Bernie or Biden: Who has a better chance to win from an Electoral College standpoint? At this point reasonable people should want Trump gone from office. Right now a few things stand in the way of that, like gerrymandering, the Electoral College, democratic infighting, and lots of other things! I wanted to go look at … Continue reading Bernie or Biden: Who has a better chance to win from an Electoral College standpoint?
I just finished reading Thinking In Bets by poker player Annie Duke. I found myself highlighting the book in a lot of places, and overall I thought it was a good book. The main idea is to think about decision making through the lens of poker and bets. She introduces a number of poker and … Continue reading Thinking in Bets — Book Notes
It’s a good idea–to make it easy for fintech companies to easily connect to consumers banks instead of needing to do the week-long process of verifying small bank deposits. That definitely speeds up the onboarding process for people to try out new apps. But the tradeoff is always with security and convenience and here it’s … Continue reading Plaid is Still a Phishing Site
So I recently read the book Click – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7901640-click – and it was very ok. The high level concept in it is interesting, but you can get the idea of most of the book from this summary diagram at the end. So there is an interesting concept in here, but not that interesting of a … Continue reading Click — Book Notes
The Spy and The Traitor — Book Notes I recently finished reading The Spy and the Traitor – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37542581-the-spy-and-the-traitor – based on a recommendation from a friend. (spoilers here) What a great read. Really good book, well written, lots of suspense, and honestly, it was hard to believe it was non-fiction. It’s a gripping story … Continue reading The Spy and The Traitor — Book Notes
I got to spend about a week in Mexico traveling with my brother, we did a few days in Cancun and a few days in Tulum. Here are a few notes from the trip and some places to go. We stayed both in the Cancun centro and in the hotel zone– the hotel zone is … Continue reading Notes from Mexico — Cancun and Tulum
Sometimes it’s helpful to know some reference numbers to estimate back of the envelope calculations. Here is a short list of some reference numbers. I also think knowing some of these numbers provides useful context for understanding political discussions. Metric Estimate Actual US Population 300m 330,068,304 World Population 8b 7,747,805,693 US Median Household Income $60k … Continue reading Back of the envelope reference numbers
Just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book Talking to Strangers. I’ve liked Malcolm Gladwell books in general, have found them fun to read and though provoking. This one is… a bit darker. It’s still written in the engaging Malcolm Gladwell style but the topic is not really a business trick but more of what is … Continue reading Talking to Strangers – Book Notes
The tech news story of the last few months has been WeWork. A private company with a meteoric rise to an almost $50 billion valuation is about to go to an IPO, but the questionable math spooks investors, the IPO goes bust, the company is written down by ~$40 billion and the CEO is kicked … Continue reading Icarus for Startups — Bug or Feature?
Travel Reflection This was what I posted to my Instagram after arriving back to the US. After about four months traveling, many countries and continents, just got back to the US. I met so many good people along the way from all over the world, I feel very lucky. 🙏 Thanks to all the very … Continue reading Travel Reflection