Alamother's Day

sunlit iridescent hair
adventure bread that isn’t there
songs we almost learned to sing
a grass stained knee to lift a ring

Converse momma bleaches white, 
conversing lightly, since last night
what’s left to say? Let’s say we trade
an embrace for a serenade.

Batch, Please!

ALUMNI DEMO DAY, YC W16

Feeling and not feeling some type of way
about start ups in an every more crowded ecosphincter

Nervous schizo looking founders reciting memorized boiler plate
On stage, getting into the zen of it.

and boom:

NURx is the fastest way to get birth control
ethics of birth control? you take a pill each day
or I rap up in plastic, the moment of slay
99%+ HIV protection is hard to portray

MAGICbus was my ride in
slides are simple, coordinating this morning was a nightmare
the bus ride was magical, with two good friends, cruising the 280
the math that says their market is 2x Uber is truly… magic

how are people paying in Nigeria?
$150B is changing hands, in cash, in person
with Paystack, this comes online
“our team is very solid”

Fouad was using Tovala, now his chicken is better
cooking that forbidden rice, it comes out just right
Every. Single. Time.
$235k sales on Kickstarter, But it’s no miku.
The ovens are a Trojan horse, so
competes with NURX?
bar code scan it in for microwave safe sex.

He’s up on Stilts
Leaning on a loan
Like me, he had no credit history
Immigrants need money, $435k out, $67k back so far

Gecko climbing up a wall
who’s compliant of them all?
Robots find their way to see
The rust within the industry

In India small farms own the market
Kisan is the spark to disrupt
a rickety village cart
to an iPhone screen

OutSchool guys are an experienced bunch
with a classy approach that says “let’s go get brunch”
they care about learning, and that’s mad respect
but how about the business aspect?

Drought for the farmers for 500 Million,
World Cover is insurance that can make us all billions
when drought hits they pay out, and cover the loss
7.5k have checked “Yes” to their TOS

Zene… fist? Zenesys. Zenysis
“a dashboard for running countries”
when you need aggregate data
the sleepy poet slogs on, droopy eyed.

Remember those porn chat bots on AIM they used to have?
ASL. ASL. The stats for these chat bots are THAT HOT
1M Daily active users of 130k bots on Chatfuel
People live in messengers, let’s make more of it. I want to use it.

On the chat tack, Mailtime makes email into a chat
This is a good idea, China version has become huge
Integrating with a chat app that has 200M+ users in 中国
100k+ DAU and won an AppStore Award

Varden has a self driving golf cart, sitting in the parking lot
It’s cute yo, a little buggy
went live at Sacremento State University
with no casualties! Oh, except the jobs it eliminates.

Stitch, and still, not one woman has been among the founders
Slack is good but for some it lacks
If you work in healthcare, Stitch is like crack
Doctors don’t even work anymore, they spend 8hrs a day on Stitch

Cover has you covered. In red.
Take some photos, burn your house down
make insurance claims
it’s that easy.

And finally, we have a female founder, the undeniable Mackenzie
Downtime is bad. Is sleeping ok?
Redspread makes deploys less error prone, taking the “human” out of it
So staging always matches production,
philosophically founder rehearsing on stage
Earlier, she stood in that exact same place

So what is a PetCube
It’s a hackathon project but, a company. You can even
fuck with your cat using a laser from your phone. what?
The’ve sold 20k units thus far.

Oh goody, finally there’s a bag for that,
a founder in a fitted t-shirt. The white on red theme is popular
They are getting to a 5.5M GMV run rate
Nearly half of take out and delivery $70B is consumed in offices.

How will I BEE STYLE?
On demand manicures
pedi’s and threading
in SF they’re doing a milli and spreading.

Shyp. Shippo. Now. Shypmate
Airbnb for that extra space in your suitcase on a flight to Nigeria
people in Ghana want H+M. They don’t realize that it breaks after 2 months
The model is odd will the industry bear?

Action cameras are a thing
I guess we are talking a GoPro here, but dancing around the name
Revl is rounder, chiller, more stable, and edits for you
a quick vid shows why it’s better than the GOP

Poppy jalopy by now I’m quite sloppy
Childcare help so they aren’t screaming “Mommy”
trust is key when you must leave them be
and 18 year nuisance gets off school at 3.

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Unnyworld - an Imposing cartoonish Tauren
Mobile MOBA
Funny fonts say “play with us”
purple ink on white

trac is a running business
making it possible to easily sign up for races
surprise - that’s an $8B market
changing the landscape

computer vision - focal
a tablet on your shopping cart
imagine a homeless man
cruising down the street with one of these

outdoor audio - beets in the garden
it’s a mega jambox - Soundboks
loudest battery powered speaker ever
$600k worth of these things have sold

they built that funny clocky
screentime is bad, like my mom used to say
a plushy toy, for pre-screen babies who still need tech
this is something really new - $800k so far

can I get those yeezy boosts?
in pirate black - my shoes already look like them
hit me when it restocks
says a cap topped founder in some swag pink Saucony’s

passwords are weaker than user behavior
with machine learning finger print tech you’ll be safer
come to my Castle I’ll make you my boo,
if they steal your credentials - I’ll give them mine, too.

Kaoss pad looking light switch
unique though? Idk, it’s Deako
smart and connected and sold to home makers
start with a dumb switch (stitch) switch it out later

Boks leave you empty? In this case it’s winebox
beautiful test tubes, individual glasses
keurig for cabernet merlot and pinot
twist top a vial and whiff in these peachy notes

Meter feeder makes it easier to feed your meter
Dumb meters don’t need to upgraded, just give the meter maid a tablet
parking is no joke $30B a year
down in Pasadena chomping on a massive Fajita.

hi Linden of queuehop can I skip the line?
a tucked in white button puts him in line
just load up your basket and walk the fuck out
no more long lines and this mucking about

Wakie wakie little baby
will I make it through awake? Maybe
my fresh ex is texting me, no one sits next to me
Wakie please set up a call with my next lady?

this white function hoodies a glimmer of hope
celestial bodies as pure as the pope.
with creams for your bristles, before you hit bed
disruption of beauty is full steam ahead

LendEDU has a familiar ring to it - new student loan system
more debt by the moment. But graduates now will wonder just how.
I feel so strange I’ve seen these slides before
A multi-billion dollar ceiling, a monthly growth rate floor

Holy shit, this squad is the real,
lined up in their super-suits hunting a deal.
Influx captures motion, the badge on the chest
says - “I’ll fly you to dinner and show you the rest”

Promptly it’s clear there’s some overlap here
another chat-bot making platform, oh dear.
So will I use chat fuel to program my next beaux
or respond to the Prompt here proposed white on blue

Able health stable wealth cain and enable stealth
fables are tales of easy-reach wealth while the minions
The records go into their system
medically speaking they cash out when Doc’s listen.

