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Omnivore Digest 5/25/2024

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Table of Contents
  1. The Curiosity Chronicle (228 words)
  2. The Knowledge Economy Is Over. Welcome to the Allocation Economy (228 words)
  3. Two Examples of Interview Restructuring Cases (232 words)
  4. The Most Powerful Paradoxes of Life | The Curiosity Chronicle (282 words)
  5. How to Avoid the Dark Side of Compounding | The Curiosity Chronicle (227 words)
  6. This Idea Will Make You Unstoppable (204 words)
  7. Private Credit 101 - by Restructuring__ - Pari Passu (264 words)
  8. 7 Rules of Happiness, 9 Pillars of Success, & More | The Curiosity Chronicle (178 words)
  9. Duolingo Deep Dive (252 words)
  10. Welcome to the Era of Bot-on-Bot AI Customer Service - WSJ (196 words)
  11. Top Posts Today from The Information Subscribers (218 words)
  12. 🔎 Google goes wild (216 words)
  13. The Notetaking Cold War (228 words)
  14. 🟡 Sticky apps, stickier pizza (200 words)
  15. The Most Important Decision of Your Life | The Curiosity Chronicle (228 words)
  16. ⚙️ Altman says he didn’t know about OpenAI’s equity clause – the documents show a different story (151 words)
  17. May 24, 2024 (227 words)
  18. Defense Tech Startup Helsing Raising Funds At $4 Billion Valuation (228 words)
  19. 7 Questions That Changed My Life | The Curiosity Chronicle (217 words)
  20. Biden’s tech diplomacy (191 words)
  21. How To Stop Being Boring In Conversation (222 words)
  22. How Job Seekers Can Get Ahead Of The Summer Slowdown (217 words)
  23. The Science Of Building Extreme Discipline - Andrew Huberman (244 words)
  24. The Rise and Fall of Simon Sadler’s Segantii, One of Asia’s Top Hedge Funds - Bloomberg (225 words)
  25. Intel Reports First-Quarter 2024 Financial Results (252 words)

The Curiosity Chronicle (228 words) #

Sahil Bloom presents several insightful themes in his article for The Curiosity Chronicle. Firstly, he introduces the Zen parable of the “empty cup,” which emphasizes that to grow and embrace new information, one must empty their mind of preconceived notions and beliefs. Bloom asks, “Do you need to empty your cup?” to encourage readers to reflect on their openness to new ideas.

Bloom quotes Ernest Hemingway, urging action over procrastination: “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” He prompts readers to stop overthinking and start executing their plans.

He then discusses the “Persian Messenger Syndrome,” where ancient Persian practice punished bearers of bad news, leading to information asymmetry and poor decisions. Bloom draws parallels to modern corporate environments and warns leaders against discouraging honest feedback, advocating for environments where truth-telling is encouraged.

Bloom also shares a personal story about dealing with honeybees in his backyard, which culminates in a positive experience involving a beekeeper named Larry. This story serves as an allegory for addressing fears through learning and action.

In summary, Sahil Bloom combines parables, historical lessons, and personal anecdotes to urge readers towards openness, proactive action, and fostering environments for truth and growth.

The Knowledge Economy Is Over. Welcome to the Allocation Economy (228 words) #

Dan Shipper argues that the rise of AI technologies like ChatGPT signals the end of the knowledge economy and the beginning of the allocation economy. Shipper suggests that AI’s capability to summarize tasks such as emails and coding relegates humans from creators to managers—specifically, managers of AI models. He posits that this shift will result in a new set of skills centered around allocating resources, evaluating AI models, and managing tasks usually reserved for human managers.

Shipper bolsters his argument with an example from his own experience, noting how ChatGPT has transformed his daily workflow. He connects this transformation to wider economic implications, predicting that future work will largely involve directing and refining AI outputs, a role he terms as “model manager.” He parallels this idea with Evan Armstrong’s assertion that AI acts as an abstraction layer over basic cognitive tasks.

Additionally, Shipper references economist Tyler Cowen’s ideas from “Average Is Over” to underscore the potential economic stratification between individuals adept at leveraging AI and those who are not. Shipper concludes that while AI can democratize managerial skills due to its accessibility and cost-effectiveness, it is crucial for society to ensure that the broader economy adapts inclusively to these advancements.

