Below are slides from my talk on "Securitizing Happiness" at TEDxShanghai later today. This presentation is a slight update to the original talk i gave back in March 2008 at the O'Reilly Collective Intelligence FOO Camp, held at Google HQ in Mountain View:
Note: many of these concepts are still fairly raw, and since i'm not really a financial engineering expert they could certainly use further refinement... so your feedback and comments are appreciated. That said, i'm optimistic the basic ideas here are viable, worthwhile and can have substantial economic impact on society in the future.
I feel like i've hit a turning point in my life. Something has happened in the past 6 months, in the past 3 years since leaving Simply Hired & PayPal. I'm not sure when it all clicked, but i've been fortunate to have a lot of wonderful things come my way lately.
while this may seem like a laundry list, the one common thread in all of the above projects has been the amazing help of my friends & colleagues. there is no way i could have accomplished any of these efforts without the patience, tolerance, brilliance, and sheer hard work of my home boys & girls. you folks really do rock. (and i know how much of a pain in the butt i am to work with!)
seriously: how lucky am i, to be blessed with so many incredible people in my life, who have given me so much, created such tremendous opportunities... while i remain the lazy, ADD, easily-distracted, crazy sonuvabitch i've always been, who barely manages to make rent each month. i mean, it's nothing short of a miracle that i can find my ass with both hands in the morning, and yet somehow after so many years in the valley i have found a nice little groove. how cool is that.
these days i actually wake up early & excited to do the work i'm doing, happy as a newborn puppy to spend time working on projects with people i like, and i keep pinching myself to make sure this shit doesn't disappear tomorrow. well even if it did, i would treasure the moments thus far...
lastly, i must acknowledge the folks at home who help me find purpose and reason amidst all this insanity... thank you to my wife and our two beautiful kids. you are the light of my life, and your smiles & laughter are precious beyond the treasure and measure of mortal men.
truly, i am a very lucky person. thank you to everyone :)