Drones drones drones droooooooooones!
but there’s still too many people involved, how bout a landing pad
that charges and services drones, now we delete jobs
and AirBnB out more homes!

On the up and up now. With UpLabs
Easy integration of a CC form! Seems like swipe at Stripe
They’re taking on search, so what’s the connect?
I’m confused and concerned and my karma’s a wreck.

stealthy sir, may you help me secure
there’s not enough cyber threat heroes in hurrr
now we can farm out from a stable of skill
the contractors are trusted and able to kill

[ my stomach is septic
my eyelids are droop
the one thing I’m dropping is plastecine poop ]

Hello to the Acre - I want this fine home.
It makes it’s own energy, keeps the air clear
a shipping contain costs $250k,
build better green homes, dope shirts, go seize the day

Truebill helps you recur. I need that, I suck at it
the billings are killing me day in day out this flaps of
an envelop strewn on my couch. My bank accounts
busted by face in a frown. If truebill can solve all this, hell yes I’m down.

Chiller than twitter is Chitter
a new social network for students, that's better?
People spend more time on chitter than FB
stuck on the shitter group texting a meme

this is un-thunkable, how can it be?
they make building mobile apps oh-so-easy
the brainchild of braniacs Goog, MIT
if you funk with thunkable, come give us green

5k apps like Lyft and Soundcloud use “Instabug”
$400k ARR for SaaS, if it was just a lifestyle gig I’d pass
but scaling with Instahelp, new users
this instabug thing might just really have legs

I was punching and kicking their bag just before
Now white on red shirts show what Hykso is for
It goes in the glove and gives you some stats
On how hard you could pummel some shirtless dude’s lats

KareScore, CareSkore, actively negotiating $29M/year
now who cares more?
Hospitals waste in the ten’s of Billiones.
Now CareSkore is coming to check those cabrones

With Landed your community helps you downpay
On a home for some equity if your folks aren't bougie
It’s all well and good but around here there’s a rub
if you make home buying easy - the prices go up.

I’m falling behind to hear SnapEDA
Electronic Design cash for the day

Some fellows who sheepishly joined me for lunch
are now pitching SECful, preparing to launch
to protect API’s from the goons in the night
custom security SECful provides.

Skymind a beautiful name and shirt
that’s cloudera for AI, nice design bad DTG print
Deep learning, use cases industry wide
With all these Java clients there’s nothing to hide

Time to just go - Alphaflow with it
Helping real estate investors while I’m going to git
trying to checkout code and ended up on FB
checking out some biffled cutie who’s been winking at me.

There may not be life after death but there’s Halo
no not the XBox game you played and munched egg rolls to
purple the chosen color of death, funeral services
easy to use like nest.

[ I’m a horny dead animal
scanning the channels from hell
under malebolge. ]

He hails from Egypt
and Lynks is the product
it overcomes barriers to entry
eCommerce in new markets

Rappi with knee slapping logo mash up
of instacart, postmates the Carrot flies UP!
And so is their growth graph neon orange jacket puffs
these low labor costs make the model robust.

rocking in the free world, a new type of guitar
most learners quit, they don’t really get far
it’s a cheat code to play well when you use this strum
but it won’t impress punk girls, they’ll say, “dude that's dumb”

There’s something with streamup, I’ve seen them before
or maybe their logo just has that decor, that je ne se quois
that “view of the day”
they have HOW many viewers 20 million? That’s cray.

Oil giants, god love them. Jeb Bush love them. Money grubbing
crime syndicates love them, plastic purple plesterine material
coating new born babies in a silk slime cereal
and extract that data from the womb of the source. I’m sorry mr. Mineral, but it only gets worse

[ Off the record ]

Can’t talk about this rocket
though the poet unlock shit

more oily slime. but they go off on time
just one more co between me
and a BREAK to be mine.

holy shit what is that guy holding. that is… a fucking space thing!
dude that’s sick.
impressive these numbers, the tech is quite dope
the money is space at the end of my rope

yay a break.

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wheel chair inspiration. he was shot in combat
paralyzed, a strong American paraplegic hero
a better catheter solves a huge problem in his life,
direct control of one’s peeing the end of much strife

Konsus is on Erik’s short list
they connect people easily with task doing freelancers
and their Monthly sales are 10% of what we had at demo day
which is to say - still pretty good

Another chat AI company, white on blue
they are called msg-AI. The focus is more for business
if I have a question about my condom I can ask Durex-bot
like, is it cool to ask beaux to use NURX a lot?

Mason. That Sweater Though.
Geometric, Trippy. Custom Android devices
Heart monitoring with a 3 yr. contract
Relationship saving over the same lifespan?

people don’t want to sign - this is an issue for deal making
how can I … Get them to Accept?
with 350 paying customers, and a growth curve
it makes you think… Will investors GetAccept?

I have to admit, I’m fading to grey, while the green shirt enthusiast
stands in front of a screen. He’s pitching retargeting, for GNC
10x gains to sell powder both on and off screen.
A brick and mortar cookie for users. flexRee - let’s eat.

Grey and red converse on feet of the founders,
a button down showing his chest to the collar.
This PaveIQ shows you the way to reveal
stats normally you’d need an FTE for - a steal.

Deepgram can get us down into depths of the speech
a search done by sound that's astounding in reach
in logical empathy, get what you were going for
they practiced with iCracked, who made $500k more.
“Dark Matter Particle Physicists”…

Online checkout for car dealerships makes sense
that process was painful, I nearly walked out
and left my new Mazda half signed for in doubt.
Drivemotors solves all this. Anyone can be Tesla.

Dustyn gave me confidence driving Titanic’s End to the dust.
Now his company Dose Dr. helps insuline injecting
Diabetes patience to feel the same sense of calm.
They’ve saved a first patience from an ICU visit.
A $10B market opportunity, where the math actually adds up.

Start up like a rocket with my pockets on FLEEK
wake up in the morning at my rocket ship's peak
for smarter dog walkers there’s a PocketSuite
where payments and message get you in here to keep.

