Saturday, March 02, 2019

JUST KEEP SWIMMING

This morning, I swam ten laps with Han. Swimming is a thing I enjoy, it's one of the few things I feel like, I set a goal and I can commit to it. I also finished writing a piece today and sent it in. Today was a productive day, in some ways. I've been watching Shark Tank (only seasons 7 to 9 are available on Netflix SG) and I really like it. I think it's because I have never really thought of the business world, I don't think I know anybody in a first-degree contact/relationship who has a business. It's fascinating to learn all about the business/entrepreneurial world. It gives you a lot of insight onto what makes a good business, and what sets aside an investable one. There are a lot of terms that I've probably heard for the first time, I really enjoy getting into the sharks/investors' mindsets and finding myself having the same questions for the business owners. Although I've learned a lot from the show and react the same skeptical way whenever the valuations run way out of whack or knowing that the sharks are gonna say that it's still too early in the business for an investor, I still could use some explanation for what, hmm say, Series A funding means, and what a valuation cap is or how it comes about. Or like, what a convertible note means and how it works. I really like to learn new things, and the business of Shark Tank is an amazing enthralling universe I can't believe I never knew about. I think one of the other things I enjoy about it is most of the time, the ideas and products being pitched are ingenious, some of them are so new that you've gotta think about creating a whole yet-to-exist category in the market for them, so oftentimes you realize, damn, there's always gonna be a better, more delicious, faster, cleaner, cheaper, more fun way to do things. These are the brains working on biohacking and some of the minds that formulate the ideas come right out of Silicon Valley, MIT, had perfect SAT test scores. It's a perfect TV show to geek to while still almost always being entertained by the performance/demonstration parts of the pitches. I think if someone roped me in, I could be a good team player on a business. I've definitely learned enough acumen from observing the sharks to be a good enough devil's advocate, hehehe. I mean if you shadow the greats and reverse engineer all the businesses that the investors have made deals with and given advice to, I'm sure there is some form of cookie-cutter template you could stick close to for best practices.

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