Before the Crowd Shows Up

by Anu from Working Theorys(anu@substack.com)

TLDR Arriving early to new arenas presents unique arbitrage opportunities, enabling connections, friendships, and insider knowledge.

Key Insights (click to read)

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    Arriving Early in New Arenas: Early arrival in new arenas offers unique arbitrage opportunities like professional networking, friendships, mentorship, and insider knowledge.

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    Types of Arbitrage Opportunities: Various arbitrage opportunities exist, including knowledge, social network, technological, and cultural arbitrage, alongside time arbitrage.

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    Benefits of Early Arrival: Early patrons of new arenas can build relationships, find opportunities, and experience life-changing events by leveraging early-arriver arbitrage.

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    Risk of Early Arrival: There is a risk associated with early arrival in new arenas as they are unproven, requiring time investment without guaranteed returns.

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    Maximizing New Arena Opportunities: To benefit from new arenas, individuals should seek signals, trust intuition, and seek advice from respected individuals to de-risk their investments.

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    Continuous Engagement in New Arenas: Regularly sampling new arenas and getting there early is essential to increase the 'surface area of luck' and stay ahead in dynamic environments.

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    Avoiding Late Arrival Misconception: People often undervalue new arenas by mistakenly thinking they are late, highlighting the importance of focusing on narrower niches and contributing consistently.

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    Importance of Being Opportunistic: Staying active in new arenas is not only opportunistic but also beneficial for personal growth and mental stimulation.