Biotech is built on pipetting by hand
A new eye drop robot is what’s in demand
The Mayo Clinic is using their tech
A milli in run rate earns shruggy respect.

A-Nova AI, sales emails it writes
combining the relevant human insights
to serve sales humans with their own fate
when we triple your blood and flesh flawed open rates

Histowiz tissue processing
kleenex all I know, it’s lost on me.
with 400 clients, there’s those who get it
with $80k monthly, I wouldn’t forget it

ZEN… prospect. yes. another Zen company.
the clicker is broken, he tries it in spurts
he’s aiming it wisely, but now this just hurts
they eat their own dogfood to milli a year.

Solar in the developing world. Nice shoes, a noble cause
The team raised over a billion for Solar previously
SunFarmer is a non-profit, they need that “invest”
I should talk to my brother, same concept, he’d have interest

Loop genomics has tech that fixes bugs in DNA
at least that’s how I see it as a CS BA.
$2 per molecule that shit must add up
one single client worth $20M/yr - that’s big bucks

Are you going crazy? Well, now there's Kip Health
treat bad brains with data, take care of yourself
Patients log data, clinicians tune in
They actually use it, that’s key to the win.

Trucking.
Brokers broke the trucking industry.
A novel solution in mobile pollution -
Glory for GoLorry. unified platform.

Oh Shit! Vehicles!
Speaking of glory - they just sell the guts
For special electrics like buggies and trucks
they can make $300M on just 13 cust’s

Jack! He’s with Lattice. And what a fine guy
They left us and started this thing - with great slides
Without goals, we are lost, we all wander astray.
Lattice keeps all of the team on one play.
I actually use it, or at least I signed up.
His low printed shirt makes me think - he’s a slut.
Compelling voice Jack, you’re attacking it well.
And I’m proud to Eric there looking so swell.

+20% with a Picture in Picture
in distract-o-max web world that’s quite the elixir
they call this shit Pulpix, but will it go Porn?
Browse to the next tits with PiP keeping things warm.

Robo. Robo. Growbo. Growbo.
Automatic Green House, robotic and steamy
no humans required. so keep your damn CV,
They solved immigration with job automation.

“Bok Choi Break” Says x@yc

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[ and it turns out that break was the greenest for me. ]

Physi OH gnamy. Management lobotomy
made my bread and cheddar off of
labor and property
as long as they keep loving it
and lobby for me
there wouldn’t be no better hobby for me.

Eliminating open defecation
is amazing
It worse that just a nuisance,
death:half a miilion a year.
more toilets help us
flush down the tears
“if you give a shit”
there's SHRI

what goes BOOM?
like stefani, azalea
but more bugatti from SF
to Narita or Haneda
and speaking of fundred numbers
how bout 500 planes,
at 200M a piece
- dime of a trillion (and change)

Castle? Oh that’s a hassle
namespace overlap.
sadly this prev-rents me from enjoying the crap.
but hey, I got this casa and I wanna profit offa it
King he needs a castle so there’s cross-name merit.

[ Sprinting through the finish of this Finnish Triathalon
sitting in a sauna with fauna that’s from a hackathon
splendid how we ended it and mended it quick
and yet there’s prickles in the thicket of dicks. ]

The government subjects poor people to a demeaning UI
if you want food stamps, here’s a fast-ramp
only 5 minutes, no Queueing for hours
A pantry that’s well stocked makes this family proud.

She’s the most compelling
Spirit quiver precision.
A voice to move a nation
from quiet indecision.

Protonet servers
are as crispy as fuck
now keep your own data
with a business that prints luck

Macaroon, scones, throwing bones
making homes
Georgette Packaging these boxes look ravishing
A milli rate and profit. Has a familiar ring.

Now I’m shaking lividly unwillingly I’m chittering
clicking on these keys til I drop dead.
here’s your slimey poet guy,
the one you see is hella fried
with blear in his eyes
and who was curious but lost it
when seeing this many prospects
what ever will they drop next?

This is a breast cancer screening device,
that’s good for the home and will surely save lives
with temporal data you notice the change
as those wonderfully horrible cells re-arrange.

Who shot the handle and who
killed the keg?
I could swear that a Pluot
was dinosaur egg.
A genetic mashup of apricot plum
this box gets you conferencing
drive like a thumb.
The founder has tech master
“I make shit” vibes
and we’ve all had crap conf tech some time in our lives

The bigger dude’s t-shirt actually has a bigger print.
And that actually makes them match better.
than if the logo were the same size.
for digital prints, this glance could redefine.

REM oh, REM
it’s a way that I sleep
as I saunter distracted away
on the creep

Copia gets it! They are here on this day!
I have to say food waste is something I hate
Food waste will be illegal - as well it should
and that’s why Berkeley-based Copia’s bound to do good
This biz iz the the shizz
it’s a thing I believe in
All this catered food that we’re leaving uneaten,
makes us in our Castles as loathsome as heathens.

and odd laugh rings out
at a superbowl mention
low on the currents of hideous ear.
Copia kills it, make money with leftovers
in karmic defense of the rest of us hoarders.

emburse there in purple
the poem keeps on. The curse in my bladder
as strong as hits bong
I sit in a stillness
exposed to my fate
cause I been feeling kinda lonely of late
“you don’t say?”

Lai has that eye
that hones on success
he sold to Box
timed for perfect effect.

[ reflection on the revolution:
the drop outs
on mission
did they climb
up to their pinnacle
unicorn fruit of ambition?
or was it lost amongst the hugging and kissin? ]

as I was opening up I StartClosing
what kind of money is he proposing
a funny joke is relevant - sugar coating.
Bemoaning what I’m promoting - a soul of the crux
feeling wicked above the folding on fux

uncurable rare
is this odd ailment
and one in twelve of us are mortally inflickted
and the terror of the failure case is children
who pass a way
a terrible little parable of human life wasted
and here a plab platform
to hasten the pain erasening

and now for a reminder:
that LINKED IN DOES SUCK
well I guess there’s that new iOS app
with the web hooks
so why not just check the index
like the folks SVA
will then enamor Ron on DDay?

This is problem that we are trying to solve,
Interstate can get that info congregated is cool
they stepped out into the challenge
tracking data for days. let’s stack some more chips with these ad tools!

in the embers I see
SendBird!
rising out of the flames
a phoenix is a remix made from legos and clay

Ulcer is bad
chubby baby foot poor
prosthetic vein tech is a cure
Innovein will be in humans
within the next year
hope that I’ll be in, too
if the meaning’s not clear

Buzzing around are the netbeez
and you gotta respect that they immediate detect
any stutter in the net flow and get mo cheese
in the next year they could hit the milli’s

taking the Podium
without one.
online reviews… online.
$3M in ARR is more than on par. Numbers like that actually
make them a star.

