Daniel Iversen's blog – just some links and opinions..

Intro to the YC Seed Deck 

Demo Day for our Winter 2018 batch is a week from today. We’re largely focused on preparing companies for their on-stage presentations, but are also working…

March 13th, 2018.

How to Design a Better Pitch Deck 

The following is an adaption of a presentation I give to YC startups before we have them create their presentation slide decks for Demo Day. Here’s how to make…

March 13th, 2018.

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling | Aerogramme Writers’ Studio 

Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling were originally tweeted by Emma Coats , Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what…

March 12th, 2018.

How we built for less than $1 a month on AWS 

The details of running a complex ticket ranking site for under a dollar a month on AWS Ok not quite $1… After the free-tier expires it will be less than $5,…

March 2nd, 2018.

Are you in your write mind? How to overcome writer’s block 

That big presentation, report, or assignment isn’t going to write itself. And yet, you feel compelled to finish every non-essential task on your to-do list…

February 26th, 2018.

Ellen Langer: Mindfulness over matter – YouTube 


October 17th, 2017.

Cryptocurrency mining affects over 500 million people. And they have no idea it is happening. 

This autumn the news spread that some websites had been making money by mining cryptocurrencies in their users’ browsers. We have been among the first to add…

October 14th, 2017.

YC’s Essential Startup Advice 

A lot of the advice we give startups is tactical; meant to be helpful on a day to day or week to week basis. But some advice is more fundamental. We’ve…

September 26th, 2017.

The power of a ‘not-to-do’ list 

Money Don’t copy Bill Gates to get rich Hitting the big time may have little to do with skill and perseverance Money Wealth

September 24th, 2017.

Want to get more done? Take a break from the office. | Drop Everything 

1. At home Your home may be the most natural choice for a day of focus. Chances are, you have Wi-Fi and a comfortable spot to work, and there’s no chance for…

September 14th, 2017.

Manager checklist 

Talk about what they are doing well and what they could improve. You can concentrate on their ongoing work and collaborations with other people. Here’s a good…

September 12th, 2017.

Hello, Designer? Would you tell me about your project? 

Dear Designer, drop the Pantone, drop the graphics tablet and ring a friend telling him about your new project. If you can explain it with words, then it will…

August 29th, 2017.

4 Things That Set Successful CEOs Apart 

In Brief The Problem Too many CEOs fail at their jobs. From 2000 to 2013, 25% of the Fortune 500 chief executives who left their firms were forced out. The…

August 5th, 2017.

The Evolution of Code Deploys at Reddit 

Neil Williams & Saurabh Sharma u/spladug & u/foklepoint We’re constantly deploying code at Reddit . Every engineer writes code, gets it reviewed, checks it in,…

August 1st, 2017.

Must read article on how our lives will change dramatically in 20 years by CEO of Mercedes. 

In a recent interview, the MD of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple,…

July 26th, 2017.

Reverse Engineering A Successful Lifestyle Business: Here’s Everything I’ve Learned From Reading 

Lifestyle business are truly something remarkable . They allow the founders to live life on their own terms, with much more freedom from societal constraints.…

July 20th, 2017.

My Curated List of AI and Machine Learning Resources from Around the Web 

When I was writing books on networking and programming topics in the early 2000s, the web was a good, but an incomplete resource. Blogging had started to take…

July 14th, 2017.

Talks are Entertainment – 

Talks are Entertainment I think a common interpretation of a conference talk is that you’re going to get up on stage and elevate the craftsmanship and knowledge…

June 9th, 2017.

Design principle: IKEA effect – UX Planet 

The IKEA effect is a cognitive bias that can influence the outcome and perceived value of products to a big degree. People tend to place high value on products…

May 21st, 2017.

Warren Buffett’s “20 Slot” Rule: How to Simplify Your Life 

Charlie Munger settled into his seat in front of the crowd at the University of Southern California. It was 1994 and Munger had spent the last 20 years working…

May 20th, 2017.