Activity & Updates

Update – 5/17/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Some quick updates below

Content / Tool

  • All ideas within the Economics discipline are now live
  • Upcoming: spaced repetition quizzes, working on an MVP for a mobile app, build out of a webapp, continued UI/UX improvements

Community & Events

  • Calls
  • Weekly Gatherings on Saturdays at 9am PT (Add to Calendar)
  • Flow with Jeannie Chamberlain, every Friday at 11:30am ET – one of our partners, Jeannie, is hosting a weekly call on flow and wellness, diving deep into how to reach peak states, what makes them possible, how to foster them, and more. (Add to Calendar
  • Author William Green, June 1, 8am ET – William recently released Richer, Wiser, Happier and I was pleasantly surprised by it. He details the lives, habits, and processes of some of the most successful investors and how some of these ideas apply far beyond investing. It should be a fascinating conversation! (Add to Calendar)  
  • Subscribe to The Latticework calendar to easily see and quickly add events to your calendar

Mental Model Monday

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Eeshan has some brilliant ideas on how The Latticework can become a bridge between top-down and bottom-up learning, specifically as it applies to investing. If you’re curious to learn more and join our brainstorms on this topic, reach out to either Eeshan or myself through the chat.

Partner Asks

  • None this week

My Ask

  • None this week

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • What sucks about The Latticework? How could it be better?

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 5/10/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Some quick updates below

Content / Tool

  • Upcoming: spaced repetition quizzes, research into a potential mobile app, build out of a webapp, continued UI/UX improvements

Community & Events

  • Calls
  • We had a blast learning from 3 previous Microsoft executives last week. It was clear how much they enjoyed the ride, even if it wasn’t always smooth. Check out the recording
  • Weekly Gatherings on Saturdays at 9am PT (Add to Calendar)
  • Subscribe to The Latticework calendar to easily see and quickly add events to your calendar

Mental Model Monday

  • Let’s turn our attention to Recursion this week

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Luke D. has been my counterpart since the very beginning of this project. He’s building out some really exciting aspects that we can’t wait to share with you all soon. He’s absolutely amazing and can’t thank him enough for his time, passion, and brainpower

Partner Asks

  • None this week

My Ask

  • I’ve changed our bi-monthly Stock on the Block to zoom rather than Wonder. Our calendar has the most up to date information, including zoom links. We were having some issues when the group got a bit larger and this also gives us the ability to record if we want to (we won’t record every session, especially if the “host” requests not to). I also wanted to re-emphasize that this slot on our calendar is simply a placeholder. Moving forward, 1 or more partners will “own” this call – using the time and our community to bounce ideas off of. If you are invested in or are thinking of investing in something and want the “pressure” of preparing and hosting a call, please reach out. This is a valuable slot, let’s make the most of it! 

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • What sucks about The Latticework? How could it be better?

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 5/3/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Some quick updates below

Content / Tool

  • Bug fixes in group invitations, email integrations, and highlighting
  • Upcoming: spaced repetition quizzes, research into a potential mobile app, build out of a webapp, continued UI/UX improvements

Community & Events

  • Calls
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4th, at 8am PT, we’ll be hosting 3 former Microsoft executives who were part of the company since its earliest days. It’ll be a great opportunity to hear about their experience building one of the canonical companies of our generation and what they learned scaling a company of Microsoft’s magnitude. (Add to Calendar)
  • Wednesday, May 5th, at 8am PT – Our second “stock on the block”. We will be digging into the Alternative Assets space (KKR, Apollo, Blackstone, etc.) (Add to Calendar). 
  • Weekly Gatherings on Saturdays at 9am PT (Add to Calendar)
  • Subscribe to The Latticework calendar to easily see and quickly add events to your calendar

Mental Model Monday

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Luke Dennen and Jeannie Chamberlain are leading the effort on two groups that seem to have a lot of interest from the community. The first is around crypto and blockchains, the second around wellness and flow. If you’re interested in crypto, please reach out to Luke Dennen (lukedennen@gmail.com) and for wellness/flow, Jeannie Chamberlain (jeanniechamberlain76@gmail.com) 

Partner Asks

  • To those interested in applying the greater mental model learnings towards their investing practice, one of our members is creating a group for this. If interested in helping the early efforts (brainstorming, working with Blas+team on website functionality requests, early group content creation, etc), please email Eeshan at eeshanahuja@gmail.com
  • One of our partners, Sean Delaney, started a company called Culture Finders (besides being the host of a wonderful podcast called What Got You There!). Culture Finders is seeking to enhance the matching mechanism between employer and employee, creating a beautiful win/win. He’s looking for a VP of Business Development. This person is going to be crucial for the growth and trajectory of Culture Finders. If you’re interested in learning more and connecting with Sean, you can reach out to him through our chat (@sean.delaney) or by email sean@whatgotyouthere.com

My Ask

  • I’m formally on the East Coast and would love the opportunity to start meeting some of our partners who are based in the NE! If of any interest, reach out to me and we’ll find a time to go for a walk, grab a coffee, and nerd out

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • What sucks about The Latticework? How could it be better?

