I’ve spent most of my career doing unstructured creative work; primarily in pre-product-market-fit startups, and also with theater and writing. Unstructured creative work is most daunting when it’s unclear whether I’m moving in the right direction. And it turns out to be unclear most of the time. Success for creative work is poorly defined; at … Continue reading Principles on unstructured work, for ambitious people.
The number of global COVID-19 cases is growing exponentially. And humans have zero intuition for exponential growth. While it is hard to predict what the future will look like, it is safe to say that society will change drastically over the next 24 weeks. If we continue at this pace, there will come a time … Continue reading Predictions for the COVID infected political economy.
It doesn’t take long for us to go from having it all, to losing it all. Our happiness is constantly under threat. No matter how stable it seems, we can’t sit on a throne of contentment, say thus I have arrived, and never shall I be shaken. Take Travis Kalanick, Uber founder. In early 2016, … Continue reading Coping with Vicissitudes.
India’s startup ecosystem has been dominated by a long narrative of future optimism. YourStory reported that $13.7 billion was invested in 2017 in Indian startups, across 820 deals. Much of this money has flowed into domestic-focused consumer internet companies like Ola and PayTM. Historically, India has been a haven for enterprise technology. Starting with the … Continue reading Can India’s consumer internet companies become true giants?
Radiohead’s OK Computer is turning 21 this year. The album has enjoyed a renaissance of late, finding more relevance in a tech addicted society. It was ostensibly about travel, and the alienation of transportation modes that take you far away from home. But what started as a rock band’s tour bus angst has become a … Continue reading Fitter, Happier, More Productive… and other fantasies of millennial life.