I'm Salim Virani. I used to design peer learning programs, and these days I'm having fun building stuff.
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.
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.
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.
Choose happiness (2021)
Emotional Vocabulary (2020)
Project portfolios (2020)
The history Of Lean Startup (2016)
Entrepreneurship is craft (2014)