I had a problem. I kept buying books but I never read them. The Japanese coined a term to describe this malady — tsundoku, a portmanteau of sunde-oku (積んでおく, to pile things up ready for later and leave) and dokusho (読書, reading books) [thanks, Wiki!].
When buying the books, I obviously had the greatest intentions to read them, yet found myself endlessly reading (ok, mostly ‘doomscrolling’) through the latest in geopolitical, investment, or healthcare news under the justification of studying today to ‘predict’ tomorrow.
In parallel, I’d been prone to go down the YouTube rabbit hole so deep that it…
It’s been 536 days since I landed at Changi Airport, the iconic landmark that helped put Singapore on the map as an international travel hub. On that memorable day, February 16th, 2020, I knew that I was landing in an uncertain environment — this relatively unknown virus that had affected 183,000 people across a handful of countries, had counted Singapore as one of the first places affected.
It’s only fitting that on the eve of my first trip since that day, sitting at Changi again, that I reflect on this unusual period, and I will do so across three lenses—…
I am probably starting to sound a little repetitive here, but we made a commitment to universal access to health in 1948 and we’ve had telemedicine to help bridge some critical access gaps since at least 1964, yet we’re still not there. It would be a gross misrepresentation to say that we’ve not made a lot of progress since, especially in the past two years — I only wish it was voluntary progress.
Unsurprisingly, this progress has been correlated with the simplicity of data collection and decision making, and I thought it might be helpful to summarise it in context…
I decided to stop eating for 7 days, or 168 hours starting from midnight July 1st to midnight July 8th, which in isolation sounds a bit odd, but hopefully by the end of this story will make more sense.
I’ve known about the numerous health benefits of fasting for quite a while, having been a fan of Dr. David Sinclair, Dr. Michael Greger, and surrounded by health conscious peers that have partaken in various intermittent and selective fasts over the years. I’m an occasional 16:8 / 18:6 / 20:4 person myself.
I thought it might be fun to change things up a bit and write some speculative fiction, but please don’t get your hopes up.
This story takes place in the near future, let’s say 2040, but it could be 2100 or never… that’s the fun of exponential growth, we overestimate the near and underestimate the far. I also want to try to capture the feeling of exponential technological development during these 20 years in one particular area of biology.
The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020–2022 taught humanity many lessons, both positive and negative. We all know what the negative lessons were.
A few weekends ago, we had our annual shareholder meeting where we discussed our inaugural fund’s performance to date, presented a few of our companies, and reflected on what’s gone well, what could be better, and what to expect next.
We are extremely grateful that all of our companies had survived 2020, our investors seemed happy with our performance so far, and we have the final deal for our fund planned out.
Naturally, the topic of ‘what’s next’ came up during the meeting, in response to numerous whispers about the topic in the weeks prior.
The thing is, I was…
There’s an old saying that 70% of medical decisions are influenced by lab diagnostics and conceptually it makes sense (even if you disagree with the number) — there’s only so much a doctor can deduce using his or her own five senses (and these days we shouldn’t expect the doctor to be using all five senses).
Laboratory-based diagnostics is the practice of taking patient tissue, fluid, or waste samples and running tests to see what proteins, lipids, small molecules, or even genetic information is present within, and whether there may be pathogens along for the ride.
Typically, the specimens are…
I briefly wrote about the importance of having healthcare data standards a couple of months ago, but I didn’t really talk about the ‘how’. Trust me, I’ll get to the tropical fruits.
In my ideal world (for now, until I update my thinking):
As a VC, I am drowning in an metaphorical ocean of rejection — rejecting others and getting rejected myself.
This is the less glamorous reality of every VC out there, and this is often forgotten or unmentioned between the successive headlines celebrating fundraising events, exits and the elusive unicorns, decacorns, hectacorns, and more recently, camels.
First, we have to turn down a lot of companies — if we didn’t, we’d invest the entirety of our funds in the first month of operations; and on the other side, we face a lot of rejection when fundraising ourselves, and when approaching potential…
You’re likely reading this article on a web browser or the Medium app, either of which are delivering this content to you effectively, regardless of type of phone, PC or tablet you’re using.
The article data was transmitted across a global network of computers which a woefully dated estimation in late 2018 placed at 22 billion devices, and they all spoke with the same protocol. One common language that is the Internet.
If you paid for your Medium subscription, you likely did so with a credit card handled by an online payment gateway that could communicate with each of them…