Omar Yehia has a background in science and applied mathematics. He is an expert on building successful primitives while avoiding common mistakes.
Omar has done extensive research in the field of rocket science and photonics. Fascinated by the mathematical principles behind these fields, Omar became drawn to a reductionist approach to life and eventually went on to study applied mathematics.
At some point, he considered becoming an academic, however, spending some time managing grants on the proposal side of science and seeing the realities of government-funded research, he realised the misalignment of incentives prevalent in academia. This experience caused him to lose interest in pursuing a career in academia.
[00:53] Omar’s background
[03:50] Omar's response to Piers' thesis on misaligned incentives in academia and their resemblance to communism.
[10:32] Philosophical and practical issues pertaining to the crypto industry's balancing of long-term incentives
[13:17] Benefits and limitations of the private market
[14:48] Examining Omar's foray into crypto
[20:56] Omar’s journey from the Ethereum yellow paper to investing
[22:03] Omar's key insights from the evolution of cryptocurrencies from 2017 to the present day
[23:26] The Faustian pact of Web2, sacrificing privacy for ease, and the Faustian pact of Web3, centralization in exchange for convenience.
[26:26] Innumeracy regarding the law of statistics
[27:21] Fundamentally misplaced trust as the root cause of the FTX, Three Arrows, and Celsius tragedies
[29:22] The most crucial next steps for crypto and Omar's investments
[32:34] Decentralisation, usability, and robust elegance
[38:55] Omar’s investing philosophy: Investing in what you believe will be most profitable vs the future you wish to see
Omar’s Twitter: @0xomaryehia