I'm Salim Virani. My background is in peer learning and supporting creators. I'm a techie and like to make things that enable people.

Building faster without measuring is like driving faster without looking.
Sep 23, 2011

Every process a startup uses operates at one stage of the feedback loop. But lean startup practices have the effect of optimizing the total time through the loop. Practices that are harmful are the ones that optimize our ability to do just one of the three stages well. For example, you can build much faster if you don't "waste time" measuring. That's like suggesting you can drive faster if you close your eyes and hit the accelerator. It's true, but dangerous. The same is true for departmental structures that work like silos. They may work in large companies, but in startups they're dangerous because they encourage people to improve at their specialized job rather than maximizing learning.

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So, uh, what's happening?

I’ve recently become a Kernel Fellow and am exploring new models for collaboration.

I’ve done a few advisory gigs too - for Polygon, Limechain and Bankless on education and support programs.

About me

Fun crypto projects

  • Cuppa - decentralised collaboration protocol (WIP)
  • Nonfungo - completely on-chain NFT sale notification bot for Discord. (Look ma! No Opensea API!)
  • Powerplays - real-time token launches

Collected practices

  • DAOistry - practices and mindsets from successful blockchain communities
  • Decision Hacks - early-stage startup decisions distilled

Peer Learning work

  • Peer Learning Is - a look at peer learning around the world, and a program design methodology
  • Mentor Impact - approaches used by top-performing startup mentors
  • Source Institute - skunkworks I founded with open peer learning formats and ops guides