Let’s do it in a different way.
”Ok, so, what is this?”
EightyFour is an open-ended exploration of ideas in non-fiction books, business and life. It is a vehicle for me to regularly write and move towards writing more short stories.
“But why should I read it?”
Great question. I do not have famous bloggers linking to me yet or their blurbs, so you will just have to trust me and the likes of my readers. I can promise to keep it fun and thought-provoking. I read and get influenced by Noah Smith, Byrne Hobart, Erik Hoel, Liberty, Tyler Cowen, sometimes Scott Alexander & Zvi, Economist & Guardian, non-fiction books, bunch of other newsletters and Twitter.
“How often do you publish?”
Subscribers receive my email bi-weekly. It is free. You can always unsubscribe. In general, topics include summaries of non-fiction books, questions about why life happens the ways it does, occasional take on corporate/startup things and hopefully more short-short stories in the future (in the style of Lydia Davis).
“Nice try, but not convinced yet. Anything to show?”
Sure. Four examples of my writing:
Onions (short story debut)
A new habit? Possible. But pack lightly. (summary of Atomic Habits)
Looking for a job? My condolences. (business)
“Ok. And who are you?”
I am Igor. I am interested and curious; you can imagine it is hard for me to find a niche or focus on two or three topics only. I write to improve my thinking and to inspire you.
I guess I’ve always had problems with niches; I did different things. It started with organising alternative concerts and events, having an online news site at the advent of web 2.0, finishing political science degree, working on EU-funded projects, moving to Berlin for an MBA, somehow ending up at a big German corporation (Mercedes-Benz), taking an active sabbatical and trying to start my business. I am currently back in Berlin, working for a scale-up (wefox).
I also have a library of excellent recipes and another Substack dedicated to handpicked jobs from Berlin.