My name is Mike Soylu. I co-founded Pisano and run its marketing. I also write, tweet and code.
Jul 12, 2019

Mona Lisa

How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: ‘The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.’ This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don’t want this to happen.

— Stanley Kubrick

May 22, 2019


How do we define success?

Scientists observed1 that turtle hunting and spear fishing men in a Meriam community in Australia, experience greater social benefits and reproductive success than shellfish foraging men.

  1. Signalling theory, Wikipedia 

Here's why »
Apr 4, 2019

The Surprising Power Of Inversion

Man muss immer umkehren
— Carl Jacobi

Invert, always invert.

Jacobi believed that the solution of many hard problems could be clarified by re-expressing them in inverse form.

How the greats approach hard problems »
Mar 14, 2019

The Mess We're In

It’s safe to say that today the computing landscape is a mess.

We’ve built our everyday lives around devices that are composed of layers upon layers of abstractions. Each layer depending on — trusting — that nothing underneath has fucked up too badly.

And now for the tricky bit »
Jan 30, 2019

Stop Reading Blogs

Okay I know this sounds crazy but before you dismiss me as a know-it-all millenial who’s trying to be provocative and get some buzz, bare with me — there’s a method to my madness.

Do this instead »
Jan 22, 2019

How To Land A CS Job Fresh Out Of College

I recently shared some tips with Rasmussen College School of Technology on how their computer science students can land their dream job fresh out of college.

My 3 tips for students »
Sep 24, 2018

The Richest One Percent

The richest one percent owns more than the half of the world’s wealth. This statistic seemed unintuitive to me. Why isn’t wealth more evenly distributed? So I decided to make a simple simulation to see what happens when you unleash a free market 🤓

See what happens »