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Hey all, After a number of issues with WordPress, I decided to take the Substack Plunge(TM). My newsletter,, is up now, along with the first post: Management is policy implementation. Please give it a follow! It's free! Yours, Dan

Efficiency Is Bad for Happiness (And Our World Is Nothing if Not Efficient)

What is happiness? (he said, lighting up his bong) In this New York Times essay, Jennifer Senior investigates the life of Philip Brickman, the happiness researcher behind one of psychology's most famous findings -- that whether you win the lottery or suffer... Continue Reading →

My Q&A with the Coursera Community

Howdy! I did a Q&A with the wonderful Coursera Community that I wanted to pass along. It was a fun exercise, as it helped me crystallize my thinking on a range of hiring- and career-related topics. Read on for deeply... Continue Reading →

Where We Go From Here: Covid-19 and Work

Allow me to get this out of the way: I would prefer if none of this had happened. I would prefer if the novel coronavirus hadn’t jumped from its original pangolin/bat/civet host and into a human being. I would prefer... Continue Reading →

In Praise of Friction

I used to have a Spotify subscription. As a music fan, nothing could be better. Within hours of signing up, Spotify learned my musical proclivities so well that I began to hang out on the app’s Discover tab waiting for... Continue Reading →

Destroy Your Country’s Economic Mobility with This One Neat Trick

I live in the Bay Area. The Bay Area is extremely expensive. (Source not cited.) Oppressively high housing costs have led to all kinds of fun social pathologies. San Francisco’s homelessness crisis is only the most well-documented. There is also… Continue Reading →

My Novel

That's Right, I Wrote A Novel Hello, prospective content consumer! I'd like to hawk you my book tell you about my comedic/philosophical novel, Good Intentions. It's about an angel working at a heavenly bureaucracy that's being "disrupted" by the smartphone... Continue Reading →

For The Economist: Corporate Values and Campaign Finance

I was interested in whether "woke" companies donate disproportionately to Democrats, or if their embrace of progressive causes is one big branding exercise. The answer? Kinda both (but mostly branding)! I'm unbelievably proud to say that my findings were published... Continue Reading →

Partner-Driven A/B Testing at Coursera

EDIT: Thanks to commenter gruddock, I learned that the conference organizers took down the talks from YouTube. Please see here for the slides. They include complete speaker notes. I recently attended the Data Science Innovation in eLearning Conference (hosted by Udemy... Continue Reading →

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