David Siegel — Jack of None

I built my first home page in early 1994. This is my new home online. It contains links to everything I have ever written, created, or been part of.


I’m a chapter in Scale for Success: Expert Insights into Growing your Business, by Jan Cavelle

Family Office Insights Series

  1. Giving

Coronavirus Series (reverse-chron order)

Your Covid Dividend — how a worldwide pandemic brought suffering to billions and made wealthy people much more wealthy
There is No Peak — a Critical Assessment of Our Collective Situation
Your Socioviral Load is My Socioviral Load — what young people should do now
How Governments Should Respond to the Coming Recession — video conversation with Scott Sumner
Should You Get Tested for the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus Update, March 9th 2020
Coronavirus Update, March 5th 2020
The Coronavirus May be More Serious Than We Think (40,000 views)


Harvard Business School Continuing Education course, December 2000: Making Corporate Boards more Effective
Stanford Computer Science, MS in digital typography, December, 1985
My graduate work was with Donald Knuth and Charles Bigelow.
University of Colorado at Boulder School of Engineering, Applied Math, August 1982.
I was also a computer science teaching assistant.
Rowland Hall St. Marks: I attended every year from kindergarten to high-school graduation but one, when I was in Denver at Graland.

Product Porn Series

David Siegel’s Knife Porn — a carefully curated list of Japanese knives.
David Siegel’s Chocolate Porn — a free class in dark chocolate.
Winter clothing and gear
Backpacks — coming
Spring and Summer Outdoor Gear — coming
Mail-order food — coming
Sorry, I’m not updating this series — not enough interest!

The IQ-Points Series

These are lists of amazing articles and videos I come across and publish every month or so. They really will make you smarter!


(skipped January to publish an important piece on climate)




December (ii)

Cryptocurrencies, Money, Investing, and Macroeconomics

Wealthy Families Could do so much Good for the World, if only they Understood it — some advice for managing and using wealth
Convexity and Barbell Portfolios — video
Ventureball — a look at current trends reshaping venture capital
Rise up, Africa! Lead the World! — a few ideas for catapulting Africa into the lead
The Digital Money Book
(2019)— I’m writing a book on money in chapters on Medium.com
Anti-Money-Laundering Laws: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing (2019)
An Open Letter to the Federal Reserve (2019)
Understanding the Great Financial Crisis (2019)— it wasn’t what you think.
My Libra Coin Overview video (2019)
Four Big Questions the Libra Team Need to Answer (2019)
A Short Primer on Money (2018)— it’s not what you think it is.
Cryptocurrencies are Not Money (2018)— why the Austrian view is not viable
The Bitcoin Bubble Explained (2018) — Maybe there are no bubbles.
The Lykke Platform (2016)— with Richard Olsen
Six Myths of Portfolio Construction (2016): How to avoid common mistakes when investing.
The Godzilla Economy (2005)
Godzilla’s tail (2008)


Ski Better Faster — learn to ski the entire mountain in four days.

Climate Change

All my work on climate has now been consolidated at ClimateCurious.com.
My blog is Climatecurious.blog
Ninety Nine Percent of all Conversations about Climate are Wrong (2021)
ClimateCurious (2016): 9,000 carefully written words on global warming that 250,000 people have read.
A Tribute to Hans Rosling (2018) — Why I think Hans got global warming wrong.
Global Warming for Dummies (2019)— An updated look at the climate problem.
An Open Letter to the Heartland Institute (2019)
Recent Scientific Work on Climate Change (2019)
Climate Change: Is it Real and Important? — A response defending me from a misguided rebuttal to the first essay, written by some global-warming enthusiasts.
How Climate Change Changes Your Brain — LinkedIn short piece describing my experience after publishing the essay.

My Newsletters

December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
Cutting Through the Noise — a former newsletter on thinking and understanding the world through data.
Permissionless Finance — a weekly newsletter on digital money
Failure is the System (2016 before the election)
Macroeconomics, Future Drivers, Blockchain (2016)

Recorded Podcasts

My BrightTalk Podcast Channel — everything from investing to Tokenomics
My conversation with Carlos Espinal of Seedcamp (2018) — venture capital, entrepreneurship, and more.
David Siegel’s Biggest Investment Mistakes (2019) — a fun interview.

