Nathan Sykes

April 8, 2021

My Productivity Workflow With Todoist

I like to keep things simple when it comes to productivity. You can spend so much time trying to "figure out what works best for you" when it comes to productivity and time management, you don't reserve any time to actually do the work! It's a trap lots of folks fall into - just look at r/productivity. A lot of conversations on that su...
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April 7, 2021

My Thoughts On The Ivy League

The results are in! Of the eight Ivy League schools I applied to, I learned last night that none of them would be offering me admission to the Class of 2025. 🥳 (As a side note, I didn't know what to write today until those results are in, so I do apologize for the late post. It'll probably come out closer to 9:00am today, but I'm back ...
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April 6, 2021

Filling Your PE Pipeline Using Acquisition Marketplaces

For private equity firms that actively take on new investors as a part of an ongoing fund, a large part of convincing limited partners (folks who supply the money that PE firms use to buy companies) to park their money with this particular firm is by having as much proprietary deal flow as possible. Proprietary deal flow is basically g...
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April 5, 2021

Adding Leveraged Buyouts To A PE Investment Strategy

I turn 18 in six days. Hooray! I'm super excited for a number of reasons. I'm excited to finally be able to use CLEAR when I travel in airports, find my own therapist who isn't legally obligated to turn over information to parents or guardians, and open a bank account in the United States (I've had to bank in countries that are more fr...
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April 4, 2021

30 Days of HEY World

Happy Easter! Today marks a huge milestone - I've officially posted 30 days in a row on HEY World! It's the first time I've ever been able to successfully post for such a consistent timeframe, and I'm incredibly proud of how my writing is starting to turn out. I'm going to maintain this for as long as possible, but I wanted to share so...
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April 3, 2021

Five Reasons I Wrote A Book

Writing my first book, Retire Before College: The Secrets & Methods Of Teen Entrepreneurs, was probably the most intellectually challenging thing I've ever done. It was super hard! As soon as I had a locked manuscript, I swore to myself I'd never write another. Nine months later, I broke that promise and started putting together the pi...
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April 2, 2021

Estimate The Cost Of Your Meetings

Harvard Business Review has a super useful tool that allows you to estimate the cost of your daily, weekly, and monthly meetings. You pop in the duration, how many folks are attending, and their annual salary, and it spits out a numerical currency that shows exactly how much money you just spent on hosting that meeting. After you recei...
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April 1, 2021

Goldman Sachs Has A People Problem

Goldman Sachs is in some hot water! Did y'all see that survey that leaked a few weeks ago? It describes 'inhumane working conditions' and horrible employee morale among analysts at the company. Among the statistics collected, analysts shared that they work an average of 98 hours per week, and sleep an average of five hours per night. T...
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March 31, 2021

Striking The Balance Between Remote & Not

I like changing up my workspace every week or two. I shift between loving the remote life, working out of a co-working space, working on the road while I'm traveling, to working in-person with a few of my colleagues here at Howdy Interactive (though I'm doing less and less of that now. COVID-19 and all). There are pros and cons to each...
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March 30, 2021

Philosophy 3 of 3: Time's Arrow Marches Forward

This is the final post of our company's philosophy. Yesterday, I realized that our philosophy was not available on our rebranded website, so I wanted to throw it up on HEY World for prosperity. These philosophies are really what help guide us as a company. Above all, it's important for us to understand - it's just money! We're buying a...
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