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Taha Ashtiani

Searching for EV in the tails.

About me

I am an engineer and founder living in Toronto.
Current interests are Jiu Jitsu, meta-rationality, and LLMs

Principles and Intuition


  • Ship and deliver in small increments and with tight feedback loops.
  • Do things fast. Slow allows for fake work to creep in.
  • Momentum gets people excited.
  • Excitment is scarce.
  • You need systems as scaffolding to get things done.
  • Pick up slack wherever you can – small improvements add up.
  • Don’t build something your users don’t care about.
  • Memos over meetings.

Simple is hard

  • Simple is better than complex.
  • And complex is better than complicated.
  • Practicality beats purity.
  • Deleting code is hard – delete as much as you can.
  • Naming variables is an art.

Mistakes are good

  • You’ll never have all the answers.
  • So you have to f*** around and find out.
  • Seek upside risk.
  • But avoid risk of ruin. Keep enough chips left to bet again.
  • Run low cost and quick experiments.
  • Optimize for expected value of sample information.
  • Don’t overcommit. When you make a mistake cut the losses and try again.

Favorite Blogs


  • hardfloppy.com: Follow Mike for terse one-liners, all things retro, and ai art

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