I had some great conversations today, which made me happy.
- Lucas just came back from one year studying Go in Japan and is visiting Bay Area before going to Harvard Business School. He’s one of the smartest/most interesting people I know and it’s always great catching up with him. He told me about the concept of “Fuck you money” — the amount of money you need to be able to say fuck you to anyone and get away with it. I asked him about “fuck you talent” — what if you’re so good at what you’re doing that no matter what an asshole you are, people still need you. Lucas asked: “Like Elon Musk?” Touche.
- At dinner with my housemates, I met Jake who’s joining Open Philanthropy Project, an effective altruism-focused organization founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. He studied Computer Science at Stanford, interned at Google, but decided to leave engineering to join OPP because he believed he could do more good there. We had a great chat about effective altruism, charity, polyamory, AI, and a bunch of friends that we have in common. Even though he was the president of EA at Stanford, he seemed a bit hesitant admitting the fact. “There are a lot of things I agree with EA, but there are a few things I’m skeptical about. Polyamory is one of those,” he said. He told me about the unusual hiring process at OPP. First, he had to write a bunch of essays, then they paid him to do small projects. I’m really excited about his work at OPP.