Productivity

No More Scrolling: Ditching my iPhone for an Apple Watch

A week ago, I replaced my smartphone with an Apple Watch. The amount of screen in my pocket went from ~18 square inches to ~2.6 square inches—almost 7x smaller. Here's why I did it, what happened, and what I learned.

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Finance

Investing and Causation

Judea Pearl proposes three views of cause and effect: association, intervention, and counterfactuals. In this post, I speculate that this is a useful way to understand different investment classes—from passive index funds to leveraged buyouts to derivatives.

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Government

Undemocratic Republic: The Tyranny of the Senate and Why it Matters

50% of the population is represented by just 18 Senators. It’s time for us to revisit the Connecticut Compromise, the Devil’s Bargain that allowed for the adoption of the Constitution at the expense of a democratic Senate.

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Unbundling

Disruptive Unbundling

When do industries bundle, and when do they unbundle? This article introduces disruptive unbundling, and describes how disruptive innovations drive cycles of bundling and unbundling.

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Linguistics

Using Language Data to Understand Emotions 🎭

Using machine learning to generate a novel categorization of emotions.

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Social Network Analysis - How Many Communities Am I In?

Using social network analysis to see how many communities I exist in, and observing communities-within-communities.

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Entertainment

Visualizing YouTube During Its Growth Years📱

A data visualization of the top YouTube channels in 2013, with discussion of what's changed over the last 6 years.

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Startup

The Startup Guide to Upfront Pricing

Why upfront and prepaid pricing is important, and guidance from prospect theory to getting the most out of an upfront pricing strategy.

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Marketing

7 Kinds of Marketing Optimization 📈

How do marketing campaigns improve over time? Here are 7 ways.

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Entertainment

Interactive Graphic - The Blockbuster Trap 🎥

An interactive graphic, prepared in collaboration with Professor Anita Elberse, about how Hollywood's original and not-so-original films fare at the box office.

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