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  • Leon Apel 4:23 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    #1 Problem with External Investments: Liquidity 

    1 Problem with External Investments: Liquidity

    My top issue with angel investing platforms is that virtually every company raising capital doesn’t provide a specific way in which your investment will be paid in the event the company doesn’t sell itself. Many investors don’t like to talk about this but I think it’s important for prospective investors to acknowledge this significant risk.

    The company can easily decide to never issue dividends and just keep floating around, even if they do millions in monthly sales.

    If you invest in a private company and there are not clear terms regarding how liquidity is repaid in cash, you’re taking excessive risk. It’s important to create some sort of condition for repayment in a reasonable time period.

    The goal is to create a mutually beneficial deal that both supports the entrepreneur’s goals while not exposing the investor to excessive risk.

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  • Leon Apel 11:12 pm on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Politics, a Charitable Endeavor for Successful Individuals 

    I’m a fan of the answer below.
    Johnson: “What was your greatest reservation saying yes?” Rex Tillerson: “Senator when I went through all of the analysis, all of the reasons for saying no, which was your question were all selfish reasons so I had no reason to say no” – Rex Tillerson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaM2QKpwY7I
    Also, I’m a fan of Rex Tillerson’s skills in diplomacy and building a friendship with potential partners.
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  • Leon Apel 9:47 pm on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Consciousness 

    Questions:

    • Can consciousness be backed up?
    • Can it be transmitted?
    • Can it be preserved?
    • How can it be modelled/mapped?
    • How can it be duplicated?
    • If someone is frozen and survives upon being unfrozen, what is their consciousness like (eg. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/frozen-man-revived-brink-death-found-snow-pulse/story?id=36380318)
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  • Leon Apel 9:37 pm on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Approaches to Keep a Healthy Body 

    What is the most promising method to replace all organs in the body?

    a) Is it to use gene editing in combination with stem cells (eg. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/46810/title/Using-CRISPR-to-Edit-Genes-in-Induced-Pluripotent-Stem-Cells/) to rejuvenate all organs or b) is simply harvesting new organs through a backup body and replacing them all periodically the better approach. c) combine human body parts with non human body parts to maximize lifespan (eg. use synthetic hearts, lungs, livers etc)

    I think the likely best long term approach might be c).

    However, the major challenge is preserving the brain, which would need to be backed up and perfectly copied to ensure the person was the “same”

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  • Leon Apel 8:43 pm on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Traits of Highly Successful Tech Entrepreneurs 

    The following traits of some highly successful young entrepreneurs I know:

    • They like to test new platforms and hack around
    • They like to be early adopters
    • They like to build things
    • They often have good communication skills
    • They are often persusasive
    • They are willing to take calculated, high probability risks
    • They do big picture thinking
    • They are more open to rejection; they’re rebellious and won’t stop at the first “no”
    • Sometimes, they like to push the boundaries of what’s allowed
    • They like to test limits
    • They successful ones often track financials closely
    • They are confident they can find a path to success
    • They are confident they can compete successfully
    • They strike a good balance between persistence and being open to pivot
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