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Marianne Österlund, Investment Manager at Wave Ventures
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #72
Marianne Österlund is Investment Manager at Wave Ventures and founder of the newsletter In The Money. Marianne shares with us her learning habits and routines.
What is your main source of inspiration?
It’s impossible to pick just one. Working as a VC, I’m in a privileged position to meet and work with inspiring people every day. I get inspired by all the passionate founders I meet, but also by my fellow investors, especially the incredible women in the industry.
But when it comes down to it, my ultimate source of inspiration is my mother. Her grit and kind personality have shaped me to be the woman I am today.
What are your learning routines?
I read a lot, daily (news, blogs, books). I also write a weekly newsletter called In The Money in which I share finance, tech, and startup-related news in an easily digestible way. I want to make learning about investing easy and fun. During the process of writing the newsletters, I end up learning a lot myself.
Besides that, I like to write things down by hand. I also stay active every day, which I firmly believe enhances learning, as does getting enough sleep. And during long walks, I usually listen to podcasts.
What are your favorite books and why?
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari, is one of my favorite books. The observations and mental models make the reader look at history and fellow humans in an entirely different way.
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Pérez is an eye-opening book about everyday biases set up against women that I think everyone – both women and men – should read.
In relation to my industry – venture capitalism and startups – Emily Chang’s Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley is a must-read.
What is your favorite podcast, and why?
The Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish provides timeless insights within each episode. Through interviews with industry-leading experts, Parrish explores ideas that will upgrade the listener’s thinking. My favorite episode is with Naval Ravikant, who I find is one of the most interesting thinkers of our time.
How do you remember what you learn?
I think most people confuse consuming information with learning. Learning consists of reflection and feedback. In other words, you need to be mindful when learning. For me, I think my old school practice of writing things down by hand helps me a lot, and so does repetition. Whenever I read something, I try to make time to think about what I’ve just read.
There is a technique, named after the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, called The Feynman technique. It lays out four steps to learning anything:
1. Choose a concept
2. Teach it to a toddler
3. Identify gaps and go back to the source material
4. Review and simplify
What would you tell the 18-year-old version of yourself?
Trust yourself. Don’t be afraid to try. Pursue your passion and surround yourself with supportive people.
What is the most important thing you learned over the last 12 months?
It goes without saying that the last year has been challenging for all of us. Personally, I’ve learned the importance of prioritizing one’s health, both physical and mental. Health may not be the most important thing for many, but without it, nothing else functions. When you are in good health, anything is possible.
What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome this year?
To stand up for myself. It’s a work in progress, but I’m learning to say “no” to things that don’t feel right to me, both personally and professionally. On a personal level, I walked away from a relationship that wasn’t good for either my mental or physical health.
If you were left alone on an island and could only bring one item, what would it be?
Assuming my stay would only be temporary, I’d bring a journal and a pen (sorry, two things).
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