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 4/26/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Some quick updates below 

Content / Tool

  • Upcoming: spaced repetition quizzes, research into a potential mobile app, general UI/UX improvements

Community & Events

  • Calls
  • Weekly Gatherings on Saturdays at 9am PT (Add to Calendar)
  • On Tuesday, May 4th, at 8am PT, we’ll be hosting 3 former Microsoft executives who were part of the company since its earliest days. It’ll be a great opportunity to hear about their experience building one of the canonical companies of our generation and what they learned scaling a company of Microsoft’s magnitude. (Add to Calendar)
  • Wednesday, May 5th, at 8am PT – Our second “stock on the block”. We have yet to finalize a company to dig into, but will share details and resources by next Monday’s update (Add to Calendar). Thanks to everyone who was able to join and contribute to our call last week on Just Eat Takeaway 
  • Subscribe to The Latticework calendar to easily see and quickly add events to your calendar

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

  • Let’s turn our attention to Emergence this week

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • None this week

Partner Asks

  • None this week

My Ask

  • Halfway done with our cross-country trip! Our little one is a champ and we can’t wait to get to our new home this weekend

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • What sucks about The Latticework? How could it be better?

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati AmorBlas

Update – 4/19/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! A bit delayed on my end today as I’m starting my cross-country move with my family, moving from Los Angeles to Connecticut. As with any move, there’s a lot going on, but I couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter, for myself, my family, and for what it could mean for this community of ours….

Content / Tool

  • We’ve pushed into production our “completed” and “bookmark” features. The completed feature can be checked off once you’ve read through a page and the bookmark feature can be used to save your favorite ideas. Over time, we’ll provide higher resolution ways to track your progress and compile your favorite ideas/resources in an easy to use and valuable manner…
  • GIFs can now be embedded into notes in addition to chats
  • Upcoming: spaced repetition quizzes, research into a potential mobile app, general UI/UX improvements

Community & Events

  • Calls
  • This coming Wednesday, April 21st, at 8am PT, we have our first  Bi-monthly “Stock on the Block” – every other week we will do a deep dive into a specific company. For our first go around, we will be diving into Just Eat Takeaway (Add to Calendar)
  • Weekly Gatherings on Saturdays at 9am PT (Add to Calendar)
  • On Tuesday, May 4th, at 8am PT, we’ll be hosting 3 former Microsoft executives who were part of the company since its earliest days. It’ll be a great opportunity to hear about their experience building one of the canonical companies of our generation and what they learned scaling a company of Microsoft’s magnitude. (Add to Calendar)
  • Subscribe to The Latticework calendar to easily see and quickly add events to your calendar

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Many of you got back to me about the potential value that a mobile app would have. I really appreciate your time and feedback

Partner Asks

  • One of our partners– Mark Bidwell– has a fantastic podcast called Outsidelens that is well worth checking out. I particularly liked the podcast with Steven Kotler

My Ask

  • Wish me and my wife luck on our10-day, cross-country drive with our 2 year-old!

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • What sucks about The Latticework? How could it be better?

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 4/12/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! We hosted our monthly onboarding this past weekend, welcoming another global group to our family! For new partners, we send out a weekly update where we share some of the progress, upcoming events, and more:

Content / Tool

  • We’ve added GIFs to our chat function and are working on adding it to our notes section as well. One of my good friends and early partners of The Latticework – Santi – is a GIF connoisseur and am excited to see his full talents blossom with this update
  • New and improved account / profile section. Still a work in progress, but it contains much of the information that was only in the partner directory before and you should now be able to change your username
  • Ability to upload documents within the chat
  • Upcoming: bookmark / completed feature, spaced repetition quizzes, general UI/UX improvements

Community & Events

  • Calls
  • Here is the recap for the call we had last week on incentives as it relates to performance/fee structures. Thanks to Lar, Andrew, and Txomin for leading the charge!
  • Friday, April 16th at 8am PT – Future Authoring: Group Reflection (for those who completed the Future Authoring program or those who are simply interested to learn more about it) (Add to calendar)
    • Debbie Millman calls it vision setting and she provides some helpful context as to why this is a valuable process. I think this should be a regular part of every child’s education and, at the least, something we offer to our partners. More to come…
  • We aim to create habits and routines so that we can collectively tap into our community in a more seamless manner. To accomplish that, we are experimenting with 2 new recurring calls:
    • Weekly Gatherings on Saturdays at 9am PT. We had our first one this weekend and got into the weeds of crypto and NFTs. There will typically not be an agenda, just a frictionless way to get to know and learn from each other (Add to Calendar)
    • Bi-monthly “Stock on the Block” – every other week we will do a deep dive into a specific company. For our first go around, we will be diving into Just Eat Takeaway on April 21 at 8am PT. More details to come (Add to Calendar)
  • Subscribe to The Latticework calendar to easily see and quickly add events to your calendar

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • One of our partners – Evan V. – hosts a great podcast and was recently featured on a relatively new podcast as well. Both are great and worth a listen 
  • Michael He got an internship at NPR for the summer! Big congrats!

Partner Asks

  • None this week. Together, we can create a marketplace for problem solving. If you ever have any questions or asks of the community, just let me know.

My Ask

  • There is the obvious problem of oversimplification with this, but I thought it would be worth trying to come up with one recommended book per discipline. In that vein, if you go to our 80/20 marketplace and click “top book per discipline”, we’ll have each discipline listed alongside a recommended book. Please add notes and your own recommendations – especially those that I’ve left incomplete!

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • With Opportunity Cost top of mind, would a Latticework app be useful? It would be designed with tablets/mobile in mind so that the tool (notes, highlighting, chat, etc.) and content would be more user-friendly and digestible in these form factors. If available, would you engage with The Latticework’s content and community while on the go?  

