Looks like things are going to get a lot more worse before they become better. Hang in there. A lot of reading this week is around Corona, I have pushed all the grim news in the end, so you can skip that section if you don’t want to go into that space….
There hasn’t been a lot of reading & learning, I guess I was just adjusting to the new normal(for a few weeks atleast)… But I did manage to get certification for “Front End Libraries” from freecodecamp.org :)
On with the learnings….
Naval says that business can be learnt only by doing & not books. Its something like swimming & riding a bike. He goes so far to say to give them to your competitors. Hmmm.Naval Ravikant Bot @NavalBot"There is no skill called “business.” Avoid business magazines and business classes." -
March 22nd 2020204 Retweets1,582 Likes
I dunno if this government has special love for taxes. I am sure all governments are the same, but expected this lot to be better. Albeit a lower rate @ 9% pa, the govt wants people to pay taxes on the taxes paid late.
With few countries going on lockdown for 6 months or more & countries like Italy not able to control the spread of infection. Looks like the whole world would go on a avg lockdown of about 3 months. In which case 25% GDP shrinkage seems just right off the bat. Not even discussing the repercussions.
Read this blog from Matrix partners on early details about which startups are impacted by COVID19 in what ways & how they are managing this crisis & also what it means for India. Quite a insightful read.
The way people are advocating regular business against a lockdown saying lockdown will kill more people by recession, I don’t know what to say. Lets keep optimising for economy?
Somebody has to take up the slack. If not the governments, then organised-crime it is.
See this awesome kid not letting the lockdown effect his football practice. This itself shows that the kid is destined for greatness & see how its rewarded instantly by a ManU footballer volunteering to practice & adidas already agreeing to sponsoring the event.
Keep doing what you are meant to & the world will have no choice but to deliver everything that you need.Sarah-Jayne Tobin @TheSJTobinWhen you’re a goalkeeper... and an only child... in self isolation... and trying to keep up with your training... 😂😂came up with this himself! I’m so impressed. #StayHomeStaySafN1
March 23rd 202049,273 Retweets340,764 LikesJuan Mata García @juanmata8One day, if he wants, and when all this is over, I would like to practice my freeckicks with him on goal! What do you think? 🙌4
Sarah-Jayne Tobin @TheSJTobinWhen you’re a goalkeeper... and an only child... in self isolation... and trying to keep up with your training... 😂😂came up with this himself! I’m so impressed. #coronavirus #StayHomeStaySafe https://t.co/FFzJ1LE3N1
March 23rd 202024,545 Retweets186,664 Likes
We read about adidas sponsoring the above event but here is some thing about Adidas, its not verified so could be false & probably just the agency exploiting. But with the malls & retail stores closed, I wouldn’t be surprised if Adidas is actually in a tight spot.
Whats you reaction when you are surprised with something new? Do you run or do you learn?Jay from sumHR @jaythaker"Surprise is the rock under which a lesson is hidden. When you face a surprise, it is not time to get upset and curse reality. It is a time to update your mental model and leverage it". From "Founder in First Gear", an excellent post by amidst this crisis
March 24th 20202 Retweets8 Likes
Here is Saurabh Garg’s take on the future of events industry. Shape of many industries is going to change after this.
A events technology business had to shut shop in this pandemic. Its a bunch of college students with a company called 23ml. The founder wrote about the why & also whats in the future of events world. Thought the news is sad, I am happy that future of India is really really bright.Gautam Padiyar @padiyar_The coronavirus pandemic will impact our business in a way we could have never foreseen so we’ve decided to move on to something else. Read to find out why that is and some of our observations on the events industry as a whole
March 24th 20201 Retweet17 Likes
Here are the thoughts of 12 global leaders on the world after Corona. Looks like it all comes down to leadership. Lets see who is the next global leader.
Everytime I see somebody acting irrationally or stupidly during this crisis my biggest worry is that these people can vote & mostly have already exercised their right. In a democracy a leader is only as good as his followers.
Low probability, black swan events. Like they say, what counts is not the number of years but the number of moments.
Ivanka Trump tweets about how OYO is helping America from the front. This is the coming of age of an Indian brand. Hats off to you OYO.
You don’t have to be consistently brilliant but brilliant consistent.
Bite less, chew more. Don’t be a victim of collectors fallacy - Note to self. Read about what it is here.
Do you need just 20hours to learn anything new? I don’t agree but this is what Josh Kaufman says here & details his experience about learning Ruby on Rails in 20 hours.
Human ingenuity coming to the fore. Modified scuba gear being used as ventilators.
Online Yoga business seems to have taken off in this lockdown.nutanc @nutancTo all the yoga teachers in India, the yoga market is picking up. If its online classes your location does not matter. And who better to teach yoga than us :-) Invest on Google ads in the US geography and profit.
Stewart Alsop III - Host of Crazy Wisdom Podcast @StewartalsopIIII learned today: Yoga teachers who can adapt to online live studio model are making a killing. One teacher, I just consulted for went from making $40 a class to making $350. Studios are about to tank. Yoga studios were some of the most exploitive of all businesses ironically.
March 26th 20201 Retweet4 Likes
People who have been conservative so far, would come out the strongest after this calamity. They will be able to utilize the most of opportunities, others would just scurry for their life.
