromise on ethics.
  3. Trust your gut.
  4. Most important thing you will do as an entrepreneur is pick your team.
  5. The art of negotiation is finding maximal intersection of mutual need.
  6. The key to happiness to lower your expectations. Expect life to be messy.
  7. Its not how many times you fall down but how you many times you get up. If you fall down and stay down, you’ll be that way for the rest of your life.
  8. Allow for randomness in life - a lot of good things will happen to you.
  9. If you ask people that in the last 5 years what is the worst thing that happened to you and what is the best thing that happened to you - for many people they are the same thing.
  10. The 20-40-60 rule: At 20, you’re constantly worrying what other people think of you, at 40 you say that you’re not going to give a damn of what other people think of you and at 60 you come to realize that no one’s actually thinking of you. In reality: No one is actually thinking about you.

See the full talk here