Nature can answer our biggest questions and help us navigate our most difficult struggles.Whether its exponential growth, standing out in a crowded marketplace, building an impressive network, going viral, getting fit or scoring a mate, observing lessons in nature can help us reach our goals.And in order to best learn from nature, we can turn to science and in particular, physics.
Face-masks are slowly becoming more commonplace in the west, now that we’re several months into the COVID-19 crisis.Per the technology adoption curve below, the adoption of face-masks has been tracking a slow ascent. It was initially met by condescension and reluctance by most — including myself — because in some ways, it was symbolically against many of the freedoms and characteristics that shape our society.
Unintended consequences are a common byproduct of jumping to conclusions, and implementing solutions to specific problems with no consideration for the wider ecosystem that problems belong to, with all of its requisite moving parts.
One of my favourite thinkers of the modern era would have to be Nassim Nicholas Taleb.Not only has he written several best-selling books on decision-making, randomness and luck, but he, like so many great thinkers from across the ages (from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca during Roman times to Ray Dalio or Ben Horowitz today), is also a practitioner. He spent over twenty years as an options trader and risk analyst, and today has interests in venture capital.
Entitled ‘Better,’ the short ad continued a lesson taught best by the Black Mamba himself: to commit to excellence in every endeavor, to have laser-focus on the things one wants to achieve, and ultimately -- to be better.
The Social Dilemma is a 90-minute docudrama which brings tech addiction to the attention of a much larger audience. The film raises awareness of the threats posed by big tech not only on our personal lives, but also on democracy and society at large.
Tyler Cowen, the decorated economist, author, and host of the Conversations with Tyler podcast, recently asked his guest, Nicholas Bloom, why self-help books don’t work. I think they do work, but that any tool is only as good as how you use it. In my case, I’ve learned to be more deliberate about how I respond to stimuli from the Stoics. I’ve learned to rapidly build prototypes and test my business model assumptions from the Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup (which led me to raise capital for my first startup on the back of a $2,000 MVP).
Eric Weinstein, mathematical physician, managing director of Thiel Capital, regular guest on the Joe Rogan Experience, and member of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web, is known for being outspoken and holding what some might consider to be controversial views - it is worth noting that when you stand for anything, your views are likely to be construed as controversial, or at least unfavourable, by people who stand against.
The chief executives of the world’s four biggest tech firms appeared before Congress this week. Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, was there to defend against Antitrust allegations that Amazon has been undercutting competitors by pricing products at a loss that only it can sustain, thus shutting out competitors in the long-term. Bezos’ annual shareholder letters have been referenced by entrepreneurs worldwide to inform strategy, decision-making, and inspire their organizations to great heights, and weather the storm that inevitably comes with any difficult pursuit.