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Bday

Bday today in SF!

Starting off strong with some work and pups:

Then new Apple Spaceship campus tour at 2pm.

Then Rollerskating!

FinCon 2016

Went to San Diego recently for FinCon 2016.  It’s a financial blogger conference, of which I was one of the first financial bloggers online!

This blog originally started just to track my finances and what I made.  As the numbers got larger, more and more people would just copy everything I did which got frustrating, so I stopped.

However there is now a huge financial blogger community (FinCon this year was 1,000+ attendees) which is neat.

Here’s some of my memories from it:

Ate at El Puesto (twice)!  They even has filet mignon tacos!
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Took at ride in Pat’s Tesla X.  That thing is so fast. Even though it’s a 7-seater family SUV, it can beat any Ferrari or Lamborghini to 60mph!
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There were tons of cool yachts right outside the hotel:
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….may have (or may have not) snuck onto a few of them:
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I liked it when people organized private dinners outside the conference because it made meeting other people much easier and in a quieter and more intimate setting:
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The hotel was great and had balconies and amazing views:
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Photobombed by seagull:
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Went with Patrick, Noah, Jenn, Jordan to a cool taco spot in a hipster-ish area of San Diego and also coffee shop:
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Being a rebel in the gym. Plz don’t rat me out to the police ;)
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Another private dinner:
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Hung with Steve a bunch:
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A group of us took a trip to In-N-Out Burger with Jordan and a couple other peeps! I got a double with cheese and fries.  I got hungry just typing that :)
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Did this cool escape room thing!
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Hahaha…..Noah in his room prepping for his keynote speech.  He gave away $8,000 in cash + lottery tickets during the speech!
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Rented bikes and went for a quick bike ride + beer:
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The weather and sunsets over the San Diego Marina were ridiculously pretty:
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Expert Breakout Sessions:
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Steve’s session:
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Pre Noah’s Keynote with PT:
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Lol @ Noah sitting on the ground before waiting to go up:
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Noah gave literally the best keynote speech I’ve ever seen!  Really stepped it up on this one.  People laughing the whole time, $8,000 + lotto tickets given out to crowd, great message, lots of concrete examples, and super funny!
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Good times!

SF in August

For most of August I took a trip to San Francisco:

1.) Because it’s currently crazily hot in Austin and my brown skin can’t take it. SF weather is perfect for me.
2.) Because SF is the tech hub of the world.  Nothing even remotely compares.

So since I forget everything within a week, here’s some random pics from the trip so Future-Neville can remember it!

First stopped in San Diego:
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Then arrived in SF:sf2

Sid The Dog picked me up:
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Hung out at TheHustle offices:
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Bought a scooter for the trip to ride around Glen Park:
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Even had a little workout station at the house:
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Took a few hikes.  Saw a dude selling refreshments on top of one of them!
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Made a PitBullBurrito:
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The WeWork at Civic Center was home to several work sessions:
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Held an office hours from a little room there:
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Gus the Dog:
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….helping me write a story:
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Yummm:
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Met up with Chandler Bolt:
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This pup!
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Photobombed:
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Happy to go on a boat!
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….then realized he hates boats:
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Out on the Bay:
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Drive-by of Alcatraz:sf20

Sam docking:
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Classy boat dog:
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Boat Dog at Angel Island:
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Under the Golden Gate:
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Dinner with Jordan Harbinger, Noah Kagan & Neville:
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Dinner….we all ordered the same salmon dish!
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Boat:
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Golden Gate Entrepreneur:
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Austin friend JR:
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Lunch with some entrepreneur peeps:
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Had ice cream made with liquid nitrogen:
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….and I totally ate it all!
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Latenight WeWorking:
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Went to the Founders Fund offices to hang:
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….the lunch was awesome:
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Blanket Bull:
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Sid “guarding” my room and guitar:
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Had Soylent’s new coffee version…was actually pretty good:
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Some drunk guy bumped into our group, made awkward conversation, then left.  No biggie.  5 min later waitress brought us 25 shots…..that dude bought them for us for some reason.  Weird!
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Working out of Facebook:sf40

Facebook lobby:
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Facebooking….but the productive kind:
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Drank Facebook coffee.  I’m 98% sure it was just regular coffee :)sf43

Upstairs at FB overlooking the other campus across the highway:sf44

Hangin with Stepan at FB:
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The FB cafeteria:sf46

“What is this….a building for ants!?!”
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FB HACK:
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PitBull Bookstand:
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The Apple Store at Union Square is one of the best designed and architected retail spaces I’ve ever seen!
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Rented a drop-top for cruising around the peninsula:sf50

Top up:
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Hanging out with Steve Chou in Mountain View:sf52

Saw my buddy Ryan Holiday talk at Google:sf53

Google Nev:
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Good times!

Saw Madeline Albright speak

My current interest in politics: 0.0000001%

I’m sure that will change throughout life, but currently it’s super low.

HOWEVER…..I do find the process of running a campaign fascinating.  It involves:

  • Fundraising hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Forming alliances.
  • Playing strategies.
  • A bunch of shady “scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-your-back” deals happen.

Plus I think this is what super rich people do.

It seems when each economic class moves upwards, they discover something:

Poor: “Oh wow! I can learn valuable skills that will make me more money.”

Middle Class: “Oh wow! I can create my own income and don’t have to work for somebody else.”

Rich: “Oh wow! I can actually switch out the people who make the rules.”

For this reason I went to go see Madeline Albright (former secretary of state) speak at a private house.  I had to pay money to attend:

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Visiting an offshore oil rig (on land)

I visited an offshore oil rig my dad helped design, it was pretty cool getting to actually go on one (normally it’s NOT a thing visitors get to do)!

These are huge billion+ dollar projects with thousands of parts from hundreds of different suppliers.  Cool too see projects of this scale come together:

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Something I found interesting:
To get this platform built and setup costs about 1 billion dollars.  It can pump roughly $5,000,000/day in oil.

Assuming there’s only 300 full-production days per year, that’s still $1.5billion/year for 10+ years.  This rig will probably scrounge up $10 – 20 BILLION in oil over the years.

Wow….oil ain’t a bad business!!