My readings of modern literature continue, this time with my journey through “Tender Is The Night,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald is the author of “The Great Gatsby,” and I consider him to be one of the consummate writers of mental anguish, guilt and greed in the 20th Century. In my opinion, he gives Ernest Hemingway a run for his money, as I think Hemingway is too self-involved, and intentionally obtuse when it comes to examining feelings and motivations. Where Hemingway sticks to a default cynicism and leaves it at that, Fitzgerald graces his cynicism with a hopeful examination of…
The US$69 hammer fall is not a staggering amount in the fine arts auction world, but the context of this sale represents a giant problem solver and a windfall for creators.
It’s concept is so simple that it’s been readily ignored. The prices are making people pay attention. Where some people see a mania and a fad, others see a new way of doing industry. I am in that second…
Currently there are five new whale-sized wallet addresses that have entered into the top 300, all in the span of the first week of January 2021. Overall in January 2021, there are a total of 11 new wallets.
The current new wallets are: 32; 35; 36; 49; 103; 239; 240; 241; 276; 293; and 298. The last five are the newest, by my estimation.
Being divisive is actually super important to developing a tangible investment strategy that is built out of empirical experience. In my experience, you have to fight to gain experience. And you have to struggle to get to the point where you see the truth, rather than accept what most consider to be the truth.
If you can’t be hard-edged to do that fighting, then you don’t belong in non-mainstream, non-cautious investing. Venture capital especially is all about taking the risk, and the first thing you have to fight through to take risk is other people’s complacency.
And complacency is the…
My goal was to read “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot and “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson this weekend. I accomplished both, but I think I got inspiration from Emerson’s essay. I thought Eliot’s long four part poem was way too abstract. There are a lot of lessons in it for modern poetry and things like canonic literature, but nothing that I think is immediately useful.
Where The Wasteland is an exploration of spiritual ennui in a modern world that has no direction, Emerson’s essay is of a more rooted time, before the American Civil War, during a time when a…
Tonight the Hong Kong government will enforce stricter Covid-19 rules and that means restaurants will close at six, bars will be closed indefinitely, and gyms, nail salons and massage places will be boarded up. The measures will stay in place until the fourth wave of coronavirus passes through and Hong Kong lowers its daily infection rate from over 100 per day to in the single digits.
They are for the first time using mandatory testing for any individuals who have visited five sites of local super spreading infection.
Despite being held by world class investors like Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller, bitcoin still seems as incongruous to the financial system as a sex robot with a chest cold.
While Michael Saylor may have put US$500 million of his company’s reserve assets into bitcoin, many institutional funds are still wary of deploying capital into bitcoin because of its reputation as a black market tool and a currency for criminals.
Oh, about that MicroStrategy allocation: Saylor is issuing another US$400M in private securities for the purpose of buying more bitcoin. …
It’s been a very long time since I wrote in this blog. I have returned to give some updates.
The foremost announcement: A lingering chest infection has meant that I am desperately behind in my training for Kilimanjaro 2021, which I had tentatively pinned for sometime in July or August of that year.
The doctor seems to think an allergy has aggravated my bronchial passageways and it was left untreated for too long. I have therefore developed a rather obnoxious cough and I am suffering asthma-like symptoms. I can’t train for high altitude camping or hiking with this.
Cloubreakr creates campaigns for companies in Greater Southeast Asia to leverage Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) and their local audiences to deliver marketing for brands.
Here’s how they iterated to find product/market fit:
1. They started first by having coffee chats with brand managers, or people in middle management, but realized they were learning about the business side, while most brands were focused more on Facebook, while they were focused on video and Instagram, which had not quite captured brand attention.
2.Sometimes you have to use your own product to find product/market fit.
Edwin Wong is a founder from Hong Kong…
You wouldn’t think it, but Bezos is so successful because he’s not that good at some things. It turns out, many founders are. This is something we share with founders all the time in our Greater Southeast Asia Accelerator for Blockchain and AI, AppWorks, based in Taiwan.
Founders eventually realize that it’s really counterproductive to generate completely brand new thinking to new problems, according to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. To do otherwise is really stupid.
This sounds counterintuitive in describing the startup approach of one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, so I’ll explain.
For Bezos, being a successful entrepreneur…
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