Naval wisdom - Blue Ocean Strategy


Business Philosophy

The Networking Animal, A Twitstorm by Naval Ravikant 7:14 AM - Jun 21, 2017 imagen

1/ Blockchains will replace networks with markets.
2/ Humans are the networked species. The first species to network across genetic boundaries and thus seize the world.
3/ Networks allow us to cooperate when we would otherwise go it alone. And networks allocate the fruits of our cooperation.
4/ Overlapping networks create and organize our society. Physical, digital, and mental roads connecting us all.
5/ Money is a network. Religion is a network. A corporation is a network. Roads are a network. Electricity is a network…
6/ Networks must be organized according to rules. They require Rulers to enforce these rules. Against cheaters.
7/ Networks have “network effects.” Adding a new participant increases the value of the network for all existing participants.
8/ Network effects thus create a winner-take-all dynamic. The leading network tends towards becoming the only network.
9/ And the Rulers of these networks become the most powerful people in society.
10/ Some are run by kings and priests who choose what is money and law, sacred and profane. Rule is closed to outsiders and based on power.
11/ Many are run by corporations. The social network. The search network. The phone or cable network. Closed but initially meritocratic.
12/ Some are run by elites. The university network. The medical network. The banking network. Somewhat open and somewhat meritocratic.
13/ A few are run by the mob. Democracy. The Internet. The commons. Open, but not meritocratic. And very inefficient.
14/ Dictatorships are more efficient in war than democracies. The Internet and physical commons are overloaded with abuse and spam.
15/ The 20th century created a new kind of network - market networks. Open AND meritocratic.
16/ Merit in markets is determined by a commitment of resources. The resource is money, a form of frozen and trade-able time.
17/ The market networks are titans. The credit markets. The stock markets. The commodities markets. The money markets. They break nations.
18/ Market networks work where there is a commitment of money. Otherwise they are just mob networks. The applications are limited.
19/ Until now.
20/ Blockchains are a new invention that allows meritorious participants in an open network to govern without a ruler and without money.
21/They are merit-based, tamper-proof, open, voting systems.

context: Yuval Harari, The Human Web McNeill McNeill, Enlightenment


How to Get Rich (without getting lucky): a Twitstorm by Naval Ravikant - may 31 2018

Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy.

Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you.

Ignore people playing status games. They gain status by attacking people playing wealth creation games.

You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity - a piece of a business - to gain your financial freedom.

You will get rich by giving society what it wants but does not yet know how to get. At scale.

Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people.

The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven’t figured this out yet.

Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.

Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and, above all, integrity.

Don’t partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.

Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.

Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you.

Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.

Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you but will look like work to others.

When specific knowledge is taught, it’s through apprenticeships, not schools.

Specific knowledge is often highly technical or creative. It cannot be outsourced or automated.

Embrace accountability, and take business risks under your own name. Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage.

The most accountable people have singular, public, and risky brands: Oprah, Trump, Kanye, Elon.

“Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand, and I will move the earth.”

Fortunes require leverage. Business leverage comes from capital, people, and products with no marginal cost of replication (code and media).

Capital means money. To raise money, apply your specific knowledge, with accountability, and show resulting good judgment.

Labor means people working for you. It’s the oldest and most fought-over form of leverage. Labor leverage will impress your parents, but don’t waste your life chasing it.

Capital and labor are permissioned leverage. Everyone is chasing capital, but someone has to give it to you. Everyone is trying to lead, but someone has to follow you.

Code and media are permissionless leverage. They’re the leverage behind the newly rich. You can create software and media that works for you while you sleep.

An army of robots is freely available - it’s just packed in data centers for heat and space efficiency. Use it.

If you can’t code, write books and blogs, record videos and podcasts.

Leverage is a force multiplier for your judgement.

Judgement requires experience, but can be built faster by learning foundational skills.

There is no skill called “business.” Avoid business magazines and business classes.

Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.

Reading is faster than listening. Doing is faster than watching.

You should be too busy to “do coffee," while still keeping an uncluttered calendar.

Set and enforce an aspirational personal hourly rate. If fixing a problem will save less than your hourly rate, ignore it. If outsourcing a task will cost less than your hourly rate, outsource it.

Work as hard as you can. Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work.

Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true.

There are no get rich quick schemes. That’s just someone else getting rich off you.

Apply specific knowledge, with leverage, and eventually you will get what you deserve.

When you’re finally wealthy, you’ll realize that it wasn’t what you were seeking in the first place. But that’s for another day.


@MatiasVolco | i like the blue ocean strategy…


but of course not equally for all participants (Ref. The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power
Book by Niall Ferguson )