Michael Aufreiter

@michael
Interested in what people really think and giving them a safe space to express it.
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Joined on Apr 12, 2021
Michael Aufreiter

Marketing Ken?

“Where people leave an expression, not an impression.” That is how I want users to think of Ken. It leaves me with a challenge: I am not searching for many but the right people to join Ken in its early days. Who are the right people? People who want to share their minds with no agenda. I can only sp…
Sep 11
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Michael Aufreiter

How to share my first experience on Ken?

I’d like to share my experience with sharing my own experiences on Ken. I hope you’ll find it helpful and inspiring. To find a new topic I usually take a couple of minutes to become aware of a question that’s been on my mind lately. Then I pick the question I’m most curious about. Sometimes not a qu…
Sep 5
Ken
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Michael Aufreiter

Who are algorithms working for?

I joined Twitter in 2007. And I loved it. At that time there were around 5,000 tweets a day. On the entire platform! I followed a bunch of nerds that had more interesting things to say than my university professors. Back then, my Twitter timeline was easy to consume. There were about 5-20 new Tweets…
Sep 4
Ken
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Michael Aufreiter

DJ software made progress while I was away

I learned to mix the old school way. As soon as I could afford it, I bought two Technics 1210 turntables and the Pioneer DJM 500 mixer. That’s been my setup since the early 2000s. I gave DJ software a try several times, but was never happy. I was frustrated with the crappy UX, and it wasn’t fun to c…
Aug 31
Music
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Michael Aufreiter

A space to express, not impress?

A couple of weeks ago I talked with Valentin, who is supporting me while developing the next version of my writing platform. He asked me: “How do you measure success for Ken?” An excellent question, and one I’ve been pondering about in the past few weeks. While doing so, a more fundamental question …
Aug 28
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Michael Aufreiter

Who am I writing for?

There’s always something on my mind. A question about life, an idea or a decision that is due. Lots of thoughts come with it. They are blurry, and they often confuse me. Writing things down, like I do right now, helps me seeing what’s beyond the clouds in my head. It forces me to articulate my thoug…
Jul 26
Writing
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Michael Aufreiter

Owning my content?

When I talked with Marius Schober a few days ago, he told me that he wouldn’t trust any platform to host his writing. Because he could never be sure that they didn’t change their terms one day, affecting his work. I definitely share this desire, which to me boils down to these points: What I publish…
Jun 28
Ken
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Michael Aufreiter

If freedom is an illusion, what remains?

Is there free will? This is a question that philosophers have been asking for thousands of years and that remains unsolved. In this text I’d like to document a thought experiment of mine: Assuming it is true that I don’t have free will, what am I left with? To this point freedom has been a great val…
Michael Aufreiter

Infrastructure (not only) as code?

I’m more the visual type of guy. When it comes to deploying my app to the cloud, I prefer to “see” what’s happening. I want to change a setting, hit a button and see the changes be applied in seconds. But I know there are other types of engineers (one is sitting across from me in my office), who’d n…
Feb 3
Code
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Michael Aufreiter

Should I take a vaccine?

For illustration, let’s assume there’s a pandemic of a new contagious disease, called Superflu. I love the peanut butter analogy from Sam Harris’ podcast episode “What we have learned from the pandemic?” It helps me to take out the emotions I have towards needles and drugs. Let’s assume this: A big …
Jan 30
Health
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Michael Aufreiter

How to save my startup?

In mid 2020 I started pursuing a dream project of mine. I’ve always been fascinated by knowledge transfer through good writing. I’ve worked in academia for about a decade, but I was frustrated with how slow and bureaucratic the publishing process there was. As a small team we built Ken, an exchange …
Jan 23
Ken
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Michael Aufreiter

Write without sounding bossy?

All online articles are opinions. Whether they are aware of it or not, authors present their view of a subject. Yet often they are trying to sell it as a truth, unconsciously. I’m guilty of having done that myself, many times. But who am I to claim a universal truth from my observations? And no, cit…
Jan 23
Writing
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Michael Aufreiter

Online Plattform entwickeln?

Du hast eine vielversprechende Idee für ein Online-Business und möchtest schnell heraus finden, ob sie auch in der Praxis etwas taugt? Ich kann dir dabei helfen. Ich bin Michael, 37. Seit ich 15 bin entwickle ich Webseiten. Genauer gesagt komplette Online-Plattformen mit Datenbank und allem was sons…
Nov 5, 2021
Technology
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