I try to make mastery
straightforward.

What I write about

I look for interesting topics that are overwhelming. 

I then work hard to make mastery in those topics straightforward:

  1. I pick a topic I feel has yet to be dissected well.
  2. I research and experiment to uncover the topic's unstated principles. I question assumptions behind its conventional teaching.
  3. I get my hands dirty. Because the "difference between knowledge and wisdom is experience,” and I need experience to teach others.
  4. I release my handbooks for free.

Why I don't write books

Readers ask why I don't publish my handbooks as books or ebooks. 

Surprisingly, books are a worse medium for educating and discussing topics:

  • Books become outdated, whereas I update my handbooks weekly.
  • Books lack audio and video, which I've found critical to teaching.
  • Books contain boring filler to reach page count requirements.
  • Book excerpts can't be deep-linked. A lack of contextual linking means people don't share and re-reference the book's material. So they forget it all.
Read what you love until you love to read.
– Naval Ravikant

A note for readers

People sometimes make a show of how many books they read. “I read a non-fiction book or two a week,” they say.

However, they unfortunately don't take notes, forget almost everything, and don’t apply their learnings.

That's reading for entertainment. That’s great, but try to be honest with yourself.

When you consume non-fiction, reading is just one part of the exercise.

Understanding, distilling, and applying are the real tasks.

We grew up with throwaway children’s fiction that instilled poor consumption habits for books: churning through them.

What motivates me

There are many experts. But few great teachers. We need more great teachers.

The bottleneck to having more is that teaching is not a natural human competency. And most experts don't bother to deliberately practice.

They think, "I've put my expertise down on paper. Now, my readers can figure out the nuances on their own."

That's squandered expertise.

A true teacher explains how to cook instead of merely analyzing a recipe. 

And they engage readers with narrative, which makes their content universally appealing and engaging.

As a result, true teachers excite you. They inspire exploration of more topics.

It winds up being great teachers — not world-class experts — who actually help you attain mastery in your pursuits.

That's why I spend more time trying to appreciate great teachers than experts.

And I do so with the open-mindedness that teachers needn't hold positions of prestige: Everyday bloggers and podcasters enlightening you throughout your adulthood can have a greater impact on you than your professors.

Podcasters and bloggers are also widely accessible. They're teachers for the masses. And that's what I hope to be.

Work

Current

I run Bell Curve, a growth agency for tech companies. I was interviewed about it here.

Founder

I started NameLayer, a domain name company that sold domains to startups and Fortune 500's. After NameLayer's launch, I wrote the guide that many startups consult when choosing a name. NameLayer was acquired by Techstars.

Engineer

I made Velocity, a popular open source library used by Samsung, Uber, WhatsApp, and thousands more. I published a book on it through Pearson. I was then awarded the Stripe grant, with which I made Libscore. I was interviewed about it here.

Contact

Say hello on Twitter.

Want to email me? I'm inquiry at {my domain}. As long as you're not expecting feedback on something (I'm short on time), I will absolutely respond.