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Author: Adam McNamara

Six Things I Learned Reading Berkshire Hathaway’s Letters to Shareholders 1965-2013

Warren Buffett has written a letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders each year since 1965. In them, he reflects on the company’s annual performance and its future. When read continuously, Buffett’s letters discuss the business and investing ideas that transformed Berkshire from a failing textile business into one of the world’s largest companies. Here are six […]

Pomodoro Keeper

I’m free to spend my days on a mix of self-directed study and building products. I don’t have a fixed agenda, just a long backlog of things to build and concepts to learn about. I’ve adopted the Pomodoro Technique® to stay focused and productive throughout the day. Its focused sprints eliminate wasteful multi-tasking while required breaks help avoid fatigue. Try it for yourself: Choose a single topic or […]

Six Questions That Start Startups

This is a repost from my article on Medium. I collect heuristics: processes that enable problem solving, learning, or discovery. One of my favorite collections is what I call “Questions that Start Startups.” It’s a set of patterns designed to help to overcome schlep blindness and see opportunities to change the world. Here are a […]

I remember the moment I first realized I’d been living my life in black and white.

It was like discovering a colour I’d never knew existed before. A whole new crayon box full of colours. That was it for me. There was no more putting the pieces back together; no going home.

Things were different now. Asia had ruined me for my old life.

Anthony Bourdain

Everyone Can Learn Angel Investing Using Kiva

“How do you get started in angel investing?” I’m often asked this question by friends who want to invest in startups. My default answer is “Don’t do it.” Angel investing can be fun, but being successful requires time, effort and learning. Most startups fail, and returns follow a power law distribution making access to deal flow critical. […]

Economic Mobility

“Started from the bottom now we here. Started from the bottom now the whole team f’n here.” Drake – Started From The Bottom Josh and I are sitting in a rooftop lounge overlooking Hong Kong Island. We’re joined by a friend who recently moved to the country. He’s a former Goldman Sachs investment banker now […]

10 Financial Lessons for my 18 Year Old Self

Here are 10 financial lessons I’ve learned in the past 10 years that I wish I could tell my 18 year old self. Start with the proper framework of accounts: Checking Investment (retirement) Long term savings (wedding, house, car) Short term savings (vacation) Guilt free spending (clothes, dining out, and gadgets) Emergency (three months of […]

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