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Ethereum gas fees and human incentives

Venture Capital

In Brazil, you grow up with systemic corruption. Unfortunate, but true. 

From how general processes take place, to how credit cards are swiped, all the way to the specific way Brazilians sign contracts, the devil is always in the details. 

After moving to America, I realized that the US is as corrupt as other countries; the difference is that the “system of corruption” happens to be better organized. 

As an immigrant, I thought it was fascinating once I learned about USCIS premium processing. 

Here is how USCIS describes it on its website: 

“Premium processing provides expedited processing for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Specifically, we guarantee processing within 15 calendar days to those who choose to use this service, or we will refund the premium processing service fee and will continue with expedited processing.”

Premium processing is organized bribery. 

You want it faster, sure. Pay up. 

It made me think that the US is as corrupt as other nations; the difference is that corruption in the US is well organized. 

From corporate lobbying to gerrymandering, there is always a system. 

I believe this is the #1 country to live and raise a family and am long America. 

The next superpower will happen in the Metaverse first.

It is a sad realization, as I prefer the real world. Still, it seems like an inevitable trend, especially as all “trusted institutions” are collapsing — I.e., central banks, religion, gender differentiation, polarity, what it means to be healthy, etc. 

Unfortunately, we humans have a lot to improve as we live on the earth-plane. Even the current “salvation systems” are subject to the intrinsic issues that permeate the weaknesses of the human spirit. 

A good example: a few weeks ago, someone accidentally sold an NFT for 0.75 ETH versus 75 ETH. 

Money Stuff, Matt Levine’s fantastic daily newsletter, summarized it extremely well, so I won’t spend time writing about it. You should read it. 

The point is that Defi + ETH Gas Fees (for now) seems like an intriguing version of the wild west. 

“Whoever is first to a trade gets to do the trade, but there is an auction for who gets to be first”. 

Incentives continue to be the same; we're just changing the speed and location of the game. 















Trust is the only game worth playing - Lessons from Machiavelli

Entrepreneurship

“It is far better to earn the confidence of the people than to rely on fortresses.”  - Niccolo Machiavelli
“There is such a gap between how one lives and how one should live that he who neglects what is being done for what should be done will learn his destruction rather than his preservation.” - Niccolo Machiavelli

There are a few specific books that capture human nature in its essence, summarizing important lessons on how people do deals, transact and find ways to evolve as a collective.

The Prince, by Machiavelli, is one of these books that I recommend every founder ought to read. If you are building a business that is bound to change the world, you will face the same levels of conflict and lessons that a prince in Italy would have faced in Machiavelli’s time.

This Yale professor has an interesting view, considering Machiavelli’s writings a diluted version of Aristotle/Plato’s republic concepts, but applied to northern Italy in the 14th century.

What I appreciate about his teachings is the sincerity around how dangerous it is to create a new business that challenges or improves the status quo. High-output leaders are adaptable, so they round themselves with better people and are resolute in their actions.

Listen to Brian Requarth (Latitud) on Inevitable Podcast

Inevitable Podcast

Welcome to another episode of the Inevitable Podcast, today I have the honor of being here with Brian Requarth whom I have known for almost a decade. For those who don’t know, Brian runs a company called Latitud.

Latitud is a venture capital firm that helps the top doers and thinkers of Latin America build the next generation of world-class tech companies. Before Latitud, Brian was the CEO and co-founder of VivaReal, a pioneer in the proptech market in Brazil. VivaReal eventually merged with Grupo Zap which was then acquired by OLX for $642 million.

Here are some of the questions I asked him:

  • You were born in the Bay Area. How were your early days as a kid and where did you grow up? What made you realize that you wanted to come to South America? 
  • When was the time that you realized that you were wired differently than most people? What made you realize that you wanted to be a full-time founder? 
  • You dropped out of college and then joined back after a while. What provoked you to make that decision? Do you regret making that decision? 
  • How are you so much self-reliant? It has been so long since we met and, to this day you have the same energy. How do you channel your energy towards the goal?
  • Who were your mentors growing up? Was there any specific person that you looked up to or did you have a role model? 
  • How was it to move from Colombia to Brazil? How did you make that decision? 
  • For how long were you running the business? How was the entire experience? 
  • What are your views on the venture market? The situation for founders today is phenomenal and it keeps getting better. What do you think the founders need now? 
  • Is there any specific advice that you would like to give for starting companies and their founders? 
  • Do you have an ideal morning routine you can share with us?

This was a great chat, and I'm sure you will find it extremely insightful.

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