These are a few more observations and learnings I’ve made since my last post.

  • It’s interesting to see a company develop its own vernacular. I made a list of interesting phrases I’ve heard often at work: “paved-road”, “in earnest”, “charter”, “hero cases”.

  • I suddenly became very out-of-touch with the culture of the youth generation. I don’t Juul, don’t have TikTok, don’t really use Snapchat, and have played Fornite only a couple of times.

  • It is very hard to price the value of data at scale because it can be leveraged in many unforseen ways. Put simply, you can’t price it because you can’t possibly know everything it could be used for.

  • Change is the only constant in life.

  • New technologies socialize themselves into society via younger generations who can’t think of a world without them.

  • If someone shares my music taste, I can pretty much guarantee I’ll get along with them well.

  • Tesla should make cyberscooters.

  • I want a electronic inkless pen that tracks my strokes as I write on a surface (i.e. pillow, table, or even my leg) and uploads them to the cloud. I can write down any thought anywhere and anytime.

  • More broadly, I am excited about a (augmented reality?) system that lets me catalogue all of my thoughts frictionlessly. How many amazing ideas, cures, and realizations are lost to distractions, volatile memory, and the friction of note-taking? It would help people understand themselves so much better.

  • I find it hard to catalogue insightful thoughts I have or hear during my conversations.

  • I bought a waterproof notepad so I can log the thoughts/ideas I have in the shower. The act of writing things on paper under running water melts my brain (in a good way). Notwithstanding how goofy it feels to be penciling things while I’m completely naked, this is probably the best purchase I’ve ever made.

  • I should also make a plug for Caprine, a Messenger desktop client that I use which can hide typing indicators and read receipts (thanks for the recommendation Sam!).

  • My last product recommendation is for Bear, a Markdown notetaking platform I use religiously to host and edit my personal wiki. It can sync between its Mac and iOS clients for a small yearly fee and can easily export to Markdown, so no format lock-in!

  • I think it is a noble goal to build things that expose people to new thoughts, emotions, experiences, and ideas. It is why I find VR/AR and psychedelics so exciting.

  • What would the world be like if you could guarantee everyone a perfect night’s sleep? How much would people pay for that guarantee?

  • Schooling does little to prepare you for the extreme stochasticity of life. Your life in academics is extremely deterministic and real life is nothing like that.

  • It does not pay to be pessimistic in early stage companies.

  • The north star for a company should be customer satisfaction.

  • Companies that have industry-leading ROI thrive in recessions because they’ll be allocated the budgets that went to their low-ROI competitors.

  • Many people are not who they project themselves to be or are projected to be. People can be slaves to the myth of their public persona.

  • You’ll be amazed by how much value you get from your smartphone/laptop relative to price when you amortize the cost of it over its lifetime. Apple actually prices its devices such that the amortized cost is about a dollar a day.

  • I’ve seen people pejoratively refer to capitalists as “temporary embarassed millionaires.” I don’t see it particularly derogatory because it eloquently explains why capitalism has improved our standard of living so much: it drives us to make valuable things by leveraging (or exploiting) the superiority complex and insecurity within us all.

  • I’m a huge Star Wars fan so I am obviously loving The Mandalorian on Disney+. It is incredible to watch television (is it accurate to still call it that?) with film-quality production. It was reported that each episode cost $15M to make. Are those production costs partly afforded by the massive direct distribution that the Internet can offer?

  • I think the line between “movie” and “TV show” will start to blur. Another line that will start to blur is the one between “movie” and “game” (need to think more about this one).