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Feb 15, 2018
The term knowledge work applies to lots of professions. But some are more knowledge focused than others (see the image ☝️).
Specialists/ professionals (wider) are the best proxy group for knowledge workers: they possess almost the same key features, overlap closely. Selecting a random member of the group, one is practically certain to find a knowledge worker.
As defined by Peter Drucker, in the 1950s, knowledge worker is a "high level employees who apply theoretical and analytical knowledge, acquired through formal education, to develop new products or services".
Knowledge workers make decisions rather than physical items and work with ideas rather than with objects. Work focuses on mental rather than muscle power and is characterised by non-repetitive tasks.
Knowledge Workers is the fastest growing segment of workers: it includes programers, lawyers engineers etc ....
A nine-to-five job is one that you do during normal office hours, for example, a job in a factory or an office. The 5 to 9 in this context refers to life outside work. A product can be only fit into one of the 2 buckets:
It's very hard/imposible for a product to be both.
PS: Squarespace, used the 5 to 9 as a marketing term for going after hours.
Steve Jobs said the computer is a bicycle for the mind. A bicycle is democratic: they are affordable, sustainable, anyone can use them, fix them etc.
But our computers are more like cars, not bicycles: expensive, complex, regulated, hard to fix, enhance etc.
Early software like HyperCard showed us a path where any enthusiasts can make something without the blessing of an elite class vampire billionaires and without having to move to Silicon Valley.
An ad hoc form of expenditure wherein an unhappy worker feels compelled to spend a proportion of their wages on things that allow them to continue to function and work: sugary food, caffeine, alcohol & ‘retail therapy’.
If you don’t like the job you work or the life you are living you will spend more of your disposable income either during work hours or immediately afterwards on things to cheer you up.
This compensatory spending drains your resources, which diminishes your ability to save and thus means you become increasingly stuck in the job. A vicious circle.
Building a startup is like building the plane after it’s taken off. For consumer networks it's vital the plane is working before the hype, because cracks can be fatal: for example Meerkat & Houseparty over-reliance on notification led to their downfall once millions joined.
Avoid hype as much as you can until you feel like you’ve got a product and flywheel that is really working. When your product is ready, your flywheel can spin faster as new users sign-up, and you can retain those users.
.. is a subgenre of SF in a dystopian futuristic setting that tends to focus on a "combination of lowlife & high tech". Unlike traditional SF, cyberpunk focuses on the side-effects of the drug of futurism: evil corporation, pollution, inequality, corruption sustained by amazing tech and gizmos.
The genre spans across many mediums:
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