Deaths and Fairness on Mount Everest

More people died on Everest this year than any other year. The cause of 16 of the 17 deaths on the mountain this year was an avalanche, that occurred between basecamp and camp 1 on 4/18/2014, in an area known as the Popcorn Field. This is around 18,000 or 19,000 feet at the top of the Khumbu Ice Fall, the most dangerous part of the Mount Everest climb. An overhanging wedge of ice the size of a ... Read More

A Thawing Arctic

The year that Arctic Row rowed across the Arctic Ocean we witnessed the lowest ice cap in recent history. And the trend predicts more melt to come. The Arctic, the roughly 8 percent of the earth above latitude 66º 33′ north, is warming faster than many climate scientists expected—at nearly twice the rate of the rest of the planet. The extent of Arctic sea ice, which melts to its nadir eac... Read More

Instant Gratification

Deliveries are moving from hours to minutes, at the cost of selection breadth. The latest incarnation of this trend is Spoonrocket, who delivers a constrained selection breadth of 1 of 2 meal options in just 10-minutes.   You could prepare a similar graph for the time it used to book a taxi (e.g. days for Boston Livery vs. minutes for Uber). Maybe I’ll graph that next. About Project G... Read More

Do You Want New Topics or New People Everyday?

There’s this tradeoff between interacting with lots of new people everyday and interacting with lots of new ideas everyday. Except operations people; they see the same problems, and same people. Every day. Update: Added Operations, which adds humor and truth, thanks to my Wharton colleague Brandon Mah.   Hat tip to Brandon Mah who clued me into the Operations function and their placem... Read More

Equity In A Startup

A factor of 10 is useful in predicting what percentage of a company you should allocate to new hires (if you’re the hiring manager), and what percentage you should receive in a fair negotiation (if you’re the recruit).   About Project Graph: At Wharton we’re taught that everything can be graphed. This is my attempt to graph my goings-on. ... Read More

The Commute Paradox

In a paper entitled Stress that Doesn’t Pay, Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer wrote that a bad commute reduces happiness regardless of how long we’re exposed to it. Even the loss of a limb or winning the lottery doesn’t create a permanent and sizable shift in happiness, but a bad commute does. They call this the “commute paradox”.     About Project... Read More