As a History major & business practitioner over the last 2 decades, I needed to look at technology trends and innovation to better understand how things work in the world.

Outsiders innovate, they win, become incumbents and the new establishment.Then they become insiders, get fat and lazy. New hungry outsiders come in and wreck them. The insiders wake up or get scared and try to compete. They usually lose in the end. Change is just plain hard. …


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

2. “The economic case for a geroscience moonshot is compelling. Healthcare is among the most pressing challenges we face as a nation and, by far, the greatest fraction of healthcare expenditures comes from caring for the sick elderly population. …


Always learning new things about yourself. Been seeing a therapist for the last 8 months now and it’s definitely been a great investment in myself. You get to understand what really drives you, both in good and bad ways. One of the recent things I’ve discovered is how specific locations tilt me or push me to certain behavior.

So for example, everytime i am in San Francisco, I find myself overbooking my schedule with meetings, calls and such even when I don’t need to. It’s like I find myself going back into the programming I have when I am there…


I was struck by Vibe Capital’s thesis and really had to share this. I think this is one of the most insightful frameworks I’ve seen for viewing the future. Dave Goldblatt absolutely nails it.

To quote Dave, this will be what the next 10 years will look like:

Reformation — 2021–2025

The next 10–15 years will be marked by unprecedented volatility and change. Similar to the Reformation, traditional power structures are being challenged as technological, climatological, and demographic forces expose inadequacies of the current system.

Renaissance — 2025–2030

During any volatile period, enormous wealth will be created, and incumbents will…


“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” — John Maxwell

All this is already in…


We see this all the time: people who seem to come out of nowhere to become big name successes, whether this in Hollywood, Wall Street or Silicon Valley. But dig into their stories and look back a bit longer like 5–10 years earlier and you can see they were hustling and grinding in obscurity. The only difference is they just had the grit to keep pushing.

I think the other secret besides having some personal mission to focus on is that they make a lot of small smart decisions that build on each other. …


I’ve always been interested in learning about the power of the human mind. I have read Psycho-Cybernetics and Neuro Linguistic Programming since I was a young teen. The idea is that your brain is like software and you can program your brain to do things & to act in a certain way. As Henry Ford was reported to have said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” If you study the most accomplished individuals in whatever field, Mindset and attitude really does matter. Vision boards and mantras really do work.

But one of the…


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy

“Robinhood is the brokerage for fun gambling on meme stocks and meme cryptocurrencies. The main theme of financial markets for the last year or so has been “fun gambling on meme stocks and meme cryptocurrencies.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-07-02/robinhood-ipo-filing-is-a-lesson-in-meme-finance

2. “I face recurring challenges adapting my skills to support a growing portfolio of assets. I’m learning to write copy, create lead funnels, and use social media to build a brand. Simultaneously, I’m learning to treat myself like a business. …


One of the biggest emerging trends to come out in 2020 was the rise of Edtech (Educational Technology). I don’t need to go into too much detail about how disillusioned and concerned parents and students were feeling about institutional education as a whole prior to the pandemic. The crazy rising costs of education with a range of 144% to 200% in tuition increases since 2000 according to US News & World Report. (Source: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2017-09-20/see-20-years-of-tuition-growth-at-national-universities)

There was also a non-surprising consequent rise in student debt (almost $29k usd for bachelor degree) and frankly declining quality and student satisfaction of schools at…


Frenzy. Mistaking activity for progress. Focussing on time spent. This is all Industrial Age thinking. This is why so many incompetent people rise through the ranks in Big organizations like Fortune 500 companies & government bureaucracies. I also think this is the reason people keep their schedule so packed.

One of my favorite quotes is from French philosopher Blaise Pascal “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

The hardest part for most people is sitting alone with lots of time to think. The first and most critical part is finding the time…

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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