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 4/5/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • Upcoming: bookmark / completed feature, spaced repetition quizzes, general UI/UX improvements

Community & Events

  • Calls
  • Here is the link to the recording and some takeaways of our wonderful call with Jon Herson, Memento Mori: The Mental Model That Will Change Your Life. We’ve also uploaded the talk to YouTube in case any of you want to share it with people outside of The Latticework. It was a beautiful call – thanks to Jon for sharing his insights and I appreciate everyone who was able to make the call live.
  • Wednesday, April 7th at 7:30am PT – Diving into incentives as it relates to performance / fee structures (Add to calendar)
  • Friday, April 16th at 8am PT – Future Authoring – Group Reflection (for those who completed the Future Authoring program or those who are simply interested to learn more about it) (Add to calendar)
    • Debbie Millman calls it vision setting and she provides some helpful context as to why this is a valuable process. I think this should be a regular part of every child’s education and, at the least, something we offer to our partners. More to come… 
  • Subscribe to The Latticework calendar to easily see and quickly add events to your calendar

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Shounak B. is helping enhance and streamline our outreach efforts. So far it has solely been through Twitter and word of mouth and he will help us systematize this process! Many thanks to his time and expertise 🙂

Partner Asks

  • Mathieu V. wanted to share uncertainty possibility with the community – it seems like there would be a lot of interest in this given the lifelong learning streak our community shares
  • Joel Jenson has the following ask: I would love to ask the community for some help. I’m looking to better understand e-commerce growth, specifically in growing a D2C brand from ~$1M to ~$5M per year and would love to chat to someone who has done this or had experience in the space. I’m specifically interested in talking through the tech stack and marketing strategies involved.
  • Joel is also our no-code expert (he helped me a ton in streamlining our processes!) and reiterates that he’d love to chat with anyone who’s interested to learn more about this space 

My Asks

  • In an effort to open up lines of communication and to create the space for our partners to more easily connect with each other, we will be experimenting with a weekly 1-hour gathering. We will mix up the days and times to try to be fair to our global community, but for this first iteration we’ll be doing it at 9am PT / 12 pm ET – with our first gathering being this Saturday, April 10th, at 9am PT. We’ll be hosting these in the “wonder” video app (click the video camera icon in the tool or go to ltcwrk.com/clubhouse at the given time – pwd is “win/win” to join.) Hope to see you there this weekend! 

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • What sucks about The Latticework today? If there was one thing we could solve for you, what would that be?

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 3/29/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • We can now upload documents (PDF, excel, word, etc.) in the chat to share with others. The learning tool isn’t embedded (yet!) in these various file formats, but hopefully it removes some of the friction that comes with sharing and learning with others. Click the paperclip within the chat to upload your file
  • Account improvements, bookmark / completed features, GIF repository, are in the pipeline

Community & Events

  • Calls
    • I’ve heard you loud and clear and we finally have a Latticework calendar you can subscribe to, allowing you to see all upcoming events. In addition, our community calls page now has one-click buttons so you can add specific events to your calendar. (side note – surprising how ugly and difficult it was to figure this out through Google Calendar…)
    • Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30th, 8am PT – Memento Mori: The Mental Model That Will Change Your Life (zoom link here for your reference)
    • Wednesday, April 7th at 7:30am PT – Diving into incentives as it relates to performance / fee structures 
    • Friday, April 16th at 8am PT – Future Authoring – Group Reflection (for those who completed the Future Authoring program or those who are simply interested to learn more about it)

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

  • Let’s turn our attention to Bayes’ Theorem this week. Understanding how and when to update your thinking/forecasts based on new information is a superpower. Difficult to do, but so worthwhile. The best resource I’ve found on this is Superforecasting

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Jeannie C. is volunteering her time and expertise to help take our community to the next level and I quickly wanted to thank her in a more public forum for all her help! 

Partner Asks

  • None this week

My Asks

  • We’re thinking through how to create “roadmaps” or “learning playlists” that aim these mental models at specific situations, skills, questions, etc. For example, a “Learning to Learn Roadmap” that compiles the most valuable mental models to achieve this aim. The aim is to create specific interests that help us better understand where to start and how these important ideas can be realistically used to enrich our lives. I would love to hear from you what roadmaps you’d find valuable and exciting. 

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • What sucks about The Latticework today? If there was one thing we could solve for you, what would that be?

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 3/22/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • We will soon have the ability to easily upload documents within chats. However, we will not (yet!) be able to use the learning tool to add notes, highlights, tags, etc., but that is coming soon(ish)…

Community & Events

  • Calls
    • One of our partners, Jon Herson, shared his moving story with a small group of us a few weeks back. It was so powerful that we asked him to do a dedicated call so that he could share his story with the rest of the community. No pre-work or anything needed for this call, just dial in using the info below on March 30 at 8am PT to join us for a call he’s titled “Memento Mori: The Mental Model That Will Change Your Life.” (I’ll make sure to include a reminder next week as well). Without giving away too much, Jon went through some challenging times (to say the least!) which provided him with a profound life philosophy and perspective that we can all learn from!
    • Join Zoom Meeting
      https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85495996433  
      Meeting ID: 854 9599 6433
    • You can learn a bit more about Jon (and our other partners) at the Partner Directory

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

  • Let’s turn our attention to Galilean Relativity. Our call with Jon (see above) will directly tie into this key idea and reading (or re-reading) this idea will provide helpful context. Also, check out memento mori as this is the title of Jon’s talk…

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Carolina M. shared some really helpful insight around the difference between teaching and coaching (here and here). We all need coaches in our lives, people who expose our blind spots and work with us to set goals and improve our performance. Again, ties into Galilean Relativity and why I think intergenerational and “+ – =” groups could be such a powerful way to leverage our community. We’ve had 12 people respond so far about being part of this type of “mastermind group.” If you’re interested but haven’t replied yet, please let me know!

