Author: @jayfarei

Incentives

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Here’s a couple of examples from my notes that I go back to when I am thinking about incentives and value chains. DARPA Challenge 2009 – in this competition, teams from different US Universities had to locate 10 red balloons placed around the United States and report their coordinates. Finding 10...

Lending Club [Profile]

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Lending Club is the world’s leading online marketplace for business loans, matching businesses who want to borrow with investors....

Market Invoice [Profile]

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MarketInvoice is a business finance provider, which allows businesses to sell their unpaid invoices with long payment terms, to fund business growth....

2015 Thoughts & Notes

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Below a collection of thoughts, quotes and random notes I took during 2015. It is more a reminder to myself of the conclusion of some train of thoughts captured in a catchy phrase, in the spirit of what was the original purpose of this blog, which is to capture the marginalia my life’s...

Evolutionary Programming

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Our brain is a perfect machine, built for an ancient world. We evolved not so that we could have a good life but so that we would be more likely to survive and reproduce. Indeed, an individual who is utterly miserable but manages, despite his misery, to survive and reproduce...

The Satisfaction Treadmill

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The Stoics pointed to two principal sources of human unhappiness: our tendency to worry about things beyond our control (see my previous post) and our insatiability. According to Stoicism, it will be unlikely to obtain a good and meaningful life unless we can overcome (or channel) our insatiability, which is...

Trichothomy of Control

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The Stoics advise us to perform a kind of triage with respect to the elements of our life and sort them into: those we have no control over, those we have complete control over, and those we have some but not complete control over....