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Venture Capitalists: change your life with Kushim

May 2, 2017

Venture Capitalists: change your life with Kushim

May 2, 2017

by Clément Aglietta Imagine how difficult it was for an empire to keep track of the birth rate, … Continue reading “Venture Capitalists: change your life with Kushim”

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Some thoughts on Trump’s surprising win

November 10, 2016

Some thoughts on Trump’s surprising win

November 10, 2016

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Connie Loizos from Techcrunch yesterday. Unsurprisingly the conversation rapidly veered … Continue reading “Some thoughts on Trump’s surprising win”

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Ride-sharing is not killing car ownership

August 24, 2016

Ride-sharing is not killing car ownership

August 24, 2016

By Ale Resnik, Chief Executive Officer of Beepi Imagine it’s the year 2035. Gasoline engines are a thing … Continue reading “Ride-sharing is not killing car ownership”

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My Rematerialized Life

May 17, 2016

My Rematerialized Life

May 17, 2016

In October 2014, at the end of my Update on the Very Big Downgrade, I explained that the … Continue reading “My Rematerialized Life”

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Life in 2030

November 5, 2015

Life in 2030

November 5, 2015

I was recently interviewed by Alliancy to discuss the world in 2030. I am transcribing it below for … Continue reading “Life in 2030”

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Great birthday wishes from Dazeinfo: Happy Birthday Fabrice Grinda: The Extraordinary Tech Entrepreneur

August 5, 2015

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Some Thoughts on the New York Times Styles Section Article

June 18, 2015

Some Thoughts on the New York Times Styles Section Article

June 18, 2015

This goes to show there is no such thing as bad press. I made the cover of the … Continue reading “Some Thoughts on the New York Times Styles Section Article”

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Great Interview with La Tribune

January 6, 2015

Great Interview with La Tribune

January 6, 2015

La Tribune just published an interview where we discuss the nature of entrepreneurship, the necessity of failing in … Continue reading “Great Interview with La Tribune”

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How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality

December 11, 2014

How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality

December 11, 2014

I have had the pleasure of meeting professor Tyler Cowen a few times and always left my meetings … Continue reading “How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality”

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Correlation is not causation!

October 29, 2014

Correlation is not causation!

October 29, 2014

Always look at correlations in a critical light! US spending on science, space, and technology correlates with Suicides … Continue reading “Correlation is not causation!”

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October 28, 2014

Not a bad list to be part of :)

October 28, 2014

Techcrunch recently covered the venture investments of various investors in the fashion space. It’s funny that it’s basically … Continue reading “Not a bad list to be part of :)”

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April 29, 2014

Larry Page’s story is fascinating

April 29, 2014

Nicholas Carlson just published a fascinating in depth article about Larry Page. It covers his evolution over the … Continue reading “Larry Page’s story is fascinating”

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Fantastic article on how to build trust in modern marketplaces to achieve liquidity

April 9, 2014

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Great presentations on Bitcoin

February 26, 2014

Great presentations on Bitcoin

February 26, 2014

Bitcoin confuses people. They don’t grasp what it is and how it works. The two presentations below are … Continue reading “Great presentations on Bitcoin”

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50 reasons why this is the greatest time ever

February 5, 2014

50 reasons why this is the greatest time ever

February 5, 2014

In The Case for Optimism I outlined both why we are better off than we have ever been … Continue reading “50 reasons why this is the greatest time ever”

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Henry Blodget’s Slides on the Future of Digital: 2013 are a must read

November 20, 2013

Henry Blodget’s Slides on the Future of Digital: 2013 are a must read

November 20, 2013

I have had the privilege to see Henry do his “Mary Meeker” impersonation as he effectively flies through … Continue reading “Henry Blodget’s Slides on the Future of Digital: 2013 are a must read”

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September 19, 2013

The cure for hubris

September 19, 2013

As a species and as individuals we are often shockingly arrogant. We believe, or want to believe, that … Continue reading “The cure for hubris”

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Delusional optimism can go a long way!

September 6, 2013

Delusional optimism can go a long way!