Lygos is econohemically sound
there’s a white powder we’ll sell you in mounds
a breaking bad factory, gleaming in chrome
Malonic 'cid in each American Home

Eric had to shoulder tap for Trend MD so I’m guessing this
is splendidly neat.
they’re growing absurdly into $50’s a month.
controlling data which sure to be crunk

Yardbook shirts looks classy, like it came from the gap
landscaping was never such an event
onboarded 10k companies
that’s far from a joke
but there’s 290k in the grind they can smoke

It’s Bonsai, but it’s for White
collar freelancers,
you must “think tree” trim the dead leaves
and keep the soil moist

Hingeto sounds a bit like my Spring
but targeting a higher market luxury goods
merchandisers pay for their shitty predictions
so take let's take the guess work of the picture

don’t crucify
elucify me,
like when I loved Luci
and induced the “buy” dream
boosted up to visions of exponent mind cream
silver seamed
until the soul
was esteemed.

here’s a piece of paper
a skin scraper
identifies your medical issue
with the swipe of a tissue
and before VR, there’s vNAR
"see you on the other side
of a sea star my dee-ar"

Joseph of Locent is posed to succeed
like mailchimp for IM or optimizely
for push notes, reminders, and chat bots
the type you'll be building with chat fuel or Prompt

MailChimp overcharges - funds KQED
I guess we could all use another MC.

Fouad is making a StrongIntro.
Hiring the issue, referrals the balm
70% of stripe came from peer Intro's
and since their dank eng squad is known as the bomb
that’s where StrongIntro comes along.
Teespring - we’re users, so’s Zesty and Seg.
They make $10k a pop
so that’s pretty much swag

[ Heaving an hawing the poet crawls on
dragging the pen cross a page at near dawn
with mind all ablaze and a brain that’s so wrong
that drink you poured - what was so strong? ]

Gigwell.
gigs. well done. like a flank state of being.
These guys did Audio. Yes!
That’s where we go,
on our “where should we” weekends
to freak and let go.

Rounding the corner! There’s less than ten left!
This git prime performance
a notch on our belts
a concept of “code churn”
is better than chode burn
I’m sorry I said it but
but sticky it sits.
I think we would try it, and see if it fits.

flying high in the sky is birdly
with a cute like cartoon bird
and it’s tweet so sweet to be birdly
in a world of cash burn and dev churn
so here’s what birdly is:
a chatbot in slack
that eggs diverse functions
and makes them all hatch.

and now while I’m stalled
on the subject of “hatch”
let me unlatch this lash on this batch
whip… crack.

NOW GET BACK TO WORK KIDS.

...

fitting then to end it and to rend it ‘solete
in the depths of the night ‘tween the warmth of the sheets
to quietly whisper right just before sleep:
“let’s depart one another, we're far too unique”
those were the terms of the equity split
clarity crisp and so thin that it rips.

Notably in the moment and locking it all in
is this poet throwing shade to the wind:

esc

Chill Pilligan's Island

or "The Curse of Thinking Hard Too Much"

do something right
the poet needs to
Do something! Write!
the poet hums to

a molasses tune
feels the rain drip down
through deciduous June.
ink well fills for dip of a quill

the plume quivers
stills
spills
an opal opioid ink

no one nose enough to sniff up
this unthinkable stink

Battleground State

I dreamed that bills in my big fat wallet
were pink - minted by the KKK.
Then I woke up and saw all the Jackson’s
on my twenties - Dear God, was it just a dream?

So I tried to ask god,
ended up asking Google
read a Wikipedia article about President Jackson
and the Indian Removal.

Some Indians killed 400 settlers in a massacre,
they had their issues too.
Jackson drew new lines 
on the map and said: “all ya’ll gotta move.”

Forced relocation of the Cherokee,
Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek
to some really nice land near Missouri
“You’ll feel at home in a week."

A President set a precedent:
“The Trail of Tears”
still how our justice system deals with minorities after
after all these years.

we killed and stole for our freedom:
to own the whole span of it
from sea to shining sea
and now the whole damn planet.

no wonder we still worship him
big face on the twenty
giving thanks
from the land of plenty, it's

-esc

My Head is an Egg

My head is an egg - full of marbles and clay,
my head is the start of a day.
I crack in the morning, the sun leaks out quick,
the pages are creamy and slick.

Oh, how about it?
Why not go ahead?
Why not re-read what we’ve not read?

My head is an egg - full of sprockets and wires,
my hat is a halo of fire.
I rise to the sunshine, the glow overhead
burns to figure out life before bed

Oh, how about it?
Why not go ahead?
Why not live with a wink ’til we’re dead?

My head is an egg - full of bubbles and fuzz,
my jaw the conductor of buzz.
I plunge in the evening, the wind whipping past
like the whirr of a line when it’s cast.

Tech with Inequity

It’s 7am in SOMA, California. The sun fills morning fog with a glowing intensity that will soon burn into another sun drenched day of drought in the Bay. The streets are quiet. Most of tech workers are still in child’s pose - but there’s activity. In every enclave and office doorway down Bryant street, people are folding up cardboard boxes, stuffing sleeping bags into tattered back packs, and migrating to day spots. They leave behind strange things: dusty neon clothes, defunct electronics, countless pieces of scribbled-on paper, beer cans, piles of poop covered in 2 year old copies of “People” magazine. 

As the suspended water molecules fully evaporate, human resources of innumerable VC backed tech companies begin to descend on the streets. They pour out of the Montgomery and Powell BART stations with their earbuds in and their iPhones outstretched. They clamber out of the CalTrain crush at 4th and Townsend, deploy their folding bicycles, unfold razor scooters, and speed off down the streets.

This west coast dream delivered these data driven urbanites from some seasonal northern tundra; gave them a golden ticket out of a bureacratic cubicle world. They bit the bullet on having to give their left ovary for rent, and moved to the land of sunshine and open offices. 

Yet there’s trouble in Paradise. 

