Applying to Y Combinator

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What is your company going to make?
I have codified the process of evolution for practical use on any mobile browser. Any mix of people, content, work, and goods, can effectively self organize for any activity with the only limitation to thrive being desire to add value. Its like “enterprise resource management” software, except easy to use, and available to anyone. Oh, Castpoints supersedes: GOOGL, AirBnb, WFC, QQQ, EBAY, FB, GS/JPM, LNKD, MA/V, TWTR, UBER, central banks, and politics can because their models are all indirect / vertical. Castpoints is as direct and integrated as mathematically possible, exactly like nature.

Evidence: GOOGL is constantly in a race war with people gaming their ranking algorithm. This is a symptom of indirect valuation. In Castpoints, content is directly rated AND backed with skin in the game. CP’s search results list what has already PROVEN to be valuable to others AND it’s in an integrated context that is useful for more than just content. That can’t be gamed. In fact, nothing can be gamed: crime and lying costs more than its worth.

Founders?
Just me. Many of the best breakthroughs were due to one nutter. Castpoints isn’t the 17th kind of texting service, it’s the biggest paradigm disruptions since the internet. (Next will be Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity.) Some of the most significant inventors were individuals: Guttenberg, Franklin, Edison, Bell, Newcomen, Ford. The Wright Bothers were awesome though!

I’m more interested in being a part of a team then a startup CEO. I have a very clear vision, and that’s where my resources are best applied.

Why Mr Anderson, Why, why do you persist?
I didn’t pick it. It picked me. I stick with it because it has the potential to help 7 billion people thrive.

Castpoints stewards humanity from centralized control to decentralized autonomy. Most people have no concept of what that means beyond a few buzzwords. To me it seems obvious, and incredibly elegant.

People ask for CP every day in many ways. People want to thrive and are sick of govs messing everything up. Why can’t we just wake up with an idea, publicize it, or do it, and make money without a hassle? Why does a creator also have to be a good marketer? If I see a good idea, why can’t I invest in it directly? Why can’t I reply to someone asking for help and if my reply is valuable, easily make money off it?

What’s unique?
(1) Self configuring classifications. Everything has a value and ROI so anything can be compared. (Think about that! If I say method A is better than method B, we can test both for a short period of time at little cost, and the ROI of each is visible in real time. Everything has an ROI, people, methods, roles, events: they can all be evaluated ~accurately.)
(2) Universal money.
(3) Conflict resolution via performance bonds is expert, local, and fast.
(4) Hierarchical relationship roles and communication provide context and reduce info overload.
(5) Scales organically with minuscule overhead.

The initial target group (PTA’s CERT’s) who still use pen and paper. But even high tech groups routinely complain that the available tools (Google groups, etc.) don’t work well for them. At Code For America, we were passing around emails on a piece of paper!

Competitors?
Evolution has no competition, so competition is at the implementation level. The sharing economy is making progress toward aspects of CP, but the only real competition is the gov, and a belief that problems really never are solved. The gov will very likely try to vilify CP to keep people at their teat. I was very concerned about this 5-10 years ago because a majority of people had a crush on gov. That has changed. Also, initially, CP is more like a ledger / escrow service. USD don’t flow through CP initially (actually, its Joules, and ownership).

An initial target market is emergency responders. That market has yet to solve the problem of how to ramp up quickly. Are those volunteers really looters? What are their skills? How do we know? In CP, all resources, including best practices, are already present and known so any situation can be dealt with expertly, immediately, even remotely.
$100,000+ EMS systems don’t compare because they use centralized control.

What have others missed?
The core theoretical issue is that people miss-value things and so make poor decisions allocating resources. CP fixes that for content, goods, and work (tasks / services).
(1) Nowadays, everyone is an expert on “disruptive paradigms”, but then they don’t do anything original. CP does create whole new markets. Big ones.
(2) Most don’t understand how nature works: always aiming to maximize future options. Biomimicry is making inroads, but it’s much simpler to work with specific things rather than systems.
(3) Nature does not have exceptions. If a design does, its incorrect. Most can’t accept that. Example: CP is win-win, so everyone loves advertisers because they always get value from them one way or another. And advertisers always get value too. All without privacy issues. I did not design this to happen. It emerged from the initial conditions.
(4) Centralized control scales poorly. (It starts out win-lose and devolves to lose-lose: war). That’s why reputation has more value than regulations. And contracts more value than laws. Conflict resolution in CP is done by users, not CP.
(5) The classification system must be real time and self adjust to market conditions. Having a centralized team of editors classifying a thing is costly, takes time, is prone to censorship and mistakes, and often culture specific. Using a self modifying non exclusive classification system is simple, but means letting go of control.
(6) Tangible goods and work: Uber, Task Rabbit, eBay, stock markets, LNKD, etc., all do the same thing: match wants and needs. But since they are fragmented, so are reputations, payments, etc. All that’s needed is one abstraction layer to tie them all together. Instead people just copy and paste to a different category.
(7) Intangible content: Twitter and Google lack context and value things indirectly. This results in info overwhelm.
(6+7) Cool emergent properties can’t really manifest until content, goods, and work are integrated.