Community Asks

  • None this week

Partner Asks

  • Our partner, Joseph Sinay, is asking for help so he can learn more about the US freight industry (see his ask below). If you would like to connect, please reach out to him directly through the chat or by email at josephsinay1@gmail.com.
  • I am looking to speak (or be connected to) anyone with expertise in the US freight industry, particularly in truckload trucking, intermodal, brokerage, and dedicated services, for an in-depth historical research project I’m working on while at Columbia Business School. This could be former employees (JBHT, KNX, CHRW, etc.), consultants, industry experts, or even investors in the space.

My Asks

  • Reminder that we’re doing our first “AMA” today at 12pm-1pm PT! Come with questions, concerns, feedback, etc., and see what other partners are thinking about as well. To join, simply click the video camera icon in the learning tool (top left hand corner of the tool). If you haven’t gone through the process before, it will ask for your name, email, and some other basic information that should take you less than 2 minutes to fill out. Looking forward to it!

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • None this week

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor
Blas

Update – 3/15/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • Although it still needs some work, I’m excited to share an updated version of our Network diagram. We’re trying to create something that is a bit more dynamic than what we currently have.  Zoom in and out with your mousepad and click and drag to move from side to side. Everything should be hyperlinked, but let us know what you think! Progress or simply more pretty than useful at this point? (this was originally inspired by 150 years of nature. Check it out if you haven’t seen it before!)
  • I’m really excited about a new addition to our set of community tools – video chat. If you look in the top lefthand corner of the learning tool, you’ll see a new video camera icon. If you click that, it will take you to an external tool called Wonder. This is our experimental, virtual “clubhouse” where partners can get together at anytime to talk about a specific topic or just to get to know one another. If our community calls add friction and optimize for deep dialogue, this is the counterpoint – providing a seamless and easy way to learn and get together. You can access this at anytime by clicking the video icon or by going to ltcwrk.com/clubhouse. Please check out the video we’ve recorded just below to get a quick overview of the tool and how to get started. There is a password associated with joining this video chat and I ask that you don’t share it outside of The Latticework. The password is “win/win” and I’ll change this if needed after our beta test
    • The Latticework – Our Virtual Clubhouse – Watch Video
  • We’ve gotten some feedback that it can be hard to know where to start and how to navigate The Latticework. So, we’ve created a Start here section that can be found under the Account section tab within the tool (click your profile picture to open up the drop down menu). Hopefully, this helps with some of these very valid frustrations!

Community & Events

  • Calls
    • Galilean Relativity – we had our second call this morning which was fascinating. One of more tangible takeaways was putting together a list of practical methods of mitigating Galilean Relativity. We’ll be coming up with a “checklist” based on this list that is hopefully a helpful reference guide. Soon to come…
    • AMA – I’ll be doing our first “Ask me Anything” next Monday, March 22, at 12pm PT. Let’s try out our new video chat tool (see second bullet under the “Content / Tool” section above)! Again, simply click the video camera icon in the top lefthand corner of the tool at 12pm PT on March 22 and we’ll test out our new tool together. I’m seeking to open up lines of communication and answer any questions you all might have. Please come with your toughest questions, biggest concerns, most audacious ideas, and any feedback you might have! Hope to see you next week

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Wanted to thank those who attended our calls on Galilean Relativity. Ben Hopkins did a wonderful job hosting the calls and I walked away with some tangible examples of this hugely important concept as well as a checklist of practical applications we could apply to mitigate our blindspots. Check out this checklist and more here

Community Asks

  • None this week 

Partner Asks

  • None this week (you’re letting me off easy here 🙂  

My Asks

  • Please subscribe to our channel on YouTube. We need 100 followers to be able to claim the official URL (youtube.com/ltcwrk). I don’t have any major plans on this front in the near future, but would be nice to lock it down!

Open Questions / Anti-Marketing

  • In the spirit of Galilean Relativity, an idea came up during our calls to help structure and coordinate an inter-generational group that is comprised of partners from various generations (think someone in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, etc…). This could help us mitigate certain blindspots that come with our age, context, and simply being part of our particular system. If you’re interested in joining something like this, please simply reply to this email with “yes” or leave a note on this page (if viewing in the browser) and I’ll add you to the potential pool of candidates. I am hugely excited about this type of learning and mentoring and hope we can make something useful come of it!

Other

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 3/8/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • We’ve uploaded a new discipline! – Biology & Nature. This is the “second bucket” of our three bucket framework and a discipline I’m incredibly excited and passionate about. So much we can learn by studying nature, “the book of the world.”
  • We’ve seen some bugs in trying to add people to groups – we’re working on this now. Enhanced profile functionality coming soon
  • Profile interactiveness within a chat – now able to click on a person’s profile picture within chat which will take you to their account info
  • Ability to mention people within a chat – simply type the “@” and a menu of all the partners who are in that group will appear. Give it a shot!
  • Ability to expand / collapse notes that are a bit lengthier:
Expand / Collapse functionality for notes

Community & Events

  • Past Calls
    • We hosted two calls on incentives. The link has the recordings as well as some key takeaways from the calls. Thanks, Ibra, for your help in putting these together and all participants for their energy!
  • Upcoming Calls
    • On Galilean Relativity – we had our first call this morning which was excellent and thought provoking (thanks, Ben, Jon, Alan!) and our next one is on March 15)
    • On Incentives as it relates to hedge fund performance / management fees, compensation, etc. (date TBD)
    • Future Authoring – we have around 7 people who have already confirmed they will complete this program in March and, at some point in April, we will host a call to share our learnings (date TBD)
  • New Partners
    • We had about 35 partners onboard this past weekend! They’re still in the process of signing up, but please check out the partner directory and welcome them to our community through our chat tool, by email, connect over any shared interests, etc. Let’s make them feel like they’ve joined our family, because they have!
    • We’ve also added a global map to showcase where in the world our partners hail from! We will never use anybody’s address, simply the city that they live in. Maybe this sparks local meetups or other ways to connect with our community?

