Building an Automatic Ball Thrower for Dogs

We have a border collie called Budweiser. In case you didn’t know, border collies are herding dogs. As a consequence, they have an almost unlimited supply of energy, and they need to spend that energy throughout the day else they get bored and depressed. Given that we don’t have sheep around, we need to resort […]

Y Combinator’s How to Start a Startup – Lesson 1 Summary

If you are an entrepreneur or are planning to build a startup, do yourself a favor and watch the “How to Start a Startup” lessons that Y Combinator did on Stanford a while ago. You can watch all lessons you YouTube. Below you will find my notes for lesson 1. I am writing them mostly […]

Consistency Trumps Intensity

A couple of months ago one of my friends introduced me to the 7-minute workout app. As the name implies, it’s an exercise program you can do in around 7 minutes. I can bench 300 pounds, and always loved going to the gym (though finding time for it has been a problem lately), so my […]

The Lean Startup: Book Summary

The Lean Startup is a must-read book for any active or aspiring entrepreneur. I was fortunate enough not only to read the book, but to watch a live keynote from Eric Ries, the author. Below you’ll find a summary of what I absorbed from both experiences. Defining “Startup” A startup is a human instituion designed […]

5 Productivity Hacks You Should Know and Use

Time is pretty much the only resource you can’t get or buy more of. That is why becoming a more productive person can make a big difference in your life, both personally and professionally. Below you’ll find 5 productivity hacks I learned over the years and can’t live without now. 1. Batch processing Wherever you […]

My Top 10 Business Books

The average american reads 5 books per year. The average CEO reads 60. Coincidence? Below you’ll find the 10 books that most influenced me professionally. 1. How to Make Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie) This is by far the best business book ever written in my opinion. Companies and businesses are made of people, […]

Small Guide for a Simple and Peaceful Life

Buy less -> Save more Talk less -> Listen more Watch less TV -> Read more Frown less -> Smile more Sit less -> Exercise more Work less -> Play more Complain less -> Praise more Fight less -> Love more Ask less -> Donate more Worry less -> Breathe more

Solve My Problem, and Don’t Annoy Me While Doing It

Recently I sold my car, and before deciding which one to get next I decided to rent one for a month. I went to a local branch of a Brazilian rent-a-car brand. The model and pricing were fine, so I said I wanted to go ahead and rent it. After agreeing to rent it and […]

The Era of Chat Bots and Conversational Commerce

Natural language processing has always fascinated me. It’s the field of computing and artificial intelligence concerned with making computers understand and speak the natural languages of humans, thus allowing people to interact with a computer as they would with another person, be it on a text or voice interface. One trend that is making good […]

Making My First Angel Investment

Around six months ago I joined one of the leading associations for angel investors in Brazil, called Anjos do Brasil. Once a month there is a meeting with a keynote and four startups pitching to raise money. It has been a very interesting experience, because I am discovering the other side of the coin. Over […]