Black swan and gray rhino

Posted on February 20, 2020

“Blacks swans” and “gray rhinos” refer to two very different but dangerous threats for investors. Nassim Taleb popularized the term “black swan” through his book (es) with the same name. But the black swan theory comes from much farther and is a metaphor describing an unforeseen event that has major effects. These events are so rare that they do not enter into the computations or any kind of possible expectations; although in retrospect it seemed predictable. At the same timeRead More

Fix yourself before you try to fix others

Posted on February 4, 2020

Many want to eliminate suffering… No shit! Who wants to increase the world’s suffering? I’m against poverty. No kidding, no one is pro-poverty! If you commit to a greater good don’t do it in public; otherwise, your goal is to demonstrate how virtuous you are to the world. The journey starts by fixing oneself first. Fix your own life first and be humble. Doing something privately implies that you care about it. Making it private means that’s real to you.Read More

Worth mentioning I: Content generation, Flywheels, Network effects, what customers want?, Instagram bots

Posted on January 16, 2020

This is a small experiment. When I read posts that I really like I will compile them in groups of five, write a small paragraph for each link and post it here. So let’s start with the first of its kind. The GaryVee Content Model This is the most insightful presentation I’ve seen in a long time. It contains the content creation of Gary Vaynerchuk is a well-explained way with insightful examples. The top-down pyramid consists of one big pieceRead More

New Year’s Resolutions 2020: Focusing on the right habits

Posted on January 6, 2020

For eight years I’ve been setting public goals for myself. With more or less success I’ve also been evaluating the outcomes without exception. From these reviews come the feedback I crave to keep improving and tweaking to adapt myself. From last year’s review, one of the main conclusions was that I need some more focus and planning. I’m satisfied because I achieved a fair amount of goals, but I missed many of the optional or less relevant ones. So, thisRead More

2019 resolutions revised

Posted on January 4, 2020

This blog entered a new phase during 2019. I started writing in English and the first post was the new year’s resolutions. Like I did with the previous years, now it’s time to review the goals I set up for myself and evaluate them. I should say that on one side I’m happy because I achieved most of the main goals; however, I did add quite a lot of “side quests” that I miserably failed at. But from failures oneRead More

Countries are monopolies

Posted on December 22, 2019

Monopoly: the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service. Until recently you were trapped in the country you were born. However, things have changed. Now it is much easier to change countries, move assets, and even secede. Society is becoming more fluid. Borders too. Hopefully, the states will soon realize that coercion does not make things better. But right now, only few citizens realize and are able to stand up and leave.Read More

Brand positioning

Posted on October 16, 2019

Continuing on the brand building on the previous post-link. This time we have one incredible link about brand positioning. Brand positioning is about the space a brand occupies in the minds of people and the differences from its competitors. Link: https://medium.com/s/how-to-build-a-brand/lets-talk-about-brand-positioning-and-purpose-b74a51da9896

How to build a brand

Posted on October 13, 2019

This is probably the best and most complete text I’ve seen on “Brand building“. the guide goes over all the different steps to conceptualize and shape the brand values and value proposition. It is a long read but worth it. Link: https://medium.com/s/how-to-build-a-brand/lets-talk-about-how-to-build-a-brand-543b2dfbc4f5

Stop thinking short term, and start thinking for extra-long term

Posted on September 23, 2019

The lesson I drew from that is you should try to take the set of actions that are likely to prolong civilization, minimize the probability of a dark age and reduce the length of a dark age if there is one. -Musk

AI competitions don’t produce useful models

Posted on September 21, 2019

Awesome post totally recommended: AI competitions don’t produce useful models TLTR; From the upper average top performing models the one that has the best accuracy is not necessarily the best one. The blog post argues that the test set is not big enough to differentiate among the best models so in most of the cases what we find is which model actually better overfitted everything.