A man in a navy blue hoodie and Asics sneakers plays hopscotch on the final leg of his multimodal journey into a start up office on Bryant St. He’s watching a Snap Story (yeah, his own Snap Story), swiping down to notices that the ground below his phone is covered in strange things. A torn foam pad. A barbie doll. His eye is caught by a more appealing image, a gleaming flat bellied celebrity on the cover of People. Glance number two reveals the brown smear across the gloss. Frantically averting his gaze, he scuttles up to his standing desk in the open office to wait for a catered lunch.

The fact that there are so many living in abject poverty in the midst of a society overflowing with riches is unsettling. While trying to find a solution opens up a divisive conversation with no easy answers and even fewer motivated volunteers, there are start-ups looking to help. Copia was founded in Berkeley and brings a clean UX to the problem of donating some of the thousands of pounds of food waste created by over-catered tech companies to community kitchens and pantries around the Bay Area. Passing on leftovers instead of dumping them into the garbage is a good gesture - but it's not a solution.

Homelessness in San Francisco doesn't have an easy fix. It’s a symptom of a society unready to stare headlong into it’s own deep seated inequities. And sauntering down South Park in SOMA, where there are over 1000 homeless people packed into every square mile, it’s a sign of an industry more concerned with return on investment than returning something to the forgotten community asleep on the stoop.

______

It’s 11pm in SOMA, California. Beneath the 101 overpass, on the deep embankments either side of 13th street, a secret city is humming. Real estate is at a premium here as in the rest of the city, tarp covered tents packed in wall to wall on one of the few blocks where SFPD turns a blind eye. Overloaded shopping carts wobble under the weight strange things. Dozens of bike frames, wheels, seats. A large man in tattered leather straddles a tiny BMX, the red hair of his halloween clown mask flying behind him in the wind as he traverses dystopia.

How to Get Things Done

Do something from your todo list.

If there’s no todo list, add a tasks to your main todo list for your current focus project

Do something from your todo list

If you are trying to get something done but can’t because you lack knowledge, ask for help. 

If you ask for help, create documentation of what you learned so that in the future, you never have to ask for help with that same thing again.

If you can’t focus, feel uninspired, don’t want to do something from your todo list, etc. do something from your “sidetrack” todo list.

If there’s nothing on your sidetrack list, add your side tasks to the list.

If you can’t focus enough to even do something from the sidetrack list, take a break with a defined end point. Exercise is the best way to spend time, then eating, then total time wasters / distractions like browsing FB, reading articles, checking on whatever stuff you check on. It’s ok to do these things, but put a limit it on it like “I will read one article” or “I will do 20 push ups” 

Repeat.


Notes:

- when you complete something on a todo list mark it as [DONE]
- all tasks on lists should be things with a finite endpoint which can be marked as done. Don’t add tasks of a vague or continual nature such as “keep an eye on the progress of project X” instead it should be “ask co-worker about the status of project X and create Tasks for things you can help with" 
- The purpose of this practice is to spend as much time as possible in a mode where you are focused on completing specific tasks and where you'll be able to feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish them. It makes large tasks feel more approachable. 
- With all the project management and productivity tools available - I still find that the best thing for my own day to day task list is a text file or hand written list where I can just cross things off or write "done" when they are complete.

YC S15 Demo Day - Epic Poem

YC DD S15 

ding a ling
a ling
a ling

THE PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS
THE PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO BEGIN
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS
THE PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO BEGIN
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS
THE PROGram IS ABOUT to BEGIN
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS
the program... IS ABOUT TO BEGIN
PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS

just a hominid - searching for a homonym 

Teabot, make me a sandwich. actually, it's a robot
one that makes tea. What's this business model
10 sqft = $10k in revenue, converting space to cash
tea is growing faster than coffee, they have a contract

401 ! but not the providence area code, not Project 401
this is CAPTAIN 401. a nervous performer. 
words flowing like chopped romaine, cherry tomatoes
a drizzle of dressing is... impressing?

wow on the brand of this medical thing... circle CI
meets one medical. It's both. 
weebly is using them. I've confumed ash room. 
maybe... I needs a medical soon. seeing through the veil.

wait I need a second. DRY HEAVES. a second... Measure!
dude these stats are bomb as fuck. I'm seeing numbers
they have already hit $600k in annual revenue, so that's coo
"This is why second measure WILL BE the next bloomburger"

A nervous quarble, a good new drug. How about existing drugs?
There was a similar concept in last years batch. 
Lol at a no laugh Viagra joke. "Pfizer is feeling pretty lucky"
Verge Genomics tech good, jokes fizz-less pop cola.

Let's get chinese wit it. but how about a little trick?
getScale is oDesk for factory workers in China
our robot overlords have arrived. 300% fewer defects
oops I got distracted.

SMS payments, this is for lending.
A heart warming photo of a small business owner in Africa
some confusing up and to the right, is this big?
so the market is 3.5B let's go get it

a new kind of car battery? OHM has that
1886 is the year when the old ass battery type was invented
now he whispers, really telling us something, on the low
supercapacitors+Lithium this is real. and better than duralast.

how the hell do I pronounce... Ixchel? ishul. 
The founders are women in nice rainbow scarves, a better look.
drug development with plastic dishes and mice?
I'm telling you 3D is the future of simulated human tissue.

a british asian guy? Xendit. 
their 1.5B indonesian transaction number comes out. as USD. 110k.
I think they were once called venmo of Indonesia
it's compelling, I think there's money flowing

Foxpass has a catchy brand, they make great security simple
but do they up the stakes on a far ouch room land binge,
high on the kites of a fervent desert wind. 
I have to admit, I don't like the existing solutions.

with an andreesen big boi swagger, they take the stage
these guys look like they are about to take over the world
cymmetria tricks hackers. something like a soviet cyber bannerman
two pectoral polo men flanking my opulent technology

OOLU, hm was this what i was dreaming about? Cole would love it
"we're solar city for off grid West Africa" similar to the Nigeria plan
she rode a rural donkey for 6 miles to charge her cell phone. wow
they have a little kit they lease, it looks great. pay by text

a lot of the numbers today have been user growth, without a $ 

Can I have a look at your BodyPorts? 
They rigged up some red head work out man with WIRES, like neo
their thing looks like a scale. 
im starting to have to pee

oooh. Click and grow. The sickest shit I've ever seen for $299
it's a hydro setup as a kitchen island, nano-soil keurigs you get
but does that mean waste? "cheaper than whole foods" not saying much
they already sold $4M worth of table top systems.

and now for the most boring thing ever: Ironclad
we automate legal contracts for companies
so yeah, I'd pay not to have to think
about this.

