Personal Investment: Next Gen Foods

Since my name has been mentioned in the news in recent days as one of the new investors in Singapore-based Next Gen Foods, I wanted to tell the story of how and why I invested. These days, most of my investing takes place via Blitzscaling Ventures, which has a laser-focused approach of investing in the … Continue reading Personal Investment: Next Gen Foods

How To Set Up Microsoft Outlook 365 with your Gmail Accounts Using POP3 in 2021

I just received my new Dell XPS 13, which meant that I needed to tackle one of my most dreaded tasks: Setting up Microsoft Outlook on a new Windows laptop. It may not sound like much, but Outlook is the primary reason that I still use a Windows laptop (I have an M1 Macbook Air … Continue reading How To Set Up Microsoft Outlook 365 with your Gmail Accounts Using POP3 in 2021

Why People Don’t Understand Amazon’s MGM Acquisition

Amazon recently agreed to purchase MGM for over $8 billion, and the reaction has been skeptical. Critics of the deal argue that Amazon overpaid for the MGM catalog, especially in comparison to Disney’s (admittedly brilliant) trio of acquisitions: Star Wars ($4 billion), Marvel ($4 billion), and Pixar ($7 billion). But this is allow hindsight to … Continue reading Why People Don’t Understand Amazon’s MGM Acquisition

Exiting Covid-19: Personal + Public Health

Just as Covid-19’s rapid arrival produced confusion, its rapid exit (at least in certain geographies) is producing similar confusion. To reduce this confusion, we should learn how to make decisions based on two different lenses: personal health, and public health. Since I’m most familiar with my own situation, I’ll explain how I’m thinking about these … Continue reading Exiting Covid-19: Personal + Public Health

Covid-19 Will “End” In America By June 1

If you just read news headlines, you would think that despite the development of remarkably effective vaccines, Americans won’t see relief from the pandemic until the end of 2021. That’s just plain wrong. Once again, we’re falling prey to the classic fallacy of treating the future as a simple extrapolation from the recent past. When … Continue reading Covid-19 Will “End” In America By June 1

WallStreetBets, GameStop & devil take the hindmost

Watching the WallStreetBets/GameStop saga unfold is like watching a movie like “Lone Survivor” where you already know that the characters are doomed to a tragic death, you just don’t know how it’s going to happen. In many ways, it is all-too apt exclamation point for an era where so many have decided that truth is … Continue reading WallStreetBets, GameStop & devil take the hindmost

Lies, Damned Lies, and Covid-19 Statistics

One of my pet peeves is that way in which many people can’t seem to grasp the basics of statistics. Every day, I see news reports about the Covid-19 crisis in California, and some try to use these reports to argue that California’s problems prove that Covid-19 lockdowns are a waste of time, and that … Continue reading Lies, Damned Lies, and Covid-19 Statistics

Conventional, Contrarian, Conspiracy Theorist

I recently ran across a tweet from my friend Ben Casnocha that quoted conservative thinker Ross Douthat: The “outsider intellectual” archetype who believes conspiracy theories, e.g. stolen elections: “Extremely smart people whose self-identification is bound up in constantly questioning and doubting official forms of knowledge.” https://twitter.com/bencasnocha/status/1337271852717129730 I have a number of very smart friends who … Continue reading Conventional, Contrarian, Conspiracy Theorist