ROI of Automation: Should You Automate X?

Should you automate X process?

I recently came across this classic chart from xkcd on evaluating ROI of automating a manual process. As Zapier’s engineers seem to do, I will be keeping a printout of this chart at my desk. Thanks to this article from Wade Foster, founder of integration automation startup Zapier. H/T my co-founder, Phil Haslett, for sharing the article.

Returns by Asset Class Over Last 15 Years

Returns by Asset Class 2002-2016

I found the above return chart in ClearPath Capital‘s latest research interesting. Click here to see an image into which you can zoom in further. You can find a link to the full report here, distributed by Brendan Connaughton, CIO at ClearPath. Note: I have not attempted to verify the figures, but the list of sources at the bottom sure make it sound credible.

Cognitive Biases: A Cheat Sheet

As humans, we are susceptible to many forms of cognitive biases. On my short list of “annual reads” is the below cheat sheet of cognitive biases neatly grouped by John Manoogian III, inspired by a well structured article by Buster Benson, a worthwhile long read. Click on the graphic to see a larger version.   Another source with similar information, though at least for me, harder to consume is Wikipedia’s List of Cognitive Biases. Yet another is a smaller, easier to process though less comprehensive graphic compiled by Business Insider.

My Spirit Animals, My Neighbors

Leopard in Mumbai, India

Author’s Note: I’m not sure you’ll get much out of this post. It is more of a personal diary entry more than anything else. Still, if you’re intrigued by two of my favorite animals, read on… The BBC’s Planet Earth series narrated by David Attenborough changed my life. As is the case with many others, watching it uncovered a love for wildlife and nature I never quite realized I had. The series was first released in 2006 and on its […]

Immigrants: We Get the Job Done

I had the pleasure of (finally!) seeing Hamilton a couple of weekends ago. As many others have done, I listened to Hamilton sound track on repeat. Among so many gems, one line from Yorktown resonated with me in particular: Immigrants: we get the job done Until the Hamilton Mixtape came out, which found its way into my Hamilton Favs list on Spotify, I kept wishing more was done with that line. Sure enough, the Mixtape includes an entire song based […]

Spectacles Don’t Fall Far from the Tree

Apple logo + rotation - stem + ring=Spectacles logo

Snap’s Spectacles Logo Snap (parent company of Snapchat) recently came out with Spectacles, which seems like it is getting a warmer welcome than did Google’s Glass. I am probably late to the party here, but when I see its logo (right), I can’t help but see Apple’s (left, duh). Basically: Apple + rotation – stem + ring = Spectacles Quick Reads on Logos If you want to continue procrastinating, check out a short history of Apple’s logo, and the (not […]

Building a Great Founding Team

It is coming up on my fourth anniversary since I began working on EquityZen, so I have been taking a nostalgic trip through my email archive. I came across a piece I wrote for Wharton Magazine on building a great founding team (full piece with context is available here). I’m thankful all that three of EquityZen’s founders remain committed as ever to our original mission. The below excerpt summarizes well the dozens of reasons for our solidarity…