Who is behind 9takes and what is it?

Right now, just me, DJ

I am an engineer at a YC-backed startup working on logistics. I am taking my understanding of logistics and applying it to running a well-oiled social community. There are many moving parts and tradeoffs that social media companies have to make. I think it is possible to optimize for engagement and honesty while also making the 9takes platform safe and inclusive. Social media today has made too many short-term decisions and has paved the way for what not to do. See the video below:

I got into personality because of my wife. I was blown away by it, similar to how people are blown away by taking psychedelics. The problem was when I tried to find a community to explore my personality further. There is more to it, but that's why I am building 9takes. I would love to connect with you and hear about how you view personality and hear any thoughts or suggestions you have for how to build a better social media platform. DM me on Twitter/ X .

What is 9takes

9takes is an Anonymous question-and-answer platform based on personality. It is Reddit reimagined based on a personality system called the Enneagram. Two things make it different:

  • You can only see answers to questions once you comment. That is so that people are honest and unbiased.
  • You are anonymous except for your personality. "Personality" is the perfect context for learning about yourself and others.

The philosophy of 9takes

"Everyone is unique," ✨
we know that intellectually. But why do some people (not you 😉) get surprised when someone doesn't agree with them? Surely if that other person had all the facts, was smart, kind and had your experience they would agree with your point of view. We forget that others can have facts, be smart and kind, have similar experiences, AND still disagree. 9takes is about leaning into these disagreements and embracing these differences because, in the end, we all learn something, becoming better 👍 faster ⚡ and stronger 💪.

"Technology" should open us up to new things, not create bubbles where we hear the same perspective repeatedly. 9takes is opening the conversation back up and dishing out fresh takes.

Why the Enneagram?

Enneagram is the secret sauce. It has some deep roots and sits at the crossroads of psychology and philosophy. Plato and Freud would have been fans of the Enneagram. It is used by niche life coaches and as a tool for certain psychologists and therapists. But it is not mainstream and won't be for some time.

We use it because it identifies a person's core motivations and fears. Typically, people figure out their type through being guided or through self-reflection. We are not going to tell you what your "Enneagram type" that is for you to discover.

Why focus on questions and answers?

Because the process of forming and asking a question is a mental unlock. When you are asking questions, you are growing. When you have run out of questions, you stop growing, and you not only run out of answers, you run out of hope.

For example, in your daily life, you may be asking yourself, "Why can't people..."

  • do things the right way?
  • be more grateful for all the things I do for them?
  • appreciate my hard work and success?
  • understand my unique perspective and emotions?
  • respect my need for privacy and independence?
  • be more reliable and trustworthy?
  • have more fun and excitement?
  • be more honest and dish out the hard truth.
  • get along and find common ground?

There are endless questions to ask. Fortunately, there are endless people with answers and perspectives you can learn from. They also have questions like you and will share if you ask them to. Some people see the world like you, and others see a vastly different world.

9takes is about embracing these differences or "takes" on the world. By asking questions, sharing stories, and getting curious, people will be connected to the community around them.

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