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Book Review: Zero To One by Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal and Palantir. In “Zero To One”, he talks about various aspects of startups. The book has interesting points, although it come across as talking at a surface level, rather than going deep. Most … Continue reading

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Rich get richer

Do the rich get richer? What are the mechanisms which aid, or oppose such a phenomenon, under normal circumstances? Money: Since money is a requirement for various endeavours, the rich have more options at hand. They can take the costlier … Continue reading

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Advisor-Supplier conflict-of-interest

Would you trust a doctor whose clinic also has a pharmacy? The problem is that he is incentivized to prescribe drugs, and further, brands which his pharmacy usually stocks. As it is, doctors are incentivized to: (a) prescribe tests and … Continue reading

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Aspects of Task Completion

What are the aspects of a task that make it more likely to be completed? Effort involved: An easy task is more likely to be completed. Make tasks as easy as possible. Uncertainty: Tasks whose progress is predictable are more … Continue reading

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Search Autocomplete Analysis

When people want to know about something, they often turn to web search engines. These engines have an “autocomplete” feature, which attempts to complete a partial query. Using this, we can get some insight into what people are searching and … Continue reading

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Quotes on Life

  The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.  – Václav Havel As I grow to understand … Continue reading

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Choosing a Route for Commuting

Let’s say you travel to office by a flexible means of transport, that lets you choose the route on a daily basis. The simplest example is you drive your own car. Assume there are three routes for you to take: … Continue reading

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