Author: Aadil

  • Being 40

    In August, I turned 40. I have much to be thankful for; healthy and independent parents, a growing family, and interesting and intellectually fulfilling work. However, it was also bittersweet. I had a sore ankle, a sore lower back, and felt older. As a husband and father, I want to be at my best for […]

  • Books in 2021

    I did not get to 21 books in 2021, but ended the year on 18 books – I spent more of my time listening to podcasts (mostly about crypto). Here is a list of the books I read in chronological order along with a few notes I made while reading – a * next to […]

  • Building on Solana

    I’ve been learning more about the Solana Ecosystem and pulling together resources that could be helpful to folks that are starting to build on Solana. Solana uses a language called Rust which is used at companies like Dropbox, Yelp, and Mozilla. Rust is a powerful language but many teams (and engineers) particularly in emerging markets […]

  • Developing Crypto

    The biggest opportunity over the next decade is onboarding the next 1BN people into crypto. There are currently around 4m users who interact with DeFi and 80m unique blockchain wallets (0.1% of the global population). We are still in the very early stages of mass adoption of crypto, and chain tribalism distracts from the larger […]

  • Making Sense of Tech Offers

    So, you received an offer at a technology company and you’re trying to make sense of it all (particularly equity). This post is my attempt to demystify this, particularly for folks working in the US. There are a few areas where you may be able to negotiate and different people value different things based on […]

  • A Global M-Pesa

    We need a Global M-Pesa / Venmo powered by crypto rails. Both these products are closed ecosystems powered by outdated, expensive rails compatible with their chosen markets. Crypto will ultimately enable even better user experiences but powered by rails that give participants access to global finance, trade, and commerce. M-Pesa was transformative in Kenya. It […]

  • The Potential of NFTs

    The internet was transformative because it democratized access to information and enabled instant, rich communication. Crypto and NFTs will power digitally native property and payment rails which will result in digitally native global trade and commerce. Cryptocurrency allows people to transact seamlessly and agree on the terms for the transfer of value instantly and trustlessly. […]

  • Startup Hiring

    I’ve been helping a few startups with hiring, have hired large teams and have been a candidate on the other side. Labor is getting more and more competitive and the best candidates have lots of options so it’s important to have a good process. To hire the best people you need to see a lot […]

  • Investment Memos

    I write a short memo for every angel investment that I make and I’ve practiced this for the last 10 years. I do this because I believe that writing is refined thinking (to quote Stephen King in his book “On Writing“) and because memory can be warped over time. A memo best captures my thinking […]

  • One-Pagers (Product Specs)

    One-Pagers (short product specification documents) are an important part of product development. Crystal clear thinking upfront can often save multiples of that time down the road when you don’t have to throw away expensive high fidelity design or production level code. One-Pagers also allow teams to get on the same page (particularly in distributed, async […]

  • Solana – Practical Primer

    I’ve been spending the last few months getting deeper in the Solana ecosystem because of the explosion of new projects, attractive yields and step function better crypto experience enabled by faster speeds (65,000 transactions per second) and lower cost (fraction of a penny). The goal of this post is to give new users a starting […]

  • Business of Open Source

    Open source technology and infrastructure development is a very powerful way to make scalable software. Open source can also allow a more diverse community to build products that are flexible enough to solve for a broader set of use and edge cases. Contrary to popular belief, many of these open source projects are developed in […]