_____________________


ok,
I'm now fully torqued.
I'm back
I'm ready torpedo loaded, no lack of flow since six months ago

the intensity of this room, lowers my flow
a fervor, almost a pro sports game in here
inspiring images splay the screen
flayed founders, bearing all

narcotic elements trickling through the crowd my screen melts
the effects one small step can have.
allocating some resources here. this is all PRE show
QASAR with the loud ass whistle


let's do this.

Tab. sort of a relevant name for thsometinnhr
but it's one off. you can pay with Tab, Guatemala, Argentina
Americans are so crass they say "GWATA MALA" 
ok, this is going to be harder than I thought.

Nebia is a great shower head that I've heard of. Garry Tan
must have posted about it.
Kickstarted -1.9M raised thata way. how delivered bruh?
"This creates an experience that is immersive ALMOST CLOUD LIKE"

whatever breaks, the format, makes the format

may not sound particularly sexy? It ain't fool.
they have dollar growth! It peaks out around 150k guessing monthly?
so maybe, shit... Justin got Buzzfeeded
cause of the weird racist troll. 

whoa... ok she looks cool.
they have $20k in weekly revenue, I think the growth is real
The dudes who aren't presenting look SUPER nervous
so... they have a tool Zeplin, need more name emph.

These guys have that in spades: Supply.
charge within 5 feet. amazing tech. These companies are late stage
performing on a great stage
they need a little paper, scraping minimum wage.

Co-factor is another genomics supplier. can we have enough of these
we're the team that worked on the human genome project
but only you believe it.
I'm having one of those saliva factory mouth conditions personally

ecommerce in asia? "there's something strange about asia"
dude, I'm fucking with this.
don't show this ridiculous growth chart, you had me going
he uses that tone of voice like we're talking to little kids right now heh.

whoa. the dude is having this... self driving electric car. it's dopeAF
Auro Robotics. omg I'm having a hard time keeping it together
the shit that appears on the sides of websites these days
"Vampire looking cat"

preventing cost over runs on construction projects seems
impossible. counter to the nature of the industry?
holy shit, that adds up to $300B a year in the US only 
Hua calls it: "Let's build, but not waste!"

the user experience is the thing that takes a massive, milky hit.
laced with hash.
iced.

careledger I'm sorry
but your compelling incentive, snap chat style slide up for 3 seconds
is non-compelling from my perspective
now we are back to this $300B savings number.

guys, it's a three hundred billion dollar industry.
did you say trillion?
no. not trillion 
that would be S16's magic number

lol. that dude has a huge bicep
fuck this, so funny
how did he do it? this product
ShapeScale is the way to be self conscious of the future

so, i think i might be losing body mass
due to these hallucinogens

first person to actually walk the stage, this guy has done it before
most confident format presenter I've seen yet.
Insurance on investments
they are all wearing vest, they have vests on, they are Vest.

but I doubt they own vest.com

we built a wheelies at MHQ the other day
now we have a so swag hipster stockholm man in some tiny shorts
telling us about how wheelies is going to beat starbucks
those things are hard to push. 

Serica is financial services for Cannabis.
15% yearly growth rate for that CBD industrial
38% weekly for these guys
cannabusiness never looked so, financial.

ROSS ! yes. the co-founders are so smugged out, swag souace
how old are these guys? let's go replace lawyers together
i never seen such swig warmed flunky side mouth grins
WE ARE ROSS. 

mergh... started to get too many presentations in a row
how god damn mortal I am. we all are? 
why the fuck born into this serious ass world
Tesorio, I'm sorry I missed you.

fuck yeah. "Transcend Lighting" a new LED grow light entrant
3.6B projected 2020 LED market size in US
An HPS grow in Saskatchewan could be making twice as much
with cheaper LED electric power from Transcend

ok these gig ups are merciful short.

__________________________


transversal
the more I think about it, maybe Kendrick was right when he said
"When it's all said and done, Dr. Dre will go down as the best ever to do it"
or maybe. it's because I saw the NWA movie, or maybe Kendrick was right when he said:
"I'm MAD! but I ain't stressing"

the presentation gives me pause. space, or comma.
buttons advancing as do we X O triangle, KEY
all while chilling in the corner is the esc
i guess that shets why what makes me
the daddylonglegs with long webs, 3z.

LUNA, the smart mattress cover. "Nest for your bed"
should still be called Nest. does it repel mosquitoes? 
they fucking revenged on me last night
were they pissed about Friday, when I killed 5.

A nasal voice, a strong hand. TetraScience
oops. I'm taking the conversation to Wen's chat box
telling her weirdly about "Or as I dreamed it last night, ‘lilu'"
oops...

focus. focus evan. GrowSumo, is that logo not
racist-or-hilarious enough to get your attention
two out of four co-founders are built for it, strong neck
theres a type of meta level growth happening but for what

Klarisimo!!! I'm already saying it in my head.
eww... this 3D model of the body is disgustingly real
subcutaneous vs. visceral fat? these things exist
now we have the "Google street view" of subcutaneous fat.

xfers is solving what feels like a really f'ed up problem
people are paying IN CASH for online buys???
this is for Southeast Asia, a land where banks don't have API's
this brand name is unstoppably good. "xfers" 1.8M processed so far

beaming co-founder of GiveCampus. 
revolutionizing education fundraising
bringing watsi to the developed world
"developed" we shake it like a polaroid picture. 

boom boom boom 

shit. I'm missing Hickory
it's an 8B thing
to you know
do what you

Drone delivery service, made real, by a quick witting chap
Flirtey. Working? Kitty hawk moment in the history of the industry
yeah last slide "now is the time"
... "Drone Mcdonalds" says wen

This coffee pitch guy is making me really want coffee
while "real work" looms overhead in slack chats popping
I'm going to hit this guy up during the next break
and ask him to pop me on a pod of coffee.

hemophilia app
er, micro. something
The way he is talking about it, I think there's something real behind this
multi-miliioon dollar contracts on the way, big users. microhealth

LEADA, brian says "how is everyone doing" that's nice
he's also already working with us and walked by while I was 
having my lucid nap. funny things these lives.
they work with Zenefits and have saved them $75k.mo by someone's reckoning

Jeremy Cai, is the bottom of the stage guy,
for a cool new app Onboard eye kwai? 
purple is the pigment all the more kawaii
the data on hourly workers is highly valuable, you could have said... lyfted

all the fuckin' shit I typed in
drop capital it's piped in
back of my throat coat on this white lightning
crash with the Simba, lion king

ooh it's the guy who's robot made me a sandwich. 
Teebot always failed at that task. 
in fact, this shit can make 300 sandwiches per hour.
I like the idea of this. It's actually really delicious, I just ate one.