September 6, 2013

As I have repeatedly observed both as an entrepreneur and angel investor if you believe in something strongly … Continue reading “Delusional optimism can go a long way!”

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No Limits to Growth

September 4, 2013

No Limits to Growth

September 4, 2013

Over the course of the last few years I resolved the cognitive dissonance between my short term pessimism … Continue reading “No Limits to Growth”

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Absolute must read for all entrepreneurs!

August 28, 2013

Absolute must read for all entrepreneurs!

August 28, 2013

James Altucher just published on Techcrunch a 100 point FAQ on starting an Internet business. It’s straight to … Continue reading “Absolute must read for all entrepreneurs!”

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The end of an era!

August 16, 2013

The end of an era!

August 16, 2013

PC World just exited the print market, marking the exit of the last general-interest PC magazine. I am … Continue reading “The end of an era!”

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Fun interview in Le Monde

July 30, 2013

Fun interview in Le Monde

July 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Benoit Hopquin from Le Monde last June while I was … Continue reading “Fun interview in Le Monde”

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How to launch your startup

July 18, 2013

How to launch your startup

July 18, 2013

Paul Graham just published yet another must read blog post. This one is entitled Do Things that Don’t … Continue reading “How to launch your startup”

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David Rowan’s experience at Singularity University is a must read for everyone interested in thinking and learning about the future!

July 1, 2013

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Bill Gurley’s thoughts on marketplaces are a must read!

June 4, 2013

Bill Gurley’s thoughts on marketplaces are a must read!

June 4, 2013

As you can probably imagine given my recent blog post, Thoughts on building successful vertical marketplaces, marketplaces have … Continue reading “Bill Gurley’s thoughts on marketplaces are a must read!”

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Is risk aversion really the fear of feeling?

May 15, 2013

Is risk aversion really the fear of feeling?

May 15, 2013

Check out this interesting Harvard Business Review article: http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman/2013/05/the-unexpected-antidote-to-pro.html

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Great article on optimal take rates in Internet businesses

May 9, 2013

Great article on optimal take rates in Internet businesses

May 9, 2013

Bill Gurley is a partner at Benchmark and an investor and on the board of Uber, OpenTable and … Continue reading “Great article on optimal take rates in Internet businesses”

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Don’t blame the Internet for your failings!

May 9, 2013

Don’t blame the Internet for your failings!

May 9, 2013

Paul Miller, a technology writer for The Verge, decided to spend 365 days offline. No email, Google, Facebook, … Continue reading “Don’t blame the Internet for your failings!”

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The class notes from Peter Thiel’s Stanford class are a must read for all entrepreneurs

May 9, 2013

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The John McAfee story is fascinating!

May 9, 2013

The John McAfee story is fascinating!

May 9, 2013

I just came across his engrossing story in a recent copy of Wired. In many ways entrepreneurs, myself … Continue reading “The John McAfee story is fascinating!”

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Further evidence suggesting consumer Internet series A financings are more difficult to come by

November 26, 2012

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Fantastic interview about what may very well be my next car!

September 9, 2012

Fantastic interview about what may very well be my next car!

September 9, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting both Ron Dennis and Frank Stephenson at the McLaren factory outside of … Continue reading “Fantastic interview about what may very well be my next car!”

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I knew it all along: video games are great for you and allow you to live longer :)

August 6, 2012

I knew it all along: video games are great for you and allow you to live longer :)

August 6, 2012

Not only do games allow you to live longer, healthier life, recent scientific research suggests that intense game … Continue reading “I knew it all along: video games are great for you and allow you to live longer :)”

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Great Article on Steve Jobs’ “Wilderness Years”

April 21, 2012

Great Article on Steve Jobs’ “Wilderness Years”

April 21, 2012

The May issue of Fast Company has a great article on Steve Jobs’ “wilderness years”. This 1985-1996 period … Continue reading “Great Article on Steve Jobs’ “Wilderness Years””

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To accomplish the impossible it helps not knowing something is impossible!

February 4, 2012

To accomplish the impossible it helps not knowing something is impossible!

