Charities spend way too much time and money on fundraising. When you are donating to an organization, you want to do as much research and homework as you can about their use of funds and efficacy.

But once you have identified a charity that you like, you want to support them with as much predictability as you can possibly commit to.

A one-time $1000 gift is less useful than a $20/month commitment that you can support for years.

I was inspired by and wrote this article as a follow up to Paul Graham’s essay: http://paulgraham.com/donate.html where he makes the case…


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.

To the Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.:

Berkshire earned $42.5 billion in 2020 according to generally accepted accounting principles (commonly called “GAAP”). The four components of that figure are $21.9 billion of operating earnings, $4.9 billion of realized capital gains, a $26.7 billion gain from an increase in the amount of net unrealized capital gains that exist in the stocks we hold and, finally, an $11 billion loss from a write-down in the value of a few subsidiary and affiliate businesses that we own. All items are stated on an after-tax basis.

Operating earnings are what count…


Diffusing the Zoombombs

Now that we are all on Zoom, Slack, Teams, Box and more such apps to get our jobs done while WFH, we must face up to the risks that come with collaboration tools especially when collaborating with people outside your company.

According to Techcrunch, Zoombombing is a thing. And the New York Times agrees.

Who’s in that Zoom or Slack channel? (Photo Credit: @aziz_acharki)

Do you know who that Jack Spade is?

You share a file online and then the person you shared it with forwards it to 13 other people. Now, Jack Spade is lurking on your Google Doc.

Do you know who that Jack Spade is? How do you know if he’s the Jack Spade that…


TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.

Berkshire earned $81.4 billion in 2019 according to generally accepted accounting principles (commonly called “GAAP”). The components of that figure are $24 billion of operating earnings, $3.7 billion of realized capital gains and a $53.7 billion gain from an increase in the amount of net unrealized capital gains that exist in the stocks we hold. Each of those components of earnings is stated on an after-tax basis.

That $53.7 billion gain requires comment. It resulted from a new GAAP rule, imposed in 2018, that requires a company holding equity securities to include in earnings the net change in the unrealized…


Everything I know from starting 2 companies and investing in 25+

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.

To the Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.:

Berkshire earned $4.0 billion in 2018 utilizing generally accepted accounting principles (commonly called “GAAP”). The components of that figure are $24.8 billion in operating earnings, a $3.0 billion non-cash loss from an impairment of intangible assets (arising almost entirely from our equity interest in Kraft Heinz), $2.8 billion in realized capital gains from the sale of investment securities and a $20.6 billion loss from a reduction in the amount of unrealized capital gains that existed in our investment holdings.

A new GAAP rule requires us to include that last item…


The kill chain, the phishing attack and the broken trust graph

The Wall Street Journal published an explosive story about how state-sponsored Russian hackers used a variety of techniques and a spider web of compromised accounts to ultimately gain access to the control infrastructure that monitors and controls the flow of electricity in the US power grid.

While the attack was complex and well planned, the core strategy was simple: exploit the trust graph.

Instead of attacking the high-value target directly, you first get inside lower value, less protected partners — and then use simple tactics like phishing, using existing trusted relationships to compromise your final target.

In short, every business…


What you don’t share can still hurt you

We are spending a lot of time discussing what happens to data when you explicitly or implicitly share it. But what about data that you have never ever shared?

Your Cousin’s DNA

We all share DNA — after all, it seems we are all descendants of a few tribes. But the more closely related you are, the closer the DNA match. While we all know we share 50% DNA with siblings, and 25% with first cousins — there is still some meaningful match even between distant relatives (depending on the family tree distance).

In short, if you have never taken a DNA test…


If you hate PDF like Paul Manafort and me, I continue my tradition of carefully creating a mobile friendly Medium post.

(All rights belong to Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway.)

Berkshire’s Performance vs. the S&P 500

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.

To the Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.:

Berkshire’s gain in net worth during 2017 was $65.3 billion, which increased the per-share book value of both our Class A and Class B stock by 23%. Over the last 53 years (that is, since present management took over), per- share book value has grown from $19 to $211,750, a rate of 19.1%…


I wrote this post on Feb 3, 2016 — and like clockwork two years later, its timely again. The Dow Jones and Nasdaq are tanking and people are out with stories of imminent end.

The Future is Still Amazing

This too shall pass

The unicorn, the billion dollar startup, is finally dead. The same columnists and magazines that turned every startup funding or launch story into a unicorn event are now busy proclaiming its decimation.

I have seen this movie before and I am here to tell you that reports of unicorn death and extinction are greatly exaggerated.

Unicorns Are Not Dead, Winter Is Here

Companies that have real usage and unit costs that support eventual…

Anshu Sharma

CEO, Skyflow Privacy Vault, an API company.

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