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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone around the world. Grateful to be here and writing to you. Thank you for the many interactions, discussions, encouragement, and articles throughout the year. 

I'm giving myself the week off from writing. See you in December! 

Today's Contents:

  • Weekly Song: Gotta Get Up
  • Obviously The Future: The Metaverse
  • Good Reads

Weekly Song: Gotta Get Up

Gotta Get Up is the song that plays every time Natasha Lyonne repeats herself on the fantastic Netflix series Russian Doll. At least that's how I was introduced to it. I loved the series. It's quintessential NYC amazing. No Christmas parties this year, sadly. 

It also reminds me of this time of the year. Those precarious 20-or-so odd days between now and Christmas when everything is either in the MUST SPRINT TO COMPLETE NOW or let's discuss it in January, like mid-January, like when it's almost inappropriate to start an email with 'Happy New Year!' sort of January-time. 

Gotta get up, gotta get out. 

"Gotta Get Up" by Harry Nilsson

Gotta get up, gotta get out
Gotta get home before the morning comes
What if I'm late, got a big day

Gotta get home before the sun comes up
Up and away, got a big day, sorry can't stay
I gotta run run, yeah
Gotta get home, pick up the phone
Gotta let the people know I'm gonna be late

There was a time when we could dance until a quarter to ten
We never thought it would end then
We never thought it would end
We used to carry on and drink and do the rock and roll
We never thought we'd get old, though
We never thought we'd grow cold, but now

Obviously the Future: The Metaverse

This topic is so wide and vast. I'm taking a break this week, but I refer you to this overview by Matthew Ball. He is a deep content expert but could write more simply. I've edited his writing below for readability.

I'm a big believer in the positive possibilities of The Metaverse. When you begin to be an active participant and find your niche, you'll see the future too.

From the essay:

Since the late 1970s, many technologists imagined a future state of the Internet – called the “Metaverse”. It would revolutionize the infrastructure layer of the digital world and also much of the physical one. Although the full vision for the Metaverse remains hard to define, seemingly fantastical, and decades away, the pieces have started to feel very real. And, as always with this sort of change, its arc is as long and unpredictable as its end state is lucrative.

The Metaverse has become the macro-goal for the world’s tech giants. It is the goal of Epic Games, maker of the Unreal Engine and Fortnite. It is also the driver behind Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR and its newly announced Horizon virtual world/meeting space and other projects such as AR glasses and brain-to-machine communications. The tens of billions that will be spent on cloud gaming over the next decade is based on the belief that such technologies will underpin our online-offline future.

Sensible Investing: Good Reads 

Metromile (the auto insurance company where you pay by the mile) is going public via SPAC. Here is the deck. 

Want more research on SPACs? Check out

When will the pandemic end? McKinsey says likely Q3/Q4 2021. At the earliest. Analysis here.

Future of Data Architecture from Andreesen Horowitz. Emerging Architectures and Data is Not Enough.

Thank you for reading. Please always be in touch. 


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