ChatGPT and AI-boosted Productivity

Ever since OpenAI’s ChatGPT program created a simple way for the everyday person to widely apply AI technology, the AI hype cycle has risen anew. Time will tell if this is a truly revolutionary time or if things fizzle again, but with Microsoft’s Bing GPT, Google’s Bard AI, and many other players rising up in … More ChatGPT and AI-boosted Productivity

The false dichotomy of hybrid work

Our tale of how modern white-collar workplaces evolved into hybrid work environments usually goes like this: thanks to a massive “natural experiment” from the Covid-19 pandemic, employees demonstrated that remote work is productive, but also showed the limits to camaraderie and innovation in the workplace. As a result, white-collar workers are now mandated (or strongly … More The false dichotomy of hybrid work

Ice Cream Wins Wars

In business and in war, logistics crowns the victor. And sometimes, logistics comes in the form of ice cream! Back in WWII’s Pacific Theater, intrepid US soldiers used high-altitude flights to transform rations into delicious ice cream. The recipe was simple: attach small propellers to ice cream cans for “churning”, load them up with canned … More Ice Cream Wins Wars

What’s in a (college) name?

Whether it’s private institutions like the “Ivy Plus” elite (Ivy League, Stanford, UChicago, etc.), powerful public schools (e.g. the University of California system), or those in secondary echelons of selectivity, millions of students dream of one day calling a top institution their alma mater. What makes these name-brand schools so interesting goes beyond education — … More What’s in a (college) name?

How to Attract Employees Back to the Office

After more than 2 years of remote-first work, many companies are calling their white-collar employees back to the office. Tech giants Google and Apple are ramping up to full hybrid schedules (3 days in-office, 2 days flexible), while Investment Banking heavyweights like Goldman Sachs are already back in person, although not without rising discontent among … More How to Attract Employees Back to the Office

Bad Startups, Part 2 (Good in Hindsight)

I’ve previously written about some objectively bad startups. This time, I want to highlight some startups whose models were unintuitive at best, and how they overcame status quo perceptions in their journey to success. Cam Boys Here’s the investor pitch: we’re going to create a 24/7 livestream of one of our founders, who’s not particularly … More Bad Startups, Part 2 (Good in Hindsight)

The Art of (Little) Acquisitions

Have you made a PowerPoint presentation recently, or perhaps opened up Google Maps to figure out how to get to a destination? Silicon Valley is rife with discussions about “acquihires”, overvalued purchases, and even allegations of anti-competitive “buy and kill” behavior: purchasing competitors before they can become a bigger threat. For all the negatives we … More The Art of (Little) Acquisitions