This week’s links: 2/17/19

Sam Altman’s Quintessential “How To Be Successful”

The Value of  Keeping a Daily Journal – Derek Sivers

The Best “How Did We Get Here” Book I’ve Read on the U.S. Healthcare System by Elisabeth Rosenthal… it’s a tour de force but I couldn’t actually finish it.

Howard Marks’ Latest Memo, an excellent reflection on the current political and economic landscape.

Great Book The Outlines (Glorifies?) Why Platform Businesses Win – Modern Monopolies by Alex Moazed and Nicholas L. Johnson

  • Identify your core transaction as your objective function, and build the business in support of sustainable, exponential growth of this transaction (see Stubborn Attachments comments below).

Awesome Recent History of Massive Wealth Creation and Concentration in India – The Billionaire Raj by James Crabtree

Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen

  • Finally a book that begins with an executive summary! Growth is good – the best single objective function around which we can optimize is sustainable economic growth. The founder of Stripe echoed similar views on the Tim Ferriss podcast (here), noting the social instability that can come with rising inequality, but citing the raised standards and quality of life with better economically performing nations.
  • The Crusonia plant: a hypothetical plant which is comparable to an apple tree. Seeds fall, more trees are planted, an exponentially increasing number of apples are produced, in perpetuity. Combined with a key tenet of his book – that we shouldn’t discount the future at all – we should be seeking and sustaining crusonia plants in all walks of the economy and life. Seek exponentially compounding and sustainable economic flows.

Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters by Alan S. Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa

  • Intro guide to popular evolutionary psychology… perhaps skips some steps in the logical reasoning amongst its case studies, but an entertaining enough read.

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