Luis Iván Cuende

I build stuff. Cofounded Stampery.
Forbes 30 Under 30, HackNow winner, former Advisor to the EU.

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Solving the biggest bug in programming

I’m living my 10th year as a programmer. I started just creating free software projects because school was boring, but in the course of these previous years, I have created software used by people, both in the consumer and enterprise environments.

There are a few universal truths about programming, but there’s one that fascinates me the most: No matter how skilled you are, how many people work on it, or how much money you spend on it, software will always be buggy.

When I was working on toy projects that only my parents used (they were my most avid early adopters!) it was OK for them to have bugs. I had a great bug reporting session during dinner, and the bugs didn’t produce losses or got people hurt.

I think the other extreme may be companies such as SpaceX - a bug in their software could cost them multiple billions of dollars.

And I’m sure they have amazing programmers, and having

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The long term

Humans focus too much on the short term.
We don’t fully think the implications of our actions.
While our brains could have a hard time foreseeing the implications of our actions in the next millennia, they can probably foresee their implications in the next century. And we have built tools that may help us overcome that limit.

We know that destroying out planet wouldn’t be wise. We know that reducing the quality of our DNA using toxics and radiation wouldn’t be wise. We know that letting governments control us wouldn’t be wise.
But all that it’s happening. And over multiple generations. Yet we seem to care about a bunch of other ridiculous stuff.

We have the power to impact, to question old constructions, to challenge the status quo. But, as with any desire, it seems to disappear once you have the means to make it a reality.

Some people think I’m crazy for taking risks.
But risking is

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Investing in crypto 101

When I read about Bitcoin in 2009, I didn’t give it much attention. Sometime in the next couple of years I heard about it again, but this time I took the chance to read Satoshi’s paper.

I was amazed, and finally understood what the Bitcoin movement was about. I think this was circa 2012-2013, just after I moved to live on my own.

After reading the paper, I bought some Bitcoins at ~$100. Unfortunately, I was working on my own stuff without any stable source of income, so at one point I had to sell them at ~$150 to pay rent and continue working on my own stuff.

After some months the story repeated - I bought at ~$1000 and sold at more or less the same price.

The point is that I was not a super early adopter in the cryptocurrency space, so I’m not gonna talk about how I bought Bitcoins for cents and sold them for thousands - that didn’t happen.

So, knowing that I missed the first

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The sorry state of the blockchain

Ecosystems are usually characterized by the people inside them. These people define their direction and the rhythm of progress.

Bitcoin was born in 2008 as a response to the problem of trust, in this case in banks, who abused of their power and relentlessly drove us to the crisis we’re still in.

I first got into Bitcoin when it was released in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I actually read the whitepaper and understood the magic (well, the math) behind it.

At that time, Bitcoin was formed by a vibrant community of hackers, anarchists and libertarians extremely passionate about how they could rebuild society and enhance it using technology.

Of course, as everything financial-related, and starting to have more and more media coverage, Bitcoin started to attract outsiders who valued it not because of the positive impact that it could have in future’s society, but just because they

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Distractions and dystopia

(I actually wrote this a year ago, but I just found it in my home directory)

I’m so proud of publishing this post. Not because of the post, not even because I’ll share it to the world.

Just because it took me time to write it.

Quality time, time spent thinking. And not thinking about something concrete, but about something really abstract and more important, my ideas and thoughts.

As I exposed in Subconscius Manipulation, nowadays we are being flooded by ideas, and for some of them we don’t even notice and they mix up with our very owns.

As I said, it is the way it is, and I don’t think it’s easy to change with the educational system we have now.

However, these thoughts that get pushed into our brains subconsciously, can be removed from it. The only action we need to take is to think.

Think about them, see if they match with our values and ideas, and if they don’t, delete them.

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Subconscious Manipulation

I still remember the kind of questions I asked to my parents when I was a child.
Perhaps the most intense period of questioning was between ages 5 and 7.
I once asked my father about the origin of universe.
Obviously, he gave me no convincing answer. I mean, the Big Bang sounded right for a few minutes, until I asked myself “OK, so where did the Big Bang came from?”.
As I found no answer, my interest on physics and that kind of stuff rapidly grew up.

You may think that a child asking about the origin of universe is nonsense. A child doesn’t know a shit about anything!
However, I think the point is not whether you can understand the answer or not, but it is whether you question what is socially marked as unquestionable.

We the humans are social beings. We influence other people and let other people influence us.
That’s really easy to see in high school. Everyone wants to be normal so

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My next stop: Firefox OS

I’ve been working on my own since I was 12.
Firstly it was because I didn’t see the possibility of working on a cool company being so extremely young.
But after a couple years I actually figured out that I loved my lifestyle: I only worked by and for myself.
Every single piece of work I did was mine so I crafted it with love and pure voluntarism. I also learned by myself in a faster and better way because I only focused on reading about the things I cared about.
In the process, I had my first kinda successful project, Asturix. And I discovered what success tasted like. I received some awards, gave a bunch of talks and then finally connected with the startup world, that just 3 years ago wasn’t as bloated as it is now.

Yet I discovered things don’t work only by good intentions. My first startup failed even before having a stable product, my second one didn’t work out as intended and my

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