Mutants

Mutants, we all need to change, mutate for the better or the worse (hopefully the first)

This a side project that I am dabbling with and still brewing in my spare time…

I want to give back, share, collaborate more. But how?

Time is my most precious asset, but I also have another great asset – the power of networking and proactively sharing things… ideas, thoughts, experience, food, drinks, things… a bit of my time, as well…

Soon, hopefully I will share news on this side project that I am developing to give back to the community.
The idea is to promote physical and digital places that can link people that are more knowledgeable in certain fields and that can share that with others.
Stay tuned!
Mutants – Be, Work, Play, Collaborate, Learn, Teach, Share, Eat, Drink, Do

iterooting

ITER

 

Only recently have I’ve heard about this cool (but it isn’t really cool… it is actually quite hot) project.

They are building the biggest magnet ever existed in the world to try to replicate the way the sun creates energy… (this is how an economist boils down to a very basic form the complexity of even trying to explain what ITER is all about…)

They are only trying to creating a sustainable unlimited source of energy… small potatoes 🥔

I am ITERooting for them!

Check them out!

End to begin


“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”


Ontem foi o meu Ăşltimo dia na Sonae IM e Bright Pixel.
 
Uma viagem de 2.054 dias onde pude voltar às minhas origens (voltar a viver perto da família na cidade onde nasci, no Porto) e onde fiquei irremediavelmente mais conectado ao mundo (por via das viagens a vários países, das inúmeras pessoas que conheci em todos os cantos do mundo, e fiquei ligado ao que mais inovador se faz em termos de tecnologia hoje em dia). 
 
Fiz parte de uma equipa que já investiu em mais de 35 empresas espalhadas pelo mundo, incluindo as 15 empresas que ajudou a fazer nascer através do papel da Bright Pixel no early stage. Uma equipa que tem a cultura de não divulgar muito os seus múltiplos sucessos enquanto investidores de capital de risco tecnológico de Portugal para o mundo.
 
Cresci muito e está agora na hora de partir para outros voos no mundo do capital de risco. Em breve darei novidades!
 

Yesterday was my last day at Sonae IM and Bright Pixel.
A 2.054-days journey back to my roots (living again closer to family in my hometown of Porto) with the bonus of putting me in closer touch with the vast world around us (traveling to several parts of the world, getting to meet incredible people, and above all, in the midst of what is trending in terms of top-notch tech innovation).
I am proud of having been a part of a great team that has already invested in more than 35 startups from different corners of the world, including the 15 that we helped jumpstart through our early-stage efforts at Bright Pixel. A team that has embedded a very low profile in its culture when talking about their multiple successes as venture capital investors from Portugal to the world.
I’ve learned a lot and grew to a point that gives me the confidence and tremendous satisfaction of tackling new challenges in the venture capital world. A truly special project that I’ll disclose very soon!

Seneca breaks

Bad and good breaks
In the year 41 CE, Seneca was banished by the emperor Claudius for supposedly sleeping with Julia Livilla, the sister of Caligula. We don’t know if he was completely innocent of the accusation, but we do know that the incident was hardly an exemplar of justice. The historian Suetonius tells us that Seneca’s “charge was vague and the accused was given no opportunity to defend himself.”
It was a bad break that would cost Seneca eight years of his life in exile.
In 49 CE, as Seneca tired of the burden and the distance of his punishment, he was suddenly recalled to Rome by the wife of the emperor, in order to serve as the tutor to her son. In the words of the historian Richard M. Gummere, “Fortune, whom Seneca as a Stoic often ridicules, came to his rescue.” Within a few years, he would be one of the richest men in Rome, his fame and power assured, influencing world events with the snap of his fingers.
Life is like this. It gives us bad breaks—heartbreakingly bad breaks—and it also gives us incredible lucky breaks. Sometimes the ball that should have gone in, bounces out. Sometimes the ball that had no business going in, surprises both the athlete and the crowd when it goes through the net.
When we’re going through a bad break, we should never forget Fortune’s power to redeem us. When we’re singing in the roses, we should never forget how easily and how quickly we can be humbled. Sometimes life goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t.
The only thing you can do is be ready… for either one.

small habits

I’ve been trying more intensively in the last months to factor this in my day-to-day routines. With some success, actually!

This is a good read from a cool newsletter and podcast (The Knowledge Project) done by Farnam Street:

Here’s how the math works out: if you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done. Conversely, if you get 1 percent worse each day for one year, you’ll decline nearly down to zero. What starts as a small win or a minor setback accumulates into something much more.

Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. The same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them. They seem to make little difference on any given day and yet the impact they deliver over the months and years can be enormous. It is only when looking back two, five, or perhaps ten years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.

market matters

from CB insights:

Opinions vary quite a bit among both operators & investors, with technology investors tending to have the most divergent (and strongest) opinions.

 

Many investors say they don’t look at TAM for new markets, because it’s often too small or undefined to even be interesting or valuable. In these cases, doing any sort of TAM analysis is actually misleading and will make you overlook opportunities. What was the TAM for something like Airbnb (couch surfing) or Amazon (books) when they started?

 

On the flip side are many investors who view the market as critical and perhaps the top dimension when evaluating a company.

One More Year

A great song to start 2021 – click here to listen…

One whole year – click to watch video clip

Do you remember we were standing here a year ago?
Our minds were racing and time went slow
If there was trouble in the world we didn’t know
If we had a care, it didn’t show
But now I worry our horizon’s bear nothing new
‘Cause I get this feeling and maybe you get it, too
We’re on a rollercoaster stuck on its loop-de-loop
‘Cause what we did one day on a whim
Has slowly become all we do
I never wanted any other way to spend our lives
I know we promised we’d be doing this ’til we die
And now I fear we might
Oh, now I fear we might
But it’s okay, I think there’s a way
Why don’t we just say one more year?
(One more year)
Not worrying if I get the right amount of sleep
(One more year)
Not caring if we do the same thing every week
(One more year)
Of living like I’m only living for me
(One more year)
Of never talking about where we’re gonna be
(One more year)
One more year
Of living like the free spirit I wanna be
We got a whole year
(One more year) Fifty-two weeks
Seven days each
(One more year) Four seasons, one reason
One way, one year
(One more year)
One year, one year
From today (From today)
From today (From today)
I never wanted any other way to spend our lives
Now one of these is gonna be the last for all time
For all time
One more year