About me

I study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford.

Officially, my job is the president of an Oxford-based pre-seed incubator, co-founder of a biotech startup, and a venture scout.

But really what I do is OODA.  

Bloggers who inspired me

In no particular order: e.g. Alex Guzey, Thomas Hollands, Gwern, Sam Altman, Alvaro de Menard and 100+ other blogs that I follow

I stand on the shoulders of these giants.

Background

I spent my childhood playing Civilization V, watching History Channel, and reading the great Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythologies.

My parents refused to buy me toys. So I made my own action figures by wrapping trash figures with parcel tape. I also tried to make my own model fighter jets and Saturn V rockets.

In  line of the expectations of the Asian education system, I became a STEM kid. Schools taught me how the rate of reaction works while I wanted to know why the world works the way it works. So I read and read and read.

Until I discovered philosophy and the social sciences. I was the annoying kid asking teachers questions all the time. I decided that instead, I would ask the greater philosophers, historians, and political scientists questions - by reading their work. Internet was the game changer for me, opening up a door to infinite knowledge.

Talents vote with their feet. I moved to the UK for high school and saw the rise of the Belt and Road Initiative. I decided to study Arabic. I went to Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan after 2 years of private tutorials. I wanted to be a diplomat in the nexus of Sino-Arab relations. Hence, this aspiration brought me to study PPE at Oxford.

I signed up for the summer school knowing nobody. My flatmates and I visited the Citadel here

My undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford are supported by the full-ride scholarship (selected as the only one at the undergraduate level in 2019) offered by Kwok's Scholars Association. I am grateful for their generosity.

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Interests

Related to what I study

  • History, politics and comparative systems of espionage
  • Why certain political institutions perform better than others (= 'comparative government')
  • Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its impact on Sino-Arab relations
  • Chinese politics (elite politics and authoritarian resilience)
  • Decision-theory
  • Multi-agent system design
  • Ergodicity economics (EE)
  • Philosophy of Time

Unrelated to what I study

  • Synthetic biology e.g. stem-cell, biochemicals & biomaterials, personalized medicine, GRN, BCI, xenobots, and post-humanism
  • Astrophysics and cosmology e.g. spacefaring civilization, megastructures and obviously, the weird physics of black-holes
  • Futurism e.g. post-scarcity world, politics of colonizations, world government
  • Deep-sea exploration and extremophile bacteria like here
  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi) – are we re-living Wall Street 2.0 pre-2008, or are we re-building Wall Street from the bottom up?

These are my moonshot interests. For startup/VC-related interests, read 'My Work'.

Memberships/Fellowships

If you would like to join these groups, please send me a message for referrals.

Hobbies

I used to do pool and open-water swimming competitively. Now I am an amateur triathelete.

I also used to cover pop songs. Now I occasionally sing. I know how bad I am.

Our boarding house's annual house singing competition at Wellington College, UK

My Beliefs

  1. A 20-year-old like me should make use of optionality, take asymmetric bets and eat risks for lunch.
  2. Jack of All Trades is an okay signal.

As you can see, I have dabbled a lot. Some might say it is a bad signal because it means that I am everywhere but also nowhere.

I disagree. As a 20-year-old, being everywhere is literally the best signal ever.

Being everywhere is a signal of intellectual curiosity. Being everywhere is a signal of hustling.

3. Intellectually curious hustlers seek out other intellectually curious hustlers. And writing this blog is one of the ways I can seek out other hustlers. Time to build a RICH (rebellious intellectually curious hustler) mafia.  

Intellectual openness

All he cared about was what was right, not who was right. That's what makes Bill very very dangerous.

A reminder that most of the time we 1) are not right, 2) do not even know if we are right:

Wikenigma : An Encyclopaedia of Unknowns
( An Encyclopedia of Unknowns )

Hustle and hustle

10 lessons I’ve learnt in 2020 as a 20-year-old
2020 is the end of the beginning of my journey in life. I turned 20 earlier this year. It’s been hell of a ride from studying abroad, in university, exploring my interests, meeting new people, making…
Stay childish and stay hungry.

Embrace weirdness

What the smartest people do on the weekend is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years
Chris Dixon’s blog.
It’s a good bet these present-day hobbies will seed future industries. What the smartest people do on the weekends is what everyone else will do during the week in ten years

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