Tradeoffs

Eben Timko
People face tradeoffs, it's impossible to get one thing without sacrificing another. In this newsletter I explore topics I find intriguing in business, tech, and cooking while examining their underlying tradeoffs
Created 23 May 2020
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  • Shark Bait
    01 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    One of the most popular shows in America is Shark Tank. For those somehow unfamiliar, the premise revolves around entrepreneurs sharing presentations about their products (almost entirely CPG) to a pa...
  • The Revving Period
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    After “crypto”, the “metaverse” might be the biggest buzzword for tech Twitter in 2021. Everybody has some thread about how those two abstract concepts will intertwine, and we’re one step closer to th...
  • The Little Engine that Will
    17 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Technology can be hard to use sometimes. People devote their entire lives to making sure that using a computer, application, or website is a good experience. But UX design has only taken off in the la...
  • One Drop Changes Everything
    10 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    If you’ve heard of Elizabeth Holmes you probably can picture a piercing stare that goes right through you from a small, blonde woman who carries herself almost exactly like Steve Jobs. If you haven’t ...
  • Computers on the Internet
    27 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    Let's pick up where we left off last week, shall we? We finished talking about legitimacy. Legitimacy takes many forms, one of which can be something that you know is both verifiable but also a thing ...
  • The Inevitable Crypto Plunge
    20 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    This week crypto clicked for me. I finally felt like I understood the relationship between Ethereum, NFTs, DAOs, blockchains and more at a deeper level. Today might get a little technical, so bare wit...
  • You Can't Scale What You Can't See
    13 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    The biggest internet trend for at least the last two years has been the boom B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). VC’s love SaaS companies because it’s a high-margin business, sticky, and easier to value...
  • Feature Fragmentation
    06 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    I’m back! Took a hiatus in July for the 4th, a vacation, and going through the horrible process of moving in New York City during the summer. But now that I’m settled we can get back to our regularly ...
  • OnlyFans and Vicarious Economics
    25 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    One of my favorite childhood shows was MTV’s Cribs. Over the course of 30 minutes you got an inside tour of celebrities’ houses and personal lives. While in-house technology was limited, the grandeur ...
  • The Hard Things About Hardware
    18 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Physical technology isn’t as sexy as software. That’s been the case for years, with 2021 exemplifying just how skewed investment sector trends are. The image below shows venture investments by vertica...
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