tl;dr: Give scientists long term sustained cash. I sat through Obama’s moonshot Cancer talk again. I think his sentiment is in the right place, but his scientific problem /organizational competency is completely misplaced. Pushing large cash into this problem is unlikely to make the problem easier. 2013, POTUS pushed the BRAIN initiative. 2015, POTUS pushed… Read More My Take on Obama’s Moonshot
My big scientific blunder… I wanted to believe something good about Theranos., the company that raised a few hundred million dollars from premiere investors of silicon valley. I wanted to believe that humanity had found its next great Landsteiner. It turns out that my perception of the problem in blood diagnostics was completely wrong.… Read More I Wanted to Believe in Theranos.
N Nitrogen sourcing is a sufficiently tough problem. This blog post by Ron Shigeta is one of the most well written macro posts on the topic that I’ve read. Here’s why: Nitrogen is important for farming. The Haber Bosch process unlocked our ability to source Nitrogen. Before the Haber Bosch, Nitrogen production and sourcing… Read More N & P
I encourage everyone to write a blog post about their unconventional or non-common beliefs. If you do, feel free to share it with me: @datarade. Intellectual Property is counterproductive to the advancement of humanity and we should abolish it. The golden ticket is for great markets to reward prolific monopolists, not oligarchal non-creators. The riches should… Read More The Things I Believe That Very Few People Believe
In the USA, we have: 7000 taxi medallions. 8 Major Film Studio Companies. (‘The Majors’) 15 Large Banks. 3 Major Radio Stations. 3 Major Labels. 2 Major Ticketing companies. 2 Major broadband providers. 2 Major telcos. ~150 MVNOs. (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) 10 Major Movie Theater Chains. 4 Big Accounting Companies. (“The Big 4.”) 10… Read More In the US we Have:
I analyzed over 2000 VP of Sales Profiles on LinkedIn. I was trying to edit my lackluster LinkedIn Profile to look more like a VP of Sales profile. I always try to make data driven decisions. Heuristics for Becoming a VP of Sales for Brown/Black People. Use the NamSor API to optimize for northern European names.… Read More Black and Brown Non-Technical ‘VP of Sales’ are Unicorns
Obsession In the past 2 years, I’ve monitored 300,000+ Web & Mobile Apps that launch on over 60+ launch sites, the iOS App Store, and through friends’ recommendations. In this post, I hope to share some of the lessons I’ve had from talking to almost 1000 developers/founders of apps and using 20,000 of them as well.… Read More Observations from Monitoring 300,000 Mobile & Web Apps – This is What I Learned.
I was sitting in a small room with a group of Israelis, Americans, and Russians for our weekly meetings. As people continued talking passive aggressively, an elephant appeared in the corner. It started growing larger and almost as if by magic, people started moving around to accommodate the elephant even to the point of discomfort.… Read More There’s No Room For Elephants in Startups- Working Cultures
Kumar’s Law: Over the history of software programming and app development, I’ve observed that the the number of developers and/or technologies/APIs and/or costs and/or education required to build an app will decrease by 2x every 2 years. Graveyard Code. No-one can be sure just how many apps exist in the marketplace. One of the primary issues… Read More My Theory About The Rate At Which Software is Eating the World
Now that Quora is eliminating the ‘promote’ option from answers, I’m going to let a few tricks out of the bag. This is a good product move, and you’ll quickly understand why from the post below. I used to run a gambit of tricks on Quora. Trick 1: Drive Traffic to My Sites: Promote answers… Read More Why Quora’s Purge of Answer Promotion Was a Good Move.