Just like how Twitter killed RSS readers, Spotify will kill RSS podcatchers.
All social media is now parasocial
If I like a friend’s post or react with an emoji and they don’t remember or notice, then what’s the point? It’s not like the content was that interesting in the first place. I might as well go back to watching YouTube.
From Socialcam to TikTok: How we figured out video social in a decade
Snap’s vision to have the camera be the focal point of our social lives is in the process of being realized, except it’s shared by Instagram and TikTok
Reflecting on my newsletter experiment (stats included)
This is an excerpt from my newsletter titled A newsletter about the newsletter (Ricky Weekly #17). If you want more of my newsletters, I recommend Ideas matter, but clear-seeing matters more (Ricky Weekly #4), "Strong opinions, weakly held" (Ricky Weekly #12), and Dabblin' (Ricky Weekly #20). Or just subscribe. Thing on my mind: A few … Continue reading Reflecting on my newsletter experiment (stats included)
Whenever people talk about the loneliness epidemic, I can’t help but nod my head in agreement. For people who know me, that may seem odd because I’m constantly surrounded by friends and loved ones. But loneliness is felt in the soul rather than in physical space. I guess that’s why there’s the idea of soulmates. … Continue reading Single-serving friends
The arc of social
The era of social media feels like it's coming to an end, but it shouldn't because I'm not done with it yet. This essay is my attempt to break down that feeling and articulate what I think is missing.
“I got next!” — a personal #RequestForStartups
A snapshot of what I’m interested in working on next This post will be continuously updated. Last updated June 19, 2019 “I GOT NEXT!” is what you say when you walk up to a pick-up basketball game that’s in session to declare that you’re next-up. You gotta do it loudly so people know. I’m at the … Continue reading “I got next!” — a personal #RequestForStartups
The next Silicon Valley is already online
For me, college was the best time to build startups. Living and working in the Silicon Valley has been the second best. Nowhere else in the world comes close, but will it stay that way? No. The next Silicon Valley is already online. Why do all the best startups come out of Silicon Valley? Life is … Continue reading The next Silicon Valley is already online
Founder dating ritual
If founder dating were more like regular dating where there is a shared expectation of a sequence of events, I think we’d be able to form founding teams more efficiently.
How technology is making us feel so out of sorts these days
I remember the sense of wonder when I first signed up for Facebook and Twitter. Facebook helped me feel more connected to my friends, especially as I was graduating high school and going away to college. Twitter helped me find like-minded people who were also obsessed about technology and encouraged me to pursue my career. … Continue reading How technology is making us feel so out of sorts these days