Patrick McKenzie

@patio11

14 days ago

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Both for investment returns and intellectual interest it is quite positive to learn to appreciate the beauty that lurks under (almost) every bit of human activity. t.co/1ITRaLSaZO

Ever wondered how beer arrived at the local supermarket without freezing, despite sometimes traveling in trucks without temperature control? The answer involves specialized professionals and software. (Stormpulse/Riskpulse which was my first Angel investment and was acquired.)

Logistics, infrastructure, etc suffer from a want of people skilled at telling their stories; they do not suffer from good stories to tell. See e.g. booming YouTube genres where non-expert young’uns narrate over footage of e.g. water treatment plants. I could lose days.

The multi-party multi-national precisely orchestrated symphony with a performance budget denominated in milliseconds that happens every time a credit card gets charged is heard by far too few.

I think there’s something trainable here, some sort of “eye for the general factor of infrastructure.” I had sometimes surprisingly good intuitions for how systems that were novel to me (and in some cases to world) worked last year, and successfully improved them for vaccines.

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