An occasional review of technology, markets, and ideas.


My name is Andrew Thappa. Welcome to my blog! As you might imagine, I'm going to write things and post them on this site. The obvious follow-up is what will I be writing about, and it turns out there are a couple different perspectives on this.

On the one hand, you have people like this crusty pseudonymous banker who believe you should focus on what you know:

Focusing on what I know is one of the traits which distinguishes me from 99.9% of all professional bloggers (and Nobel laureate economists) in the universe. Should you be interested in reading some stuff by other members of this select 0.1%, you can find them to your left under “Recommended reading.”

On the other hand, you have people like Paul Graham who view essays as a means to facilitate intellectual discovery:

Essayer is the French verb meaning "to try" and an essai is an attempt. An essay is something you write to try to figure something out. Figure out what? You don't know yet. And so you can't begin with a thesis, because you don't have one, and may never have one. An essay doesn't begin with a statement, but with a question. In a real essay, you don't take a position and defend it. You notice a door that's ajar, and you open it and walk in to see what's inside.

Short answer: I'll be using writing as a tool for discovery which means I'll be writing about anything I find interesting which includes the past, present and future of technology, business, finance, and media.

Also on my to-do list: write a new Ghost theme that doesn't suck.

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