Idea of the week / Applying our ideas to other work

  • Let’s turn our attention to Complexity. Complexity science has been one of the richest rabbit holes I’ve ever gone down. I wrote a compilation a few years back that might be helpful in understanding the real-world applications of this field – On Complexity

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Pedro M. and Jack O. – these two partners invited family members to join The Latticework (hi, Ola and Carolina :). Word of mouth is the most powerful form of marketing and it means the world that they have gotten enough value out of our community already that they’ve brought on some family members.

Community Asks

  • None this week

Partner Asks

  • None this week

My Asks

  • I want to open source two of our key processes – our onboarding process and our community calls process – to better understand how we can improve these processes to add value to you and our overall community. What did you appreciate and find value in and what seemed like a waste of time?

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • None this week

Other

  • Win / Win Framework – Win/Win is at the heart of everything we do and I thought this infographic might be helpful to see what this looks like in practice as it relates to our venture.
  • On Deck shared their Series A document (thanks, Max K. for sharing with me!) – they are focused on a different use case and niche, but there are many overlaps in our vision and ambition. Very worthwhile read
  • Mario Gabriele of The Generalist shared his annotated s-1 of Roblox. I think we’re only beginning to see the power of annotation and how powerful it can be when done correctly, adding signal and increasing engagement and learning. I believe we are only in the first inning with these types of features
  • Beautiful real-world example of the power of velocity – “While serverless is typically championed as a way to reduce costs and scale massively on demand, there is one extraordinarily compelling reason above all others to adopt a serverless-first approach: it is the best way to achieve maximum development velocity over time. It is not easy to implement correctly and is certainly not a cure-all, but, done right, it paves an extraordinary path to maximizing development velocity, and it is because of this that serverless is the most under-hyped, under-discussed tech movement amongst founders and investors today.” – The Business Case for Serverless
  • One of our partners, Cory J., wrote a thought provoking paper – The Dimensionality of Our Thoughts, Knowledge, and Real-World Experiences. I appreciate how he’s given “shape” to some intangible concepts – even if only directionally correct, a roadmap or mental model can prove extremely useful. Sound familiar? 🙂

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Amor Fati Amor

Blas

Update – 3/1/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • I’m really excited to share with you our “80/20 Marketplace.” One of our key goals is to curate the best of the best, honoring opportunity costs as well as power laws. In that vein, this marketplace seeks to surface the mental models, ideas, questions, problems, and more that give you the biggest bang for your buck. A common question from partners is “how do I get started?” and we hope this marketplace helps with this as well, hopefully sparking an interest or path forward. Please also make sure to check out some of the notes within the tool for some additional context on where we plan on taking this!
  • We’ll share more feedback and progress next week, but wanted to quickly show that we’ve added a convenient link to the partner directory within our tool:

Community & Events

  • Calls
    • We had a great call on incentives last week and have the second round this Wednesday, March 3. 
      • A key takeaway for me is to think of culture as a “stack” or hierarchy and values likely serve as the foundation of that hierarchy. If you get people aligned on values, suboptimal incentives are probably not going to kill you. However, if you have misaligned values, no incentive system is going to save you
    • We’ll be hosting 2 calls on Galilean Relativity, the first on March 8 and the second on March 15 (I’ll send out calendar invites shortly to those who filled out the Galilean Relativity survey). I want to thank Ibrahim V. and Ben H. for leading the charge on our Incentives and Galilean Relativity calls, respectively! If you have a topic, idea, question, problem, etc. that you want to dive into, please reach out!
  • DJCO Annual Meeting
    • We had 15-20 people join us on the tool during the DJCO annual meeting where Charlie Munger was asked questions for about 2 hours. It was fun to experiment with this type of format and we got some great feedback on how to keep improving the chat feature. Thank you to those who were able to join! 

Idea of the week

  • Let’s turn our attention to Margin of Safety. This is a key term from engineering, but has become a fundamental principle within investing and personal finance. Where else could this idea apply in our lives?

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • Joel J. was incredibly generous with his time, taking 2 hours to help me better understand the power of no-code products like Zapier and AirTable. I aim to devote as much time as I possibly can to adding value to our community, and Joel helped me unlock at least 10 hours per month that I no longer have to spend in simple, repetitive behaviors! Talk about leverage! He said he’s open to questions around these tools, making him our “in-house expert” on no-code tools 🙂 

Community Asks

  • One of our partners, Laurence Endersen, is thinking through some structurally advantaged business models (SABMs). A small group of us have been giving him feedback on some of his writeups and ideas. We’re interested in opening it up to a slightly larger group, so let either Lar or myself know if you’d be interested in joining and contributing!

Partner Asks

  • One of our partners is closely involved with an exciting company called Snapfix. This team is looking for a Strategic Advisor (please see the attached job description for more details). If you’re interested and want to learn more, please email Paul McCarthy, Snapfix’s founder, at Paul@Snapfix.com

My Asks

  • We’ll be onboarding a new wave of partners next weekend, March 6. This cohort is full, but would love to talk to anyone you think would be a good fit for our next onboarding! 

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • Besides community calls and collaborating with partners through the tool, how else could we build engagement?

