During my years as an angel investor, I came across different equity crowdfunding platforms. I have met founders who are apprehensive of using a platform to raise funds. They think it sends a signal of “negative select.”
When I began writing my first book in 2010, The Paul Society, I had just met the woman who I would marry two years later. What started out as a “bucket list” project, led to one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Beyond the practical benefits of research, writing, and editing, I was forced to recognize, and deal with, my own confirmation biases.
When asked what surprised him most about humanity, he answered: “Modern man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future, that he doesn’t enjoy the present. The result being that he doesn’t live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”