D-Squared Musings – Week 31

A new video and blog post is up! This week we discussed how to come up with business ideas based on Sahil’s lecture series and book. Sahil is the founder of Gumroad and an inspiration for minimalist entrepreneurs all over the world. 


🐪 Llama 2 is out

  • There’s a good amount of excitement around the new release of Llama 2, but compared to GPT 4.0 it’s still falling short. It’s open source and you’re allowed to use it for commercial purposes as long as you don’t have 700 million daily active users (i.e. TikTok or other true competitors). Here’s a Twitter space recording covering additional details. 

🤖 The AI scouting report – Part 2 and 3

  • Big shoutout to Nathan. He’s put a lot of work into this three-part series all about the history and state of AI today. Anyone interested in getting up to speed on the state of play with AI, I highly recommend taking the time to watch all three parts. 

📲 SCRCPY 2.0

  • In the new video, I published this week, I tried something a little different. I decided to leverage my tablet as an additional screen for drawing and explaining concepts. I came across Srcpy 2.0, which is an open-source way to cast one device to another without any latency. A great little find. Here’s an explainer video


🧘 My $100,000,000 Morning Routine

  • As someone that spends a good amount on their morning routine, I appreciated this perspective from Alex. It was a needed dose of practicality. I like many of you rely on certain parts of my morning routine, but some parts can be removed.  

📋 The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you

  • This was a surprisingly good book. I listened to the audiobook, which wasn’t the best quality, but the content was worth it. When seeking feedback about your product idea or MVP to potential customers you must ask the right questions. It’s not just the question, but the context in which you ask, as well as your preparation and confidence.


🤔 A bizarre Black Mirror-esque result of optimization

  • I’m subscribed to a newsletter from the YouTuber “What I’ve Learned” and in his recent Friday newsletter, there was a strange find. Some streamers have adopted a new way to get viewers to send them money. They’re acting like real-life avatars and reacting to emojis sent repetitively. Just click the link above you’ll understand.