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My Secrets for Being a Better Analyst and PM

How I rapidly speed up my work and expand my scope. Over my career, I've accumulated a set of skills that have helped me work faster and get more stuff done in less time. I've mostly kept all of this knowledge to myself-until now.

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Taking a Step Back

A few weeks ago, I started working on an idea. Today, I'm taking a step back. Not just from projects, but thinking about where I want to go in my overall career.

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Pitching Like a Startup Within a Large Organization

Many of us feel the most engaged in our work when we're building something new. Often times, the first step on that journey involves pitching your idea to someone in order to get their support to move forward. In my career so far

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Optimistically Looking For Problems

So now, I'm in a position for the first time in my life where I feel like I have the freedom to go build whatever I want. When the world is your canvas and you could go in any direction... What do you build?

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Hello World (A Side-Project is live)

I'm way way way behind on my writing. I have notes for so many updates and thoughts that I need to get down. But, at the core of it, I just picked the best idea I had going so far and worked on it. StartupSlider.com pre-signups ar

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Empowering Creativity

Hi friends, I have a quick follow-up on When Development Becomes Accessible. This is super short train of thought thinking (or rambling). There's something super interesting that happens when you discover that you have an

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When Development Becomes Accessible

For all of the Twitter and Google bots, yes this post is about #nocode. It's time to circle back a bit to why I decided now was the time for me to start working towards a side-project in the first place. Sure, months of remote

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Baseball. Is. Back.

For the first time in about 7 years, I'm excited about a baseball season. With a shorter season and expanded playoffs, every game means more, and anything can happen.

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My Framework for Evaluating Side-Project Ideas

Part ~2b of documenting my journey to start an independent side-project. Over my cross-country flight at the beginning of lockdowns, I created an iPhone note — which evolved to a Google Doc — and then to a Notion table — to brain

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Ideas are Easy, Conviction is Hard

If you listen to or read enough startup and venture content, you'll start to recognize similar themes repeated over and over again. One that has consistently stood out to me is the investor concept that "Ideas don't matter."

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Side-Project: Part 1 - Intro

For the past few years, I've dreamed about leading my own project, organization, or even a company. I want the ownership, I want the creativity, I want to work on something really cool and share it with the world.

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Innovation in a Decentralized Tech World

I have never been a startup founder. I am not a venture capitalist. I’ve spent a total of ~48 hours in the Bay Area. But I’m super interested in startups, venture, and thinking about the future.

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Social (Media) Distancing

My approach to maintaining individuality and resisting group-think among the best networks in the world.

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A Look into the Future with Halt and Catch Fire

A combination of staying inside forever, calls to build, and stories about discoveries under quarantine (like... gravity) naturally leads conversation about "what's coming next?" Now, I am not the person to try to answer this, but

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Thoughts on Learning Without an Agenda

Turns out that being locked inside during a global pandemic leads to some introspective thinking. I put together a quick hit on my new approach to self-improvement learning.

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The Internet is the New Event: Ideas for Live-Streaming After the Quarantine/No Sports Era

Anything involving interacting with other people in the physical world in real-time is canceled. But I've seen another trend, that I'd argue is just as powerful, involving how people and organizations are trying to reach their lar

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The MLB's Sandlot Environment: Ideas to Take Back Sports

Ideas to Take Back Sports Including In-Season Promotion and Relegation, Mic'ing Up Every Player, and Introducing One-Pitch Strikeouts.

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Remote Online Reality Show Experiences

Human Interaction in the Age of Social DistancingI'd like to think/ hope that I'm a creative person, but people on the internet are are really going above and beyond and making the most out of a quarantine/ social distancing lifes

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My Next Chapter

I’m re-branding my writing under my personal account name, MSilb7, with a focus on the areas where my professional life has taken me, and where I hope to go: business, consumer, startups, and tech (maybe with a sports skew).

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2019 Fantasy Football Draft Rankings

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings and Point Projections are ready to go. Updates will continue as cuts, signings, and trades are made. Read below for rankings, players to target, players to avoid, and sleepers.Last Updated: 09/07/20

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2018 Fantasy Football Point Projections - Update 9/3/18

New for 2018: Individual statistics and actual fantasy point projections rather than a derived "value" metric. Statistics are driven by projected possessions dependent on the teams' schemes, and the players' histories. Rookies!

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2018 Fantasy Football Toolbox: Depth Charts and Schedules

It's the 2018 NFL Season, and @MSilbanalytics is back! Full rankings should be expected over the next few days - 1 week, but I'll start off by sharing some of the data I've collected to build a Fantasy Football Toolbox.

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2016 Fantasy Football Value Projections

2016 Fantasy Football Individual Player Value Projections are linked above. The "Score+" column represents a player's projected added value to a team with a score of 0 meaning no added value.

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Predicting the 2014 Home Run Derby

Last year, I correctly/luckily predicted Yoenis Cespedes to win the 2013 Home Run Derby. I'm back at it again for 2014, and have another prediction. Read below for the explanation of my method, and projected outcome of the 2014

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What Kind of A-Rod Will We See?

News Today The Yankees welcomed Third Baseman Alex Rodriguez in Chicago today to make his season debut against the White Sox. A-Rod is expected to be in the lineup, returning to his original position for the club. The other

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Predicting the HR Derby Champion

While sitting at my desk today, I started developing a somewhat satirical statistic to measure the overall value of a Homerun Derby participant (Rewarding strikeouts and flyballs, penalizing inside-the-park homeruns, and infield h

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