911 services... FOR $30 million a year already.
from an elite team ... takes?
nursing homes ... best start up in the batch?
"Ive fallen and I can't get up" - saver of 2(million) lives.

Qasar announces the end of day one, so I guess we are nearly halfway there. off the record

here's a little software XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
that gives you data on what the fuck happens
between that conversion - and not converting. 
this feels dangerously much like something that will get caught in between waves

_________________________



Day 2... we got a couple more to get through
Lugg will come through
uber for moves, lyft for boobs
I'd say that's a pretty value add service

gigster has an icon that looks like ico. 
I'd say that's tweeter neetles. 
there anything better? "we are the world's engineering department"
a lot of little ghosts under the hood. Founder of Mafia Wars? zynga royalty

Dhaka is sounding like an interesting market
their 7000 sqft facilities they have 2 built already
cost $250k to build and staff. pays back in a year
The amazon (strikethrough)fresh( / ) of bangladesh

"HER" wow. helping women connect with each other
this pitch is unstoppable - 80,000 weekly users
Lesibian/BI/Queer women talk more online than any other audience
there's another chapter to this. it's not just for Queer women. WE are HER.

Jopwell! Diversity has become a pipeline problem.
now a network connects black, hispanic, or native american
a big number is $346k, but what exactly is that
or over a $9 billion dollar industry to make the workforce more colorful.

The co-founder at this company is wearing a sick t-shirt
fully encoded, in symbols. Fonticons.
how do they make money?
sort of.

ok source DNA. oooh. App store rejection on your DNA source code
so burn. so diolysergic. Or I heard that RNA is actually the cooler "NA" these days
they can detect issues in apps. almost like a mesopotamian Ashipu
massmassu, pouring over a sacred tome. Goat eyeball, milk of taro. 

red carpet is a thing taking over India, order for in store pickup.
great photo of a market in India. the original conversion funnel
people opt in to be converted, it's a mall of a world.
everything's for sale motherf*cker! what are YOU buying?

they've grown 6x in the last 2, 3 or 4 months, depending on which slide

gravitational? the boss from Dilbert? 
what about the dog from. 
tired of animal shit. man
dogs shitting, cats puking, excreting bullshit. this place needs work.

the guy from interviewed has a classic look, I think because he was on a panel
I've taken notes on this dude before.
pull up in my company. the hell are ya'll not bumpin' me?
makes me wonder how good I even am at my job now. or what my job really is.

I'm willing to try this product. I'm trying to be ready to die
but is there an app for that? there is now.
I could create my will right now. and I love that idea
say it takes 8 minutes to fill out. 1 out of 4 people landing on homepage create

only life can pay for death
but what can death pay for? about $130M or users according to these guys

watch videos of skilled programmers, watch the tricks
this is an impressive concept.
calling out Twitch - but this is not just a game, these are real skills
and the audience murmurs in agreement

looking forward to unleaching so chaucid lines on all you prospective investors
manifesters
and barrel chesters
leeking to my laif n see what festers!
dank chrill green
between swarms weave charms to set screens
a net beams over treble and almost edible
here's my little opposistic lapse into chmance parable.

Shotput.
AWS
for
Fulfillment

Bao chicka wow wow..... bunnanana yeah yeah
bun bunnnanana here we are.
nick cort with the sport cort looking so star.

The dudes are cloudstitch
and they'll tell you what's up. 
we had em all. i dunno condomed up I guess
and now for.

VIVE, with a font like HER, but where more is sold
and less is bold. it's a blowout
not a sale, but a hairdo treatment for women
and in the future, all kinda good do's

Afrostream is a netflix for black people,
but not in the US. Europe, Africa, and SudAm
Hollywood makes good black content, but it's stuck in the US
they actually charged $100k already. love that

Convox is taking on a gorilla in Heroku, but.
a heroku alternative would be pretty great, with better uptime?
from the guys who USED TO WORK at heroku
talk about the heroku guys worst nightmare. Karma's a bitch huh.

they don't have a free tier, so better for biz?
the up and to right is aight,
but looking the numbers on the left
are still a little bit light

silence for. L. taLia, in some better outfit than anyone else up there
what condoms do women want? those are the ones men want
does unprotected still feel better post karma?
"making condoms is cheaper than printing money"

back. missed one or two

my name is Harj, I used to be a partner
now im pitching TripleByte cause we stay hungry.
the co-founders are post exit. 
they know the space.

im a fire faced
magnate
I could never 
stagnate

GEMnote style impeccable
I think she's right there in our Teespring SWAG space
no, spend money on shit that actually makes a difference.
the same thing the Rap Genius shirts said at my alumni demo day: "FUCK SWAG"

roomblocker has your hurt on locker. knits on these hits
finding fitness in a foot soccer
2.35 B room nights. how many quiet time lovers.
Is this competitive with nextravel?

don't be a drag
im the blood on the rag
im the sutter home and sublter
with fluttering fragments

scoping out 350M calls per year
now or then? I can't really tell. oh it's speculative
more of a scope you in techno tomorrow solution
get an expert on AR

I'm high on caffeine, shrooms and weed
I got it from a pen so it can't be seen
I'm scoping out some start ups tryna lobby for seed
hardly in my element but fuck it I'm clean.

wow, he looks exactly like the guy in the shirt on the picture
thanks, MADEright. looks like you made it right on time.
"Just take a look around you. Everybody is wearing clothes!"
I want to create a cool hack space called "Hack Space"

breakout room. this looks cool. fun.
the better webinar. let's redefine the webinar.
reminds me of that scene in the NWA movie
Eric pulls a silenced assault rifle in the hotel

yeah. Paribus
on the cusp of I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE
brain drifting off to a nother location.
wen can I be out there with "the people"

sebastian, used to be a pro e-sports commentator
I feel like I have heard his voice before.
notes is starting to bug out. making a lot of copies of this file
e-sports has some promise. work with instant.

the salon industry needs a makeover. NEW FILE

NEW FILE MF ERERAWEORAKO

because the old file could not handle it
not even one little bit and we need 
A FRESH start.

