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2024 will bring more positive novel surprises. New years always do. In 2023, it was the dramatic acceleration in AI, which touches nearly every industry, and the early stages of an answer to the obesity epidemic with GLP-1s. Here is a list of what’s on our minds going into 2024.

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FTX x SALT and Crypto’s Infrastructure Age

A significant crypto conference, Crypto Bahamas, was hosted last week by SALT, the crypto exchange FTX and FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. The SALT investment conference is an influential annual event for the traditional finance industry. This joint conference marked a big step forward in the ongoing merger between crypto and conventional institutional finance. While crypto is roughly 13 years old,…

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Week 16: Lithium, New Collar, Bubbles

Briefing: Lithium prices have spiked dramatically in the past year. | The presence of New Collar Workers is a positive sign that our work culture is adapting to allow for upward mobility. | Signs of bubbles in venture capital are also a sign that we are hard at work solving complex problems. Lithium Batteries The price of Lithium provides us…

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Week 15: Better Than It Looks, New Crypto Projects

Briefing: Declinism is chic, but things are better than they look. | Hivemapper cameras allow drivers to earn Solana-based HONEY token in exchange for providing fresh maps of local streets. It’s Better Than It Looks John shared a great book with the team recently titled “It’s Better Than It Looks” by Gregg Easterbrook (2018). I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Sherman’s…

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Week 14: AI Progress, Solar Innovation, Axie Crypto Hack

Briefing: OpenAI completed an impressive next step forward for AI with a tool that generates detailed complex images based on text-only prompts. | Stanford researchers were able to create a solar panel that generates power at night via geothermal effects. | Crypto-related financial crimes are easier for law enforcement to track. | The Fed reloading their tool kit can be…

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Week 13: Narratives, Decentralized Telecom & Valuations

Briefing: Narratives drive markets. Sometimes the news is so persistently negative that people forget that good news is possible. | The decentralized telecom network Helium raised $200m after growing its network of active routers by 128% over the past six months. | Valuations in US equity markets are at, to slightly below, the 10-year average. Narratives Narratives have a big…

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Week 12: Real Estate Woes, Uptrends and Building Faster

Briefing: Investors are buying too many houses while active listings are at record lows. | After a long sell-off markets are likely back in an upward trend. | 50 years ago we were much faster at building physical infrastructure. Real Estate Woes A current story familiar to everyone is the difficulty of purchasing a home in 2022. The numbers behind…

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Week 11: Buy Strike, Automation and Cybersecurity, Nuclear Shipping Containers

Briefing: The Fed hiked rates by .25% yesterday for the first hike since 2018. | Despite volatile price swings, we’re still very much in an innovation boom. | In a big step forward for clean energy, Radiant has secured financing to create portable nuclear fission reactors. The Fed Makes Its First Move Yesterday, the Fed meeting resulted in a .25% hike…

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Week 10: Russia, Patience and The Future

Briefing: Managing risk for Russia & Ukraine | Patience pays when waiting for bear markets to end. | David Friedberg’s new product Cana has the potential to turn the beverage industry into a decentralized platform business. Russia & Ukraine Today marks two weeks into the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It’s been helpful to me to consider this under a framework…

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Week 9: Past, Present, Future

Past, Present & Future First, we stand in solidarity with the citizens in Ukraine who are suffering tremendous hardships due to unfortunate geopolitical forces outside of their control. The past two years We wrote last week that easing COVID restrictions will help with inflationary pressures by reducing global supply chain complexity. Many mask mandates are ending next week, and companies…

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