We live in an age of Kickstarter, Patreon, Substack, Shopify+Etsy, Twitch, Anchor+Spotify, TikTok, ProductHunt, AngelList, and new Web3 creator tools like NFT platforms (OpenSea, Rarible, KnownOrigin, FTX, and soon to be Coinbase), Mirror.xyz, and DAOs. We live in an age where there are insane amounts of capital looking to be invested in people doing interesting … More The upside is there for the taking.
To paraphrase Nick Kokonas, the co-founder of Alinea: “Everyone says running a restaurant is not a good business. But if it’s not a good business, why do so many people do it?”. Nick Kokonas After founding and running Mesa Salvaje for 2 and a half years, and having bought a pizzeria nearly a year ago, and having watched KC … More Restaurants. A not-so-bad Business. Who knew? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I recently added Alexander von Humboldt to my list of personal heroes alongside John Maynard Keynes and Benjamin Franklin after finishing The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt. These giants among men, who in their time were rightly celebrated for changing the course of world history, lived incredible lives in which they contributed … More Franklin, Keynes, and Humboldt
I am very well aware that the main use case for Bitcoin is as a store of value: accumulate as much as possible and HODL. And since 2015 that is what I have done. I considered myself quite an educated bitcoiner as I had taken my coins off an exchange and spread them across a … More Playing Around with Bitcoin Online
So this morning I tested positive for COVID-19. After dodging the virus since it first infected my barista and then my fiancé last July, it finally caught up with me. My only symptom for now is a lack of smell and taste as well as a light headache that I attribute more to my lack … More I am the virus: COVID edition
The new masters of the universe are those who control the latest and greatest memes. A secondary effect of the 2020 pandemic has been the rise of the retail YOLO investor and the crossover between social media influence and real world value creation. Gamestop, AMC, and Dogecoin are just the beginning of the new era … More Memes > Attention > Community > Real Value.
After years of expensive education,A car full of books and anticipation,I’m an expert on Shakespeare, and that’s a hell of a lot,But the world don’t need scholars as much as I thought. Maybe I’ll go traveling for a year,Finding myself, or start a career.I could work with the poor, though I’m hungry for fame.We all … More TwentySomething
I am halfway through the epic 3 and a half hour Tim Ferriss podcast with Balaji Srinivasan, the content du jour throughout my twitter feed. And sure enough, it’s a really interesting podcast! One of the takes that caught my attention was the idea of the pseudonymous economy – the notion that in the near-future … More Balaji, Tim Ferriss, and The Pseudonymous Economy
As I sit here reflecting on the strangest year of my life I feel like the game has changed and we are entering a new era of world history from which there will emerge new winners and losers. After 20 years in which we have put a mobile phone in everyone’s hand and Climate Change … More Year in Review: 2020. That Didn’t Go As Planned.
The last 3 months have been a test of my personal and business philosophy like no other. A near constant reevaluation of the situation globally and in Colombia brings with it a constant reevaluation of wisdom of the decisions we’ve taken regarding our small business – an all day cafe in Bogota. We initially felt so … More The Murky Moral Obligations of Small Business Owners in a Time of Crisis