I'm doing an AMA on @IndieHackers.

Drop
some questions in there! Happy to answer anything, esp around building side projects with a full-time job :)

https://t.co/da4Ael9TnE

@IndieHackers My high level plans for Starter Story.
@IndieHackers On almost quitting

cc: @daviswbaer
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer How I find so many businesses to interview
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer On balancing different projects
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer Why I'm working on Pigeon when it would be more rational to put all my time into Starter Story.
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer On the lifestyle change going from full time to free time overnight.
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer Some thoughts about automation.
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer Will a better boss (at your full time job) help you with your side project?
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer Do you ever feel that the journey will be too long and painful, will it ever end?
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer Starter Story revenue breakdown, and my thoughts on sponsors.
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer Is having a newsletter a big deal in reaching/growing your audience?
@IndieHackers @daviswbaer That's it! There are some more responses in there that I didn't screenshot.

https://t.co/da4Ael9TnE

Super fun and rewarding to write all these answers. What I love about this AMA is that it basically outlines a ton of blog posts and YouTube video ideas!

More from Pat Walls

1/ Starter Story September Results

💵 Revenue: $1,737.84
📈 Uniques: 20,205 (Sept)
✉️ Email Subscribers: 2,956

#openstartup

Read more 👇

2/ For all my new followers (will get to that in a sec) I do a revenue & traffic #openstartup report every month for my main side project
https://t.co/nkcmLxsSra

I've been working on this project for nearly a full year.

3/ Biggest thing that happened this month was obviously the 24 hour startup!

I won't talk about it too much in this thread, but after that happened everything just blew up. I'm still trying to catch up on everything and keep my head above water.

4/ All of this craziness sparked a big decision for me.

I QUIT MY JOB! 😁😅

I know it sounds kind of crazy to quit your job over that, but as I was heading into my 1:1 with my manager it just felt like I had to do it. It felt like the right thing to do.

5/ I had planned to grow SS for 6 more months and then quit, but then the 24 hour startup happened and it felt like it was the right moment to quit.

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It's all in French, but if you're up for it you can read:
• Their blog post (lacks the most interesting details):
https://t.co/PHkDcOT1hy
• Their high-level legal decision: https://t.co/hwpiEvjodt
• The full notification: https://t.co/QQB7rfynha

I've read it so you needn't!

Vectaury was collecting geolocation data in order to create profiles (eg. people who often go to this or that type of shop) so as to power ad targeting. They operate through embedded SDKs and ad bidding, making them invisible to users.

The @CNIL notes that profiling based off of geolocation presents particular risks since it reveals people's movements and habits. As risky, the processing requires consent — this will be the heart of their assessment.

Interesting point: they justify the decision in part because of how many people COULD be targeted in this way (rather than how many have — though they note that too). Because it's on a phone, and many have phones, it is considered large-scale processing no matter what.
THREAD: 12 Things Everyone Should Know About IQ

1. IQ is one of the most heritable psychological traits – that is, individual differences in IQ are strongly associated with individual differences in genes (at least in fairly typical modern environments). https://t.co/3XxzW9bxLE


2. The heritability of IQ *increases* from childhood to adulthood. Meanwhile, the effect of the shared environment largely fades away. In other words, when it comes to IQ, nature becomes more important as we get older, nurture less.
https://t.co/UqtS1lpw3n


3. IQ scores have been increasing for the last century or so, a phenomenon known as the Flynn effect. https://t.co/sCZvCst3hw (N ≈ 4 million)

(Note that the Flynn effect shows that IQ isn't 100% genetic; it doesn't show that it's 100% environmental.)


4. IQ predicts many important real world outcomes.

For example, though far from perfect, IQ is the single-best predictor of job performance we have – much better than Emotional Intelligence, the Big Five, Grit, etc. https://t.co/rKUgKDAAVx https://t.co/DWbVI8QSU3


5. Higher IQ is associated with a lower risk of death from most causes, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, most forms of cancer, homicide, suicide, and accident. https://t.co/PJjGNyeQRA (N = 728,160)
The YouTube algorithm that I helped build in 2011 still recommends the flat earth theory by the *hundreds of millions*. This investigation by @RawStory shows some of the real-life consequences of this badly designed AI.


This spring at SxSW, @SusanWojcicki promised "Wikipedia snippets" on debated videos. But they didn't put them on flat earth videos, and instead @YouTube is promoting merchandising such as "NASA lies - Never Trust a Snake". 2/


A few example of flat earth videos that were promoted by YouTube #today:
https://t.co/TumQiX2tlj 3/

https://t.co/uAORIJ5BYX 4/

https://t.co/yOGZ0pLfHG 5/