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How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist : Part 2

This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.

Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.

In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.

inspiration: angelo sotira, ceo of deviantART

On The Elated Parrot

Angelo Sotira and me

yesterday, i met angelo sotira, the ceo of deviantART. he was speaking at the "office hours" stage at LAUNCH Festival here in SF.

he talked about a lot of things. here are some takeaways.

the coolest thing about angelo is that he's found what he loves to do: running an online community. he wants to do it for the rest of his life.

i've had opportunities to do the same. cybiko community. google community. invision plus. but each had a lifecycle of about 4 years, give or take. the community was specifically tied to a thing that waned in popularity. cybiko was a commercial failure and faded away. google had their IPO.. and then eventually launched their own product forums. invision plus was mostly foreign language boards and it was hard to relate culturally. i grew tired of it. the phase ended. my interest waned. they weren't a good fit.

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