Synth: Week of 10.19.20

Matt Knight
4 min readOct 26, 2020


on One-Touch Inbox Zero (Thiago Forte):

credit:Thiago Forte

On Progressive Summarization (Thiago Forte):

  • Progressive Summarization is a technique that relies on summarizing a note in multiple stages over time. You save only the best excerpts from whatever you’re reading, and then create a summary of those excerpts, and then a summary of that summary, distilling the essence of the content at each stage.”
  • “How do I make what I’m consuming right now easily discoverable for my future self?”
  • Not only is it okay if I don’t remember the vast majority of what I read, that actually becomes my goal. I want my mind to be an empty vessel, a staging ground where ideas briefly stop in their journey from the outside world, to my second brain. This is what it looks like to be fully present, and to also reach my intellectual potential. To leave my mind free and clear for each new experience, while also building something that lasts.
  • Progressive Summarization is an alliance between your current and future selves.

on CODE by Thiago Forte:

  • Capture
  • Organize
  • Distill
  • Express

on The PARA Method, Thiago Forte:

The Power User Curve (A16Z):

on Sleep and Life Quality (OpenView Partners):

credit: OpenView Partners

Personal Knowledge Management:



  • “Content is a magnet. Community is a moat.” — Dru at
  • “You must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” — Richard Feynman
  • “Recognize and use the spiritual power of the infinite. The intangible represents the real power of the universe.” — Bruce Lee
  • unless we make conscious, strategic decisions about what we consume, we’ll always be at the mercy of what others want us to see.” — Thiago Forte
  • “The challenge of knowledge is not acquiring it. . . The challenge is knowing which knowledge is worth acquiring. And then building a system to forward bits of it through time, to the future situation or problem or challenge where it is most applicable, and most needed.” — Thiago Forte
  • “modern learning is not a process for maximizing the throughput of insights, but for maximizing the throughput of learning process improvements.” — Thiago Forte
  • “Making money isn’t a thing you do — It’s a skill you learn” — Naval Ravikant
  • “People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures, allay their fears, confirm their suspicions, and help them throw rocks at their enemies.” -Blair Warren
  • “even though the written word isn’t the best way to reach the masses, the smartest people tend to be avid readers.” — David Perell
  • “The brain is a cognitive miser.” — Nir Eyal

Shower Thoughts:

  • It’s possible that, at some point in the near future, investing in startups will simply be a cost of doing business.
  • What if the first person you called when you had a tech question was the owner of your building?
  • One of the best indicators of early adoption in PropTech is investment hold period.
  • Distillation and simplification of complex ideas might be my most creative strength (aka why robots won’t take my job any time soon).
  • It’s pretty safe to accuse my subconscious of something because he and I aren’t always on speaking terms.
  • Is PropTech VC just a formalization of guessing the consumerization of enterprise tech targeted at CRE?