I'm Salim Virani. I used to design peer learning programs, and these days I'm having fun building stuff.

Paralyzed by options
Jan 16, 2015

A few friends seem stuck in that luxurious rut: too many options. It inspired a section for Decision Hacks:

Too many options is a luxury - it’s a type of wealth. But only when you know how to be wealthy. Wealthy people don’t slog among the clothing racks and choose the best among them. They work out what they truely want (often with help) and then have their wishes tailor-made.

When you’re spoiled by choice, it helps to start with what you really want. You’ll likely be able to pick the best parts of each option, and fill in the blanks with something completely new. Not among your first options, but exactly what you wanted.

What am I up to these days?

I’m working on a communication tool for loose community groups and unconference-style interactions. It focuses on individual autonomy rather than top-down coordination.

I recently became a Kernel fellow, where I was exploring models for self-directing communities of care, the history of economic cultural norms, and the connection between mimicry, memes and our sense of belonging.

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

In the past, I designed peer learning programs for Oxford, UCL, Techstars, Microsoft Ventures and The Royal Academy Of Engineering. I also played a role in creating the Lean Startup methodology, and the European startup ecosystem. You can read about this here.

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

Books

  • Peer Learning Is - a broad look at peer learning around the world, and how to design peer learning to outperform traditional education
  • Mentor Impact - researched the practices used by the startup mentors that really make a difference

Collected practices

  • Source Institute - skunkworks I founded with open peer learning formats and ops guides, and our internal guide on decentralised teams
  • DAOistry - practices and mindsets that work in blockchain communities
  • Decision Hacks - early-stage startup decisions distilled