Author: Collab Fund

  • Quiet Compounding

    “Nature is not in a hurry, yet everything is accomplished,” said Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Giant sequoias, advanced organisms, towering mountains – it builds the most jaw-dropping features of the universe. And it does so silently, where growth is a…

  • Useful and Overlooked Skills

    On his way to be sworn in as the most powerful man in the world, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to be lifted out of his car and carried up the stairs. Frances Perkins, who campaigned with Roosevelt and later became Secretary of Labor, said the most rem…

  • My Month Without a Smartphone

    On a rainy morning earlier this spring, I pulled my car out of our driveway to take my seven-year-old son to school. After shifting from reverse into drive, I looked at my phone to listen to a podcast on Spotify. Then it happened. He said it. “Dad, wh…

  • Lazy Work, Good Work

    John D. Rockefeller was the most successful businessman of all time. He was also a recluse, spending most of his time by himself. He rarely spoke, deliberately making himself inaccessible and staying quiet when you caught his attention. A refinery wor…

  • How I Think About Debt

    Japan has 140 businesses that are at least 500 years old. A few claim to have been operating continuously for more than 1,000 years. It’s astounding to think what these businesses have endured – dozens of wars, emperors, catastrophic earthquakes, tsun…

  • A Few Short Stories

    Thirty-seven thousand Americans died in car accidents in 1955, six times today’s rate adjusted for miles driven. Ford began offering seat belts in every model that year. It was a $27 upgrade, equivalent to about $190 today. Research showed they reduce…

  • Risk Seeking vs. Mitigating

    After tapping in for par on the 18th hole at Augusta National with the sun setting behind its towering pines, Scottie Scheffler claimed his second Masters in three years. Shortly thereafter, the prior year’s winner, John Rahm, placed the green jacket o…

  • Lucky vs. Repeatable

    Luck plays such a big role in the world. But few people want to talk about it. If I say you got lucky, I look jealous. If I tell myself that I got lucky, I feel diminished. Maybe a better way to frame luck is by asking: what isn’t repeatable? Lucky i…

  • Cultivating a Better Future through Clean Ammonia Production

    We are excited to announce our recent investment in Ammobia, a pioneering start-up dedicated to revolutionizing clean ammonia production technology. We often talk about our investment philosophy and the importance of backing companies that satisfy con…

  • Find the Savages

    We are inundated these days with headlines about how our college system is broken and how despondent graduates are due to things like outsized student loan debt. Are these claims merited? Undoubtedly. Should more kids be considering the pros vs. con…