The Journal no. 3 – January 7, ​2018

Welcome to the third issue of The Journal. My goal with The Journal is to post once a week a list of everything that I found interesting. Here is what I found interesting this week:


The 99 best things that happened in 2017 By Angus Hervey – Quartz

Alibaba is trying to reinvent China’s mom-and-pop stores By Karen Hao – Quartz

A world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer By The Economist

Four Amazing Things Gene Editing Did in 2017 – By Emily Mullin – MIT Technology Review

Making China Great Again By  – The New Yorker


Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban – 14 min

How to manage your time more effectively (according to machines) – Brian Christian – 5 min


Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty –  121 min

David Gardner – Finding Companies That Break the Rules – [Invest Like the Best, EP.54] – 77 min

Designing a Driverless City – 29 min

Millennial Money

On New Year day, I finished reading Millennial Money: How Young Investors Can Build a Fortune by Patrick O’Shaughnessy. The book was fascinating. It was filled with useful information about investing and the way a millennial should invest as soon as possible to see the effect of computing. Like the Magic Formula found in the book The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel GreenblattPatrick has his own criteria when he invests in a basket of stock with the help of momentum and value investing. I enjoyed reading Millennial Money and I learned a lot about Patrick’s insight. I would recommend reading the book to new investors and to millennials thinking about investing. Patrick O’Shaughnessy has a very interesting podcast about investing named Invest Like the Best I would recommend listening to it.


Last year, I bought Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and I wanted to read the book but never got around to do it. Last week, I bought the audiobook on audible and I am happy to say that I finished listening to Sapiens. Sapiens is the best book I have read so far, and I would recommend it to everyone. I really enjoyed listening to the part about The Unification of Humankind and The Science Revolution. I know for a fact that this will not be the last time I read the book. I look forward reading the sequel Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari.

The 4 Best Books I Read in 2017

Last year, I read 21 books which was a big accomplishment since the year prior I only read one book. I recently wrote a post on The 4 Best Books I Read in 2017. If you did not read it, please check it out here and let me know what was your best read last year.

Thanks for reading, see you next week!

Balal Rasool


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