Friday, September 19, 2014

Let the Russians Have PBR

There's been a lot of activity on the Twittersphere today about the purchase of 170 year-old Pabst Brewing Company by six year-old Oasis Beverages of Russia. Yes, that's right folks, the Russians now own such iconic American brands as PBR, Colt 45, Schlitz, Ballantine, and National Bohemian ("Natty Bo"). Some see this as something to mourn for. I say, thank you Russia for the $700M in cash.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Reid Hoffman and Carl Icahn Are Both Right

Reid is right that commerce and payments are a powerful combination, not disparate platforms, but Icahn is right that eBay is covering up PayPal's value.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Money and Disputes

Paul Graham wrote an interesting essay back in 2010 called The Top Idea in Your Mind. He writes about two situations that can take over your thinking in the sense that they push out other ideas. One is getting money (fundraising, if you are a startup), and disputes. I had never thought about this, but it's absolutely true; fights are such a mental energy sink that the only people who do them well are those who are essentially professional fighters: activist hedge funds, litigators, certain types of real estate investors, etc.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

How I Stopped Using an Alarm Clock and Got Up Earlier

Waking up for work has always been a challenge for me, historically enabled only by the aid of a ringing alarm clock. Yet today I wake up earlier than ever, without an alarm. How is this possible?

Some background: I've been chronically sleep deprived for as long as I can remember. In high school,  when my alarm went off at 6:30AM, I would curse existence and try every trick in the book to squeeze out another 15 minutes of sleep. Not much has changed since (except for getting less exercise).

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Why It's a Good Thing that the Defining News Organization of Our Times Is "Powered by Cute"

I just discovered BuzzFeed, and I love it [1]. BuzzFeed calls itself "powered by cute," a statement that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. How can the watchdog of democracy be powered by cute? What has happened to society?

I love that it's powered by cute. I love that it's powered by cute because I think that's a better paradigm than powered by fear.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day Resolutions

I have some resolutions to make, and I’m not going to wait until New Year’s. Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season in many places; in that spirit I am making Memorial Day resolutions.