Last week The Mentor gave me the ultimatum…
“Khai Yin, I think you should stop dicking around with GoodPlace.”
I muttered under my breath, “…wtf?”
“Either build it up quickly, or move on. You’re dragging your feet.”
Given how much traction GoodPlace has (Stuff magazine ranked us just right behind iProperty and PropertyGuru), it still surprises some people when they find out that it’s pretty much a one-man show.
There’s a reason for that.
Archimedes once famously said, “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I shall move the earth.”
I had come to believe that in business, the “lever” comes in the form of technology and automation, not manual labour.
As such, I’m generally not huge on finding a co-founder, or hiring employees. As the late, great Felix Dennis had once quipped, “Overhead walks on two legs.” I like my business lean and nimble.
It shouldn’t be surprising then that I’m a big fan of building automated, tech-based solutions to problems. You may have seen some of these features at the GoodPlace portal. For example, the GoodPlace Walkability Score (which makes it easy for home buyers to compare condominiums in terms of accessibility), is computed automatically with zero intervention needed. It’s a beautiful piece of tech, if I can say so myself.
The GoodPlace Digest, alas, is an entirely manual endeavour. Curating links can be pretty taxing, but the good news is that I’ve found a way to automate the process of researching, collecting, sorting and annotating the links with a few lines of code.
This is the site that you want to bookmark (to be launched in a couple of weeks’ time) –
Does this spell the end of the GoodPlace Digest as we know it? Maybe, maybe not…