August-December 2020 Edition of Corona Crash or Everything Bubble Pop?

I created this series to serve as a set of living artifacts. This is the 3rd post in the series. I’m striving to capture major current events and financial market action from the lens of a retail investor in the US. It’s essential to understand how one feels and behaves during times of economic uncertainty and market…

5x there, 10x to go

I’m someone who enjoys reading new-year predictions. Some industry-specific examples include: Tech in 2020: Standing on the shoulders of giants from Benedict Evans, What Will Happen in the 2020s from Fred Wilson, 2017 Predictions by Howard Lindzon, Fintech Prediction Palooza from Howard Lindzon, US Fintech Predictions from Charlie Ma, and Fintech in 2020 from Alex…

What eBay, Napster, and Banks have in common

Me. And sorry– that was the most clickbaity title I’ve ever published. I published a post last month about the acqui-hire experience, and as we approached the new year, I wrote a post reflecting on changes that took place in my life in 2019. I often wonder where the line between reflection and ‘too much’…

Stay the Course: The Story of Vanguard and the Index Revolution by the late, great John ‘Jack’ Bogle

Crossposting this tweet thread: Stay the Course: The Story of Vanguard and the Index Revolution by the late, great John ‘Jack’ Bogle. Why care? Because Bogle was a hero, always putting American investors 1st. He knowingly & happily gave up personal profits for the betterment of you & me. The book explains the history between…

E-Commerce Financial Model for Startups

‘E-Commerce Financial Model for Startups‘ courtesy of Matthew Carroll; a guide to forecasting revenue & expenses for e-commerce startups. FailHarder’s E-Commerce Financial Model for Startups E-commerce Financial Model for Startups Quora Retail Analytics Profit Margin Template 2012 Conversion Metrics Payvment

‘Built To Last’ by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Built To Last. Some excerpts: “We suggest that the continual stream of great products and services from highly visionary companies stems from them being outstanding organizations, not the other way around. Keep in mind that all products, services, and great ideas, no matter how visionary, eventually become obsolete. But…

‘The Age Of The Platform’ by Phil Simon

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Age Of The Platform. How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Some excerpts: Definition of a Platform: “An extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that quickly and easily scales, morphes, and incorporates new features (called planks in this book), users, customers, vendors, and partners… Today, the most vibrant…

‘The Social Entrepreneur’ By Andrew Mawson

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Social Entrepreneur. Some favorites: “The contrast between that kind of experience of life – which, believe me, can feel frustrating and active discouraging – and someone simply saying, “sure, go ahead, when can you start and how can we help’, without forms or systems or anything else, just…

‘Shipping Greatness’ by Chris Vander Mey

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Shipping Greatness. Some favorites: “If you’ve uncovered a big problem that many users share, you’ve completed the most important step of your product definition process.” “Remember that the time to maintain your cool is when others are losing theirs!” “About 90% of the time, the root cause for your…

FORTUNE – The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time’ by Verne Harnish & the Editors of Fortune

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading FORTUNE – The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time. My 5 favorites: Henry Ford doubling workers wages Nordstrom’s extreme customer services Boeing betting on the 707 Johnson & Johnson saving Tylenol Softsoap boxing out competitors

‘The Pirate’s Dilemma’ by Matt Mason

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Pirate’s Dilemma by Matt Mason. A few of my favorites: “Western culture got homogenized and corporatized to an extent where it was inevitable that would come to existence a stratum under the radar, where people who saw the stupidity and boredom of the mass culture started…

Phil Libin Keynote – Focus on Product & Design

Great Keynote presentation by Evernote’s CEO, Phil Libin touching on why he believes today is the best time to start a company (if you’re starting one for the right reasons). Reasons being… App stores  Open source infrastructure Freemium economics Social media He says to “focus on design and build the best product.” This wouldn’t have…