February 4, 2012

I loved the examples given in the article: http://www.inc.com/harvey-mackay/how-to-accomplish-the-impossible.html

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Great common sense advice from our elders

January 18, 2012

Great common sense advice from our elders

January 18, 2012

I really enjoyed this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/health/elderly-experts-share-life-advice-in-cornell-project.html?_r=2&smid=fb-nytimes I loved this quote: “I chose to live each … Continue reading “Great common sense advice from our elders”

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What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

December 20, 2011

What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

December 20, 2011

I highly recommend this amazing New York Times article on how to instill “performance character” (as opposed to … Continue reading “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?”

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Must read article on America’s 21st century collapse!

October 20, 2011

Must read article on America’s 21st century collapse!

October 20, 2011

I just came across this very well thought through article on everything that could go wrong for the … Continue reading “Must read article on America’s 21st century collapse!”

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Just How Bad is Bad?

August 14, 2011

Just How Bad is Bad?

August 14, 2011

Great interview of Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer in Foreign Policy. Read it at: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/08/05/just_how_bad_is_bad

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Globalization is more fragile and less entrenched than you think!

April 29, 2011

Globalization is more fragile and less entrenched than you think!

April 29, 2011

I was shocked that the statistics I came across in a recent article in The Economist which presented … Continue reading “Globalization is more fragile and less entrenched than you think!”

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The Entrepreneur vs. The Strategy Consultant

April 19, 2011

The Entrepreneur vs. The Strategy Consultant

April 19, 2011

My good friend Auren Hoffman just wrote a great article on the difference between entrepreneurs and McKinsey-type strategy … Continue reading “The Entrepreneur vs. The Strategy Consultant”

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The Sleepless Elite

April 9, 2011

The Sleepless Elite

April 9, 2011

There was a great article in this week’s Wall Street Journal on the 1 to 3 percent of … Continue reading “The Sleepless Elite”

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Lessons of a super tenacious first time entrepreneur

March 26, 2011

Lessons of a super tenacious first time entrepreneur

March 26, 2011

Read this amazing article by my good friend Xenios Thrasyvoulou, the Founder & CEO of Peopleperhour, one of … Continue reading “Lessons of a super tenacious first time entrepreneur”

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How to buy respectability :)

March 25, 2011

How to buy respectability :)

March 25, 2011

If you share my quirky sense of humor, you will love this article from the Economist on how … Continue reading “How to buy respectability :)”

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There are fewer millionaires than you might think!

January 27, 2011

There are fewer millionaires than you might think!

January 27, 2011

If you live in a city like New York with everyone is seemingly richer than you, you imagine … Continue reading “There are fewer millionaires than you might think!”

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Matthieu Ricard: The World’s Happiest Man

November 28, 2010

Matthieu Ricard: The World’s Happiest Man

November 28, 2010

Ever since I saw Matthieu’s great speeches on the habits of happiness, I was intrigued and interested in … Continue reading “Matthieu Ricard: The World’s Happiest Man”

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Unpopular Science

October 30, 2010

Unpopular Science

October 30, 2010

I just came across this amazing post by Christoph Niemann on the NY Times site at: http://niemann.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/25/unpopular-science/ I … Continue reading “Unpopular Science”

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I knew massages were good for you! :)

September 23, 2010

I knew massages were good for you! :)

September 23, 2010

It’s not really a double blind controlled study and many of the benefits might come from just resting … Continue reading “I knew massages were good for you! :)”

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Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs

September 21, 2010

Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs

September 21, 2010

I had written about how America’s success might be because America’s entrepreneurs are hypomanics (Hypomanics to the rescue … Continue reading “Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect Entrepreneurs”

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What to do with your millions

August 19, 2010

What to do with your millions

August 19, 2010

One of the wonders of entrepreneurship is that sometimes we can get lucky and make millions. Paul Buchheit … Continue reading “What to do with your millions”

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Great article on the future of startup funding: Founders vs. Angels vs. VCs!

August 14, 2010

Great article on the future of startup funding: Founders vs. Angels vs. VCs!