Other

  • I’ll be doing this “future authoring program” in March for anybody who wants to join me. We can set up a call in April to compare and contrast notes on our experience, what we learned, how it helped, etc. This process creates some space to help us focus and contemplate the truly important questions (things traditional education hardly comes close to). This program will ask you “What do you hope to achieve in your life and what kind of person do you want to be?” To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been and where you are. I think this is such a valuable exercise and I thought it might be even more so if we did it as a community!
  • Great interview with Mario Gabriele of The Generalist. A lot of what he says rhymes with what we are trying to achieve with The Latticework!  
  • This piece on frameworks shows the type of synthesis and interconnections I love to see. Imagine how much more powerful this could be if it had our tool embedded, allowing readers to easily see the back and forth between the author and some thoughtful questions he received. I believe the potential whitespace here to be massive…
  • I did a podcast with “Alex and Books” where we talk about The Latticework and some other topics. 
  • I had some shirts and water bottles made that are branded with The Latticework logo! Would be a dream come true to start traveling again at some point soon and see The Latticework’s impact in the physical world 🙂

I’m hungry for your feedback and my door is always open! Please shoot me an email at any time or you can provide feedback anonymously here.

Update – 2/22/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • Chat feature has made some nice improvements – should be more responsive, text wraps to the next line rather than continuing off the page, “ctrl + enter” will now submit the message, a partner’s status will now be mirrored in the chat, etc. Still working through a good amount of feedback here and next up are still profile improvements as well as bookmark/completed features. 

Community & Events

  • Community Calls on Galilean Relativity and Incentives coming up! We’ve sent out calendar invites for both sessions on Incentives and will do so once dates are finalized for Galilean Relativity. The calls for these sessions on incentives is now closed, but if you’re interested in joining the Galilean Relativity calls in a few weeks, please fill out this quick survey 

Idea of the week

  • Galilean Relativity – With upcoming calls on this topic, I thought it would be worthwhile to dig in here. I believe this to be one of the keystone ideas within The Latticework and am excited to really dig into it with you all

Group / Partner Shout Out

My Asks

  • What can we do to more effectively integrate new partners? Should we remind you to check out the partner directory and reach out to someone new once a new wave of partners have joined? Should we list their names in this weekly email to highlight them? Any suggestions or ideas are very welcome! 

Partner Asks

  • I’m still playing around with this section, but if there’s anything you’d like to ask of the community, please reach out directly to me or the group. We have an incredible tribe assembled here and want to empower people to reach out to each other, problem-solve together, voice any hiring or job questions, etc… 

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • Looking forward to our call this week and next week on incentives. After these calls, I’d love to get feedback to see how our “proof of work” concepts are playing out. Is the friction resulting in more valuable dialogue and learnings? 

I encourage you to contact me at any time to provide feedback, thoughts, ideas. You can do so directly by email or anonymously here.

Update – 2/15/21

Day 1 Partners,

Happy Monday and hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Quick snapshot below regarding some recent updates

Content / Tool

  • Really appreciate the feedback we’ve gotten this past week on the tool. We’ve made some good updates to the chat feature which was a bit glitchy to start. It should be faster and more responsive already and we’ll be pushing further updates in the next couple of days (some of your chats may be deleted from the database as we push these updates. This shouldn’t happen in the future and wanted to offer a quick heads up). Please send over any other bugs / improvements! 
  • Next step with the tool include account / profile improvements as well as “bookmark” and “completed” features to make it easier to know where to pick up from where you left off and keep track of what you’ve already read

Community & Events

  • We’re still finalizing dates for our call on Galilean Relativity. If interested in joining, please fill out this quick survey if you haven’t already done so
  • We will be hosting another community call on incentives at 7:30am PT next Wednesday, February 24th. If interested in joining that call, please fill out this quick surveyAgain, the point of the surveys is to allow us to have as deep and meaningful a conversation as possible without having to spend too much time on surface-level details. This process will surely improve over time, but this “proof of work” seems worthwhile for now
  • We’ve added several groups this past week, mainly around topics (Entrepreneurs, Investing, etc.) and geography. If you don’t see your state/country/interest covered, please create it and invite others! Please reach out if there’s a group you’d like to be added to. 

Idea of the week

  • Incentives – For those who are interested in diving into an idea per week with our community, let’s turn our attention to Incentives. This is such a rich field of study that is likely underappreciated, even if you understand how powerful it is! Munger has a lot to say about incentives and how they are superpowers, so think this is a worthwhile area for us to dig into together.

Group / Partner Shout Out

  • I thought Tom B. made a great point about Systems Thinking in his comment about restructurings. Often these types of “synergies” are highlighted and focused on because they will help the team meet their growth quotas and make progress towards other somewhat perverse incentives. Seeing and thinking holistically, understanding how the various parts fit together and feed off each other is really complex and often skimmed over. As Frederick Maitland said, “Simplicity is the end of long, hard work, not the starting point.” Fluency comes not by ignoring these complexities, but by being as aware of them as you can be.

My Asks

  • The most powerful form of marketing is word of mouth. As Will Rogers said, “Let someone else blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.” With that being said, one of our partners invited his daughter to join which is extremely encouraging! If there is someone you think would find value in The Latticework, please introduce us!

Partner Asks

  • I’m still playing around with this section, but if there’s anything you’d like to ask of the community, please reach out directly to me or the group. We have an incredible tribe assembled here and want to empower people to reach out to each other, problem-solve together, voice any hiring or job questions, etc… 

Open Questions & Anti-Marketing

  • I’m still finding my footing on the community calls and what a valuable structure for these might look like. As we get our first two idea-focused calls underway in the next week or two (Galilean Relativity and Incentives), it would be great to hear ideas on how this can improve and what would be useful to you. I also want to encourage everyone to reach out to me and / or other partners to dive into any idea, discipline, problem, or question!
  • Should we create Groups for our various ideas and disciplines? This would enable those who are interested in a given idea / discipline to chat with others who are also passionate about that idea. I don’t want to create unnecessary silos, but thought it might be a useful avenue for people to connect. 

