Right now, the tech startup game is real hot. Everyone wants to get in on it. If you can just figure out what that photo-sharing app is that everyone will want to use, you could easily net millions of dollars and be rich and happy for life. Then problem I guess, is figuring out what everyone wants. Turns out this is a pretty tough problem in real life, and for every one success there are thousands and thousands of failures (you don’t see these, but they are there).
So, knowing that no matter how brilliant you think you are, the odds are stacked overwhelmingly against you, how can you give yourself a good chance of winning this game? I would like to present two ways.
Many of my friends know that I very often avoid giving out any personal details to anyone when they ask me. Some people never notice (I’ve become pretty good at diverting the questions), some people think it’s weird, and some people actually freak out about it, either because they think I have something to hide, or just because they want what the can’t have.
The reason I do this is not just to fuck with people (although on a separate note, I do sometimes enjoy fucking with people), it’s because my personal details are not important to me having a conversation with anyone. They are so irrelevant, in fact, that they often lead to significantly worse conversations. Let’s go over a few examples of things people ask all the time that I particularly don’t enjoy answering.