Newsletter #11 - The Internet Connects Us All

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. For me, this is my last exam week at university, so it is a little bit stressful. For that reason, today's newsletter will be slightly shorter than normal. I still have my master's thesis to do this fall, but no more ordinary classes left after this. It feels good and crazy at the same time. Time has flown the last five years and it feels like it was not so long ago that I attended my first lecture at Chalmers and now I had my last one a couple of days ago. It feels like the end of an era which is both exciting and a little bit nerve-racking at the same time.

💭Idea From Me

We should all try to take advantage of how connected we are through the internet. The internet allows even the smallest of niche interests to thrive in online communities and you can find people that share many of your interests. Meeting new people and discussing new ideas can be a terrific place to get new ideas and interesting thoughts, it is a way to increase the chance of luck finding you. It is also great fun to find like-minded people from around the world to discuss things from different perspectives.

"Opportunity is a function of density, get to a place that is crowded with success" -Scott Galloway

It is common wisdom that there are generally more opportunities in large crowded cities. This is for many reasons, more wealth is concentrated in cities, more people are allowing for more chance encounters, and there is a critical mass for more activities so you generally have access to more opportunities in cities. However, the internet can offer most of these things today and there are tons of opportunities to take advantage of. One such opportunity I have taken advantage of is by joining a book club run by O'Shaugnessy Ventures. The OSV book clubs have participants from all over the world joining the calls and it has been incredibly insightful and interesting.

"OSV combines Jim’s deeply rooted interest in all things art, science, investing and tech with his long-held desire to establish positive sum scenarios designed to help promising creators and their inspiring ideas succeed, regardless of age, location, job history or level of education."
-From OSV "about us"-page

📕Book Recommendation

The book that we read for the last book club with the OSV book club was Chip War by Chris Miller, a book about the history of semiconductors. It was a great book to grasp the importance of semiconductors from multiple perspectives. Through powerful stories about extraordinary individuals, Miller tells the story from a geopolitical, technological, and business perspective. It makes for a great read if you want to learn more about the chip industry and the future of computing. Below you can find my review of the book from Goodreads, I will also share my book notes shortly. However, my notes are not as detailed as usual since I listened to the audiobook.

Great book detailing the history of one of the most important industries in the world. Semiconductors play a major role in all modern technologies and it was great to learn the history behind the technology and the people that brought it to life. The book did a great job giving an overview of the industry both from a technological and geopolitical point of view. With it being written mostly through a geopolitical lens I would say. The book leaves me wanting to dive into both biographies of characters in the book and the companies that played a key role. Would highly recommend this as an overview of the history of the chip industry and why it looks the way it does today.
-From my Goodreads review

With that, I want to wish you all a great week and I will see you next week. All the best!