Netflix put out spoilers to their shows on advt hoardings on the roads, so that people stop going out. Superb!
Why science in one line by the great Carl Sagan himself. It can’t be put in a more poetic way.
Looks like China is still not settled down. Here is a thread on local conflict between states within China. Looks like the need to usurp other boundaries runs deep.W. B. Yeats @WBYeats1865Thread of videos of conflicts broke out at the border between Hubei Province & Jiangxi Province. Allegedly police from Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province set up a checkpoint inside Huangmei County, Hubei Province. Angry citizens from Hubei rushed to the border to protest.1/
Ray Lau @fiteray⚠️⚠️，湖北黄梅和江西九江开战了 人数很多，市委书记已出面 先上大量视频集！ https://t.co/u9ToO1abob
March 27th 20201,048 Retweets1,073 LikesW. B. Yeats @WBYeats1865This is what caused the protests: Police from Jiujiang City (Jiangxi Province) clashed with police from Huangmei County (Hubei Province). The police from Jiangxi set up checkpoint inside Hubei's jurisdiction and subdued policemen from Hubei. 13/
March 27th 2020129 Retweets160 Likes
In this over optimised world, this message from Sridhar Vembu comes as fresh air, where it talks about not determing value by networth but impact. Will this change the way we look at things?
I wrote about meditation last week. Here’s the naval way. I am doing this along with Saurabh Garg for the next 60 days. 60 daya, 60 minutes. Don’t miss out reading the whole thread.Naval @naval1/ No apps, no noise, no guidance. Sit in a comfortable position first thing in the morning, back upright, but ok to use cushions etc.. One hour at a time, no less. Just surrender to and accept whatever happens. No energy for and no energy against. Resist and reject nothing.
June 5th 2019706 Retweets3,568 Likes
So our PM started a new relief fund to fight Corona pandemic & here is somebody raising some pretty valid questions around it. Also gives some historical precedents. Worth a thought.Srikanth ஸ்ரீகாந்த் @logicWhy is pmnrf.gov.in not used and a personal branding named fund being used for this? PMNRF has receipt generation, in existance for ages. PM-CARES attempts at profiting out of disaster.
Narendra Modi @narendramodiThe PM-CARES Fund accepts micro-donations too. It will strengthen disaster management capacities and encourage research on protecting citizens. Let us leave no stone unturned to make India healthier and more prosperous for our future generations. https://t.co/BVm7q19R52
March 28th 2020545 Retweets485 Likes
This awesome TED talk by Bill Gates from 5 years back on how the world today is prepared for nuclear war but not for viral epidemic. A must watch. This talk is on the foot of successfully fighting Ebola & lessons from it.
Some really good insights on funds work & make their decisions.Bill Ackman @BillAckmanI have received a fair bit of criticism over the last few days from some who have claimed that I and our investors have profited from the Covid 19 crisis. Some have said that I intentionally scared people about the crisis to increase our profits.
March 28th 2020846 Retweets4,360 Likes
Why is it important to stay indoors & how will this play out.
Yes the buses that are taking the migrant workers home need to be free but wasn’t it more important to send this Italian visitors back? Do we have to resources to tackle them & risk more spreading?𝓟𝓻𝓲𝓷𝓬𝓮 @IamPrince167The Air India flights sent to Italy, Iran & other countries were free. Buses going from Anand Vihar to drop migrant workers to their hometowns,villages is chargeable & workers have to pay for ticket when they don't even have the money to buy milk for their children? How heartless
March 28th 2020127 Retweets205 Likes
Something beautiful from China. Out of the world actually :)
May be you want to do Yale’s happiness course - here.
Attorney General KK Venugopalan has opened his library for public access.
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It is highly likely that India is into stage-3…. Though govt reports don’t seem to suggest so, ground reports are a little different. Lots of people put into isolation & quarantine. Also the problem with migrant workers could result in disastrous results.anand mahindra @anandmahindraGoing by various reports from epidemiologists, it is highly likely that India is already in Stage 3 of transmission. —Cases could rise exponentially with millions of casualties, putting a huge strain on medical infrastructure (1/5)
March 22nd 202013,482 Retweets48,352 Likes
How many people can one infect in this Corona Virus? One person can affect 59000 people within 10 trees if each person infects only 3. This with delayed symptoms is lethal combination.
Humans & science has optimised the health care so much that what would be a normal occurence a few decades back has lead to close down of the whole Globe.Naval @naval“In the past infectious diseases claimed more lives per capita than are projected to be at risk from this pandemic, but humans rarely responded by retreating from activity. In the years when smallpox ravaged the planet and rubella crippled babies, humans went to the moon.”
Amesh Adalja @AmeshAAI wrote a piece on #COVID2019 that I published on @medium. It details what I personally think are the right actions to take, how to face this pandemic, how to weigh the benefits and risks of shutdowns, and ensure hospitals are adequately prepared for surge https://t.co/gMSV90wemt
March 23rd 2020214 Retweets1,191 Likes
We have just over optimized our health care & also our economy, with no cushion anywhere to take even a light shock.Paul Portesi ن @paulportesiThis virus in Nature's terms isn't even that severe. This is an everyday event in Nature's world. We just optimized to such a high degree that any minor variations in that optimization has an accelerated harm to modernity. It will be brutal if nature decides to get real.
March 22nd 2020115 Retweets559 Likes