How Should I Think About ___?

Chasing the Essence of Healthcare

Series of essays where I try to deconstruct the complexity of healthcare systems into a few distilled fundamentals.

  1. Why bother?
  2. Precious creatures, unsolved problems, and morality
  3. What does the patient need?
  4. More coming soon

Society

Colleges are special clubs

What is bundled as college education? I believe that college is mostly about the badge and the social experience. But why colleges are such a powerful thing in society? Could we reinvent them with technology? Read it here.

Religion as a subtle mechanism for cooperation

Religion can be seen as a cultural innovation that helped humankind scale to larger groups that didn’t break down due to cheaters. For obvious reasons, there are many interesting layers to unpack on this topic. Read it here.

Human Behavior

Wilderness, and the bonding from difficult, shared endeavors

We seem wired in a way that feels interconnected to what our ancestors probably experienced in nature. For one, there’s something about being out in the vastness of wilderness that rewards us with “happiness”. Also, there’s the remarkable bonding that emerges among humans from trying to overcome difficulties together. Read it here.

Work

Finding the life’s work

Being able to choose, what should someone require from her work? Learn what is my framework and how I’d apply it to my own personal choices. Read it here.

Trying to figure out what makes someone tick

When working with other people, it helps to have values aligned. Values are what makes people tick. They can be better inferred when digging beyond superficialities. How to do that? Read it here.

Interesting small teams (a collection of their stories)

I am personally very keen on small teams and I’ve been collecting facts and anecdotes about some interesting, extremely successful ones. Read it here.

Startups

What product-market fit really looks like

Everybody in startups has heard of the concept of product-market fit. But I’d say few people know exactly what it looks like. Let’s learn from real examples then: Steve Jobs astonished by the early success of the App Store, Slack’s pivot to escape from leaky buckets, and what signs have worked for Elad Gil and for Andy Rachleff. Read it here.

Health

Previous breakthroughs in health were against invaders

How did we get significant victories against death in the past? What do these victories have in common? Why do we face different challenges now? Read it here.

Other Worldly Observations

Watches and rings are sticky products

There’s something powerful about watches and rings that you don’t find very often. Read it here.

The digital life

Life will very likely continue to become more and more digital. And technologies that alter the way we perceive and interact with reality will be a relevant part of that. Read it here.

Collective human behavior quantified

The aggregate behavior of us, human beings, can be remarkably stable over time. Did you know that we can get steady numbers for the time one spends daily on traveling? And for how many people one really knows? And also for the number of places one usually visits? Read it here.

Cryptography

Cryptographic hashes

A conversational and jargon-free introduction to cryptographic hashes. It should be a fun read for anyone trying to build from scratch an intuitive understanding of what hashes are, why they’re everywhere, and their virtues and limitations. Certainly longer than the other essays, but also much gentler than any technical book. Read it here.

About

Hello, visitor! I publish here collections of thoughts on things that interest me. These essays can be seen as part of my journey to try to make sense of life, society, business, nature. I hope you find reading them worthy of your time.

My goal of having these texts online is to signal to like-minded people and eventually get to know new, interesting people.

If you want to say hello (or if you want to point out all the ways I am obviously wrong), please reach out to me at hello@hsita.com.

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