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What I learned from my side project in education technology: Formata

Last winter, I built an MVP for an ed-tech product, called Formata. Here's what it was, why I did it, and what I learned from it. Why Education I had been (and still am) trying little side projects in different industries because I like learning about and understanding new things. At the time, I had done some stuff in productivity ...
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Cancer clinical trials and the problem of low patient accrual

Inspired by this contest to come up with ideas to increase the low amount of patient accrual for cancer clinical trials, I decided to look more into the data. Bold, by the way, is one of my all time favorite books, and was co-authored by the creator of the herox.com website, the xprize Foundation, and co-founder of Planetary Resources: Peter Diamandis. Truly someone ...
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Amazon’s secret sauce: the flywheel model

After finishing The Everything Store recently, I wanted to share an interesting framework that Bezos used when founding Amazon. The book, by the way, is a phenomenal read and gives great insight into Bezos's character and how he has led an innovative Amazon. Ambition, persistence, spontaneity, and being neurotic/obsessive are some of the most common traits of the successful people I've read about ...
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What trying to blog somewhat regularly does for me

I have not been at all regular with my blog. I also have a bunch of draft posts on various topics just sitting there, partially written, mostly because I started writing and got stuck, or distracted, or ran out of time. Noticing that has made me want to write this, a short blog post about blogging (meta-blogging?). Trying to blog somewhat ...
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Warren Buffett: insights into his character, obsession with OPM

I tend to idolize Warren Buffett a little, something rekindled after recently reading Making of An American Capitalist. He's brilliant, humble, focused, self-confident, and frugal. He started his own "golf ball" business as a kid, employing an army of friends to fish out golf balls from ponds in local golf courses,  and then to clean, organize, and resell them. During his short ...
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Some books I’m reading, and why

Ever since I got my Kindle 3 years ago, I've been reading more. A lot more: before my Kindle, I'd probably average less than one book a year (not including those required for school). For me, it seems that the convenience of reading was a big factor. Why do I read? As Newton said, to "stand on the shoulder of giants" ...
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