Category Archives: Teacher’s Reference Guides

On Physics

Below is a “teacher’s reference guide” for the ideas found within The Latticework’s Physics discipline.

The idea is to help keep these valuable ideas top of mind so that they can hopefully become second nature. It’s also a great exercise to distill some of these rather complex ideas into as simple (but no simpler!) a form factor as possible, getting to its true essence.

On Chris Dixon

This “teacher’s reference guide” distills what I thought were some of Chirs Dixon’s more interesting blog posts and ideas. Don’t take my word for it, I’ve put together a complete compilation of his blog posts below that is well worth your time.

Chris Dixon first started a company called SiteAdvisor that helped users understand the safety and reputation of websites by testing the sites to find malware and spam. McAfee eventually bought it. His next venture was Hunch, a site that built a collective intelligence recommendation system, that was eventually acquired by eBay. Chris is now a partner at a16z, the “CAA” of venture capital.

Some of my key takeaways were around cryptocurrency (it allows computers to make commitments, amongst many other things, of course), the next paradigm shift will start off looking like a toy/hobby (what the richest and smartest do for fun on the weekends is what the mainstream will do in 10 years), and more related to network effects, startups, and venture capital.  

On Worldly Wisdom

Below is a “teacher’s reference guide” for the ideas found within The Latticework’s Worldly Wisdom discipline.

The idea is to help keep these valuable ideas top of mind so that they can hopefully become second nature. It’s also a great exercise to distill some of these rather complex ideas into as simple (but no simpler!) a form factor as possible, getting to its true essence.

On Dee Hock

I went down a deep rabbit hole on Dee Hock, the founder of VISA. His story is fascinating and his principles deeply resonate with me. After VISA, he dedicated his life to spreading the “chaordic” principles (a combination of chaos and order) that helped make VISA what it is today. We’d be wise to heed his message.

Much of what he talks about will stay with me for a long time, but two in particular:

1) he loves the term “educe” which means to bring or draw forth something already present in a latent, or undeveloped form. We should aim to educe rather than induce (force or compel) others as this will help make people all-in and align with our vision.

2) his focus on aligning with nature, seeing everything as holistic and interconnected rather than siloed and fragmented.

On Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte is the godfather of data presentation/visualization. He seeks a more unified, holistic, and integrated model which makes learning more accurate, intuitive, simple, and fun. His books are beautiful and “self-exemplifying” – meaning he wanted the books themselves to reflect the principles he wanted to get across.

I have been studying Tufte’s work with a specific project in mind (to be revealed soon), but his key tenets are important and applicable for anybody seeking to better understand how to use data and visualizations to most effectively teach others, make effective presentations, and, inversely, to understand why certain images and techniques are ineffective.

On Bill Gurley’s Above the Crowd

I spent this past month reading Bill Gurley’s fantastic posts on Above the Crowd.

Bill has been blogging since 1996 and it was fascinating to look back through time and see his thinking and thought process over these past 25 years, specifically as it applies to technology and consumer internet companies. The link at the bottom of the page is a compilation of all his posts and my favorite were: The Most Powerful Internet Metric of All, The Smartest Price War Ever, All Revenue is Not Created Equal, and The Thing I Love Most About Uber.

On Howard Marks’ Memos

I spent a couple of months reading Howard Marks’ memos and have attempted to make a distilled “teacher’s reference guide” which (hopefully) describes his investing philosophy in a clear, effective, and concise manner. His focus on simple and truly important ideas throughout these nearly 30 years of memos was amazing to read about and I hope this comes across!

*The vast majority of the content is from Howard’s memos and not my own words. I’ve simply distilled, compiled, and added a few notes and references.

Seth Godin Freelancer Course

Don’t know what a freelancer even is? Want to know what they do and how to be successful doing it? There’s nobody better than Seth Godin. His daily blog is amazing and this class doesn’t disappoint. Check it out!

On How to Start a Startup

I spent some time carefully listening to and digesting Y-Combinator’s videos on starting a startup and have attempted to make a distilled “teacher’s reference guide” which (hopefully) offers an actionable and informative introduction to their powerful ideas for success and pitfalls to avoid.

*This is Y-Combinator’s content and not my own words. I’ve simply distilled, compiled, and added a few notes.

On Machine Learning

I spent a couple months reading deliberately on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and its many off-shoots and applications. After summarizing the books I read and wrangling with the concepts for some time, I have attempted to make a distilled “teacher’s reference guide” or cheat sheet which (hopefully) describes the key terms and ideas in a clear, concise and applicable manner.

*The vast majority of the content is from the books and other resources and not my own words. I’ve simply distilled, compiled, and added a few notes. This is clearly my amateur attempt which I’m sure has many points that experts would refute or disapprove of. Please reach out with any suggestions as I plan to iterate and improve this document over time.