I encourage you to contact me at any time to provide feedback, thoughts, ideas. You can do so directly by email or anonymously here.

Beta 0.91 – 2/6/21

We pushed to production our chat feature which was a few weeks in the making. We have a long way to go on this – cleaning up bugs, improving the UI/UX, simplifying everything – but the core action is there and it’s something I’m excited to have implemented.

A few weeks before this we also implemented an Activity Feed which shows universal usage across the site and the ability to filter by page, group, date, person, etc. Helpful to get a high level overview.

We’ve done several more waves of Day 1 Partner onboarding, having recently become “ramen profitable” and seeing growing traction and excitement.

Next steps include improvements to chat, the account / profile section, and becoming more consistent with weekly updates / newsletters, community calls, and more.

Beta 0.9 – 11/21/20

Day 1 Partners – quick update on what we’ve done this past week:

From Bugs to Features:

  • Ability to “save as draft” – check it out! If you save a note or highlight as a draft, it will then show up at the top of your private tab until you’re ready to publish it.
  • Fixing highlighting issues – we’ve cleaned up some of the bugs in terms of how highlights show up, but we know there are still some issues and are actively working on it
  • Full functionality for replies so that you can “reply to a reply” as well as like and share
  • Ability to edit own highlights, notes, tags – We thought carefully about adding this feature since it opens up the possibility for bad actors to cause chaos, but that’s the beautiful thing about having a trusting and all-in community! We can treat our partners like the extremely capable and responsible humans that they are – moving up the curve towards the highest common denominator rather than being forced to structure things to accommodate bad actors and the least common denominator. What a breath of fresh air – trust truly removes all sorts of friction and poor incentives that we now don’t have to concern ourselves with! Thank you 🙂

Next steps:

  • Follow feature – ability to get updates and notifications on select partners and ideas
  • Chat feature – ability to easily communicate with other partners or an entire group
  • Setting up monthly rituals – book of the month, idea of the month, interview with somebody interesting, etc. We are finalizing details on a talk with a close friend who is building something fascinating and will share details once we cement those plans
  • Continuous fixing of UI/UX bugs to keep streamlining the process

Best Of:

  • Tony Pfeiffer, Samir Aksekar and Joel Jensen (among others!) have really helped think through what community means and what we can do to build a seamless web of deserved trust. Some of the discussions we’ll be having in the coming months will help, as will “office hours” or “town halls” to go particularly deep down the rabbit hole on any particular discipline, idea, problem, etc. Leave a note if there’s a particular topic that you’d be interested in setting up a call to dig into!

Open Question:

  • What does the “mastery path” for learning these ideas look like? It’s not rote memorization or simply time spent reading about these things, so what is it? I’ve found this hard to pin down and know it’s important. If anybody has any ideas on how we could track progress and mastery, please leave a note!

Beta 0.8 – 11/14/20

After our first full week of having Day 1 Partners, we’ve gotten some fantastic feedback and have also naturally run into some bugs and hiccups. You all have been amazing at sharing these and we are working hard on solving them, constantly improving the site and value for our partners!

From Bugs to Features:

  • Notifications not linking to proper area – we found the issue and this has now been resolved. Any notification you get within the tool or your email should now be live and take you to the appropriate note/highlight/etc. that the notification is referring to. If not, leave a note and let us know what issues you’re still running into!
  • Ability to post notes to private section – this has now been pushed. When you highlight some text, you will now see a “Private” label in the drop down menu. These notes will only be visible to you and can be seen by going to the Private tab within the tool

Next steps:

  • Ability to edit a highlight or note and to “save as draft” – this will be pushed by early next week
  • Highlighting issues – we’ve cleaned up some of the bugs in terms of how highlights show up, but we know there are still some issues and are actively working on it
  • Full functionality for replies – adding the ability to “reply to a reply” as well as like and share.
  • Follow feature – ability to get updates on select partners
  • Chat feature – ability to easily chat and communicate with other partners, just one partner or an entire group
  • Setting up monthly rituals – book of the month, idea of the month, interview with somebody interesting, etc. What else would be interesting and value-add? Leave us a note!

Best Of:

  • One of my favorite partner contributions from the past week came from David Byrne. Galilean Relativity states that we can never truly understand, define, or grasp a system that we are part of. That is why we can make mistakes at 18 that are so obviously stupid when we look back at 30, but that make perfect sense in the moment. The irony is that we making mistakes today at 30 that our 40 year-old-selves will clearly see are stupid too! He suggested that we should have a section where we can provide advice to our younger selves. Given our partners’ diversity in age, backgrounds, perspectives, expertise, geography, and more, we thought that this was an amazing idea! You can check out this new resource here and we encourage you to add your own section! Imagine how valuable this could become over the years if we all continue to add to this section?!

Open Question:

  • What would you need to see from The Latticework to make it so compelling that you’d spontaneously share it with your most trusted friends?

Beta 0.7 – 11/7/20

In the past 3 months we’ve made a ton of progress! We’ve built out about half of the ideas so that Day 1 Partners get immediate and substantial value right from the beginning, have made huge strides in building out our learning tools, and have brought in a couple dozen Day 1 Partners who are helping kickstart our community and provide invaluable feedback so that we can keep improving and pumping out updates.

We’re extremely grateful for everyone’s support, excitement, and engagement. It is incredibly energizing to build something you’re passionate about and have other people resonate with it!

Beta 0.6 – 8/25/20

Excited and nervous to share The Latticework publicly. We had an amazing reception, with several thousand people signing up in the first couple of days. It’s a big step, but only a step!