Society and the Future

The Machine Economy is Coming — We are Not Prepared — a short essay on the future of work
The Future of Governance in Europe (2018)— My address at the EU Parliament building in November
The Eight Drivers of Change for the 21st Century (2018)— A major new speech
Why Jeff Bezos is Wrong and Why I Should Meet MacKenzie Bezos

Personal Data

My Project to Help Millennials (2019)— What I want to do when I retire (in case anyone wants to join me)
Let’s Crowdfix the Data Problem Permanently (2015) Describes the personal data locker, including the video animation.
My Response Video to Derek’s Amazing Video on the YouTube Ecosystem (2019)
Ad Agency of One (2018)Why you shouldn’t sell your personal data to anyone.
Cloud Computing, Defined (2016)— Short definition of a concept most people don’t understand.|
Personal Data Locker Vision Video:


Should I buy Bitcoin? — A CoinTalk video
Insurance on the Blockchain, 2nd Ed — in which I coin the term Insure-Bits
The Five Phases of Asset-Token Adoption
The Token Handbook — a guide to launching your own token sale, circa 2017
An Open Letter to the SEC — on regulating tokens
DASA — the Digital Asset Standards Association
What is this Blockchain Thing? — explains blockchain technology.
2030.io — a new company building the blockchain future
The Pillar Project — it’s finally time to build the personal data locker
The Pillar Project Gray Paper on Medium.com
It’s Time for Smart Law — an essay on legal simplification
The Future of Tickets
— an essay published by Consensys Media
— The new site for our financial products.
The Pillar Branding Journey — for designers and entrepreneurs
Decentral Station: A vision of a new world based on blockchain
Insurance on the Blockchain , 2016— How it could be very different
Thoughts on disintermediating venture capital
Smart Data for Smart Contracts
VotingNinja.com: How we can vote smarter and get better outcomes.
The Story of the Lykke Coin
Understanding the DAO Hack for Journalists
The Next Twenty Years will be VERY Different — short essay on Moore’s law.

Health Care

My Favorite Narcotics and Why I Love Them — many of us are underrepresented in the conversation on the opioid epidemic.
The Placebo Effect, an Update — Shows the power of placebos and the uncertainty around “proven” drugs.
Prostate Cancer for Marketers — Health is an occasional byproduct of hospitals’ ultimate goal of making money for shareholders.

Entrepreneurship, Management, and Venture Capital

Applying for a Job at Crossover for Work
C2 Angels in Australia interviewed me.
Ventureball — How venture capital is broken and how to fix it
Business Agility Workshop — my consulting company, started in 2014
Business Agility Workshop video series — short videos on several topics
An Evening with David Siegel —a start-up talk at Skills Matter in London
The Marketing-Driven Approach to Starting Up — 2011
Venture Capital Disintermediation is Coming— 2015 essay on the future of venture capital
The Culture Deck — 24 aspects of a responsive corporate culture.
See & Share, 2013 — I conceived of and co-created a browser plug-in for easily clipping and sharing photos.
Advice to Entrepreneurs, 2013 — How to build your pitch deck.
A Response to Bill Gross on What Causes Startups to Succeed — 2015
Studio Verso, the company I started in my living room and sold to KPMG.
I started a site called HighFive.com, a magazine of web design. I can’t find the old content, but here are the covers, which were designed by volunteers each week.


Where 0 is a loss, 1 is a win, - is a wash, and ? is undetermined.


I’ll put a * next to the pieces I recommend most, but I hope there’s something here for everyone:

Critical Thinking

It’s not how many times they knock you down that counts, it’s how many times you get back up — A short summary of my philosophy.
Cutting Through the Noise — new web site, blog, and community.
InReality.Show — a new essay on constructing an evidence-based worldview
Extremistan — Explaining Taleb
Understanding Bayes Theorem — a short slide deck
My YouTube channel on Bayesian reasoning in business.
My Interview with Barack Obama: In which we discuss a variety of topics.


David Siegel’s Knife Porn — a carefully curated list of Japanese knives.

Reading List

My full business-agility reading list


Pillar Project on YouTube
The Eight Drivers of Change for the 21st Century
The Future of Money — short version
Digital Scarcity — nonfungible tokens, August 2018
All about Stablecoins — a live webcast in October 2018
A list of all my talks to 2010
The Personal Data Locker video (2011?)
My talk at Thinking Digital 10 (2012?)
Semantic Web Conference Keynote (2010?)
A short video on cloud computing, Cyberport Hong Kong, 2010

My Books

I always design the covers for all my books. I always dedicate my books to the reader, who spends his time reading my words. (Medium.com isn’t very good at handling images — it used to be better, but then they “improved” it.)


Postmodern Portfolio Theory — a webinar
Agile Investing — a short auto-pilot slide show on postmodern portfolio concepts.
Convexity and Barbell Portfolios — how to build a smart portfolio using infinite-time options.
The History of Information — A short fun video on the data explosion, revealing for the first time the father of the modern operating system.
The Diet of Worms — You know what’s good for you.
How to modify your shoes if you have flat feet

Interior Design

I have designed two full apartments and remodeled another. I’ve designed tables, desks, shelves, bookcases, a climbing wall, and more. Here’s a glass-tile backsplash I made that I’m particularly proud of in a small kitchen I designed:

Media About Me

Web Sight: Let Your Customers Lead — Fast Company profile (2000?).

