A Bold Prediction: (Almost) Free Energy in 20 Years

Today is the second of my “Prediction Saturday” blog posts. The intent of my “Prediction Saturday” posts are to put forward bold predictions about the near future, e.g. 15 – 20 years from now. These tie into the sci-fi novella that I am writing, “2030 ET: Tribulation.” Today I make a bold prediction regarding the future of energy. The prediction is that over the next 20 years, the price of oil will crash as demand for oil will virtually be non-existent. The energy revolution will happen as we learn to efficiently exploit the only fusion reactor that matters, the Sun. Advancements in 3D printing, materials science, and bioengineering will drop the cost per kilowatt of solar and biofuel energy close to zero.

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Race to 40! Progress Update Week 3

Another week has passed. Time for another update on my “Race to 40!” challenge to accomplish three goals I set myself before my 40th birthday on June 26th. Sixteen days of 32 gone. Only 16 left to complete the race and accomplish the goals. This is the half way point!

This week, I score myself: 10/10 on my progress towards Goal 1; 7.5/10 on my progress towards Goal 2; and, 6/10 on my progress towards Goal 3.

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Buntzen Lake and Bears

on a whim, I’ve decided to blog about my favorite pastime in BC, which is going on short treks / long walks with my lovely wife in the beautiful BC countryside. Related to this, I guess I must blog about our paranoia of meeting a bear in the wild.

The first trek that we ever did after we moved to BC in August last year was around Buntzen Lake. The trek itself took us just over two hours. There are some elevation changes over the 10 kilometer walk, but overall the walk itself is not too challenging.

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Arthur's Mirror Image

Another Concept Art Sketch for my 2030 ET Novella

Hint: do not close your browser till you read all the way to the end of the post. There is a surprise at the end that you do not want to miss!

This week I reveal the second sketch produced for my 2030 ET project. The sketch portrays the central protagonist, Arthur Raind, standing in front of the liquid metal mirror in his training room. Arthur is suspicious that someone or something is living in his mirror so decides to give it a poke with his diamond-edged sword to find out! I don’t want to reveal much more as it may spoil your reading experience.

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Numbers

2030 ET Numerology

The reason I launched my “Race to 40!” challenge on May 25th instead of May 26th is that I specifically wanted 32 days to accomplish the challenge. It was important for me that the timeframe to achieve my goals should be thirty-two days and not thirty-one days or 1 month. Why “32”? What is the significance?

The significance has to do with numerology. A character in my 2030 ET story has a fascination with numbers. The character is Solomon Raind, the father of the protagonist, Arthur Raind.

The very unique property of the number “32” is that it is the sum of the first three primes to the power of themselves. Read the post to find out more about what this means according to Solomon Raind!

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Weekly Business Posts Pt. 2

My “business articles” for the week include (amongst others): Walmart’s foray into grocery deliver in partnership with Uber and Lyft; the war to integrate third party services into Alexa, Google Now and Siri heats up; changes in the VC environment and what it means for startups; why the “bust” of the tech boom may not be such a bad thing; and, why everyone in the tech industry should not learn to code.

Want to learn about Brownies, Centaurs, Djinns, Griffins, Wyrms and more?! Make sure to check out the bonus reference: The beasts of Silicon Valley!

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Funding by Startup Stage

Angel Investing: Sources of Funding by Startup Stage

Today I begin a series of posts on Angel Investing. Over the last several months I have enjoyed attending several events around Vancouver, networking with angels and entrepreneurs. At these events, I find that I get asked a lot of the same questions from young entrepreneurs looking to raise seed money from angel investors. If I get to the heart of their questions, the questions can be reduced to two, which I paraphrase below:
1. I’ve got a great idea that I am working on; how can I raise money to get my “work in progress” product/service ready to take to market?
2. What is the process of raising money from angels/angel investing groups?

The intent of this posts is to answer the first of the two questions above. In my next Angel Investing post (scheduled for June 16th) I will answer the second question. In future posts, I will also post about deals from the perspective of an angel (e.g. what is an angel looking for in a startup company? what are the motivations of an angel investor?). However, from recent experience, I feel there is still a requirement to educate young/first time entrepreneurs on some of the basics of fundraising for early stage start-ups (covered in this post) and on the process of raising funds from an angel investor and/or angel investor group (to be covered on June 16th).

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Prediction: The Inevitability of Unconditional Basic Income

Today is the first of my “Prediction Saturday Series” posts. I intend to use these posts to put forward a prediction about the near future, e.g. 15 – 20 years from now.

My prediction for this week is the inevitability of an unconditional basic income; that is, that everyone will be paid a subsistence wage by the government irrespective of whether they work or not.

Tomorrow (June 5th, 2016), will be the first test of my prediction when the citizens of Switzerland will vote on providing an unconditional 2,500 Swiss Franks a month (about the same amount in US Dollars) to each of its citizens, regardless of work, wealth or their social contribution. Opinion polls suggest the referendum will be heavily defeated, and my prediction will not hold up at the first test. That is perfectly understandable as the conditions are not right for unconditional basic income as yet; but in 15 – 20 years’ time, they will be.

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Race to 40! Progress Update

I can’t believe it has been 9 days since I launched the “Race to 40!” challenge to accomplish the three goals I set myself before my 40th birthday on June 26th.

To recap, the three goals are to:
1. Post to my blog at least once per day; this is a minor goal, but required to bring my blog to life; this week I score my progress towards this goal a 9/10;
2. Compete in my first half marathon; I am targeting a fairly challenging time of less than 2 hours; I consider this a major goal; this week I score my progress towards this goal a 6.5/10; and
3. Finish and self-publish my novella; this is a major life goal of mine; this week I score my progress towards this goal a 4/10.

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I Love Science

Weekly Science Links Pt. 2

In my ”Weekly Science Links” post from earlier in the week, I shared some of my favorite sources of science news and analysis. Another tip is to subscribe to science news letters. I subscribe to a series of newsletters from “Seeking Alpha” which provide cutting edge (i.e. first thing in the morning daily; fresh) news and analysis on salient business topics. One of the newsletters covers technology (the “Eye on Tech” newsletter). Interestingly, this newsletter designed for Wall Street investors, is one of the best newsletters I have found to stay ahead of near term technology trends as they are deployed and brought to market (over the next few years).

This week’s (second) edition of Science Links features several articles from the Seeking Alpha “Eye on Tech” newsletter, which is authored by Eric Jhonsa. I would like to attributed the summaries to him as they are paraphrased from the newsletter. The graphics are also attributed to the newsletter and/or the linked articles (the original source material for Eric).

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