Changing World: Education

November 24, 2019 With Black Friday less than a week away, I’m sure your kids (and maybe you too) are finalizing a wish list of deals you would like to see. Maybe a new TV or Smart Speaker? Some clothes? The one area you are not likely to see deals on is on college tuition […]

Changing World: Gene Tech

November 17, 2019   Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Intel, made the prescient observation that the cost of computing would halve every two years. This, over the past few decades, has indeed proven to be approximately correct. Consequentially, it unleashed an IT revolution that spawned PC’s the internet, and even smartphones with computing […]

Changing World: TikTok

November 10, 2019 The internet came into my life when I was a freshman in college. I got an e-mail account at Hotmail and started exploring the world wide web. I remember my parents’ puzzled faces when I explained it to them and their dismissal as a mere curiosity with no meaningful impact on regular life. At […]

Changing World: Robotics

November 3, 2019 When I was a young boy, I dreamed of participating in the US Space Program. The progress made in the early 80s led me to imagine that by the year 2020 we would be exploring foreign planets with the help of advanced technology. Among the technological advances would be robots. Yet, as […]

Changing World: Electric Vehicles

October 27, 2019 One of my fondest father /son memories is going with my Dad to the first Formula 1 race in Portugal. The speed, noise, smell and energy captivated me. The boldness and drive of Ayrton Senna, a rookie, capturing the 3rd fastest time with a far inferior car made him my childhood idol. […]

Changing World: Gaming Everywhere

October 20,2019   In my high school years, my favorite activity every time a teacher missed class was to run to an arcade to play Tetris. I was obsessed with the game and would find myself picturing moves on how to put the pieces together before going to sleep. When I went to college, the […]

Changing World: Carbon Reduction

October 13, 2019 I grew up in an industrial region north of Porto, Portugal where the main industry was textiles. In the 1980’s there were no environmental standards and the big river in the region (Rio Ave) was so polluted that it was actually multicolored. Even the river’s minor waterfalls produced large amounts of colored […]

Changing World: Robotic Surgery

October 6, 2019 For nearly five decades, I breezed through the part of the medical questionnaire that deals with previous surgeries and anesthesia. With no prior surgeries, there wasn’t much to say. That all changed last week when I first rushed to the emergency room and subsequently to the operating room for an emergency appendectomy. […]

Changing World: Digital Home Fitness

September 29, 2019 I have not stepped foot in a gym in a number of years. The main reason – time. Juggling long hours working and spending quality time with the family meant I needed to save precious minutes wherever possible. Trekking to a gym, working out, showering, and then heading to the office or […]

Changing World: Passive Investing

September 22, 2019 It is ironic that even though Somar focuses on partnering with disruptive entrepreneurs, Somar as a business has been under pressure from a secular change towards lower cost, passive investing. This week, for the first time on record, the amount of assets managed by Index Funds surpassed those managed by actively managed […]