The Attention Merchants Book Notes: The history and business of trading Human Attention

The history and business of trading Human Attention

The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu is about the history and business of how people trade human attention. Human attention is arguably the most precious commodity in modern history, so this book studies the different ways this valuable asset has been acquired and used over the years.


The Greatest Trade Ever Book Notes: The Investors of the 2008 Financial Crisis

  • The Greatest Trade Ever is about the 2007/2008 financial crisis and how some people who made money, when everyone else was losing money
  • As I write this we are in the middle of Covid, so these notes are to see if you can take lessons learned from 2008 financial crisis and apply it to 2020 Covid’s financial impact
  • Rereading my notes from this book, I am further convinced that 2008 financial crisis and Covid 19 are different in very subtle ways and one should not draw too many conclusions.
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    Best Books I Read in 2019

    One of the less-talked about benefits of reading is being able to “humble brag” about all the books you’ve read.

    On a completely unrelated note, here are the best Books I read in 2019.

    If one of your goals is to read more in the new year, you should start with these books.


    Dataclysm: Book Notes

    Dataclysm is a book by Christian Ruder, the founder of OkCupid, a dating site. The book is about the site’s data can tell us about relationships and human behaviour. If you are interested in learning more about dating habits in society and more broadly, what people say they like versus what they actually like, I would recommend you read this book.


    How to be a Capitalist without Any Capital by Nathan Latka: Book Notes

    How to be a Capitalist without Any Capital by Nathan Latka is a book about how to start building wealth when you don’t have any money.

    Very tactical and highly actionable, though I occasionally got a bit of salesy, used-car salesman, penny-pinching, vibes and there are some micro-optimizations and “hacks” that I feel may not even make a meaningful impact on building long-term wealth.


    Best Books I Read in 2018

    2018 was a very eventful year for me. I also read some interesting books that provided me with a lot of new perspectives. I think 2016 and 2017 were more transformative years in terms of new ideas gained from books. Without further ado, here is a list of the best books I read in 2018 and key takeaways and big ideas from each book and a bonus section on new blogs, podcasts, youtube videos I enjoyed in 2018.