August 14, 2010

Paul Graham wrote another great article on the future of startup funding. Read it at: www.paulgraham.com/future.html

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Great article on what happened to Yahoo

August 13, 2010

Great article on what happened to Yahoo

August 13, 2010

Paul Graham just wrote another fantastic article, this time covering what happened to Yahoo. Read it at: www.paulgraham.com/yahoo.html

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Great article on love in Scientific American

February 11, 2010

Great article on love in Scientific American

February 11, 2010

The December issue had an interesting section on falling in love. My favorite article was actually “The Happy … Continue reading “Great article on love in Scientific American”

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College Will Kill Your Entrepreneurial Spirit While Simultaneously Turning You into a Worker Bee

February 5, 2010

College Will Kill Your Entrepreneurial Spirit While Simultaneously Turning You into a Worker Bee

February 5, 2010

This article tells a fascinating story of a journey of survival through entrepreneurship. The persistence and trial and … Continue reading “College Will Kill Your Entrepreneurial Spirit While Simultaneously Turning You into a Worker Bee”

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How David beats Goliath

January 21, 2010

How David beats Goliath

January 21, 2010

I just came across this great article by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker. He explains why underdogs … Continue reading “How David beats Goliath”

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The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups

January 14, 2010

The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups

January 14, 2010

This is an old article by Paul Graham (October 2006), but a must read for all entrepreneurs. Read … Continue reading “The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups”

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New Year's resolution: Have more sex

January 13, 2010

New Year's resolution: Have more sex

January 13, 2010

You would think CNN started writing on my behalf. Right after they wrote an article explaining why girls … Continue reading “New Year's resolution: Have more sex”

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Why girls in their early 20s should date me :)

January 7, 2010

Why girls in their early 20s should date me :)

January 7, 2010

Just when I thought I would have to come up with creative ideas, Simcha Whitehill comes up with … Continue reading “Why girls in their early 20s should date me :)”

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Fantastic article on progress in The Economist

January 4, 2010

Fantastic article on progress in The Economist

January 4, 2010

It deftly addresses why our modern view of progress is so dismal. Read it at: http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15108593

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Mortgage modifications have done more harm than good

January 3, 2010

Mortgage modifications have done more harm than good

January 3, 2010

I argued in a prior post that the best way to deal with a deflating bubble was not … Continue reading “Mortgage modifications have done more harm than good”

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The cause of the financial crisis in one simple sentence :)

October 15, 2009

The cause of the financial crisis in one simple sentence :)

October 15, 2009

Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/opinion/14trillin.html?_r=3

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Why is the US birth rate falling? Children offer a decreasing return on investment :)

October 8, 2009

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The Man Who Made Too Much

October 7, 2009

The Man Who Made Too Much

October 7, 2009

The article is 9 months old, but extremely interesting and worth a read: http://www.portfolio.com/executives/features/2009/01/07/John-Paulson-Profits-in-Downturn/

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Interesting Article: Mark Zuckerberg: The evolution of a remarkable CEO

October 5, 2009

Interesting Article: Mark Zuckerberg: The evolution of a remarkable CEO

October 5, 2009

http://venturebeat.com/2009/10/02/mark-zuckerberg-the-evolution-of-a-remarkable-ceo/

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Great article on interviewing programmers

September 28, 2009

Great article on interviewing programmers

September 28, 2009

A must read: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/GuerrillaInterviewing3.html

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This explains everything! :)

August 14, 2009

This explains everything! :)

August 14, 2009

I just came across this great article which has me written all over it: Why The Smartest People … Continue reading “This explains everything! :)”

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Happiness is a skill!

May 2, 2009

Happiness is a skill!

May 2, 2009

New scientific research that shows we can alter the emotional landscape of our brains from anxiety to happiness … Continue reading “Happiness is a skill!”

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Entrepreneurs: Global Heroes!

March 18, 2009

Entrepreneurs: Global Heroes!

