Are you going to visit a house in person in the hopes of renting (or buying) the place? Here is a checklist of things to look for and ask about during your visit. What to Bring Phone charger and phone (to test outlets) Measuring tape (to measure room dimensions) Smartphone camera (take lots of photos … More The House Hunter’s Comprehensive Checklist
Stanford guarantees four years of on-campus housing, a really great perk given how expensive the surrounding area is: homes in Palo Alto sell for a median price of $3.3 million, and rent can be just as exorbitant. For people who return to campus for additional years (in my case, a 5th year to finish my … More The Stanford Student’s Guide to Renting in the Bay Area
Over the past few months, I’ve been following the “scooter wars” raging on in SF as part of a very interesting class on the sharing economy I took at Stanford. Several scooter companies have emerged across major metropolitan areas in the United States, offering electric scooters for people to zip around on. San Francisco has … More SF Scooter Wars
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study by the American Sociological Association has found that the old staple of prison currency – cigarettes – has been replaced by instant ramen noodles in prisons across the United States.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?