Stuck @ Om with Bijan Sabet, Spark Capital

This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

Today, I am kicking off a new podcast series — Stuck @ Om. This is a series of casual but candid conversations with people whose opinions I respect, and enjoy learning from. I get on the Zoom with someone and we have a conversation – like we would if we were meeting in real life. We talk about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the world, and what we do for a living. Whether it is investing in startups or inventing the future, writing about our society or simply the logic of data and science.

In this debut episode, I chat have a candid conversation with my dear friend Bijan Sabet—the co-founder of Spark Capital—about the impact of the pandemic on humanity.

I had so many questions, many just rattling around my mind. I was wondering about how as a species will deal with the ability to connect? Do we become less individualistic and elitist? Or we just stay the same? With a society that has become narcissistic and self-centered, will this be our opportunity to emerge evolved, with a more compassionate approach to the people we encounter? 

And what about the startup ecosystem? What will the startup landscape look like in a few months? What will the economic impact look like? Layoffs have already started and will likely continue. Will it be a deep recession is coming, one that may rival the dot-com bust that lasted for a few years? This is a conversation between two friends — have a listen.

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Outline of This Episode

  • How the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting humanity
  • How should we emerge from isolation post-pandemic?
  • A move away from self-centeredness towards compassion 
  • What ongoing change will we see in the economy
  • Businesses must be smart and agile—and avoid panic
  • Is this virus a beta-test for a dystopian future?
  • We discuss means of coping with the isolation
  • Bijan and I talk about how our families are adjusting

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Bijan Sabet 2020-01-01 04:45:59

This Will Be Our Year, Foo Fighters (original by the Zombies)


Happy new year everyone!

As I mentioned in my last post, I started a new 365 photography project on December 1st and so I am thirty one days into this daily work. I have the first two weeks worth of photos back from the lab which should give me enough photographs to publish each day, starting today, without missing a day.

It’s already been interesting so far, especially the commitment to shoot this entire project on black and white film. I like the idea of working on a single body of work for the entire year.

The new blog is called bijan365 and it’s built on Tumblr.

Thanks for following along on my blogging journey all these years.


A decade later

It’s hard to resist writing down some personal thoughts as this decade comes to a close. Lot of changes as is to be expected. In no particular order.

1/ Parenthood. Kids grew up big time. Ten years ago, our children were quite young. As we enter the next decade, we have one daughter in college, another daughter finishing high school and our son will be heading to high school next year. It’s hard not to feel my age but I have so much pride seeing these kids become young adults.

2/ Photography. Ten years ago, I mostly shot with a DSLR. As the decade progressed I switched to an iPhone for the vast majority of my photos. Convenience was everything. But then something changed for me. Over the last 5 years I learned to make photographs with film and appreciate the analog process. I’ve learned so many valuable lessons slowing

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