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Step 1: dent the universe.
Step 2: rewrite the universe.

July 26, 2018

Hello, Steve Jobs once famously said to Pepsi CEO John Sculley, in an attempt to lure him to Apple: “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Or, as he later put it, “We’re here to put a … Continued

Becoming a zero detective

July 20, 2018

Hello, I recently finished Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, by Charles Seife. He chronicles how hard it was for humanity to come up with and hold onto the concept of zero. No zero, no math. No zero, no engineering. No zero, no modern world as we know it.. Since reading this book, I … Continued

You own your thoughts. But maybe not for long.

July 11, 2018

Hello, This will take 4 minutes to read, but I promise it’s worth your attention. Imagine you had a brain interface that could read all of your thoughts, conscious and subconscious. Who would own that data? Who would you give access to? Who could make money on it? Given that we’re building brain interfacing technology … Continued

Engineering the building blocks of the future

June 29, 2018

Hello, What are the coolest, most consequential, yet least-known technologies coming online in the world?  The kind that give you hope that we can tackle our most daunting challenges, such as running out of scarce resources or solving pollution and climate change? The kind that are out of the research lab and poised to radically change … Continued

How would you save humanity with $17.7 billion dollars?

June 22, 2018

Hello, If you had $17.7 billion dollars, what one thing would you do to maximally increase the probability that the human race would thrive? Last week, Bridgewater Founder Ray Dalio chose to focus on oceans. I obsessed about a similar question after I sold Braintree in 2013. With an entire life of thriftiness, I finally … Continued

Three Thoughts

June 12, 2018

Hello, I sent my first email newsletter a few weeks ago and have been ruminating on the responses since. I have three observations. 1. There is a deep, untapped reservoir of intellect and energy wanting to positively contribute to our future. But it’s hard finding real world alignment with these desires. Connecting around personal struggles … Continued

The past 4 years

May 19, 2018

Hi there, Four years ago, everything changed. I sold my company Braintree, left my childhood religion, ended a 13 year marriage, and emerged from a decade long bout with crushing depression. From there, I began a journey to re-architect myself. I’m excited to share what’s happened since with work, life, and love. 1. While you … Continued