In today’s startup world, it’s very common practice to focus on user growth before monetization. The EdTech realm is certainly no exception, with many companies desiring a “winner take most” model the likes of which Facebook, Google, and Amazon have had massive success with over the past couple decades. At some point, however, companies need … More Why is EdTech so hard to monetize?
A recent study by the American Sociological Association has found that the old staple of prison currency – cigarettes – has been replaced by instant ramen noodles in prisons across the United States. The rise of ramen in the grey markets of intra-prison exchanges can be tied to two trends shaking up the “traditional” prison … More Econ in the News: Delicious Prison Currency
This quarter, I decided to take CS106B at Stanford. A step above its popular counterpart, CS106A, this class dives more deeply into programming through the C++ language, covering more abstract data types (ADTs), recursion, binary search trees, graphs, and inheritance. After a three-year-long hiatus between taking CS106A, my style starting off was a little … More Bugs in the Code
A couple weeks ago, I had the fortune of attending the inaugural Cardinal Conversations event at Stanford University. Cardinal Conversations is a series of talks designed to pair speakers with diverse views on specific topics, and engage in a dialogue encompassing the multifaceted beliefs and actions within these topics. The first event featured two Silicon … More Respectful Dialogue in a Polarized World
A few weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to go watch one of the most revolutionary musicals of our generation: Hamilton. Although it’s been a couple years since the show’s Broadway premiere, the Pantages theater was completely packed, and a long line of people hoping to snag a last-minute cancelled ticket stretched down the … More Life Lessons from Hamilton
This is the time of year for reflection. For many, this is the only time when extended family and friends are together in one place, when we can share a meal together and recount the stories of present and past. After reading a poignant reflection on TechCrunch, I’d like to urge you to reach out and … More Cherish the Memories
One class I’m taking this quarter is ECON137: Decision Modeling and Information. Taught by the legendary Scott McKeon, this class focuses on the deterministic side of Economics – given some information, figure out the right decision a person should make. With this decision analysis comes a philosophical quandary: should we as a society reward … More Do you applaud the decision or the outcome?
This quarter, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into MS&E277: Creativity and Innovation, which is co-taught by Tina Seelig (godmother of the D.School), and Richard Cox (who also teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business). One our first assignments was to try the famous “Paperclip challenge,” popularized when one guy managed to trade … More Lessons from the Paperclip Challenge
Fresh off a successful tour with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, I jumped right into my next adventure: working at Instrumental as a Business Development Intern. Instrumental creates a combined hardware and software system that solves a critical blind spot in manufacturing: lack of access to insights on the assembly line. Because of archaic data systems … More Things I Learned from my Instrumental Internship
On August 21st, a lucky swath of the United States will experience a total eclipse for the first time in nearly a century, and the entire mainland will get to see a decent partial eclipse. That adds up to 300 million people who are potentially in the market for solar eclipse glasses. With an Amazon-induced … More Econ in the News: the Great American Solar Eclipse