Author Archives: amol

About amol

Founder, builder, philosopher.
Rocky Mountains From Orbit

If you care about the future of humanity

Philosophers occasionally have breakthroughs — really! You probably don’t believe me. But they do — for example late in the 1800s some philosophy professors started trying to turn philosophy into mathematical statements, came up with logic, and that’s why computers

Rocky Mountains From Orbit

If you care about the future of humanity

Philosophers occasionally have breakthroughs — really! You probably don’t believe me. But they do — for example late in the 1800s some philosophy professors started trying to turn philosophy into mathematical statements, came up with logic, and that’s why computers

Favorite newsletters

Since we are in the newsletter boom again, now that RSS has died and sensible people stopped expecting curation on Twitter…here are my favorite newsletters (most of which I just got *added* to at some point by their authors, and

Favorite newsletters

Since we are in the newsletter boom again, now that RSS has died and sensible people stopped expecting curation on Twitter…here are my favorite newsletters (most of which I just got *added* to at some point by their authors, and

No fear of global warming here...

The Green New Deal for buildings is so simple

2019 feels like a very long time ago, but it is actually 10 years after the term “green new deal” started getting used in Europe, and a little after American politicians started using it. So Jeremy Rifkin didn’t beat everyone

No fear of global warming here...

The Green New Deal for buildings is so simple

2019 feels like a very long time ago, but it is actually 10 years after the term “green new deal” started getting used in Europe, and a little after American politicians started using it. So Jeremy Rifkin didn’t beat everyone

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Finding good ideas

The classic post by Paul Graham, “How to Get Startup Ideas“, is one I teach in my class at Columbia class on startups, and stands for one of the schools of thought on good ideas: bottom-up. The other one is

assorted silver colored pocket watch lot selective focus photo

Finding good ideas

The classic post by Paul Graham, “How to Get Startup Ideas“, is one I teach in my class at Columbia class on startups, and stands for one of the schools of thought on good ideas: bottom-up. The other one is

Sugar in your blood

The Fitbit and Apple Watch are well upon us now – everyone is counting steps, heart rate, and maybe with Oura rings and Samsungs we are tracking temperatures and monthly cycles and sleep. But the vanguard is off doing the

Sugar in your blood

The Fitbit and Apple Watch are well upon us now – everyone is counting steps, heart rate, and maybe with Oura rings and Samsungs we are tracking temperatures and monthly cycles and sleep. But the vanguard is off doing the

Ego tripping

Buckminster Fuller apparently accomplished nothing before age 53 – then it was all domes and celebrity. Stewart Brand is how I learned about that – because Brand’s early life was all about domes! It was a mid-20thC sensation. Like drones

Ego tripping

Buckminster Fuller apparently accomplished nothing before age 53 – then it was all domes and celebrity. Stewart Brand is how I learned about that – because Brand’s early life was all about domes! It was a mid-20thC sensation. Like drones

Energy levels and work-from-home

I love my work, wherever I do it, so I have been seduced by sitting at my desk the last few years. Running this AM, after a few weeks of hiatus, I realized something. Well a few things — which

Energy levels and work-from-home

I love my work, wherever I do it, so I have been seduced by sitting at my desk the last few years. Running this AM, after a few weeks of hiatus, I realized something. Well a few things — which

Carbon Startup School

Here’s a talk I gave this month in Madrid at the fabulous South Summit called “Carbon Startup School: 15 minute edition“.  It’s about how to use your internet/tech chops to start a company that can actually move the needle on

Carbon Startup School

Here’s a talk I gave this month in Madrid at the fabulous South Summit called “Carbon Startup School: 15 minute edition“.  It’s about how to use your internet/tech chops to start a company that can actually move the needle on

Life Extension

Can we live forever? Perhaps an odd question to be asking in a time of Covid, climate crisis, and war.  But since you know me, you won’t be overly surprised that I think the answer is yes, and that I

Life Extension

Can we live forever? Perhaps an odd question to be asking in a time of Covid, climate crisis, and war.  But since you know me, you won’t be overly surprised that I think the answer is yes, and that I

Predictions: 2022

Belatedly, Davos and DLD and the meetings of the great and the good just wrapped up. Good thing, too. Because in January nobody would have predicted what was #1 on the list by June: War in Ukraine Climate Psychedelics Quantum

Predictions: 2022

Belatedly, Davos and DLD and the meetings of the great and the good just wrapped up. Good thing, too. Because in January nobody would have predicted what was #1 on the list by June: War in Ukraine Climate Psychedelics Quantum