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The Future of You That You Least Suspect

February 26, 2019

Hello, The other night my teenage boys asked me what was on my mind (likely looking for material to make fun of me. Just kidding, they’re thoughtful kids). Instead of trying to “kid proof” my thoughts or rush the conversation, I wrote them a letter. First, to explain that I’m consumed by how we think … Continued

“This literally sounds like hell.”

February 20, 2019

Hello, A few weeks ago I tweeted about my new personal sleep optimization schedule of eating dinner at 4pm, avoiding alcohol and going to bed by 9pm. It had never occurred to me that becoming the most boring person ever could feel so GOOD! Others felt differently (one person responded “This literally sounds like hell”) … Continued

Sleep is the new coffee

December 6, 2018

A month ago I finished reading Why We Sleep. Not only did I become convinced that getting high-quality sleep is the best protector and enhancer of health and cognition, but it is also the most underappreciated. I’m shocked that sleep hygiene is not a global priority, and even more irate that my three children are expected … Continued

It’s time to think small

November 19, 2018

What’s the most advanced technology in this picture? It’s the $4 houseplant – a biodegradable, carbon-capturing, self-replicating, solar-powered work of art.* That a common shrub is more advanced than the latest MacBook Pro is overlooked by almost everyone. Most fail to see it for a simple reason: the technological marvels of a plant can’t be … Continued

Impact Investing Just Doesn’t Cut It

October 27, 2018

Hello, Given the UN Climate Report released a few weeks ago, by the time my eight-year-old daughter graduates from high school, we’ll be invery big trouble. Yikes. After reading the report, I thought through a list of my instinctive yet unproductive reactions: Attempt to persuade someone who does not believe the risks are real Rely … Continued

Can you believe we used to live like this?!

October 16, 2018

Hello, When future generations look back on our current behavior, what will they say? “Can you believe people used to…?!?!” * For example, can you believe that people used to…drive cars themselves, communicate by tapping fingers, use wires to transmit energy, eat meat that was farmed rather than grown, or be unaided in their thinking? … Continued

What will our minds be like in 20, 50, and 100 years?

October 9, 2018

Hello, I’m consumed with inquiring about what our cognitive existence could be like in 20, 50, and 100 years. My take on where we’re heading: an evolutionary transition on a scale like the planet experienced from early hominids 2 million years ago to us today. Just like that last leap, this next evolutionary chapter will … Continued

Don’t be basic

September 6, 2018

Hello, My two teen boys just finished another summer internship at Kernel. While they learned new ways to physically interface with the brain, I learned new ways to verbally interface with teenagers. I took some notes to pass along: “lit” = cool/chill “extra” = overly dramatic/overbearing, or more than what is typical “basic” = boring … Continued

Saying No to Moonshots

August 17, 2018

Hello, “So…you’re doing moonshots at OS Fund? Awesome!” was a common response to last week’s announcement of OS Fund II. I appreciate the aspirational high fives, but actually, it’s not what we’re doing. Many people hear “science investments” and immediately think of “moonshot” hype and failure stories, i.e. fantastic possibility, decade-plus time scales, excessive risk, … Continued

If you didn’t need permission…

August 7, 2018

Hello, What do you wish you could do—but can’t—because it requires the permission of others…a boss, an investor, or society? In 2013, fresh after selling my company Braintree, I finally had enough resources to pursue nearly any endeavor, no permission needed. One problem I saw was that not enough money was being invested in deep … Continued