Urban PlanningWalt Disney - The City Architect
Cities are in a world of trouble despite our best efforts to solve them. Their archaic infrastructures are showing cracks and their streets are congested to the point of being un-drivable. Who should we look to in order to tackle the problems with our cities? One surprising answer that I will explore in this essay—Walt Disney.
April 15, 2020
Future of WorkThe Role of E-Sports in K-12 Education
Since joining the edtech space, one of the biggest surprises I've had is the infiltration of E-Sports into K-12 schools. Kids today, can play E-Sports (e.g. MineCraft) the way previous generations used to play basketball or soccer.
January 25, 2020
Growing BusinessesThe Story Behind Disney's Reedy Improvement District
Instead of resting on the success of Disneyland, Walt Disney doubled down to build Disney World - a park that was nearly 300x the size of Disneyland. To make this happen, he partnered with the state of Florida to create the Reedy Creek Improvement District - a move that gave Disney unprecedented legislative power.
December 29, 2019
Growing BusinessesLearning From Call of Duty
As I have taken on product-related responsibilities, I have gotten into the habit of studying commonly used interfaces. In this post, I take a deep look at the mobile version of Call of Duty - a game that has gotten 140+ million downloads in less than two months.
December 1, 2019
Future of WorkInfluence of Online Dating
The evolution of online dating (going from a taboo topic to a cultural norm) has been incredibly interesting to witness. After reading through a couple of studies, I started to realize the spillover impact that online dating has had on society.
November 23, 2019
Future of WorkDeath of the Company-Sponsored MBA
Over the past few years, employer-sponsored training has continued to decline. The number of companies that sponsor an employee's MBA has dropped from 68% in 2011 to less than 30% today. I believe we can use income share agreements to increase company-sponsored training for all employees.
October 11, 2019
Future of WorkWhy We Haven’t Monetized Group Chats Yet
Conversational commerce has largely failed to live up to the hype in the US. The reason is not that we are still waiting for next-generation technology; rather, we’ve been viewing commerce too narrowly, as an individual experience.
September 19, 2019
Growing BusinessesNext Frontier for Marketplace Companies
Business valuations are generally seen as an arbitrary measure. We have historically created valuations using financial metrics. Today, marketplace companies can using their proprietary data to predict performance and lend capital - creating a new frontier for marketplaces to compete on.
September 11, 2019
Growing BusinessesIntersection Between Private Equity and Tech Companies
While the fundamentals of what makes up a good acquisition target will be the same, the playbook to drive growth for mature technology companies promises to be different. As the technology landscape continues to mature, I expect the opportunity for private equity/search funds to grow dramatically.
September 3, 2019
Future of WorkEliminating Student Debt
There is something broken in the current funding mechanism of traditional education. Moreover, the outcome associated with education (full-time employment) is no longer guaranteed. Fortunately, Lambda School is revolutionizing the education model to remedy that.
May 11, 2019
Future of WorkThe Paradox of Scaling
Finding a product-market fit is a difficult exercise. However, the past several months has taught me that scaling an organization can be equally hard as well. The community tends to measure a company’s progress by looking at vanity metrics.
March 23, 2019