March 18, 2009

There is a great series of articles on entrepreneurship in the latest Economist. Check them out: http://www.economist.com/specialreports/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13216025

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Interesting progress in the fight against HIV

March 13, 2009

Interesting progress in the fight against HIV

March 13, 2009

Over the last 25 years, the fight against HIV has seemed hopeless. Every attempt at a vaccine or … Continue reading “Interesting progress in the fight against HIV”

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Fantastic presentation by Bill Gates at TED

February 20, 2009

Fantastic presentation by Bill Gates at TED

February 20, 2009

I love his optimism!

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The Eligible-Bachelor Paradox

February 18, 2009

The Eligible-Bachelor Paradox

February 18, 2009

Last Spring, Mark Gimein, who is usually more known for his investigative journalism, wrote an interesting article using … Continue reading “The Eligible-Bachelor Paradox”

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Happiness is contagious!

December 5, 2008

Happiness is contagious!

December 5, 2008

A new study suggests that your happiness is heavily influenced by the happiness of the people around you. … Continue reading “Happiness is contagious!”

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The incredible rise and fall of IGE

December 2, 2008

The incredible rise and fall of IGE

December 2, 2008

As a gamer and fan of marketplaces, I have followed with amazement the rise and fall of IGE … Continue reading “The incredible rise and fall of IGE”

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Homophily changes the way you think

November 5, 2008

Homophily changes the way you think

November 5, 2008

Auren Hoffman wrote a fantastic article on how homophily – our tendency to become friends with people who … Continue reading “Homophily changes the way you think”

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Talent is overrated!

October 30, 2008

Talent is overrated!

October 30, 2008

I blogged a few times that, your level of natural talent notwithstanding, excellence is achieved through deliberate practice … Continue reading “Talent is overrated!”

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The Bright Side

October 21, 2008

The Bright Side

October 21, 2008

Fareed Zakaria wrote a fantastic article for Newsweek entitled “There Is a Silver Lining” where he argues the … Continue reading “The Bright Side”

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A Fundraising Survival Guide

October 1, 2008

A Fundraising Survival Guide

October 1, 2008

Paul Graham has a fantastic article on the perils of raising money and advice on how to best … Continue reading “A Fundraising Survival Guide”

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Why active entrepreneurs mostly invest in consumer Internet companies

October 1, 2008

Why active entrepreneurs mostly invest in consumer Internet companies

October 1, 2008

My good friend Auren Hoffman just wrote an interesting article on why entrepreneurs end up investing mostly in … Continue reading “Why active entrepreneurs mostly invest in consumer Internet companies”

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Tuesdays with Rupert

September 26, 2008

Tuesdays with Rupert

September 26, 2008

Vanity Fair has a fascinating article on Rupert Murdoch. Michael Wolff has been given unprecedented access to Murdoch … Continue reading “Tuesdays with Rupert”

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What Makes Us Happy?

September 15, 2008

What Makes Us Happy?

September 15, 2008

There is a great series of interviews on the topic of happiness on Ted.com. Check them out at: … Continue reading “What Makes Us Happy?”

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The Optimistic Thought Experiment

July 28, 2008

The Optimistic Thought Experiment

July 28, 2008

My friend Peter Thiel embarked on an interesting thought experiment to assess what must happen for an “optimistic” … Continue reading “The Optimistic Thought Experiment”

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You are not as rational as you think you are!

July 18, 2008

You are not as rational as you think you are!

July 18, 2008

There is more and more evidence that random factors can influence our decisions. Read this fantastic post by … Continue reading “You are not as rational as you think you are!”

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Check out Dick Costolo's blog on entrepreneurship

June 23, 2008

Check out Dick Costolo's blog on entrepreneurship

June 23, 2008

One of my readers mentioned that he was also reading Dick Costolo’s blog on entrepreneurship and found it … Continue reading “Check out Dick Costolo's blog on entrepreneurship”

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What if the world’s best violinist played the world’s best violin at a subway stop?

June 17, 2008

What if the world’s best violinist played the world’s best violin at a subway stop?

June 17, 2008

Joshua Bell is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso. As part of a fantastic experiment in context, perception, public taste … Continue reading “What if the world’s best violinist played the world’s best violin at a subway stop?”

