Who's Matt? Matei Pavel

Calling it procrastination doesn’t help, but this will

Calling it procrastination doesn’t help, but this will

2011 and 2012 were amazing years for me. I started a great company, got to be in the news, appeared on TV, helped shape, from a leading position, an entire industry, met some amazing people along the way and then, at the best possible moment, I sold the company and landed my first real success as an entrepreneur. One year later, to the day, I’m writing this post to address one of my biggest regrets …

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Programmers rejoice: shortcut for your toughest problems! Exclusive insights from airpair’s founder, Jonathon Kresner

Programmers rejoice: shortcut for your toughest problems! Exclusive insights from airpair’s founder, Jonathon Kresner

How do I poll 20 APIs concurrently and stream the results back to the webpage? Should I combine Mongo with Elasticsearch? Why is Sensei DB randomly running out of memory ? What’s a good algorithm for real-time sentiment analysis? Airpair is here to help with all those tough questions by connecting you to expert developers and helping you get things done faster!

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Heavy metal lessons on success! Learn from Helloween, Manowar, Metallica, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden

Heavy metal lessons on success! Learn from Helloween, Manowar, Metallica, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden

I’ve never been a fan of heavy metal. Most of the songs I associated the genre with were too loud and lacked a discernible melody I could hum. They made my brain stop working. A few days ago, a very close friend told me she not only enjoys this music but does her best work while listening to it. At high volume. In her headphones! Her job is not painting dead bodies in a post …

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How to steal someone’s job… and not be a jerk!

How to steal someone’s job… and not be a jerk!

I was having a casual, fun conversation with a friend the other day when, out of the blue, she got all serious, leaned over the table and whispered, as if she was afraid of being spied on: “Matt, I have to ask you a question”. ”I’m all ears”, I replied, intrigued by many different scenarios that were going through my head to justify her tone. “How would you go about stealing someone’s job?” Granted, this was …

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Do you really have to have it?

Do you really have to have it?

We’ve grown up in a world obsessed with money. Humans, as a species, have elected money as their governor. Consumerism and social status Everybody agrees that money is just a means to a goal, but we usually are very bad at defining that goal. We drift for decades, adding little value to our own lives, let alone society as a whole. We see a photo from Tenerife on Facebook and immediately think we need to …

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Patience works, let 5 year olds prove it! [VIDEO]

You can’t wait to <enter dream here>, can you? Waiting isn’t your strong point, is it? Well, see if any of these rings any bells: Overnight success usually takes 10 years Good things come to those who wait “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – Winnie-the-Pooh “He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franknlin “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are …

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Boyd’s cycle: the path to guaranteed success + 6 big companies as evidence

Boyd’s cycle: the path to guaranteed success + 6 big companies as evidence

I know a secret that will make you invincible. It will turn the odds in your favor so that you never ever fail.  Companies like PayPal, Twitter or Instagram all did it and they’re not doing half bad! As tons of other good stuff, the army had it first: Colonel John Boyd and the OODA loop (aka Boyd’s Cycle) “The mad major” – one of his nicknames – was a famous military strategist and officer for …

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