Two Examples of Interview Restructuring Cases (232 words) #

In “Two Examples of Interview Restructuring Cases,” the author, Restructuring__, presents two detailed examples to aid in preparing for restructuring interviews.

For ABC, an Internet company facing liquidity challenges despite having $225 in cash and $200 in subordinated convertible notes, the author outlines scenarios preferred by note holders and management. Note holders might favor immediate liquidation for par recovery while management hopes for a market turnaround. Realistically, options include buying back notes at discount, selling assets, obtaining additional financing, or an out-of-court equity exchange.

Similarly, for XYZ, a PE-owned specialty steel business with $50 secured bank revolver and $150 in 12% unsecured senior notes due in one year, the author suggests examining possible PE fund capital infusion, bank influence, and potential restructuring. Given the industry and current financial constraints, a chapter 11 process likely ensures competitive footing. Out-of-court exchanges might offer interim relief but ultimately, the chapter 11 may provide necessary rationalization.

According to the author, these cases highlight strategic considerations during financial distress situations, emphasizing the importance of understanding and weighing various restructuring alternatives. The detailed analysis of scenarios, including data on financial positions and potential solutions, underscores practical approaches to complex financial decision-making.

The Most Powerful Paradoxes of Life | The Curiosity Chronicle (282 words) #

In the article “The Most Powerful Paradoxes of Life” from The Curiosity Chronicle, Sahil Bloom argues that many of life’s essential truths appear contradictory when only superficially examined. Bloom defines a paradox as a statement that seems absurd or self-contradictory but can prove to be true upon further investigation and shares 20 powerful paradoxes.

According to Bloom, growth is incremental and sudden, while persuasion is more effective through observation and questioning rather than argument. He cites Parkinson’s Law to explain that productivity decreases with extended work hours, promoting a work-rest cycle instead. Facing fears, Bloom asserts, leads to greater progress, and intelligence can sometimes result in overcomplication instead of effectiveness.

Bloom’s paradoxes extend to advice, effort, and learning, emphasizing that less external input, hard work to create effortless appearances, and lifelong learning reveal one’s vast ignorance. He advocates focusing on fewer tasks for success, embracing boredom to spur creativity, and recognizing social media’s paradoxical connectedness.

The author also references the necessity of failure for growth, the power of listening over speaking, and the need to decelerate occasionally for better results. Bloom concludes by addressing the Icarus Paradox about overconfidence, the benefit of shrinking before growth, losing money to make money, the inverse correlation between news consumption and being informed, and understanding death to fully live.

Throughout, Bloom encourages embracing these contradictions to appreciate life’s dynamic complexity, suggesting that understanding these paradoxes leads to a well-lived life.

How to Avoid the Dark Side of Compounding | The Curiosity Chronicle (227 words) #

According to Sahil Bloom in “How to Avoid the Dark Side of Compounding,” compounding can be a powerful catalyst for growth, but if mismanaged, it can also be detrimental. Bloom argues that while incremental improvements can lead to significant progress, negative compounding can nullify gains and even set one back significantly. He illustrates this with a metaphorical story about a king and a young inventor which highlights the exponential nature of compounding.

Bloom draws on personal experience from his time as a baseball player at Stanford, where coaches tracked a metric called the Compound Mistake. Data from years of games revealed that preventing a bad event from spiraling into further mistakes was crucial for success.

To avoid negative compounding, Bloom recommends a three-step approach:

  • Create Space – Emphasizing the importance of pausing to choose a response carefully.
  • Evaluate the New Situation – Using frameworks like the OODA Loop to assess new data and conditions.
  • Execute – Taking decisive action based on informed decisions.

Bloom underscores that life’s challenges and mistakes are inevitable, but making mindful decisions can stop negative compounding and lead to success. The key takeaway is that even when circumstances are dire, a single good decision can lead to a better place.

This Idea Will Make You Unstoppable (204 words) #

Leon Hendrix explores the concept of the “winner effect” and how it can create a cycle of success or failure. He describes a study where manipulated wins in mice led to greater future success due to increased confidence and testosterone. He argues this phenomenon applies to humans in various contexts, including wealth accumulation, entrepreneurship, and athletics. According to Hendrix, recalling past wins can break a cycle of negative momentum, suggesting gratitude for even small victories daily.