Initial conditions are simple and always have archetypes in nature. Nodes (work, good), connections (semi permeable membrane), private property (cell), iteration (time), feedback (nerves). The classification system is KEY to tying it all together. It’s how things are able to be localized. An incomplete draft of practical evolution from origin, original mis-take to now: http://wp.me/p4neeB-4Y

How is money made?
A flat fee at the point of sale if the event is paying dividends. Castpoints increases individual productivity by about 25% and group productivity by about 100%. Everyone should be using CP because it’s really hard to compete with those who do use it. So Castpoints will have access to about 40% of world money flows.

How attract users?
Initial marketing is with large semi-organized groups with little money. School phone trees, PTA’s, CERT’s, etc. Their emergency systems are poor. Usually not-for-profits. When talking about safety benefits to parents, they all say, “I want that!” (School shootings are increasing 😦

Other
Overhead is MINISCULE.
(1) Everything in CP is self configuring. We don’t need teams resolving conflicts, nor figuring out categories of items. All that is dynamic based on supply and demand.
(2) Castpoints is a commodity. Once coding is done (hahah) there’s not much to do because:
(3) Data visualizations are via Wolfram Alfa (which is uber cool!).
(4) Just like any other Castpoints event, marketing, much of support, and all conflict resolution is provided by others.
(5) The data base is cloud ready (although a real DBA is needed to fix bottlenecks. But I have done a lot of work to be data base efficient).

CP can scale with ease, with a very small team, cheaply.

Other ideas?
***What could possibly be more universal than the ability to directly use the process of evolution to address almost any issue?***

  • Energy CP allows people to automatically trade energy they produce, and or, buy energy in low use time slots cheaper. Energy now has proxies like CPU cycles, bandwidth. CP handles all that.
  • AI. CP is basically a global brain powered by crowd sourcing and self adapting best practices. The next step after CP is Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity.
  • Robotics How does one effectively manage seemingly autonomous robots and nanobots. Decisions, data, and action on whom and what? CP uses a very simple local model that easily manages all that.
  • Biotech With CP, misuse does not pay and is easy to spot. And since CP stewards high productivity, it’s very hard to compete against it.
  • “Health care” With CP, people simply can’t exploit other people. Right now it pays to have sick people. In CP, preventative modalities can make money and have ROI’s that make decisions crystal clear.
  • Pharmaceuticals People can offer proven drugs, that don’t have to be patented, and still make money.
  • Food & water Some of the most misallocated resources and systems! CP helps systems properly allocate any resource, safely, at the grass root level.
  • Education A joke in the US. We know what to do, just don’t have the will to do it. In CP, everything has an ROI, so any method can be compared. No more arguing: Good methods are self evident. My post on this: “Increase learning and productivity 25% by making things fun” http://wp.me/p4neeB-Q
  • Internet infrastructure CP basically organizes the internet and clarifies content and connections. Many try to “fix” the internet with tech, but that’s not where the problem lies. That’s why there is still spam. CP mainly works with connections, not content.
  • Government CP is the antidote to bureaucracy and will supersede gov.
  • Human augmentation CP helps humans make better individual and group decisions. And helps them interface safely and privately with non humans.
  • VR and AR CP will offer emergent properties in this field.
  • Science CP is partly the scientific method codified. What works grows, what does not work fades. Discussions are based on independently provable facts. Opinions have to be labeled opinions.
  • Transpiration and housing CP integrates the whole sharing and collaborative economy which has already made inroads.
  • One million jobs CP will create 7 billion entrepreneurs whose only limitation is the desire to add (or promote) value.
  • Programming tools I don’t know. The way to find out is to create a CP event called “next programming tools” (you own the shares) and dump a thousand into its dividend fund. Only the best value adders will work on it because only those with high ROI ranks can get ROI for the dividend fund. If you like what they are doing, add in a few more thousand. This is how ideas will be safely and iteratively developed in the future.
  • Hollywood 2.0 Anyone who can add value gets paid. Entertainment making can be totally decentralized with ROI cycles not in years, but in weeks.
  • Diversity CP only cares about the value people can add. So cultures that hate each other can easily coexist within their context.
  • Developing countries Any kind of shipping and any payment are just stipulations on orders with performance bonds. Everything is rather safe because conflict resolution is pre paid and handled by local experts, not CP.
  • Enterprise software Normally defined as helping a group of people work together. CP helps individuals, groups, and groups of groups work together. CP is fractal.
  • Financial services The best currency is ownership in something / someone who provides growth and dividends. This is easily traded when every event (company) offers fractional ownership. An event can also just be 1,000 ounces of gold, or 3,000 acres of timber. So the share price is very stable. CP has reinvented and clarified the whole area of investing. Also, CP is currency agnostic. If a sell order stipulates 100 AUD, but the buyer only has EUR, no problem. An arbitrator automatically helps out.
  • Telecommunications I have no idea. Again, make an event throw some pocket change into and see what happens.
  • What has not been noted is THRIVING. Decision futures markets surprisingly find that people have fun participating. Because people can make many small trials and tests safely, the use of CP is literally therapy.
  • Another thing: the legal system. What a mess. CP fixes the whole thing, and allows best practices to be readily used.
  • Another thing: voting. Another mess. CP’s use of tags makes counting and verifying votes trivially easy and cheap. But actually, “group decision making” will be much different in the near future. Decisions will be the results of fact based discussions with accountability.
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