For those fortunate to be doing paid knowledge work, 2020 was a blessing as formerly anti-remote workplaces were forced to allow it from the government mandated lockdowns.

I’ve been a proponent for Remote work since the mid 2000s, having experienced it as an executive based out of San Francisco/Sunnyvale while my team and business group were split between London, Geneva, Dubai, Mumbai, Barcelona and serving customers and partners across the entire EMEA region (Europe/Middle East & Africa in case you were wondering).

And this was before the days of Zoom video calls, Slack, Google Docs in case you were wondering…

“For the master, surrender means there are no experts. There are only learners.” ― George Leonard

  1. “Making hard decisions can cause analysis paralysis aka FOBO (Fear of better options). It can lead to indecisiveness or what I call, half in half out decisions. And as we face more hard decisions on a daily basis, our minds can become fatigued from the constant weighing of options.

We also experience analysis paralysis and doomsday scenario building. When we drag our feet with making hard decisions even when we know the decision we ought to make. …

I was chatting recently with a new Venture Capital friend about content marketing. As a new Fund, how do you standout? VCs now have a well worn playbook of becoming media companies, particularly in Silicon Valley. But this has led to a massive deluge of content ranging from medium posts, newsletters, Podcasts, Youtube Channels. As a regular reader and admittedly very amateur investor, I try to read or follow all of them, especially from the top tier firms. And let us be very honest, most of it is AWFUL, Useless or even worse…plain BORING. Rene Girard-esque Mimicry. They all seem…

This has been well stated many times, we all have 24 hours a day and nothing we can do can change that. Yet there are those around us who seemingly are able to get 10X the amount accomplished compared to us mere mortals. I’ve spent a lot of time reading, analyzing and asking around to figure out some tips and tricks to optimize my own schedule.

I use and recommend a very simple framework.

  1. The first is Valuing your time per hour. So for example if you are a founder, each hour should be worth $10,000 usd or if you…

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” ― Japanese Proverb

  1. I always learn something new from the Balaji conversations.

#11 Balaji Srinivasan — Crypto is the Future of Our Society

2. “Once a small port on the edge of a desert, Dubai has become a global hub of influencer culture, a magnet for social media stars desperate to tweak their image in what has become the ideal Instagram city. The emirate is home to a vast industry of aspiration: agents and producers trained to boost follower counts; hotels and luxury brands eager to use social media as cheap advertising.”

“Already built…

Andrew Wilkinson talked about going after companies that are like New Zealand. It’s a brilliant analogy and what his Private Equity firm, Tiny Capital focuses on.

Sometimes the best businesses are like New Zealand:

  1. It’s food and energy independent and safe. Totally self sufficient. No middle man, minimal paid acquisition, no platform dependency.
  2. Middle of nowhere, Hard to Invade: so forgotten by competitors and dominates a niche.
  3. Stable democracy: Loyal and engaged user/customer base. Strong network of customers.

These are very simple businesses that can grow over the long term. If these are digital, software businesses, they can also be…

This is what I call the epoch that every once great company has. Some examples that come to mind are Microsoft in the 1990s, Ebay from 2001–2006, Google from 2006–2011, Facebook from 2008–2013. For me it was Yahoo! from 2003–2008. Possibly more recently it would be AirBnB from 2012–2018 or Stripe last few years till now.

Ask anyone who works in these companies during this time. The company was expanding so fast. “The Rise” that i wrote about previously here: The “Rise” & The “Grind”

Absolutely magical times. Everyone wants to work there. You are so proud, you are eager…

“The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.”― Woodrow Wilson

  1. “With two major money making operations now stood up in options & ETFs, Susquehanna followed other upper echelon trading firms and began diversifying its investments. In 2006 Susquehanna founded its own venture capital firm focused on startups across the US, Israel and China. Noteworthy portfolio companies today include Credit Karma, eToro and Pyoneer, each worth billions in market value and some undergoing public listings in 2021. …

In line with “Work like a Lion, Not like a Cow”, I have found myself working in sprints and more sporadically now that I have actual control over my schedule. Something that i believe many former white collar office workers have experienced since the start of the pandemic where offices are still shut down 10 months later. As remote work becomes more prevalent, learning how to manage your time, energy and effectiveness will be even more important.

However, there are some times when you have to make a major push due to some crisis or deadline. This is what they…

A big part of running an accelerator or a Venture Capital fund is fundraising. Whether it’s fundraising for your fund or more importantly, helping and working with your portfolio companies on their own fundraising process. I would say particularly being in Silicon Valley this is what I and other investors spend a disproportionate amount of time on. (I could argue maybe a bit too much).

So many of my founders or founders in general complain about fundraising. “Fundraising sucks!,” “I hate fundraising” or “I can’t wait to get back to working on the business.” But my response to them is…

Marvin Liao

Ever curious: Tsundoku, Reader, Aspiring Shokunin, World traveller, Investor & Tech/Media exec interested in almost everything! www.marvinliao.com

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