Woodworking Videos

Super-easy crosscut sled #3: Setting the fence
Super-easy crosscut sled #2: Making the fence
Super-easy crosscut sled #1: Set the runner
Make a perfect carpenter’s square for one dollar!
Don’t Try to Make this Crosscut Sled — It’s too Difficult!
Build a High Quality Minimalist Crosscut Sled
Delta 36–5100T2 Tablesaw Setup, Modifications, and Review
Make a Zero-Clearance Insert for your Tablesaw
Install MicroJig Splitters in Your Zero-Clearance Insert
World’s First Competition-Sized Foosball Coffee Table


I started a consulting/speaking company called WowCacao!, but the market economics don’t support an independent speaker. Site is gone.
An invitation from a chocolate tasting event at the 92nd street Y — about 100 people attended.


The California Tradition in Type Design, 2015 — Apparently, I’m a California type designer. There’s a chapter on Tekton in this keepsake from the Book Club of California.


The Nine Act Structure — A resource for screenwriters and producers


The Woody Allen Paintings, 2003?
Son of Spam, 2003?


I’m one of the first five people to start blogging. My personal blog ran from August 30, 1995 to April 30, 1998. All the original posts are still there.


I don’t do many logos, because I don’t need to design for a living, but I still enjoy doing them. Here are a few:

Graphic Design

Here’s a New Yorker cover image I created for the issue at the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Rejected.


Almost all of my photography is at DSiegelPhoto.com. The most interesting section is the travel section.


My goal has always been to see 100 countries, and I accomplished that goal on October 19, 2019! I’ve been to Timbuktu, Tonga, and Tahiti, but I’ve never been to some common places like Korea, Peru, or Argentina. I have been to every Western European country except one (San Marino). The first 50 are easy. The last 20 take about as long as the first 80, mostly because you have more commitments as you get older.

Okavongo delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  1. Andorra
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Bahamas
  6. Barbados
  7. Belgium
  8. Belize
  9. Bermuda
  10. Bosnia
  11. Botswana
  12. Brazil
  13. Bulgaria
  14. Burkina Faso
  15. Cambodia
  16. Canada
  17. Canary Islands
  18. China
  19. Congo, Dem Rep of
  20. Corsica
  21. Costa Rica
  22. Cote D’Ivoire
  23. Croatia
  24. Czech Republic
  25. Denmark
  26. Dominican Republic
  27. Ecuador
  28. Egypt
  29. England
  30. Fiji
  31. Finland
  32. France
  33. Galapagos
  34. Georgia
  35. Germany
  36. Ghana
  37. Gibraltar
  38. Greece
  39. Guatamala
  40. Hong Kong
  41. Hungary
  42. Iceland
  43. India
  44. Ireland
  45. Israel
  46. Italy
  47. Japan
  48. Kenya
  49. Laos
  50. Liechtenstein
  51. Lithuania
  52. Luxembourg
  53. Madagascar
  54. Mali
  55. Mauritius
  56. Mexico
  57. Monaco
  58. Montenegro
  59. Namibia
  60. Nepal
  61. Netherlands
  62. New Zealand
  63. Northern Ireland
  64. Norway
  65. Palestine
  66. Panama
  67. Philippines
  68. Poland
  69. Portugal
  70. Romania
  71. Russia
  72. Rwanda
  73. St Lucia
  74. Scotland
  75. Senegal
  76. Singapore
  77. Slovakia
  78. Slovenia
  79. South Africa
  80. Spain
  81. Sri Lanka
  82. Sweden
  83. Switzerland
  84. Tahiti
  85. Taiwan
  86. Tanzania
  87. Thailand
  88. Tonga
  89. Transkei (gone)
  90. Trinidad and Tobago
  91. Turkey
  92. Turks and Caicos
  93. Uganda
  94. United States
  95. Vatican City
  96. Venezuela
  97. Vietnam
  98. Wales

Here are some of my old travel blogs:

France, 2000
Fiji, 2001
France, 2002
Italy, 2003
Panama, 2004
Romania, 2005
Mali, Kenya, Rwanda, 2007
Vietnam, Cambodia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, France, Portugal, Iceland, 2008
Helping Africa, 2009?
Driving in Africa, 2010?

Provocateur, professional heretic, slayer of myths, speaker of truthiness to powerfulness, and defender of the Oxford comma.

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