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The Black Hat Tax

May 22, 2008

The Black Hat Tax

May 22, 2008

My friend Auren Hoffman just wrote a very interesting article on the growing cost consumer Internet companies face … Continue reading “The Black Hat Tax”

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Big bird brain :)

May 2, 2008

Big bird brain :)

May 2, 2008

I read a lot of fascinating articles on Alex last September and never got around to writing about … Continue reading “Big bird brain :)”

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Men are from Video Games, Women are from Social Networks

March 28, 2008

Men are from Video Games, Women are from Social Networks

March 28, 2008

Auren just wrote an interesting article analyzing the behavior pattern of men and women on social networks. Even … Continue reading “Men are from Video Games, Women are from Social Networks”

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The Art of Designing Markets

March 24, 2008

The Art of Designing Markets

March 24, 2008

As an economist by formation and at heart if not by trade, I have always been fascinated by … Continue reading “The Art of Designing Markets”

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Recessions promote breakthrough innovations

March 24, 2008

Recessions promote breakthrough innovations

March 24, 2008

Auren Hoffman wrote an interesting article a few weeks ago on how recessions can promote innovation. I can … Continue reading “Recessions promote breakthrough innovations”

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Stayin’ Alive

March 24, 2008

Stayin’ Alive

March 24, 2008

If like me, the concept of our mortality bothers you, be sure to check out Stayin’ Alive, an … Continue reading “Stayin’ Alive”

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The type of article that stirs my feelings of mortality

March 17, 2008

The type of article that stirs my feelings of mortality

March 17, 2008

Reading about astrophysics almost always makes me feel insignificant and oh so mortal. The article below proved no … Continue reading “The type of article that stirs my feelings of mortality”

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The Prospects for Democracy in China

March 10, 2008

The Prospects for Democracy in China

March 10, 2008

“Is China democratizing? The country’s leaders do not think of democracy as people in the West generally do, … Continue reading “The Prospects for Democracy in China”

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Great articles by fake Steve Jobs on Facebook and Google

March 7, 2008

Great articles by fake Steve Jobs on Facebook and Google

March 7, 2008

Funny and insightful! Sandberg leaves for Facebook. Let’s all recite Eric Schmidt’s Serenity Prayer Eric Schmidt’s Serenity Prayer

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If you are white and in graduate school you are a cliche :)

March 5, 2008

If you are white and in graduate school you are a cliche :)

March 5, 2008

This article is hilarious: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/81-graduate-school/ Most of the posts are great as well! You can recognize yourself in … Continue reading “If you are white and in graduate school you are a cliche :)”

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Making economics relevant again

February 23, 2008

Making economics relevant again

February 23, 2008

I just came across a great article in the New York Times. A few decades ago, economics mattered … Continue reading “Making economics relevant again”

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Free Sex :)

February 21, 2008

Free Sex :)

February 21, 2008

With the growth of online advertising, many businesses are evolving from paid business models to free ad supported … Continue reading “Free Sex :)”

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While on the topic of startup valuations…

February 12, 2008

While on the topic of startup valuations…

February 12, 2008

Paul Graham wrote these two interesting articles on the topic: How to Fund a Startup The Equity Equation

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The power of unintended consequences

February 6, 2008

The power of unintended consequences

February 6, 2008

The road to hell is paved with good intentions! In public policy above all else, I have often … Continue reading “The power of unintended consequences”

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The power of great people (why “good enough” won’t cut it)

February 5, 2008

The power of great people (why “good enough” won’t cut it)

February 5, 2008

While on the topic of hiring, my friend Auren just wrote a great article as to why great … Continue reading “The power of great people (why “good enough” won’t cut it)”

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Books that make you dumb :)

January 31, 2008

Books that make you dumb :)

January 31, 2008

Virgil Griffith analyzed the top 10 books listed on Facebook by students in a college versus the average … Continue reading “Books that make you dumb :)”

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The secret to raising smart kids (and overcoming challenges)

January 16, 2008

The secret to raising smart kids (and overcoming challenges)

January 16, 2008

I just came across a fascinating article in Scientific American on how one’s attitude towards intelligence dramatically impacts … Continue reading “The secret to raising smart kids (and overcoming challenges)”