Next we will focus on improving the site based on some feedback we get, improving and soon doing a beta of the collaboration tool, and eventually integrating the tool to the entire website.

Once we finish that, we’ll be in good shape to make the website “live” and starting to accept paying partners.

The process to join will be an application, a quick interview, and then onboard a cohort/batch/class of new partners at the beginning of every month. This should help self-select for those who are most excited and be the best contributors. We’ll start slow, build a waitlist, grow organically, and help our community/culture thrive!

Quick update – on 9/18/20, we asked a small group of early adopters to start using the collaboration tool and giving us feedback. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of work left to do but they seem to be enjoying it. We are working through this feedback and iterating, hoping to have an improved version in the coming weeks (early to mid-October). We’ll then do another batch of beta user feedback with different folks – seeing what they think and how we can improve.

Beta 0.5 – 8/4/20

Beta, Team

A lot has happened these past several months and I’m excited to share some key highlights!

  • We’re planning on releasing an “early access beta” in the next several weeks! This will help us “get in the game” and get feedback on a larger scale, build awareness and excitement, build the user base and acquire potential user contact info, and doesn’t anchor people to a particular price or business model (no payment or partnerships to start). People will get access to the worldly wisdom discipline but they will need to sign up for the waitlist, using their name and email address. I will release the idea on twitter and have some people with a large platform to help spread the word. I’ll send another email to this group a couple of days before launch to give a bit of a heads up 🙂
  • Created a collapsible table of contents on the left hand side and a footer for easier site navigation
  • Making great progress on our own commenting tool we have called “Junto.” This goes back to Benjamin Franklin and his “mutual improvement and learning club.” Also, in Spanish, “juntos” means together and we feel that this perfectly captures what this tool will accomplish – a tool to help us more effectively improve and learn together.
  • No daily newsletter – I hear you loud and clear! 😉
  • Continued simplification and streamlining of the website – previous prologue pages have been collapsed down into the introduction to give people a crisper understanding of what the hell this thing is about and condensed the rest of it into the vision page (about the resource, about the community, about the tools…)
  • Wrote out a few more of the ideas for future upload
  • Thank you to those who introduced more people to our beta! The feedback I’ve gotten has been incredible. Inspiring to see how many of you (many of whom I’ve never met face to face!) have taken the time to dig into The Latticework to help improve it. Means more than you all know!

How You Can Help:

  • When the time comes to release The Latticework to the wild, please help me spread the word any way you can 🙂

Beta 0.4 – 5/16/20

Latticework Beta Team,

Hope everyone is doing well! We’ve done quite a lot in the past month and I wanted to share some of the highlights.

Since last time:

  • Further refined the landing page to make the introduction and call to action clearer and simpler.
  • Simplified the table of contents so that there is far less scrolling and noise
  • Reduced the number of introductory pages down to 3 – the mission, the how, and our community. There was too much build up and redundancy before, so we’ve streamlined it
  • There are currently 3 partnerships:
    • Free – access to introduction and worldly wisdom
      • There is also an option for people who can’t afford to join. They will still apply (see below), but will be granted a 6-month partnership for free
    • $10/month – access to the entirety of the resource and future exclusive content (podcast, app, etc…)
    • $30/month – access to the resource and community (which includes the embedded learning tools and exclusive content)
      • This option is application-based (at least to start out with). This will filter for those who are most excited about joining, will allow the proper culture to be set from the get go, and will create sustainable/organic growth that doesn’t dilute the quality of the content/engagement/culture
      • High school and college students will receive a discount. They have potentially the most to gain from joining and could become our most engaged and long-term partners
  • We’re building out an embedded learning tool that is similar to Hypothesis but has the exact features we want and doesn’t require a separate sign on and account. It’ll still be some time before this tool is functional, but we’re excited about the potential it has to empower an engaged community who can learn from/with each other

Next steps

  • Keep building out the embedded annotation/highlighting/commenting/social tool. If you have a name for this tool you’d like to suggest, please reach out!
  • Keeping people engaged and these ideas top of mind is vital, and one of the prime ways I think of doing so is through a daily newsletter. I’m thinking it will be an easy to digest blurb (quote, story, example, diagram, etc.) that helps drive home one of the ideas – seth godin and don Miguel ruiz’s daily newsletters are my current inspiration. This would be free and available to anyone, but the links and ideas it points back to would likely only be available to partners. What would you be excited to see in something like this? What would add value and would you actually be excited to see in your inbox?
  • Improving the navigation of the site by adding a drop down menu and a footer (reducing the number of steps to get to the page you want to go)
  • Keep writing the disciplines/ideas that have yet to be published
  • Further expand the circle of beta users, looking soon to bring on “advisors”         
  • Thinking of what other branches of optionality would be exciting and value-additive (podcasts, for example)

How You Can Help:

  • Intro to 2-3 people you think would love to engage and be part of The Latticework
  • Feedback on what a daily newsletter would look like and what value it should provide
  • Please push back! If there’s anything that doesn’t make sense or that you disagree with, the best thing you could possibly do is call me out on it!

The more time I spend working and thinking about this, the more excited I get and I hope you feel some of the same

Thanks for your time and for being part of this journey!

Blas

Beta 0.3 – 3/5/20

Set up our newsletter, embedded Hypothes.is commenting/annotation app, created our public roadmap and suggestion forum, looping in of Latticework beta users

Beta 0.2 – 1/3/20

Creation of The Latticework network visualization, continued build-out of our vision, website, and tools.

Beta 0.1 – 12/15/19

Initial Soft Launch on December 15, 2019! A huge thank you to those helped give some critical feedback which led to Beta 0.2