On seeking meaning beyond metrics
I'd love to work with the browser company just to understand how this approach of feelings unfolds. Super super stoked about this.
Recently, I've been working on a project as an intern at my current company, Swiggy where I always fall back to optimising for thoughts and emotions, but couldn't figure out how.
I'd love to learn your team's approach!🦋 Wooohooooo 🥳
Thank you for this beautiful vision. I'm a fan :) Parquet Court's - Tenderness, would be a perfect sound track to this piece. "But we’ve come to increase time in between ticks, and there is romance in the slow dances, 'cause they're fertile in hush, futile in haste. These are your nerves, this is how they taste."
Looking forward to using your browser and hope it is available soon for Android devices and or laptops run by Microsoft. Unfortunately I don't have an Apple device
"To bring the quirks and edges of life back into software." What a wonderful post -- the first to land in my inbox since I found you via Bloomberg. There are so many realms of enterprise where I see glimmers of differentiation between generating profit (in service of sustainability) and maximizing profit (in service of shareholders). Meaningful ideas can be sustaining and sustainable, often times at the expense of the kind of quick, exponential profitability for which too many entrepreneurial channels are optimized. I really look forward to following along with what you're doing and becoming an early adopter as soon as is possible. I'm sheepishly curious about whether you've considered an annotation interface. I was a massive fan of Rap Genius and and the kind of grounded, thoughtful community that can spring up from in-line analysis and dialogue. Setting aside (very) significant founder personality issues, I think Genius suffered from a related mismatch between the organic economic trajectory of the underlying idea and the incentives of those invested in the enterprise.
Truly a breath of fresh air in times of obsessive number maniacs. Thank you for articulating this deeply resonating vision with us.
Firstly, let me say how refreshing it is to come across a piece that dares to question the Silicon Valley mindset that has been increasingly consumed by metrics and optimization. As a former software engineer, I too realized that the heart of a good product doesn't lie in numbers or KPIs, but in its convenience and intuitive design. It's about creating software that feels as human and personal as a favorite neighborhood restaurant, as you've so eloquently put it.
I recently left my job, driven by a desire to build a team and lead a project that aligns with this perspective. Your essay echoes my sentiments and intentions perfectly. It’s not about creating one-size-fits-all software, but crafting experiences that resonate with individuals on an emotional level. I couldn’t agree more with your notion of software being an extension of the crafts of the past, just another form of creating and making.
I am keen on exploring these ideas further and would welcome any opportunity to discuss your thoughts in more depth. Creating products that celebrate diversity and individuality, that bring soul and humanity back into technology, is precisely the kind of future I wish to build. The idea of optimizing for feelings, rather than figures, resonates deeply with me.
Thank you for your words – they validate a path I'm eager to embark on and prove that there's room in the tech world for feelings, taste, and the human touch.
So how does one optimize for feelings exactly? Are you tracking sentiment or something else?