He draws on studies by Carol Dweck and Claudia Mueller, indicating that praising effort rather than inherent talent fosters resilience and the pursuit of challenge. Hendrix also recommends maintaining a healthy relationship with results by focusing on controllable actions and the process, not just outcomes. He emphasizes trust in one’s commitments and illustrates how unmet expectations can distort the perception of success.

Lastly, Hendrix shares the practice of visualization to create a sense of certainty and confidence, making future successes more likely through psychological reinforcement. He concludes with the importance of adjusting expectations and recognizing progress to sustain motivation and fuel an upward spiral of success.

Private Credit 101 - by Restructuring__ - Pari Passu (264 words) #

In the “Private Credit 101” newsletter, Restructuring__ elaborates on the emergence and growing significance of private credit as an alternative to traditional bank financing and public debt markets. According to Restructuring__, private credit is financing provided by non-bank lenders which gained prominence due to significant bank consolidations and tighter post-GFC banking regulations such as Dodd-Frank and Basel III. This led to banks reducing loan offerings and non-bank lenders stepping into the gap, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Restructuring__ argues that private credit offers higher yields compared to traditional fixed-income investments, particularly in low-interest-rate environments. The Federal Reserve’s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS) highlights increased conservatism among banks, thereby amplifying the role of private credit, which now constitutes ~20% of the market, up from ~3% in 2010.

Major players in the industry include Blackstone Credit, Apollo Global Management, and KKR Credit among others. Restructuring__ cites data from Preqin and Bloomberg to demonstrate private credit’s robustness, with an average yield of 12% for middle-market loans in 2Q2023 and significant fundraising activities showcasing investor interest. This period has seen notable deals, including KKR’s financing of Athenahealth’s acquisition and SVPGlobal’s restructuring of Cory Riverside Energy.

Restructuring__ concludes by encouraging readers to delve deeper into restructuring and private credit, labeling this period as the “Golden Age of Private Credit.”

7 Rules of Happiness, 9 Pillars of Success, & More | The Curiosity Chronicle (178 words) #

Sahil Bloom, in “7 Rules of Happiness, 9 Pillars of Success, & More” from The Curiosity Chronicle, explores frameworks and reflections for enhancing one’s life. Bloom introduces a pivotal question: “If everything stays the same, what one change would create the most impact?” This approach narrows focus to a single impactful change, leveraging an example from his health goals where he identifies lifting intensity as his key focus. Bloom elaborates on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s expansive definition of success, which includes nine pillars such as laughter, respect, appreciation of beauty, and improving others’ lives. On happiness, Bloom highlights embracing life’s seasons to mitigate struggle and thrive in the present. Additionally, Bloom discusses the value of perspective through a visual reminder to “zoom out” and not fixate on the immediate. Throughout, Bloom ensures the content is actionable, encouraging reflections and practical steps toward personal development.

Duolingo Deep Dive (252 words) #

In “Duolingo Deep Dive,” Pari Passu offers an in-depth analysis of Duolingo’s rise and sustained success in the EdTech sector. According to Passu, Duolingo, founded by Luis von Ahn, has expanded from language learning into math and music while maintaining its mission of providing free education alongside profitability.

Passu emphasizes Duolingo’s organic growth strategy, likening it to Uber and Tinder. The author attributes 80% of Duolingo’s user base to individuals who had not previously engaged in language learning, underscoring the platform’s market expansion.

Duolingo’s freemium model allows free access to educational content, supported by optional subscriptions, advertisements, and the Duolingo English Test for revenue. This strategy has resulted in a twofold increase in paying subscribers since its IPO, highlighting robust financial health with a high gross margin and significant free cash flow generation. Passu also notes Duolingo’s effective use of AI for personalized learning, enhancing user engagement and retention.

The author stresses the importance of balancing mission and monetization, as demonstrated by Duolingo’s measured approach to profitability without compromising its educational goals. Challenges remain, such as potential over-reliance on von Ahn and future market risks from advanced AI translations. Nonetheless, Duolingo’s focus on product quality and strategic expansion positions it well for continued growth and impact in global education.

Welcome to the Era of Bot-on-Bot AI Customer Service - WSJ (196 words) #

According to Alexandra Samuel, companies’ use of chatbots to interact with customers can be frustrating, prompting her to wish for a personal AI chatbot to handle these interactions on her behalf. Samuel outlines several features that her ideal consumer chatbot should have.

She argues that the bot should memorize her identity and preferences to avoid repetitive data entry, and preempt support calls by finding solutions before she even asks. Additionally, Samuel wants the bot to research similar complaints, saving her the hassle of sifting through online forums for negotiation strategies.

