Entries by Nate

Information vs. Real Assets—Linear vs Exponential Growth

I’ve been thinking about the difference between investing in information assets (computers, information) and investing in real assets (land, oil). There seems to be a fundamental difference between the two, and the effects are starting to manifest themselves in real ways. The easiest way to understand the difference is to think about two investments. If […]

O’Reilly: Stuff That Matters (2009)

Tim O’Reilly on working on Stuff that Matters: Some of you may end up working at highflying companies. Some of you may succeed, and some of you may fail. I want to remind you that financial success is not the only goal or the only measure of success. It’s easy to get caught up in […]

Jobs: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. (2005)

Steve Jobs speaking at Stanford: When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every […]

Kurzweil : The Law of Accelerating Returns (2001)

The Law of Accelerating Returns by Ray Kurzweil. Be warned it’s long but well worth the read in it’s entirety. The application to economics is a bit of a stretch but outside of that a brilliant look at where we’ve been and where we’re going (it was written early 2001 after all). An analysis of […]

Jobs : Here’s to the Crazy Ones. (1997)

Here’s to the Crazy Ones. The Troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t […]

Kennedy: A Redefinition of Growth (1968)

Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over eight hundred billion dollars a year, but that GNP — if we should judge America by that — counts air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances […]