Tangential Tuesday #21

Minnesota, YDNAB, Popup Coffee, Howard Schultz, Does It Matter Where You Go to College?

Hi - Happy Tuesday! We’re officially 1/12 of the way through 2019. Hope things are off to a good start 🎉.

💸 No, You Don’t Need a Budget. Maybe I’m just too lazy to make a budget and just looking looking for ways to justify it - but it’s nice to see other people laying out similar reasoning. I like to think of my default behavior as saving money, and then I have a small set of things that I’m willing to spend money on when the opportunity arises.

😬 “Confronted by a terrifyingly complex world of ambiguous competing Narratives, mainlined into our bedrooms, gyms, offices, and pockets by the highest SAT scores in Silicon Valley, we do what 22 years of schooling taught us to do: demand the unbiased truth from an authority figure.” All Facts Serve a Narrative.

👨‍🎓 I’ve always been proponent of the idea that if you’re going to be great, it really doesn’t matter where you go to college. Recent research suggests that if you’re a white male, there may be some truth to that. The difference in outcomes for minorities however is still pretty massive.

Airbnb for coffee shops … ? Popup is a really fun idea. Haven’t downloaded the app yet but I’m guessing there’s at least a few people hosting in San Francisco. Looking forward to trying it out…

🇺🇸 Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks) recently announced that he is running for president. Based on the responses to this video clip, I’d say his chances are pretty low. I think sentiment towards wealthy individuals is the lowest it’s been for quite some time. Yes, Trump is a millionaire, but he’s really more a populist than anything else. The U.S seems to be moving towards socialism right now and I’d be pretty surprised if they chose another rich business man to lead the way.

😊 Closeness Lines Over Time

Trying out a slightly new format for the newsletter this week. Let me know what you think!

I just flew back from Minnesota today (Monday) so I’m totally wrecked and will be passing out immediately after writing this. Super fun trip overall.

I went ice skating for the first time in a long time, we visited Stacked Deck and made a bunch of apps for arguably one of the worst super bowl games of all time (I’m not complaining with the result).

Another interesting part of the trip was working remotely today. Definitely hard to imagine working remotely every day. But it’s pretty amazing how productive I was able to be with just a laptop while traveling.

Super thankful that I get the chance to travel fairly regularly 🙏. Looking forward to doing very little over the next few weekends 😃.

Thanks for reading!