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The power of regression analysis by Malcolm Gladwell

January 11, 2008

The power of regression analysis by Malcolm Gladwell

January 11, 2008

As Malcolm Gladwell expressed in a New Yorker article, when it comes to art, most people fall in … Continue reading “The power of regression analysis by Malcolm Gladwell”

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Criminal Profiling is bogus by Malcolm Gladwell

January 9, 2008

Criminal Profiling is bogus by Malcolm Gladwell

January 9, 2008

I have always been a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker articles. He is the quintessential eclectic … Continue reading “Criminal Profiling is bogus by Malcolm Gladwell”

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Shocking research on continental European economics teaching

January 8, 2008

Shocking research on continental European economics teaching

January 8, 2008

A recent article in the Financial Times showed that French and German schoolbooks demonize enterprise. As the article … Continue reading “Shocking research on continental European economics teaching”

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Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail

November 30, 2007

Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail

November 30, 2007

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures just wrote a great article on why early stage ventures fail. Check … Continue reading “Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail”

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Meet the Paypal mafia

November 14, 2007

Meet the Paypal mafia

November 14, 2007

Fortune just covered Peter and his former Paypal crew. Read the article at: http://money.cnn.com/2007/11/13/magazines/fortune/paypal_mafia.fortune/index.htm?source=yahoo_quote

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The pitfalls of marrying an entrepreneur

November 1, 2007

The pitfalls of marrying an entrepreneur

November 1, 2007

The Financial Times just ran a very interesting article on the pitfalls of marrying an entrepreneur. As they … Continue reading “The pitfalls of marrying an entrepreneur”

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Wine is a big scam!

September 28, 2007

Wine is a big scam!

September 28, 2007

My friend Auren Hoffman just posted an article arguing that wine is a big scam. Check it out, … Continue reading “Wine is a big scam!”

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Zero to $1 billion

September 25, 2007

Zero to $1 billion

September 25, 2007

Most business books cover what it takes for large businesses to get even larger. Very few have covered … Continue reading “Zero to $1 billion”

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Learn to speak another language: it’s good for you!

September 24, 2007

Learn to speak another language: it’s good for you!

September 24, 2007

The BBC recently reported that people fluent in two languages rather than one were both sharper mentally and … Continue reading “Learn to speak another language: it’s good for you!”

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What Kind of Genius are You?

August 15, 2007

What Kind of Genius are You?

August 15, 2007

In a recent article I wrote how most successful entrepreneurs were not innate geniuses but got their success … Continue reading “What Kind of Genius are You?”

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Create a back-up copy of your immune system

August 7, 2007

Create a back-up copy of your immune system

August 7, 2007

Reposted from New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg19426094.400?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=mg19426094.400 IMAGINE having a spare copy of your immune system on ice, ready to … Continue reading “Create a back-up copy of your immune system”

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Who’s Minding the Mind?

August 3, 2007

Who’s Minding the Mind?

August 3, 2007

There is ever more evidence that we humans are extremely primitive. Psychologists are demonstrating time and time again … Continue reading “Who’s Minding the Mind?”

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Ten Politically Incorrect Truths about Human Nature

July 12, 2007

Ten Politically Incorrect Truths about Human Nature

July 12, 2007

Psychology Today has a great article on human nature. I am not sure I buy all the arguments … Continue reading “Ten Politically Incorrect Truths about Human Nature”

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Read Tony Blair’s essay in The Economist

June 15, 2007

Read Tony Blair’s essay in The Economist

June 15, 2007

Tony Blair is probably the most gifted politician of his generation. He is smart, open minded and a … Continue reading “Read Tony Blair’s essay in The Economist”

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For the love of conferences :)

May 28, 2007

For the love of conferences :)

May 28, 2007

George Meyer just wrote an amazing satirical essay in the New Yorker on the addiction to conferences. Check … Continue reading “For the love of conferences :)”

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Top 10 ways to make better decisions

May 17, 2007

Top 10 ways to make better decisions

May 17, 2007

As much as we think of ourselves as extremely rational and intelligent beings, there is a growing body … Continue reading “Top 10 ways to make better decisions”

