Ultraviolet Ventures — I run a small rolling venture capital fund. We're a group of tech creators and founders investing in early-stage startups.
Next Chapter — We bring together the most talented young founders and investors in the world into an invite-only community. We focus on potential, not credentials.
Something new — We asked, if we were building the health care system today, from the ground up, how would we do it?
Most importantly, building things.
Also, quite a few jobs.
And lots of books, podcasts and articles.
I believe in self-directed learning. Reading textbooks, building things, and working in the industry trumps formal education — learning isn't the primary output of the education system. MBAs will increasingly become an anti-signal.
I believe the limits of human ability are higher than we think. I taught myself to read at 1,000wpm and listen at 3.5x speed (here's how).
Food, longevity, clinical language models, metabolomics, genomics, probability in real life, skiing, health optimization (first wore a CGM at age 16, tracked sleep with EEG, ran models on my data), architecture, design, neuroscience, great speeches.
Improving is what energises me. It’s not that I have uncanny self-discipline to learn and build. It’s just doing what I enjoy.
I believe in 'learn-do-learn'. Learn a bit. Then do shit. Then learn in the process.
Luck = f(# of tries). Success comes from taking action, continuously improving, and having the courage to try.
I've always rejected social defaults. I like asking 'stupid' questions and working out new, better ways to do things.
I keep a list of irrational beliefs and contrarian predictions including that software engineers will become redundant, cyborgs are closer than we think, and non-mimetic speaking styles correlate with founder success.
I value directness and get a dopamine hit from hyper-critical feedback.
I've only once received feedback I thought was sufficiently direct + harsh ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I want empowering others to be a routine part of how I engage with the world.
Why I Dropped Law After Coming First in Law
The Learning Gap Year that Changed My Life
Favourite books, quotes, websites, restaurants, podcasts and more at footnotes.maxmarchione.com
Writing is part of my learning process. Writing forces me to structure and develop my thoughts.
I have >20,000 pages of notes.
Writing is my way to share these.
I try to keep articles short and meaningful to provide signal in a noisy world.
I hope that my writing makes it easier for like-minded people to find me.
I open the doors to serendipity.
Clear writing leads to clear thinking. You don’t know what you know until you try to express it.