Saturday, March 02, 2019

GABRIELLA

Before I left for work today, my sisters were watching High School Musical at the part where Gabriella stands up during one of the basketball games and sings, TROOOOOYYYYY, because HSM is crazy weird like that. My brain would not stop thinking about the word Troy and I could not get why Troy had captivated my interest. Walking to the train station, I recalled that the apartment Bennett stays in is on Troy Ave. This bit of information did not come easily to me. In my last week in New York, I wanted to leave him a package without letting him know but I didn't have his address 'cos the previous times he'd booked a Lyft for me or we had made the trips to and fro, together. So I couldn't Postmates the parcel to him, I didn't have his address nor could I even recall the street names. Because I never know when to give up, I tried to remember the names of the businesses I'd seen when we were walking to his place from the Subway. I also didn't have enough time to make the trip there by train before I left, so I had to Lyft there. I pinned my destination by approximation on the Lyft map, and arrived slightly after 1am, and then I saw the exact address. Technology is a very useful resource. Also, I do the weirdest shit in the name of love.

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.