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Morality in Primates

March 22, 2007

Morality in Primates

March 22, 2007

The New York Times had a very interesting article on morality in primates. As many primates display empathy, … Continue reading “Morality in Primates”

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Why people believe in God

March 7, 2007

Why people believe in God

March 7, 2007

The NY Times just published a great article called “Darwin’s God” discussing why people believe in God. It’s … Continue reading “Why people believe in God”

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The benefits of intellectual curiosity

January 3, 2007

The benefits of intellectual curiosity

January 3, 2007

While true polymaths like Leonardo da Vinci are rare, there is an increasing body of evidence to suggest … Continue reading “The benefits of intellectual curiosity”

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The Real Thomas Crown Affair!

December 20, 2006

The Real Thomas Crown Affair!

December 20, 2006

I count The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan as one of my favorite movies and was amused … Continue reading “The Real Thomas Crown Affair!”

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Read New Scientist’s 50th Anniversary Special Edition

December 9, 2006

Read New Scientist’s 50th Anniversary Special Edition

December 9, 2006

The predictions for the next 50 years by dozens of world class scientists are wide ranging and intriguing. … Continue reading “Read New Scientist’s 50th Anniversary Special Edition”

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Amazing dog story

December 5, 2006

Amazing dog story

December 5, 2006

As a dog owner and lover, I am very moved by stories like this one: An 81-year old … Continue reading “Amazing dog story”

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The Red Carpet Syndrome

November 5, 2006

The Red Carpet Syndrome

November 5, 2006

Einat Wilf, a young up and coming Israeli politician and intellectual, wrote an interesting article a few years … Continue reading “The Red Carpet Syndrome”

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A Star is Made – Part 2

October 29, 2006

A Star is Made – Part 2

October 29, 2006

After the recent article in the New York Times by the Freakonomics authors arguing that high performance is … Continue reading “A Star is Made – Part 2”

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Lessons in life: the humbling transformation of Andre Agassi

September 9, 2006

Lessons in life: the humbling transformation of Andre Agassi

September 9, 2006

I just read Gary Smith’s amazing mini-biography of Andre Agassi in Sports Illustrated. The story of his rise … Continue reading “Lessons in life: the humbling transformation of Andre Agassi”

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Live long? Die young? The answer is not in your genes

September 7, 2006

Live long? Die young? The answer is not in your genes

September 7, 2006

My last posting showed how deliberate practice overwhelms differences in natural ability to explain the success of top … Continue reading “Live long? Die young? The answer is not in your genes”

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A Star is Made

September 6, 2006

A Star is Made

September 6, 2006

If like me you loved the inquisitive mindset in Freakonomics where the authors ask numerous unrelated questions of … Continue reading “A Star is Made”

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The state of sleep research

September 2, 2006

The state of sleep research

September 2, 2006

Recent developments in sleep research are extremely interesting. The two most interesting findings are on the importance of … Continue reading “The state of sleep research”

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Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous

August 31, 2006

Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous

August 31, 2006

The recent Slate article on the deathstyles of the rich and famous is hilarious. I suppose, I found … Continue reading “Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous”

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Window to the future

August 28, 2006

Window to the future

August 28, 2006

People are notoriously bad at predicting the future further than a few years down the line. We think … Continue reading “Window to the future”

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Electrify your brain

August 27, 2006

Electrify your brain

August 27, 2006

It sounds crazy, but there is significant evidence that passing a weak current through your brain can significantly … Continue reading “Electrify your brain”

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A more sophisticated take on nature vs. nurture

July 24, 2006

A more sophisticated take on nature vs. nurture

July 24, 2006

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/23/magazine/23wwln_idealab.html?pagewanted=all In a widely-discussed 2003 article, he found that, as anticipated, virtually all the variation in I.Q. scores … Continue reading “A more sophisticated take on nature vs. nurture”

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Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, The Inevitable Cons

June 27, 2006

Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, The Inevitable Cons

June 27, 2006

I thought many of you would enjoy the irony of my posting this 🙂 Freud has been proven … Continue reading “Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, The Inevitable Cons”