Samuel emphasizes the bot’s ability to wait in line, placate support agents, and persistently pester for resolutions. This persistence, she notes, could change business practices by making customer support more efficient. Furthermore, the bot should complete follow-up surveys accurately to ensure useful feedback for companies.

Throughout her article, Samuel supports her claims with personal anecdotes about the time-consuming nature of current customer support interactions and the potential benefits of a personal chatbot, ultimately advocating for a more efficient and satisfying customer service experience.

Top Posts Today from The Information Subscribers (218 words) #

Jane Doe, representing The Information, emphasizes the platform’s commitment to delivering exclusive, in-depth technology business stories. Various notable tech and business leaders highlight key issues in the tech industry on The Information Forum Digest.

Alexandru Voica discusses the rise of H, a French AI startup, highlighting its significant $220 million funding at a Paris technology event. Jory Des Jardins expresses skepticism about the high valuations of digital media companies, arguing that factors like reach and potential often overshadow content quality and its societal impact. Eric Xiao raises concerns about Airbnb’s challenges in China, noting cultural differences that could hinder its market penetration.

Fazal Majid predicts the decline of Instagram’s dominance as new social networks attract younger generations, undeterred by antitrust authorities. Jinhong Chen addresses legal nuances in Lyft’s dispute with Morgan Stanley over short-selling trades. Finally, David Cooperstein reviews Microsoft’s strategy in the console wars and the implications of Amazon Luna’s entry into the market, suggesting potential shifts in the industry landscape.

Jane Doe meticulously curates these perspectives, using the contributors’ industry expertise and detailed accounts to support her analysis of current tech issues.

🔎 Google goes wild (216 words) #

In “Google goes wild,” Ina Fried of Axios AI+ argues that the rollout of Google’s AI-generated summaries for search results in the U.S. has led to significant issues, undermining Google’s longstanding reputation for accuracy. Fried points to numerous errors including life-critical mistakes like incorrect medical advice, propagation of conspiracy theories, and the inability to distinguish between factual and satirical content.

Google announced the default implementation of these AI summaries despite these problems. The inaccuracies have included dangerously wrong advice on snake bites, erroneous historical data, and even absurd suggestions like using glue on pizza.

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, acknowledged that AI Overviews increase click-through rates, but admits errors occur mostly in less common queries. This push towards AI-generated content, Fried asserts, threatens to disincentivize accurate information publishing and may expose Google to legal risks under Section 230.

Additionally, Fried highlights broader industry implications, noting that Google’s AI struggles to navigate the growing volumes of AI-generated web content. Google’s statements to Axios emphasize that AI Overviews generally provide quality information, though users concerned about accuracy can turn off AI summaries.

The Notetaking Cold War (228 words) #

In “The Notetaking Cold War,” the author examines the intellectual clash between Tiago Forte, creator of the PARA organizational system, and Conor White-Sullivan, creator of Roam. According to the author, Tiago Forte emphasizes organizing notes by actionability, categorizing them into Projects, Areas, Resources, and Archives, each fitting into a clear hierarchy. Conor White-Sullivan, on the other hand, advocates for a more flexible, networked approach with no rigid structure, allowing notes to exist in multiple places simultaneously.

The author likens this debate to a long-standing philosophical dispute between essentialists, who believe in objective, hierarchical structures, and pragmatists, who view truth as context-dependent and emphasize utility. Tiago’s system represents an essentialist, hierarchical approach, aiming to make information action-oriented and predictable, while Conor’s system embodies a pragmatist, networked approach, offering flexibility and adaptability.

Ultimately, the author argues that both Tiago and Conor’s systems are pragmatic in nature, each offering solutions based on the unpredictability of note usage. The choice between their systems depends on the user’s specific organizational needs and contexts. Data and philosophical comparisons are employed to underscore the nuanced differences and practical implications of each methodology.

🟡 Sticky apps, stickier pizza (200 words) #

According to Semafor Technology, David Sacks’ new startup, Glue, aims to revolutionize enterprise chat by leveraging AI, despite the crowded market dominated by Slack. Sacks acknowledges that the lack of channels in Glue, simplified by AI, poses a significant innovation challenge for competitors like Slack, who would struggle to overhaul their architecture to mimic Glue’s features. Sacks and his co-founder Owen argue that Glue’s AI can enhance productivity by preemptively addressing queries and suggesting relevant threads and experts, harnessing conversational data as a knowledge base.

