The elephant in the 2020 room was COVID, slicing the year into distinct eras: the sliver of time pre-COVID, rudely cut short by early quarantine, leading to summer and fall quarantine when optimism was unreasonably high and things almost felt normal, and slowly crawling into winter quarantine.

I planned on…


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While I didn’t publish 31 articles for each day in January, I consider the pledge in my 2020 review fulfilled.

My goal wasn’t to start a daily journal or jot down my stream of consciousness, although many folks I know find the practice to be meditative and useful in comprehending…


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My first job after graduation was vendor management at Amazon Video.

I managed all aspects of our relationship with digital video partners like NBC Universal that licensed their movies and TV shows to our service. …


I learned a new term this week. As I was scrolling through my email newsletter, I immediately fell for the title of this article hook, line and sinker. There was even a visceral reaction because this piece truly spoke to me.

To summarize:

People who don’t have much control over…


Every day at a startup, it’s a privilege to be working on a nimble, cohesive team. It just so happens that the team IS the company.

At every size of the company, there’s been certain moments I feel really damn proud to be on the team. These moments are special…


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There’s a bit of glamour in solo backpacking, but it’s mostly a grind.

One of the most common struggles is figuring out how to get to your living accommodations when arriving in a new city. I did this at least a couple dozen times over the course of seven months…


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When it comes to getting from point A to point B, it’s hard to beat the convenience of a car. All you need is an available vehicle, Google Maps, and in some cases, a parking spot. …


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Sci-fi is my absolute go-to. Books. Movies. TV shows. You name it.

I love the vivid, imaginative visions of the future. And I’m particularly enthralled by the depiction of cities and transportation.

There’s always a scene where the protaganist zooms into this glittering jewel of city on a spaceship. As…


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Praising others doesn’t come naturally to me. Accepting praise even less so.

To deconstruct that thought:

  • Nature (i.e. my personality): I don’t take much time to celebrate. After a job well done, it’s onwards and upwards.
  • Nurture (i.e. my upbringing): Having a high bar, getting good grades, and bettering myself…

Some of my favorite podcasts

I’m eternally grateful for podcasts. They’ve taught me about an impressive range of subjects: economics, politics, startups, coding, business, design, personal finance, and even Spanish. …

Vincent Tsao

Endlessly curious, always optimizing. Startup and product enthusiast. vincenttsao.com

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