A scene from a movie “The Great Gatsby” (source: Warner Brothers)

The history of dating has come a long way. At the beginning of the 20th century, this term replaced a quite unemotional affair that took place at homes and had both of a young woman’s parents present. Soon, such meetings became unsupervised, but still involved a complicated and important code of manners. So technically, the modern history of dating began in 1920-s, when inviting someone out to things like movie theatres and restaurants became a norm. In the next 100 years, we saw a shift in gender roles, the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and a growing popularity of communication…


It is Saturday. Thinking that I haven’t written anything for this blog in a while, I hop in my car and drive to a local coffee shop to jot down some ideas. So here I am, sitting in a comfortable chair, trying to come up with a topic to write about. Halfway through my cappuccino, it strikes me that Starbucks that I passed on the way there could be a great research target. This is a company that I was fascinated by at some point and bought and sold some of its shares a few years back. Even though I…


St. Tropez

I tend to read financial magazines and online articles of the same nature on a daily basis. One of the frequent topics I always stumble upon is about encouraging young generations to invest in the stock market, ETFs, etc. Even though these articles provide good value, I don’t like reading them. They usually have this cold-hearted vibe about them, reminding me of writers like Kafka, that warned us about the consequences of a capitalistic system. Reminders about retirement, budget spending, and low-risk investments sound boring to me and take the joy out of investing. I don’t say that these things…


Source: WSJ

In the last twenty years we have seen a number of technological advancements that once seemed to only exist in the minds of sci-fi writers. Things like VR, AI, self-driving were unimaginable. And now, they can potentially become an inseparable part of a not-so-distant future. The volume of announcements about the progress in these areas has become so frequent, that any prognosis on the speed of technology development is deemed to be altered in the long run.

And even though we can’t say when we are going to fully adapt to the aforementioned technologies, we can place bets on who…


There has been an interesting cultural shift going on in our society. A lot of people have been getting vocal with an unrealistic portrayal of models in ads. Many have been feeling intimidated and pressured into trying to fit into the imposed norms collectively created by the advertising industry and (lately) the ever-growing Instagram influencers’ power. The most commonly expressed form of the “resistance” is an Instagram publication of an original image along with a retouched one that ended up on the pages of a magazine. Models pair it with a statement that they love their body and don’t want…


Source: PayPal

The first time I found out about PayPal was the same time I stumbled upon a website called eBay.com. So I’m talking a long time ago — back when the dial-up modems that sounded like R2D2 were our only gateways to the Internet. My first assumption of PayPal was it being the only option for performing online transactions. Accepting the Web as a technological wonder, my younger self was in awe of everything loading on the screen at the speed of 56 kbps. …


Source: Elisa Macellari

Tech community has always been discussing what is going to be The Next Big Thing. Silicon in computer chips, Internet, Touch-enabled phones, Online Social Networks, and so on. In the last couple of years, one of the hottest contenders for that fancy title were: AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), and AI (Artificial Intelligence). A few years ago, it was quite uncertain which one will take the lead, as the Research & Development expenditures for the aforementioned technologies were growing not only in Silicon Valley but in many parts of the world. …


At the beginning of this year, the Technology sector has been enjoying great returns, fueling the optimism in investors’ minds. For some, the frenzy of pouring money in this sector started looking like the beginning of the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. Still, the stocks just kept rising, generating speculations about the potential crash, followed by a recession. But for private companies, such situation creates an opportunity to maximize the first issue of stock and optimize their balance sheet and the pockets of venture capital firms. However, the pressure from the possibility of financial benefits sometimes overwrites common sense.


So far in 2017, video game publishers have been enjoying an incredible rise in their stock price, fueling this year’s outstanding performance of the Nasdaq index. The big players, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive Software, and Activision Blizzard all showed a solid double-digit growth since January. So it doesn’t surprise me to see so much hype around them. At some point, I, too, got interested in figuring out if there’s any substantial merit to such optimistic valuations.

In one of the previous posts, I wrote about my preference for investing in companies only after experiencing their products. Well, I’m not a…


It has been several weeks since my last post — our team just came back from the vacation, and ready to get back to researching the state of the stock market. Usually, my blog posts involve discussing one or two particular companies but when I was away in Europe, I didn’t have time to dig deep into financials. So instead of traditionally doing a research revolving around some sort of SWOT analysis that supports my view on the potential of a stock, I decided to make this post a bit different.

When on vacation, you disconnect from the everyday hustle…

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