Sacks emphasizes that AI’s role is pivotal—transforming chat models to be more efficient and user-friendly, and asserting that this disruption creates an opportunity for new players. Owen notes the practical benefits of AI in reducing information noise, an issue both machines and humans face. Lastly, Sacks humorously reflects on his return to the tech industry, driven by unfinished business and the innovative potential AI brings to the table in enterprise communication. Together, they believe Glue represents a major leap forward compared to traditional platforms like Slack.

The Most Important Decision of Your Life | The Curiosity Chronicle (228 words) #

Sahil Bloom argues that the power of taking action, no matter how small, is crucial in regaining a sense of control and influencing situations that seem overwhelming. Bloom highlights this through a true story by Pam Kearney about a baker named Matthew, who offered free coffee on a cold night to mourners at a funeral home, despite feeling he couldn’t do much else. This simple gesture profoundly impacted many, including the mother of the deceased, demonstrating that even minimal actions can provide significant comfort.

Bloom further supports his argument with personal anecdotes. When his childhood home burned down, friends offered meals and company to his parents, embodying the “make the coffee” philosophy. He recounts how his college friends supported a friend battling alcohol abuse through regular FaceTime calls, showing that presence can be more powerful than grand gestures. Additionally, Bloom discusses his own experience of opening up to his wife about their future when feeling lost, underscoring that sometimes the best action is merely to start a conversation.

Bloom concludes that actions, big or small, need not be perfect to be effective. He encourages readers to always find ways to “make the coffee” and take meaningful action in everyday life.

⚙️ Altman says he didn’t know about OpenAI’s equity clause – the documents show a different story (151 words) #

Ian Krietzberg of The Deep View reports that Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, claimed he was unaware of an equity clause that required departing employees to sign non-disparagement and non-disclosure agreements to retain their vested equity. However, Krietzberg asserts that documents obtained by Vox reporter Kelsey Piper indicate otherwise. These documents, which bear the signatures of OpenAI executives, including Altman, explicitly detail this practice. Piper’s investigation reveals that Altman’s claim of ignorance might be misleading, as multiple ex-employees shared their signed agreements. Following the exposure, OpenAI announced it would remove non-disparagement clauses and release former employees from those obligations. Krietzberg emphasizes that trust is crucial in AI development, suggesting that the environment of deceit and questionable practices at OpenAI is problematic for the company’s reputation and the wider AI community.

May 24, 2024 (227 words) #

Heather Cox Richardson argues that former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley’s decision to vote for Trump, despite previously criticizing him, can be seen in two ways: as either a sign of Trump’s dominance or his weakness. This reflects the broader civil war within the Republican Party, where establishment leaders struggle to regain control from Trump’s MAGA faction, which has pushed the party far to the right.

Richardson highlights the unpopularity of key Republican policies, particularly on abortion and gun control. She cites a Pew poll showing 63% of Americans support legal abortion in most cases and references Louisiana’s restrictive abortion laws as an example of GOP extremism. Similarly, she points out that 86% of Americans support mandatory background checks for all gun purchases, contrasting it with Judge Kacsmaryk’s block on a Biden administration rule closing the “gun show loophole.”

Richardson emphasizes Trump’s problematic actions and legal troubles, including his mishandling of classified documents and refusal to testify in his criminal trial, which alienate non-MAGA Republicans and Independents. She also notes that despite Haley’s alignment with Trump, her supporters might shift towards the Biden-Harris campaign, indicating potential fractures in Republican unity.

Defense Tech Startup Helsing Raising Funds At $4 Billion Valuation (228 words) #

According to a senior writer at Forbes, Helsing, an AI-driven defense tech startup based in Munich, is in talks to raise funding at a $4 billion valuation. Sources indicate that the Series C funding round, led by General Catalyst, aims to secure at least $400 million for Helsing, which has previously garnered over $200 million in funding led by the same investor. This new round would bring Helsing’s total funding to more than $750 million.

The author points out Helsing’s strategic importance amid global military tensions, with wars in the Middle East and Ukraine and rising US-China tensions driving venture investments in national security-related tech. Pitchbook data shows investors have poured $100 billion into defense-related companies in the past five years.

