Now

This is my now page, with a list of projects that I am currently working on, and an abbreviated list of things that I am thinking about.

I currently live in Los Angeles, working and writing. I am training for an ultramarathon, learning how to be a Crossfitter and a rock climber, and practicing yoga. I am hyperfocused on climate science, behavioral analysis, and learning as much as possible. Here’s a link to my Spotify if you want to see my brain soundtrack and please follow my stream of consciousness on Twitter!

Short Term Projects

Current Article Drafts

  • Wikipedia is the Backbone of the Internet
  • Anti-automobile (truck bloat)
  • The transactions of life
  • Harry Potter and the Pandemic
  • Bertrand vs Cournot: Applying to Companies
  • The Economics of Food Trucks
  • My Running Data: Testing Academic Theory
  • The History of Fossil Fuels
  • A Model for the Future of Grocery Stores
  • P-Hacking in the Sports Industry
  • Bid-Auction Techniques
  • My Time Selling Cars
  • 3-Player Games
  • Climate science + emissions data

Current Ideas / Things I’m Thinking About / Questions I Have

  • Economics of Only Fans
  • Entertainment vs achievement
  • Koch Brothers?
  • Scooby Doo Fallacy
  • Parasocial relationships
  • Vending machine economics
  • A Southerner on the coast – the paradox of American regions ? [Middle America]
  • Transportation as economic power
  • Are we becoming Wall-E?
  • The predecessor to great ideas = Nook -> Peloton
  • “The world of finance is littered with people who are experts on an earlier version of the world.” – Ben Carlson
  • Green Bay Packers are owned by community ?
  • Externalities: subsidize the positive, tax the negative
  • Why do we have credit scores?
  • Virtual identity and avatars via Poki
  • Gross margin: pricing power, competitive position, type of industry- absolute vs relative comparison
  • Stocks are veblen goods?
  • Betting markets – election, sports, etc.
  • The school bus living trend
  • Are CBD focused stores in NYC mostly call options on eventual marijuana legalization? – TheStalwart
  • The Unbundling of Education
  • Cows and greenhouse gases
  • Snuggies took 3-4 weeks to to deliver bc they were testing the market before orders. (Also, Snuggies outperform most startups, peaking at $200M/year revenue)
  • Making money: new product adoption versus growth opportunities
  • Justin Bieber and Crocs: the Influencer premium
  • Roblox?!
  • Creator monetization in TikTok vs Instagram
  • The Selectivity of Chick-fil-A franchisee operators
  • IBM and patent stickiness
  • SPACs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Americans are so indebt that its hard to stimulate the economy with stimulus checks
  • The greatest trick information ever pulled was convincing the world that only words, pictures, and sounds are information
  • “When faced with a major paradigm shift, analysts who know the most about a subject have the most to unlearn.” Richards Heuer, Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
  • Gastrodiplomacy
  • Unicorns: Reddit, Buzzfeed, CreditKarma, Grammarly, Ibotta, Quora
  • Climbing the mountain, but nothing is there
  • We don’t need new stuff, we just need improved stuff
  • The public markets for personalities
  • Dole Banana Company
  • All abuse of power begins in the abuse of language (fewer vs less)
  • The creator economy
  • Voter logic
  • The grading algorithm
  • Nut glut
  • Derivatives are the driver for the underlying
  • Women in Horror
  • Temp in body relative to temp of earth 
  • Why do we have allergies (male trees)
  • Marquita Bradshaw raised $0
  • IPOs and sneaker drops 
  • Small business lending vs home ownership 
  • Water use in burgers vs beyond meat 
  • Sinclair tv ownership
  • The fate of plastics
  • Facebook + Luxottica

Long Term Projects

  • Game Theory for Babies (a children’s book)
  • Valuation / Accounting Quick Guide
  • Gamification of Financial Literacy
  • Southern-focused VC fund