“For the majority of people, happiness is a choice. The reality isn’t… However, choosing happiness ends up changing the reality that we keep track of.”


Stuff I’ve been reading recently – #4

High Growth Handbook
by Elad Gil

Well-known technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they’ve grown from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has codified in High Growth Handbook.

Covering key topics including the role of the CEO, managing your board, recruiting and managing an executive team, M&A, IPOs and late-stage funding rounds, and interspersed with over a dozen interviews with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley including Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Marc Andreessen (Andreessen Horowitz), and Aaron Levie (Box), High Growth Handbook presents crystal clear guidance for navigating the most complex challenges that confront leaders and operators in high-growth startups.

In what Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestsellers The Alliance and The Startup of You calls “a trenchant guide,” High Growth Handbook is the playbook for turning a startup into a unicorn.

Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future – and What to Do About It
by Tien Tzuo & Gabe Weisert

Subscription companies are growing nine times faster than the S&P 500. Why? Because unlike product companies, subscription companies know their customers. A happy subscriber base is the ultimate economic moat.

Today’s consumers prefer the advantages of access over the hassles of maintenance, from transportation (Uber, Surf Air), to clothing (Stitch Fix, Eleven James), to razor blades and makeup (Dollar Shave Club, Birchbox). Companies are similarly demanding easier, long-term solutions, trading their server rooms for cloud storage solutions like Box. Simply put, the world is shifting from products to services.

But how do you turn customers into subscribers? As the CEO of the world’s largest subscription management platform, Tien Tzuo has helped hundreds of companies transition from relying on individual sales to building customer-centric, recurring-revenue businesses. His core message in Subscribed is simple: Ready or not, excited or terrified, you need to adapt to the Subscription Economy — or risk being left behind.

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“Information is in a hurry to flow & if someone else comes up with a better, more direct, faster/cheaper way for information to get from one place to another, they'll eliminate your reason for being.”


Correlation inequalities

“WE CAN, IF we so choose, wander aimlessly over the continent of the arbitrary. Rootless as some winged seed blown about on a serendipitous spring breeze.

Nonetheless, we can in the same breath deny that there is any such thing as coincidence. What’s done is done, what’s yet to be is clearly yet to be, and so on. In other words, sandwiched as we are between the “everything” that is behind us and the “zero” beyond us, ours is a ephemeral existence in which there is neither coincidence nor possibility.”

– from A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

“Halfway gets you nowhere.”


Live what you love

I took this photo when I first visited New Zealand in 2011. A year after I moved to Wellington and since been living what I love; being connected to nature, working in my digital field while having a life/work balance and being productive <3

“Similarities can bring two people together. However, what keeps them so is the way the differences are handled.”


Stuff I’ve been reading recently – #3

books in a library

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms
by Vishen Lakhiani

This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest non-conformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for your life so you can define success on your own terms.

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, a New York Times bestseller, is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of an ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is shaped by conditioning and habit. And thus, most people live their lives based on limiting rules and outdated beliefs about pretty much everything―love, work, money, parenting, sex, health, and more―which they inherit and pass on from generation to generation.

But what if you could remove these outdated ideas and start anew? What would your life look like if you could forget the rules of the past, and redefine what happiness, purpose, and success mean for you?

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
by Kevin Kelly

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends—interacting, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning—and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other.

By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. Kelly’s bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges.

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“Normal is just when the bizarre gets critical mass.”


Will we…? Ever?

Heart drawing on mist glass

How long before you run out of empathy? Or kindness? How long before you run out of dignity or connection or ability to lead?

Will you run out?

Sometimes we act like these are scarce, to be dispensed little by little, as if there is a limited inventory.

The truth is that they replenish themselves, but only when used. A posture of generosity. I call this posture a graceful one.

Lately, I felt like I’m losing this posture. I focused on my needs more than usual. It leaves me with a bitter taste of sadness. What I remind myself is that to be generous to others is one of the most human acts that available to me… to us.

It’s our birthright to be graceful. This world makes it available for us to open ourselves to this opportunity and make connections that feed our souls.

I hope you will.