2020 Annual Review and 2021 Goals

It’s become somewhat fashionable lately to poo poo goals, say they’re stupid. Well, I think that’s stupid. When done right, goals give you a filter through which you can run decisions and narrow down options. In most of my friends today, they suffer from too many options, not too few. And so many options is paralyzing more than freeing. I’ve been doing an annual review…

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An Idea to Improve Science Funding

I’ve been thinking about how to solve the problem of “how do we accelerate progress” and wanted to share a potential way I’ve been thinking about it.  I sort of see 2 main problem areas as far as research funding today: The funding model (90% of funding from the government, allocated via grant funding) is broken.  Slow Rewards incremental research that’s legible to a grant…

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An idea to improve governance

The era of massive American corporations reached its zenith in the 1950s. The dominant way of thinking at that time was simple:  hierarchical, chain of command and working your way up were valued tremendously.  As a worker in 1950s corporate America, you followed your boss’ instructions. You worked for GE, showed up from 9-5 every day and were loyal to a T. In return, GE…

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Small ways you can improve the food system

Probably the largest shift I’ve made over the last decade health-wise is a shift towards prioritizing food quality over almost anything else. When I started going paleo, I’d go HAM on terrible quality stuff that fit my macros (hello low-grade store bought beef!). After all, it was Paleo – I’m being healthy!  As I’ve understood more of the impact food has on our health, environment…

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How to Decrease Geographic Inequality – an Idea

The below is a somewhat random write-up I had about an idea to enable more liquid labor markets and address geographic income inequality. I since have been made aware (and become friends with) the founder + CEO of Placement, which is doing incredible work that most closely addresses the problem I describe below. That said, I still think it’s a cool idea + wanted to…

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technology and the future of health

the below snippet is from my 1x/mo newsletter, The Next Brand. if you enjoyed, sign up here for more – https://justinmares.substack.com/ the tech sector is fascinating. i used to live in Silicon Valley and still have a soft spot for all things tech. it’s inspiring to see great entrepreneurs building new things at the forefront of technology, literally inventing the future #props. health is the…

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Is Impossible Burger healthy?

As the plant-based trend picks up steam (and the Beyond Meat IPO outperforms), plenty of people are asking – is the Impossible Burger healthy? tl;dr – no. Not in my opinion. Take a look at their ingredients below:  The Impossible Burger ingredients are different: their most controversial ingredient is Soy Leghemoglobin. To make this ingredient, Impossible genetically engineers a yeast bacterium to produce a protein…

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