Helsing, founded in 2021 by engineers and tech executives including co-CEO Torsten Reil, focuses on AI software for military use. It has secured significant contracts, including providing AI tools for the Eurofighter jet and the multinational Future Combat Air System. General Catalyst, its main backer, views software-enabled defense tech as transformative for government defense spending, projecting a significant increase in software expenditures over the next decade, as noted in a blog post by investor Paul Kwan.

7 Questions That Changed My Life | The Curiosity Chronicle (217 words) #

Sahil Bloom, in his article “7 Questions That Changed My Life” from The Curiosity Chronicle, emphasizes that life’s most significant discoveries stem from asking transformative questions rather than finding correct answers. Bloom shares seven life-altering questions that have profoundly impacted his decision-making and personal growth. These questions include evaluating the long-term impact of daily actions, reconciling perceived priorities with actual behaviors, and gaining perspective through a third-party view of one’s life. Bloom also suggests identifying and eliminating “Boat Anchors”—actions or people that hinder progress—and balancing the accumulation of information with taking decisive action. He furthers his argument by addressing self-deception and the lies repeated internally that shape one’s reality. Finally, Bloom proposes considering life changes from the perspective of having a finite amount of time left—specifically, ten years—which provides a pragmatic but urgent view on prioritizing actions and goals.

Throughout the article, Bloom uses insightful analogies and principles, such as the 1-in-60 Rule, to illustrate how small changes can significantly affect outcomes over time. By integrating personal anecdotes and practical advice, he underscores the transformative power of introspective questioning.

Biden’s tech diplomacy (191 words) #

According to Drake Bennett, the Biden administration is looking to forge a new era of technological cooperation with Kenyan President William Ruto, targeting sectors like semiconductors, clean energy, and artificial intelligence. Bennett highlights concerns from Kenyan tech workers who claim systemic exploitation by American companies, particularly in emotionally taxing roles like content moderation. These workers have articulated their grievances in an open letter to President Biden and are currently involved in litigation against companies like Meta for issues including unfair labor practices.

Bennett also discusses the Biden administration’s pledge to allocate part of the $280 billion from the US Chips and Science Act to assist Kenya’s developing semiconductor industry, though only $1 million has been designated so far. Bennett underscores the challenge for Kenyan officials in securing equitable arrangements with large tech companies, given global competition for lower wages.

Through his reporting, Bennett uses direct worker testimonials and ongoing legal actions to substantiate claims of labor exploitation, framing the Biden administration’s tech diplomacy efforts within these socio-economic realities.

How To Stop Being Boring In Conversation (222 words) #

Charisma on Command explains six key habits to make conversations more engaging, illustrated through examples from Ryan Gosling, a highly admired celebrity. First, the author emphasizes shifting your mindset to having fun rather than seeking approval, demonstrating this with Gosling’s use of absurd analogies and the “Mind’s Eye method” to create vivid mental images.

Secondly, sharing funny embarrassing stories can boost confidence and invite laughter, as shown by Gosling’s anecdote on Graham Norton’s show. Third, fostering authenticity by calling out or complimenting genuine moments makes conversations deeper.

Fourth, making people feel good about themselves through genuine compliments and playful teasing is crucial. Gosling’s interactions on talk shows exemplify this. Fifth, the author highlights the importance of playful humility in responses to compliments, mixing appreciation with light-hearted self-deprecation.

Lastly, Charisma on Command underscores the value of self-validation, using Gosling’s calm reaction to the Oscar mix-up to illustrate maintaining perspective and not needing external approval. This confident mindset, the author argues, can transform social interactions and make confidence appear effortless. These habits, practiced consistently, can significantly enhance one’s conversational skills and charisma.

How Job Seekers Can Get Ahead Of The Summer Slowdown (217 words) #

Jack Kelly argues that job seekers should not let the summer slowdown halt their efforts. Instead, they should focus on continuous improvement. According to Kelly, proven strategies such as networking, tailoring résumés and cover letters, and practicing interview responses remain vital. He emphasizes that these basics are crucial regardless of seasonal shifts.

Kelly uses data from his own experiences to support his claims, noting the importance of maintaining updated LinkedIn profiles and online portfolios. He also highlights the value of reconnecting with past colleagues and attending industry events for networking opportunities. Kelly suggests taking advantage of the summer’s slower pace to gain new certifications and skills through online courses.

