startups, investing, and miscellaneous thoughts

“Woo” beliefs

My default disposition is fairly rationalist, and have a gut distaste towards “the woo". I also have plenty of curiosity and believe that wisdom is encoded in culture, so have tried and experienced quite a few things that I initially met with a wave of skepticism. Many have become significantly meaningful in my life. Scientific reductionism is the modus operandi of thought in Western, educated circles. For it's flaws, this approach has pushed the boundaries of our knowledge of how the world works, but consistently has blindspots between domains, with significant consequences... (more) →

Angel investing is—for most people—a bad investment. As such, accreditation is rarely the limiting factor to being able to realize outsized investment returns, because variance is incredibly high while median performance is tepid. However, it can have very net positive externalities that include networking opportunities, learning about venture, getting involved in exciting companies, and honing your startup skillset. If you’re interested in angel investing, but don’t yet have a portfolio large enough to support diversified meaningful bets, there’s a few options to start down this path and capture a lot of the value you’re after... (more) →

For several years, I've developed a strategy that I use to stay on top of all my personal and work projects, while not getting overwhelmed by infinitely-growing lists. Using this strategy, I'm able to regularly surprise people about how I remembered to do some passing request they had, and am able to bring back concepts after weeks of dormancy. It's quite simple, and adaptable to many different tools. Guiding Principles: When a task arises, it's hard to know the absolute priority and allocate time effectively... (more) →

Last year, I outlined some investment theses for 2019. With the year wrapped up, I'll quickly review how my predictions played out, and outline future investment areas I'm interested in. Writing these has helped me refine my own thoughts, and intentionally deploy capital aligned with macro views. .. (more) →