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TLDR: Simplicity is still a controversial topic…
I’ve been publishing essays on Medium for a while but I have decided to upload them only to Youngling & Feynman going forward.
There’s some SEO stuff (when duplicating content) and generally, for me, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze anymore.
I love Medium as a writing tool but to read the latest essays you should go here instead:
Have a good one,
A lot of us are losing money right now.
My future revenue is down 15% right now. 
So how can we make the best of it?
I think a big mistake people are making is acting as if all money is vaporizing. That simply cannot be the case. …
I think it’s good that some founders have goals. I wanna increase revenue by X. I wanna grow my following to Y. I wanna increase the number of users to Z.
But these should function as ex-post measures that tell us if our strategies were effective.
Be mindful of Goodhart’s…
Because Covid-19 And Human (Ir)Rationality — Part2 is a complex essay, it’ll take a little while.
We’ll be analyzing hoarding, price gouging, and market (in)efficiency through the lens of different economic perspectives. Read Part 1 here.
In the meantime, instead of leaving y’all with nothing, here’s a short riff one…
With COVID being the topic that dominates our media, it’s pretty hard to get away from.
While I’m not particularly interested in pandemics, I do find it an interesting and unique opportunity to observe human behavior.
There are a few things I’d like to discuss in today’s essay:
TLDR: There’s an unconscious and highly dangerous assumption in business that, if one only thinks long enough and executes a rigorous enough analysis, one can derive the perfect answer to any business problem. This is the axiom the McKinsey’s of the world are built upon. To make matters even worse…
Most of us are intelligent or at least highly intellectual. 
But if we’re supposedly so smart then why are we so often unhappy?
Surely, we should’ve figured out a permanent solution to this problem by age 18. It doesn’t seem particularly challenging either.
TLDR: In a business environment where it’s becoming increasingly harder to accurately gauge how valuable what you’re doing is, we can fall victim to the effort heuristic. A bias which shows that humans use effort as a proxy for quality. This implies that there’s a danger of avoiding that which…
Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.
― The Cynic…