Category: Ideas and Mental Models

  • Building 0ur Future

    In December, we welcomed our second son, Remy, to our family and found myself dreaming a little about the future and technological advancements that make me optimistic. I graduated from university as an engineer nearly 20 years ago with no idea what to do. I chose management consulting because my brightest peers also chose it,…

  • AI’s Impact on Product Development & Angel Investing

    As AI proliferates our products and society, I think product management, curation, and editing will become the most critical skills for builders and creators over the next few years. Seed investing will evolve substantially as small teams can iterate to product-market fit faster and get more leverage through technology. I’m often over-optimistic about how quickly…

  • Books in 2022+

    I read 18 books in the last year. I’ve realized that I enjoy listening to non-fiction using audiobooks but still prefer reading fiction on my kindle. Here is a list of the books I read in chronological order along with a few notes I made while reading. I add a * next to the book…

  • Do Work that Energizes

    I believe the path to a purposeful, sustainable career is to choose work that you both genuinely enjoy and that is net positive for your energy. I realize this line of thinking is reserved for the privileged folks who are optimizing at the top of Mazlow’s hierarchy of needs, but I suspect many of us…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Why Decentralized Finance?

    One of the movements I’m most excited about is decentralized finance. Here is the description is taken directly from the Investopedia article which sums it up nicely.  “Decentralized finance is a system by which financial products become available on a public decentralized blockchain network, making them open to anyone to use, rather than going through…

  • Reflections on Angel Investing

    This month marks my 10th year of angel investing so I synthesized a few learnings as a complement to the more tactical “Angel Investing Learnings” post from last year. This post is broken up into three parts; dissecting the why behind angel investing, understanding your asymmetric advantage and how to apply this advantage in the…

  • A More Open World

    I’m excited to bring my children up in a world where anyone can learn anything, anyone can invest in anything, where world class software/tools are free to use and customize, and where anyone can contribute to software development regardless of their physical location. We have made progress on all these dimensions and we’ll see even…

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