• Thanks George

    George Tang was one of my best friends. I learned so much from him, and am still learning from him, years after he passed away. I originally wrote this down to speak at George's memorial service back in January 2014.
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  • 17 thoughts on running, startups, and life while running 2017 miles in 2017

    Once you do something that much, people usually like to say “X is your life”. That’s partially true— it takes up a lot of your life, but more importantly, you start to see lots of analogies for life in it. Running has given me both more meaning in life as well as more time to reflect upon it. Here are 17 ruminations from those runs.
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  • Jay-Z on the burden of poverty: my favorite quotes from an incredible Jay-Z interview on NPR

    In a previous draft, I quoted this incredible NPR interview with Jay-Z, but I couldn’t fit it into the post, so I’ll share it here.
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  • Lost Diamonds

    Just as Carlos in Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast had Eric Eisner championing his cause, I was fortunate enough to have a fifth grade teacher who believed in me. She pushed open doors for me even after one was seemingly slammed shut when my parents and I failed to turn in a financial aid form on time.
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  • Should you apply to YC? YES, but here’s one reason why you shouldn’t

    -202 days. That’s what Mark’s Demo Day countdown widget reads. This time last year, Ricky and I had submitted our YCombinator app and were in the middle of finals during our senior year at Stanford when we were invited to interview at YC. A few days after that, I left for a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise that got back the day before our interview.
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