Kelly stresses the importance of consistent follow-up with recruiters and maintaining a high level of professionalism. He advises job seekers to stay positive and project confidence in their abilities. Additionally, Kelly advocates for dedicating time to self-improvement, such as reading industry-related books and listening to motivational podcasts.

Finally, Kelly underscores the significance of focusing on wellness, encouraging activities like meditation and spending time outdoors to maintain mental clarity and physical health. He argues that a well-rested and positive mindset is critical for job search success.

The Science Of Building Extreme Discipline - Andrew Huberman (244 words) #

Chris Williamson’s article, “The Science Of Building Extreme Discipline - Andrew Huberman,” delves into the complexities of stress, motivation, and willpower. Williamson references various experiments to underline how perceptions of stress and choice impact outcomes. According to research by Sapolsky and Ali Crum, voluntary exercise yields positive health metrics, contrasting with the detrimental effects of forced exercise. Studies on stress perceptions reveal that viewing stress positively can enhance performance, whereas seeing it negatively can impair health.

Williamson further mentions a striking study on the Boston Marathon bombings, highlighting that those watching 90+ minutes of news coverage experienced more stress than attendees at the actual event.

Regarding willpower, experiments by Baumeister and Carol Dweck demonstrate that beliefs about willpower being inexhaustible can boost performance, challenging the notion of willpower as a limited resource.

Williamson also explores the Anterior Midcingulate Cortex (AMCC), highlighting its role in tenacity and willpower. Research indicates its activity increases with challenging tasks and can even grow in size with sustained effort, suggesting its critical role in resilience and possibly even longevity.

Finally, practical applications are discussed, advocating for the inclusion of challenging tasks, termed “micro sucks,” to build tenacity. Williamson emphasizes the importance of stepping beyond comfort zones to harness the full potential of the AMCC.

The Rise and Fall of Simon Sadler’s Segantii, One of Asia’s Top Hedge Funds - Bloomberg (225 words) #

According to Gillian Tan, Lulu Yilun Chen, Cathy Chan, Nishant Kumar, and Bei Hu, the legal pressures surrounding Simon Sadler have forced the closure of Segantii Capital Management, once a premier hedge fund in Asia. The abrupt decision followed charges from Hong Kong authorities against Sadler and his firm for insider trading, leading clients to withdraw nearly $1 billion and causing major Wall Street banks to limit their interactions with Segantii.

The authors highlight Segantii’s successful trajectory, noting it began with $26 million in 2007 and managed $6.2 billion by 2021. They attribute this growth to Sadler’s aggressive trading approach and his strategic alliances with top banks. However, allegations concerning a 2017 block trade tarnished the firm’s reputation, leading to a rapid decline.

Supporting their claims, the authors draw parallels to the fall of Galleon Group, emphasizing the severe impact of legal scrutiny. They further detail Segantii’s significant market influence and trading strategies, showcasing its contribution to the finance sector, until the criminal charges made continued operations untenable. Despite the fund’s closure, Sadler retains considerable personal wealth, indicating the lasting financial echo of Segantii’s rise and fall.

Intel Reports First-Quarter 2024 Financial Results (252 words) #

According to Shaukat Ibrahim, Intel experienced a notable financial performance in the first quarter of 2024, with a revenue of $12.7 billion, marking a 9% YoY increase. Despite a GAAP loss per share of $(0.09), the company achieved a non-GAAP EPS of $0.18.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s CEO, highlighted their robust progress in innovation and operational execution, emphasizing the significant role of Intel 3 in reviving U.S. semiconductor manufacturing. He expressed confidence in their growth plans, driven by advancements in AI solutions and shareholder value creation.

David Zinsner, Intel’s CFO, attributed the non-GAAP EPS exceeding guidance to better-than-expected gross margins and rigorous expense control. He projected continued revenue and non-GAAP EPS growth for fiscal year 2024 from improved gross margins.

Ibrahim notes that Intel’s new foundry model has enhanced business decisions, and strategic changes like the standalone operation of Altera align with this model. Key business units saw varied performance: Client Computing Group grew by 31%, Data Center and AI by 5%, while Network and Edge declined by 8%.

Intel anticipates Q2 revenue between $12.5 billion and $13.5 billion, forecasting a slight improvement in non-GAAP EPS to $0.10. The company’s comprehensive strategies and segment-specific progress reveal a focus on restructuring for operational efficacy and technological leadership.