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Chris Samiullah

Update The response to this post has been powerful, and we've had many requests for tools to help. I've created a free site which helps with calculating early retirement in a variety of different places around the world: nomad saver This is the final instalment in a three part series. Here are the sections, with links to navigate around: Part 1: Why Part 2: How Part 3: What [This post] Post are best read in order, but if you want the quick fix th [...]

Update The response to this post has been powerful, and we've had many requests for tools to help. I've created a free site which helps with calculating early retirement in a variety of different places around the world: nomad saver This is the second instalment in a three part series. I'd argue it is the most important. Here are the sections, with links to navigate around: Part 1: Why Part 2: How [This post] Part 3: What Posts are best read in o [...]

Update The response to this post has been powerful, and we've had many requests for tools to help. I've created a free site which helps with calculating early retirement in a variety of places around the world: nomad saver Welcome This series presents a clear evaluation of the main rat race escape options, along with their merits, timeframes, and chances of success. It contains relatively few attempts to sell you things. There will be plenty [...]

For most people, weddings are staggeringly expensive. Of course, no one wants a crap wedding...so is it possible to tie the knot in style without breaking the bank? The answer is yes: Here is a guide to get you started, with a complete budget breakdown and loads of great tips. The following is a guest post by Urs Suess. He and his wife Gemma got married in the summer of 2016 for under $6000. The wedding occurred in the UK, and had about 60 guests [...]

My younger sister recently moved from London to Santiago in Chile. Since I performed a similar relocation to a very different place (London to Beijing) two years ago, I thought I would give her some advice. What was meant to be a few points ended up ballooning into lots of points. Since I haven't written any posts in a while, this is also a chance for me to relate some things I have learned recently. It's written with a reader in the mid-to-late [...]

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness is one of the best-selling personal finance books of all time. Here at LLB we've finally got round to giving it our full attention. Evaluation The Total Money Makeover advocates a specific process (divided into 7 steps) as a means to becoming financially secure. Despite the book's snake-oil-sounding title, the steps are excellent. Furthermore, the reasoning for each s [...]

This post explains how to add Taxamo to your Stripe subscription payment process so that your website can comply with new EU VAT regulations. For those who already know what these regulations are and why they suck, you can skip down to the "solution" section below where I go into it. For those who don't, let me explain/vent. Explanation Basically, this new law impacts everyone who wants to sell digital services to customers in the EU. It doesn't [...]

A smart friend of mine once said to me: Of course, that’s your great idiocy, your faith that technology will solve everything… Yes, he’s a pompous git. But recently I’ve read some things which made me think he might be half right. Chief among these is Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns The Future? which is an incredibly alarming book. In a sharp departure in tone from the general Silicon Valley ethos (which is basically that technology solves everything), [...]

This is the third part in my learning Mandarin account. Here is part 1: The Idiot Stage Here is part 2: Learning Chinese after 6 months. So what to report? Well, as I’ve detailed in my earlier accounts, my level of studiousness is pretty poor. I basically don’t do any studying on my own. I just go to class 3 times a week – which is about 6 hours of 1-2-1 tuition, and of course I hear Mandarin all the time because I live in Beijing, and most of my [...]

I was number 10 of 24 pitches. It was Friday night, and I was at Microsoft Research in Beijing. I was a little bit nervous, but I had done the necessary preparation: I’d practiced my 2 minute pitch 4-5 times in front of the mirror before I went to sleep everyday for the past week. I’d videoed it too. I was ready not to rise to the level of my expectations, but fall to the level of my training. I applied to Beijing Tech Hive after talking with the [...]