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This feels indulgent. When I think of expressing this kind of “about me” stuff in an article, I stop myself because it’s not directly useful to you.So this is just one big page where I can write all about myself, without feeling the need for it to be useful. And someday this site will be all that’s left of me, so I might as well write my own mini-autobiography. Timeline for context: 1994: born in...

Optimize for revenue, not conversions.


Limiting friction in the sign-up process, like requiring a credit card on file, undoubtedly will fill the top of your funnel with more potential people. One study by Totango showed that while only 2% of visitors sign up for a free trial when a credit card is required, 10% do when it’s not. Sounds like a no-brainer. Except when you factor in quality. The same study showed as many as 70% of your...

How to Turn Pro


Qualities that the professional possesses that the amateur doesn’t: 1. The professional shows up every day 2. The professional stays on the job all day 3. The professional is committed over the long haul 4. For the professional, the stakes are high and real Further: 5. The professional is patient 6. The professional seeks order 7. The professional demystifies 8. The professional acts in the...

After A While- A poem


After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t always mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child and you learn to...

A Rare Legendary Alice Schroeder Interview on Warren Buffett


This is probably the deepest and enlightening interview ever made about Warren Buffett.  Please pay particular attention to parts 2-4 as they will have never before discussed topics regarding Warren Buffett. It’s best for those who have read or intend to read Warren’s authorised biography , The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life book by Alice Schroeder.   Part 1:...

Top five threats and opportunities over a life span


Top 5 Threats (ranked in order of importance): Crossing paths with others whom are malignant in their personalities — in life online and in society in any setting, if you are the target of a bully or con man/woman, manipulative narcissist, sociopath, or someone else who has a malignant personality — the users and abusers in society, the toll is immense; your health and well-being nosedives, and...

CVs are like tinder profiles


CV does not get jobs,just initial handshake Here are my short notes from a workshop by a McKinsey Kenya Recruiter. It should take 15sec to read 1 page Avoid any data that may create stereotypes: No pic No gender No nationality No date of birth(mirror effect) No religion (esp for SDAs) No marital status – married men preferred,single women preferred Biodata required should be the header...

Guestpost: A celebration of the struggle.


“Because they do not understand our struggle they will never understand our praise” I always pictured that on the day of my graduation, I will not show up.Or I will probably show up late,running into the Kenyatta University Graduation Square struggling to put my gown in place, my hair in a mess and trying to tie the laces of my sneakers. No!my mum will have me in heels without debate...

Book Notes: Steal like an artist


Notes from Steal Like an Artist “Nothing is original.” Chapters Steal like an artist. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started. Write the book you want to read. Use your hands. Side projects and hobbies are important. The Secret: Do good work and share it with people. Geography is no longer our master. Be nice. (The world is a small town.) Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work...

Finding meaning


Meaning is an artificial carrot that people invent when their lives have become insufferably boring. Usually these people have desk jobs. Desk jobs lead to back problems and existential crises.
Do stuff that you can be proud of. It doesn’t have to have a greater purpose, but it can. It does mean doing something hard. But it’s easier than wandering the earth in search of meaning.