Why are most smaller tech companies most likely to use better technology than far larger, more financed competitors?

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R = Amount of work to replace tech stack, MAU = Monthly Active Users, n = number of employees in a firm.

This is one of my favourite charts. Note — it’s quite long.

After speaking at a panel, I was asked by a lecturer at USYD to share my thoughts on how computer science could be better taught at the university.

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Snapshots of what my university experience has looked like.


I’m studying electrical engineering with a major in computer engineering and neuroscience at the University of Sydney. I’m a subject away from completing my neuroscience degree and I’ve completed about 60% of my engineering degree, with the remaining subjects being electives in computer engineering. I’ve deferred the past 3 semesters (have deferred a total of 4 semesters) and with the way Streamplate has been progressing, I’ll probably drop out to focus on work. …

After receiving feedback about Streamplate’s pitch, we’ve realised a change in sentence structure has unblocked a lot.

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Orb presentation at Fishburners

Last week we pitched Streamplate at Fishburners and learnt how unattractive the term “food-ordering” was to some people. They think it’s a crowded market, a space unable to change because of how well capitalised the incumbents are, and effectively a “dead” market.

So when a venture-capitalist (VC) heard the words “food-ordering”, she admitted to “switching off”. Not good for Streamplate.

We spoke a bit more to this VC and she explained there were other vectors about our idea that we should lead with. …

Notes from the Blue & Gold Army, a TV Pilot called “Flux” that I wrote/directed and a film-project that ended in a lawsuit.

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Post Harlem (L), Canon C300 MKI with CN-E 24mm lens used on Flux (Top-R), Notice of Orders (Bottom-R)

In a few months, I think Streamplate will become sustainable and in doing so, become the first project that I initiated, to sustainably grow. When I say sustainable, I mean I think we’ll be able to secure a few million dollars in investment during 2021 which will finance what’s needed to continue building the App and the Orb. We’re in a bootstrapped/pre-seed stage now.

I realise that the App isn’t even completed nor is it available on Android, but I think part of my job is to think a few months in advance and accordingly adjust the company so its…

The conscious mind adheres to a sense of understanding that’s designed by the subconscious and this has precipitated a magnetism in religions showing a universal demand for spirituality.

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Christopher Anderson — Caracas. Venezuela.

I’m not religious, but I do think there’s value in how religion is a vehicle for a lot of people to become spiritual. And the value of mindfulness that arises from spirituality seems to have been valued across most civilisations. From Abrahamic religions to the Indigenous beliefs in Australia and the pagan ideologies in antiquity, there’s palpable evidence that no matter the time, people have always sought more than just physical sensibility in this life.

The brain normalises itself over time, meaning as we age, the mind settles into a self-reinforcing cycle that can only be described as making us run in circles throughout our life.

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People in the Sun — Edward Hopper

This is an observation I keep noting and I’m going to briefly describe it here.

I’ve always believed that for the majority of the Western world, the two most life-defining events for anyone, excluding birth are;

  1. Getting married,
  2. Securing a mortgage.

This is because of how consequential both of these are. Marriage typically brings with it a host of new fundamental new responsibilities that emerge when a couple begin raising a family. A mortgage forcibly changes what most people will spend most of their waking lives doing — working.

What’s strange about this, is that so much of this traditional…

The virtualisation of the real world is restitching the physical and spiritual states of living to overcome the body’s temporality.

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Trauma Bay — NYT

Consider the following:

For all the human body has offered us, it remains, and always will be the Achilles heel of our livelihood. As the mind ages, our body degrades and while modern medicine has done much to keep us afloat into our 70s, 80s and beyond, there is an inevitability of death that no one can escape. This obsession with avoiding what must happen is founded on the fragility of the human body. …

A lot of pain points throughout the year but we still love building the App and Orb, and are only going to move forward faster in 2021.

One year on and Streamplate has grown exponentially. With nearly 20 team members, a completed App and an Orb ready for manufacturing, we’ve gone through a lot to get here. As the year closes, I spent some time reflecting on what we achieved and what we failed to reach.

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Streamplate App features

It’s worth clarifying some guiding philosophies though that I’ve been adhering to:

  1. Action Creates Opportunity — Doing nothing creates nothing and so even in the face of everything stacked against us, we have to do something to change the odds.
  2. Keep Moving Forward — We’ve had a lot of setbacks, but…

Almost four years ago to the day since I started discussing the Orb, we’re now preparing to build the first 100 units.

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A message to a friend that studied mechatronic engineering.

The first idea for Streamplate was to build a hardware device that projected the menu onto a table. This was going to be a projector that was centred on a table and was nicknamed “The Snowglobe” because it was to be a dome-like structure with a frosted housing.

In that initial message, I sent a document detailing the idea further and included a few drawings.

Here’s a list of companies and artists I’ve taken notes from over the years.

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Apple, SpaceX, South Park Studios, Pixar, McKinsey & Company, Paul Thomas Anderson, Charlie Kaufman, Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West and Dr. Havey Cushing.

Some of these entries relate to the operation used to build amazing products, like Apple with their CEO-centric format, or the focus on in-house development like SpaceX. Others have been able to develop timeless content that is always relevant and boundless in its originality like South Park Studios and Pixar. Part of building products is attracting and developing top-tier talent which I think McKinsey & Co. does as seen in the impressive positions alumni have taken.

Next to the operational aspect of building products, is the idea of building a company that can continuously release amazing products. I think a…

Bryan Jordan

Electrical engineering/Neuroscience at University of Sydney. Aspiring neuro-trauma surgeon with a few software/hardware goals. www.streamplate.com

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