Disclaimer before we get started: I own stock in Facebook and Google. Also, this article turned out longer than usual. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, you can read the summary, or hear me read it out on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Does advertising really work?

The other day, a friend sent me an episode of the Freakonomics podcast titled “ Does Advertising Actually Work? “ It talked about how digital ads on Facebook and Google might not be as effective at helping businesses attract new customers as people think.

If the premise of this podcast is right, there are big…


Earlier this week, Twitter released “Fleets”, temporary tweets that are only up for a day. It’s supposed to be Twitter’s response to Stories on Snapchat and Instagram (and it only came 7 years late). It looks like every social media app is now trying to introduce the feature since just last month LinkedIn did it too.

People are understandably pretty annoyed by all this copying that’s going on and some people on Twitter are using it as an opportunity to attack capitalism. Here’s a Tweet that I saw earlier this week from a pretty left-wing account.


Disclaimer: I own stock in Amazon. Also, many of the facts and figures I mention here are from Brad Stone’s book The Everything Store. It’s a great book, check it out on Audible.

The other day, I packed a couple of suitcases because I thought I would have to evacuate my house. Right now, there’s a fire not too far from where I live. It looks like I’m safe for now because the winds are pushing the fire in a different direction. …


The following is not meant to be investment advice.

A few weeks ago, I logged into Snapchat. It was my first time in two years. I used to really like the app back when I was in high school and early college, but I stopped using all my social media accounts back in 2018. I got back on most of them a few months ago, but I didn’t really see the point of Snapchat anymore. I used to use Snapchat Stories a lot, but now I could do the same thing on Instagram.

I decided to give Snapchat another shot…


If you only had YouTube comments to go off of, you would think Apple is some horrifically mismanaged company that’s only a few months away from bankruptcy. Almost every interview of Steve Jobs you’ll see on the site seems to have multiple comments like this.


Disclaimer: This article is not meant to be investment advice. Also full disclosure, I own stock in Domino’s pizza. If you don’t want to read the entire article, here’s a summary.

Domino’s stock price

The best performing stock of the 2010s is not what you probably would have guessed. It wasn’t Google, Apple, Amazon, or Facebook. It was actually Domino’s Pizza. If you invested $10,000 in Domino’s back at the beginning of 2010, you would now have more than $445,000 today.

It might be surprising that Domino’s has done so well. After all, there are definitely better restaurants out there. While most people…


This week was a big one for Facebook. The company’s stock hit an all-time high on Thursday after a great earnings report. Plus, it looks like the company’s biggest threat, TikTok is getting banned from the United States.

But that’s not all that happened. On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust with the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, and Google. This was an opportunity to get insight into some of the monopolistic practices of the world’s biggest companies. But some of the questions that were asked were incredibly stupid. The best example is probably Congressman…


Disclaimer: I am not encouraging anyone to buy any specific stocks with this article. Please do your own research before making investments.

Last year, I saw a LinkedIn post that I thought was hilarious. I didn’t screenshot it and there’s no way I can go back and find it at this point, but I do remember what it said. Uber’s stock had gone down and the person said something like this:

“This shows that companies need to be profitable in order to be successful.”

I thought it was funny because this random guy on LinkedIn was acting like he cracked…


Nothing in this post is meant to be investing advice. Full disclosure, I own stock in Nike and Amazon.

For years, Nike has been one of the most well-known brands in the world. Even though the company is now more than 50 years old, it still does a great job of appealing to the youth with great commercials.

But some people argued that Nike being one of the best brands in the world doesn’t mean as much as it used to. Platforms like Amazon were said to be causing the “ death of brands “. Before the Internet, consumers would…


I don’t know about all of you, but I hate working from home. I’m going to keep doing it because I don’t want Corona to destroy my lungs, but I hate it. There’s no reason why I should feel this way because I used to have a commute that was more than an hour-long each way. …

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