One week gap in posts, early on. I had been voluntarily laptop-less, since I had surrendered mine to Apple to fix the staingate issue I recently discovered was a thing (if you have the same issue, Apple with fix it free of charge through October 2017).

  1. Throughout the coverage of the very unfortunate events in Charlottesville, I learned that in the US there is no federal criminal law for bringing domestic terrorism charges. Domestic terrorism isn’t a new or rare concept in this country, yet there has been a push back against it.
  2. While on a last-minute trip to Mexico, I read Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. This is a must read for anyone involved in startups, especially in founding teams. My one-liner takeaway: get yourself a good lawyer.
  3. Something that I spent quite some time reading, re-reading, and discussing with friends was a (long-ish) post on mental models. Do yourself a favor: take the time to read all of it. You will find useful pointers to every aspect of your life (personal, professional, etc).
  4. The past few weeks I’ve been preparing to take the Series 65 exam (more on why I’m doing this in a later post). It’s been fun being in a “back to school” mode and learning entirely new things. In this process, I discovered a fantastic tool to help me review and practice: Quizlet. The best feature of Quizlet (aside of letting you create visually-appealing flashcards) is that you can access others’ study materials and stand on the shoulders of others who have been in your shoes.
  5. I’ve played with fasting in the recent months, both intermittent (e.g. only eat between sunrise and sunset) and prolonged (3–5 days on a water diet). While there’s a bunch of information on this topic online, this video has fantastic information. The benefits of fasting are huge and it’s worth looking into.

Co-founder & CTO @ AgentRisk. Former infra-tech guy (storage, networks). Startup nerd. Always building cool side-projects. #LongLA

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