After work, I went to this semi cocktail party hosted by an entrepreneurship school in Menlo Park. These schools are everywhere in Silicon Valley. They charge about $5 – 7k for two weeks, without room and board. They attract mostly international startup founders and startup founder wannabes. I joined the husband of the lady who runs the school and his friend. I found out that this school, in particular, has had 4 courses this summer, each course has about 15 students.
“You’re doing quite well, eh?” His friend said, and the man chuckled.
They asked why I was there and I told them that I had nothing better to do, which was true. I asked the friend for his reason, and he said the same thing. He was going through a divorce after being with his wife for 32 years. He was nonchalant but there was such sadness in his eyes that I was grateful that I had it easy. 32 years! I don’t even know how to start your life over at that age. I guess it makes sense to be careful with the person you marry, if you ever get married, to not end up like that.
At work today, I went to Jensen Huang’s talk. I didn’t really want to go, but since some of my friends were going and I had nothing better to do, I tagged along. Later I was grateful that I did. Jensen has a quite a personality. He has this peculiar, bold sense of humor that I often detect in people who had a rough childhood. I’d like very much to write more about him but HR reminded us that everything happened in that talk was strictly confidential.
I realized that these days, I often use “having nothing better to do” as an excuse. Come to think of it, it’s quite a sensible strategy. If there’s really nothing better I can do, then what I do must be optimal. But I doubt that’s the case. There are plenty of things I can do to significantly improve my life and the life of people around me, but I choose not because I’m a lazy piece of shit.
Random notes from today for future use.
- Vladimir Starov, CEO of Out of D Box. He has sold 3 startups and now works as an M&A consultant. He was lean, tanned, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and had on a dry smile that kept reminding me of those men sipping on cocktails in James Bond movies. He thought blockchain is great but cryptocurrency is a scam. I asked him if he heard any interesting idea today and he said yes. When I asked him what it was, he told me it’s confidential. When I asked him whose idea was that, he said it was confidential too.
- Stefano Smacchia, founder of EGG, a startup that develops sensors to help deaf people aware of what’s happening in their home. He’s looking for a co-founder. Aren’t we all?
- Robert DiPietro, a 5th year PhD student at John Hopskin.He sent Levi and me a list of must-see places in Switzerland. He looks like Tom Cruise, and that reminds me of my roommate who recently watched the new Mission Impossible movie and said it was awful. I was just amazed to know that Tom Cruise was still alive.
- I found out that one of my roommates is building a crypto trading platform. Of course.