What is this?

I used to write a lot, and I don’t anymore. This is an attempt to fix that.

This is a weekly newsletter that serves as a home for my writing. It will be part public diary, part fiction, part essays on things I’m looking at for work, and whatever else I might be thinking about, which is a usually a mix of tech, policy, and finance things.

A few examples of things I’m curious about—

  • Imagining alternate lives

  • The future of online payments

  • Why Bay Area “starter homes” cost >$1m

  • When and why do we feel insecure?

  • Running for local office

  • How has venture capital changed over the years?

In an effort to embrace the joy of writing badly and publicly, I won’t try to edit myself and will commit to writing weekly.

Past Writing

I previously reported on business, tech, and policy at The Economist. Here’s my full portfolio, but here are some of my favorite pieces—

About Sri

I’m obsessed with the Bay Area and really can’t imagine living anywhere else. I grew up in Alameda County, went to college at Stanford, and lived in San Francisco. Perhaps, I’ll make my around the Bay and eventually retire in Marin or Napa.

The funny thing is that I initially went to Stanford with the dream of becoming a foreign service officer. In college, I studied abroad in Oman and Turkey, learned Arabic and Spanish (though I can barely speak anything now), and worked at the US Department of State.

It was through these experiences that I started to become more interested in economics. I ended up studying economics and got the chance to work with brilliant economists at institutions like the US Federal Reserve, Reserve Bank of India, The World Bank, and Cornerstone Research. I thought about a PhD in Economics, but committing 5-7 years dedicated to one research topic seemed like too much commitment for my scatterbrain.

So instead, I considered tech. Growing up in the Bay Area, it was hard to ignore the excitement and energy of the tech world. Previously, I had been focused on how we could drive development through economics and policy. But I began to recognize how technology and entrepreneurship, if implemented correctly, could drive a new wave of innovation and progress.

I ended up going back to Stanford for my graduate studies and immersed myself in the startup ecosystem. I conducted research on emerging technologies for the former National Security Advisor and co-founded a (now defunct) company in the NLP space. It was through the process of working on my company and pitching to investors that I began to learn about venture capital, a field I knew nothing about until then.

With a stint in between as a journalist at The Economist, I became an early-stage investor at Sierra Ventures. At Sierra Ventures, I focus on investments in fintech, healthcare, and enterprise SaaS.

As you can tell, my background spans across different things. My writing will too.

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*All of my thoughts and opinions are my own and don’t reflect the views of my employer. None of my writing should be misconstrued as financial advice.