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I wanted to try something different so rather than a typical post, I’m instead going to try to connect! So, Hi! I hope you’re well. I’ve been mentoring more startups through a number of formal programs. I’m now a mentor in residence at TechStars and I’m also mentoring a class at Harvard Business School and NYU. So far so good!

How about this election?  Right? I recently dug into the math behind Ranked Choice Voting a new way to elect politicians.  It’s starting to catch on and I’m hoping we run more elections using it. Sadly MA voted against it this year but I’m hoping more states and cities start to adopt it.  

My GPT3 video continued to be really popular so I made a follow-up video on how to get started with GPT2. It’s surprisingly easy and I had a lot of fun learning Google Colab.  GPT3 still has a very long waiting list and I still don’t have access, even after months of waiting. Anyone? Anyone? Who’s got the connection to OpenAI?

I was getting upset about the rantings of GaryVee so I made a video about how it’s not about startup hustle but rather the vector of the direction that you’re going.  Too many startups think it’s about working hard and while, YES you have to work hard… The truth is that it’s far more important that you’re heading in the right direction and you know why you’re going there.

One of the biggest challenges that a number of companies have is selling expensive items. I see this across the companies that I mentor so I made a video on how I sell SaaS products using a technique called BANT

And lastly… I wanted to dig into startup failure, not just startup success so I took a deeper dive into how Quibi managed to raise close to 2 Billion and managed to lose it all. 

Oh. One more thing… I’m starting to play more with Discord. It’s a tool somewhat like Slack but much more open to communities. If you’re interested in joining the HalfIdeas Discord, you can join it here. I may make a video on how it compares with Slack and Teams in the future but that’s for a later date.

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Tesla MCU Upgrade

Tesla is unique because they are both a hardware company and a software company. The main brain of the Tesla car is it’s MCU or media control unit. Up until 2018, the MCU of the Teslas was an NVidea Tegra 3 chipset. In that year Tesla moved to an Intel Chipset and when it did that the new Tesla Model 3 software got a lot faster.

Unfortunately for people who had the older computer the software started to fall behind. Unlike an iPhone that perhaps is easy to upgrade every 2-5 years, it’s much more expensive and complex to upgrade a car. Luckily Tesla recently released a hardware upgrade that essentially replaces the main computer of the Tesla.

Take a look as we upgrade the main brain of a Model S with a new MCU and the Full-Self-Driving computer, the FSD.

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Tesla after two year

After driving an EV for two years there are a number of key takeaways:

  1. Electric car charging infrastructure is getting really good
  2. The range is improving and should serve most people’s daily/yearly needs
  3. Price is coming down and the money saved on maintenance and fuel adds up
  4. Tesla is more of a software company and that sets it apart, they sell a computer/gaming console on wheels
  5. It’s hard to find a better value for FUN in a car