What: A new World’s Fair hosted in the United States.
Why: The World’s Fair used to be an event that inspired millions of people all around the world to dream of a better and more cooperative future. Currently, the United States is becoming divided and more pessimistic about the future. I think this is worrying and not what our country is about. I want to get back to dreaming big again. I want our country to come together and work on building a brighter future together. And I think hosting a World’s Fair is a great opportunity to do this.
Learnings: This is an ongoing project. As I learn things from it I will update the list here.
What: Disagree with Me is a place to seek out and provide opposing viewpoints.
Why: I created the site because it was something I wanted to exist and something I thought might be helpful for others. I always like seeking out the opposing view on any idea or opinion I have as it helps me get a better understanding about something. By creating a public place to do this, it makes it even more valuable.
Learnings: This project is still on-going so there’s still a lot to learn but some of the things I’ve learned already are:
What: An open source version of Coinbase’s Index Fund.
Why: Coinbase released their Index Fund in March. However, it is restricted to accredited investors only and has a high 2% annual management fee. The goal of this project is to give anyone the ability to have an index of all assets listed on Coinbase Pro with lower fees.
What: A data analysis of the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Why: I live in Cambridge, have an interest in local government, and wanted to learn more about how to use data science techniques.
What: A collection of overviews of various crypto projects in an effort to better understand them using the Feynman Technique.
Why: Crypto has become hugely popular but mostly for speculative and financial reasons. I’ve been fascinated by the technological aspects of it and what it can allows us to do but also have found it hard to understand even being a technical person. I love the Feynman Technique as a way of learning so I wanted to combine the two.
What: A new kind of front-page news. Curated inspiring news, cut out the drama.
Why: I created this out of frustration with how most news coverage was focused on the negative rather than amazing things going on in the world.
What: A world-wide wireless network for any device.
Why: Being someone who loves to travel and despite how global the world has become, I constantly get frustrated by how walled in the world can be at times. This is especially true of wireless networks. In the future we won’t have to swap out a SIM card or be charged massive amounts of money to get normal wireless service for every country we travel to, it will just work. So I tried building this global wireless network using Twilio’s new Programmable Wireless product.
What: A mobile app for finding your and your friends polling stations and sharing them via iMessage.
Why: Apple released their iMessage apps right around the 2016 elections. I thought that it presented an interesting chance to encourage people to vote by making it easy and fun to share polling location information with their friends over iMessage.
What: iOS and Android app to help gig economy workers find new jobs and share information with others.
Why: I saw a growing demand for services that filled the gap between 1099 and W2 workers. I also thought the debate between where or not gig economy workers should be classified as employees or not was missing the idea of collective leverage. I thought that by providing a tool where gig workers could both communicate with each other and find jobs they may not know about, it would give them more leverage to earn higher wages.
What: A set of tools for conducting conjoint experiments in the field.
Why: There was a lack of tools available for conducting conjoint experiments in offline settings, such as in developing countries where internet access can be unreliable. So we created a set of tools for anyone needing to run conjoint experiments where they may not have internet access. Our paper about it is here.
What: Platform for buyers and sellers on Craigslist to transact with peace of mind. The website used social verification and ratings/reviews to build a sense of trust with people transacting on Craigslist. It also provided a mechanism for making payments on Craigslist much more trustworthy.
Why: Doing anything on Craigslist is frustrating and scary. I wanted to create a way to transact with strangers on the platform without fear of getting scammed, mugged, or worse.