This Week


Understanding India’s Chilly Reception of Jeff Bezos

The CEO’s pledge to create millions of jobs was met with protests.
01/22 2283

To Achieve Big Goals, Start with Small Habits

Begin with these five steps.
01/20 1888

Finding the One Decision That Removes 100 Decisions (or, Why I’m Reading No New Books in 2020)

Tim ferriss writing in journal

Donald Knuth, a renowned mathematician and recipient of the Turing Award (considered the Nobel Prize of computer science), retired from using email in 1990.

He issued a public statement on his Stanford faculty page, which I saved to Evernote 1–2 years ago. I think of it often, and my favorite....
01/21 1429

What is Rust and why is it so popular?

Rust has been Stack Overflow’s most loved language for four years in a row, indicating that many of those who have had the opportunity to use Rust have fallen in love with it. However, the roughly 97% of survey respondents who haven’t used Rust may wonder, “What’s the deal with Rust?”

The short....
01/20 760

Every Company Will Be a Fintech Company

This is an abbreviated version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2019. You can watch a video version on YouTube.

In the not-too-distant future, I believe nearly every company will derive a significant …
01/21 274

Last Week


The Dark Side of Self-Control

Resisting short-term temptations can lead to long-term regret.
01/16 2899

Visa, Plaid, Networks, and Jobs

Visanetwork 1024x767

Before the network, there is the job.

In the case of Visa, or, to be more exact, the Bank Americard that would eventually be spun out and renamed Visa, the job for consumers was obvious: instant credit for anything, without the need for a merchant-specific account or a visit to the bank for a....
01/14 1569

How To Invest In Startups

There is a lot of advice about how to be a good startup founder. But there isn’t very much about how to be a good startup investor.

Before going any further, I should point out that this is a particularly hard time to invest in startups—it’s easier right now to be a capital-taker than a....
01/13 1566

Avoiding burnout as an ambitious developer

When I graduated college and started my first full-time job in NYC, I was all in. It’s a pretty common occurrence, especially in smaller companies: a junior dev thrown into the deep end, they flounder a bit, they learn a lot, and they use their youthful energy to code and work all over the....
01/13 576

At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

Turns out, letting slower passengers—like travelers with small children, or who need extra assistance—board first really is faster.
01/18 547

Best in 01/06 - 01/12


What It Takes to Give a Great Presentation

Five tips to set yourself apart.
01/06 6988

Should You Go to Graduate School?

A look at the pros and cons.
01/07 1777

The Best Books and Articles I Read in 2019

Tim ferriss books211

2019 was a huge year for me.

I rediscovered nature, recommitted to writing, experimented widely, scuttled many things that have weighed on me for years, and greatly improved my overall investing. Most important, I deepened my relationships with my family, my girlfriend, her family, and my....
01/08 1585

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

New artificial intelligence techniques can spot patterns not only in 2D images but on spheres and other curved surfaces, lifting AI out of “flatland.”
01/12 1375

Products I Wish Existed, 2020 Edition

Below is a list of products or startups that I am keeping an eye out for. I skipped listing things I wish existed that can *not* be implemented with today's technology in strong form - for example, theYoung Lady's Illustrated Primer- although weak forms of this may be possible today. A number of....
01/06 1262

Best in 2019/12/30 - 01/05


Everything You Thought You Knew About Inbox Zero Is Wrong

Merlin Mann says people took his idea far too literally.
01/05 5125

How Anxiety Traps Us, and How We Can Break Free

Some exercises for reframing your fears, doubts, and uncertainties.
01/02 3518

What Will Happen In The 2020s

It’s 2020. Time to look forward to the decade that is upon us.

One of my favorite quotes, attributed to Bill Gates, is that people overestimate what will happen in a year and underestimate what will happen in a decade.

This is an important decade for mankind. It is a decade in which we will....
01/01 1674

Are You Pushing Yourself Too Hard at Work?

Five signs to look out for.
01/03 1569

Useful Hacks

“You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant. It just doesn’t work that way.” – Warren Buffett

Someone hired a social media consultant at an old employer. During a three-hour session she walked us through hashtags, what time of day you should post on Twitter, how....
2019/12/31 1459