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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shipping your calendar

there’s a relatively common idea in startup world that a company “ships its org chart”. this is called Conway’s law: in effect, it means that a given company will end up shipping a product that reflects their org chart. for example, we have 6 people in online marketing at kettle & fire. that means that – relative to our competition – K&F is going to…

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