StyleBee brings the services on demand. Will
they hook me up a haircut?
fly like that.

see me at the end of this? swag is so tangible
find a new cadence three lines
make it manageable.

sywork needs a hykoo looking just lykoo
twitch for creators, are we hitting a niche?
100 M digital artists, all lift off, for the J, make it swish?

buffering.
you might think it's funny
but it's actually, an entire fucking industry. on BitMovin

ooh it just loaded! they are making $30k a month right now.

founder and CEO of snipe.
share. somehow this makes me want to fire myself
I'm junk.

my ex girlfriend appears to me in dreams, morphing
an echo reminds me what we had
rubs me glad. 
nuts! me sad.

New story is one of the non profits. well thanks. this is converting tent slums
I start my morning off with fire and much purpose
Monday is my gun day. blazing ace - service.

(picktrace) the OS for farms, that run circles around my head.
or as I've been wanting to say for a while:
Farmander.

scent/send bird allows women to date perfumes before marrying them
or the other question: would you marry someone
who wears perfume?

the pitch is oddly compelling. they are profitable. there's money in smelling good

I'm stripe like
John C. Ollision
the pitch I've been polishin' 
will leave em all demolished
all the small ish I'm swallowin'
drinking it down
if there's another number tuber
then it's snuck in the ground.

___________________________


now I'm watching on the TV from the back row
can't tell you how much better this is. 
I think all of demo day should move in this direction
and incorporate HDR. can you do all that securely? 

THE PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS
qasar: "It's time to sit down... LUCAS!"

there will be refreshments after
and isn't that nice.
right?

social features make better games. pre-packaged software solution
Heroic labs. you could be my he ro
instant camera.

marble maybelline, data we stream. 
and how the hell you play with playdough
cretins. credo is based on plato 
there's philosophy here.

the blue crew is the new crew, back with a drippy dick
or was that just me? 
wish I was reborn just a damn slight less lusty!

there's some video thing going on, like a road trip
but more of a trippy time.
surfing, smurfing. I'm finally barfing.

oooh. Markhor. they have those great shoes.
craftsman only makes $5 on a $1000 Gucci shoe
they can get these great shoes to me for $250.

when you've met someone before, you like them more.
the circumstances of the first meeting don't matter.

or do they?

or are they literally everything. 

the tickets are what matter
having the right tickets
at the right time.

sorry I can't keep writing the poem now.
I'm Bizzy.this matters. Increases the revenue on Shopify stores
internet marketing in the box? it feels so right. must speak with her after. 

can't keep up with demand?
can't keep up with ‘the man'?
times are tough, but here's MIMIR

copy cats are detected. grades are effected
sensitive bits all protected. hella encryptid. 
poly Mantid? expand on that.

starting this Spring
and then 
blow fans on that.

we are getting closer to... the noisy end of all things
lost lipids, crime on my like ID?/
ewm;M RIIJ SO POEMS HA[[ENEDD ALREADD

D. D. 21K5TEEN 
why see
before you C mee.

but then I'm plagued by a dream of Lu
that won't let all the you-ness through
so I'm depraved of a dream for two
the path paved, b'th seam weaved through.
it's the same games that make newness new
the light waves that make blueness brew.

with my plate half full half empty, I prop up Plate IQ
and if told you that
this meal ain't HAPPY, large chains like McD's - they knew

delITeful there eden
you're towards the end. I'd say by now.
we've had it. a jello lover. I'll take more. but I'm not begging for it.

so, I guess I'm fuckin' south bay royalty.
had to conquer Oakland just to
prove my loyalty.

app canary in a coal mind
underground my mole mine
these hackers are for real, with no known joke among them.

but see, we have Plate joy here, tryna flip my grin
from a fat face frown to a single chin. 
the key word here is "default" which is a word with similar letters to: Feudal (t)

meanwhile, they are switching out the radiator on my new old 300zx

instawork bold slide deck here
DOS blue, white text, this feels, not technically advanced.
or maybe pre-apple. if that was an era.

ready and willing 
spaghetti I'm killing
confetti is swiveling
up in the air.
is all of your Karma and fear of big Pharma
and 
confident cannabis

fresh out the lab.
with testing, de-pesting, and active or resting
and ratings and rhizomes and
danker the treasure
is SaaSable measured in raquetball
bounces
put that on my tab.

put multiple glasses 'bernet on my tab
unthinkable that they would leverage the lad.
the cad, 
the mark,
the tenders at Sparc.
they vaulted from Stanford
we panzer commandered
and that's where the fuck that we landed with that!!!

Serious Sam
with the shorts that go 
Blap!!!!!!

Mantra

you have nothing
you have no one
you are nothing
you are no one

you are a meditative breath
a blade of grass
a drop of wind

you have nobody
you have nothing
you are nobody
you are nothing

you are a lull
a staring off
an unfinished list

you have
you have
you are
you are

you are 
the stillness 
waiting to be song

How to Fly in Dreams

Flying in dreams is a very rewarding experience. Short of hang gliding or sky diving it's the only way for a normal person to have the experience of taking flight. It can be beautiful, relaxing, meditative, exhilarating - it can really feel like you are flying.

What I've also found is that it's often possible to realize that flight is possible in dreams short of actual lucid dreaming. In other words you may not realize you are dreaming but still realize that you can fly and enact it. That said it's helpful to train your flight abilities in lucid dreams because you can put that extra intentionality into your flight technique that then informs future lucid and non-lucid flight. 

So let's say you are dreaming and you want to fly. One thing that can quickly overwhelm the experience is the question of where you are flying to. You can focus on a particular point in your vision and imagine pulling yourself towards it. You may move in the direction but the feeling of flight is not necessarily there, especially if you keep thinking about what you are going to see over the horizon or around the bend.

Another approach would be to focus on pushing yourself along through the air. Putting the intentionality into the motion vs the destination. This "push" approach can sometimes work but often doesn't allow the mental space to figure out direction and feels belabored.

Satisfying flight is more about the sensation of flowing through the air and a sense of controlling the direction in which you travel. What I've found is the best path to this experience is to use an object similar to the sail on a boat. Imagine if you were as light as a feather and holding a large flat object to catch the wind. You'd be flying around and able to control your direction by turning and positioning your "sail". 

In summary my experiences with flying indicate that a superman approach (pushing yourself forward through the air by force of will) and a spiderman approach (pulling yourself towards a fixed point in the distance) are less effective than more of a Mary Poppins approach (grab the nearest umbrella and let yourself be pulled along by the wind).