In New Brand of Philanthropy, Nonprofits Invest in For-Profits

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Amazing that looking back on my post comments about creating a Private Equity Non-Profit Fund, I also found this article from 2012. Definitely interesting: Reblogged from DealBook: When the W. K. Kellogg Foundation set aside $100 million in 2007 to invest in companies that could produce both social and financial benefits, it was considered revolutionary. Historically, major foundations had used mainly stocks, bonds, real estate and … [Read more...]

Meditation: On the Purpose of Consciousness

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If in our life we are meant to experience life, learn from it and pass on what we learn; what is the end to which we arrive in this infinite loop?   What are we ultimately striving to learn? To build? What foundation are we forming that future generations may complete our work? Is it all in an effort to travel as far as we can and collectively interact with as much of the universe as possible? What does that lead to once we have collectively … [Read more...]

Meditation: On Fear & Success

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********************* Is fear anything more than just that: Fear? Any fear we have likely has no basis in reality – it is often not an actual harm to the body, but merely an un-choice based around perception of outcome without testing for bounds of actuality. Fear by nature assumes the worst outcome while not allowing for the possibility of the best. What if instead we chose to try? Try for the best whilst controlling for worse cases all while … [Read more...]

Why Artificial Intelligence Is Human Evolution

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"Fear the AI!!!" they say. What happens once superintelligent or even human-level AI exists? Once it meets a human? Does AI instantly dominate? Visions of Terminator-style Judgement Day and human extinction abound. But once human-level "artificial" intelligence exists, won’t it also be subject to complex emotions and states of mind like fear, love, compassion, anxiety, and the propensity to overthink simple problems? Won’t it/they also be … [Read more...]

Why NO ONE should drive for Uber in Tahoe

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Let me start by saying, I have loved using Uber for convenient rides everywhere from Sydney, Australia to Boston to San Francisco and back again. I am a huge proponent of using Uber in most situations... ...that said, I ran a little experiment over the Holidays when Uber was launching in my hometown in North Lake Tahoe and found that as an Uber Driver in Tahoe I was losing money or barely breaking even at best. Not good! My best trip was … [Read more...]

Lehman Fee Calculator

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Being in the Private Equity and investment banking world you run across the Lehman Formula in paying advisor/broker/banker fees quite often. Most all of us know the structure of 5%, 4%, 3%, 2%, and 1% for the first 5 million respectively, but sometimes it is just easier to have a calculator that does it for you. I couldn't easily find any online and had some time to kill one evening, so I made one (includes option for Double … [Read more...]

Tomorrowland: Two Wolves – the real Cherokee story

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I posted this because I found the story to be very powerful after watching Disney's Tomorrowland (2015) and wanting to know the two wolves story. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Creating An Epic Bestman Toast

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I've delivered a number of passionate speeches in my life, and have never had an ounce of nerves in my body, but sometimes it is extremely difficult to find the perfect combination of words the describe the best dudes in your life. After hours and hours of research, thinking, writing, practicing and rewriting I came up with a simple, to-the-point and killer toast that brought down the house, so why not share it - maybe it will be of use to … [Read more...]

Abbi Whitaker: Reno’s bottom-of-list status rings false with those who live here

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Great post by my good friend Abbi: Reblogged from Reno Rebirth Blog: I received an email on Friday from the editor of PR Daily asking me if I wanted to comment on a recently released Forbes-commissioned survey which cites Reno as one of the cities with the unhappiest workers behind Boulder, Colo. Yes, that's right. Boulder. The mountain town that's home to Powder magazine and Brad Feld, and was recently picked as one of Money … [Read more...]

What it’s like living in Reno? – Lifestyles answer

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Great question. In my humble opinion, moving to Reno is primarily a lifestyle choice. Overall Reno: is a pretty cool place near lots of awesomeness: Lake Tahoe Sierra Nevadas Black Rock Desert (if you are into the Burning Man scene) Plenty of skiing, kayaking, SUPing, hiking, biking, you name it. has a revival taking place in Midtown with awesome new breweries, restaurants, and bars. Lots of new startups and a … [Read more...]