2018 Year In Review

Most people overestimate what they can do in one day and underestimate what they can do in one year.

Hotel office in Singapore Working from a hotel in Singapore

Work

The growth of Hunter was less explosive than the two previous years. The product is becoming more mature with higher customer satisfaction but a slowing acquisition of new users.

This is a good balance for us. At this point, we don’t want a faster growth if it means giving up the great working conditions we acquired and the agility of our small team.

In my opinion, this is a very enjoyable phase. We still have significant growth, and at the same time, more time to make the product more satisfying at every level.

We did three company retreats in Amsterdam, Malta and Heraklion.

Travels

I kept the same pace as 2017. I stayed most of the time in Chiang Mai and traveled to a dozen destinations in Asia and Europe.

More often than before, I’m making short trips. Typically, going a week to the south of Thailand to clear my head before going back to Chiang Mai.

Here are the cities I went to this year:

  • Singapore ×3
  • Hong Kong ×1
  • Bangkok ×1
  • Samui ×2
  • Krabi ×1
  • Doha ×1
  • Malta ×2
  • Amsterdam ×1
  • Heraklion ×1
  • Paris ×2
  • Bordeaux ×1

In 2019, I intend to stay in mainland China for the first time.

Doha Very first stay in the Middle East (Doha, Qatar)

Investments

I did much more than expected. I’m willingly taking massive action because I know what I’m currently learning can have a significant impact.

I’ve started a portfolio following the strategy described in the paper Adaptive Asset Allocation: A Primer. It combines momentum and minimum variance with an algorithm applied monthly.

At the same time, I’ve started building my own tools to compute the Modern Portfolio common calculations and backtest different strategies.

Last but not least, I’ve bought my first apartment in Chiang Mai. I’m currently doing the renovation which should be finished in a few weeks. I intend to invest in real estate again this year (not sure where yet).

Other activities

French Digital Nomads

The Facebook group French Digital Nomads I launched in 2016 is growing in size and quality. We’re now more than 1,700 people discussing our location-independent lifestyle.

The moderation of the content and careful selection of new members is paying: the engagement and reach are higher than ever. A friend is now helping me for the moderation.

Inner transformation

I had an epiphany reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. For me, it has an impact at two levels: I better know how to deal with negative emotions and I am much more self-confident.

The transformation I went through this year was so important that I recommended the read to a dozen friends. And now to you :)

Languages

I’m failing at seriously learning new languages. Whenever I have free time, activities I consider more important or more enjoyable have the priority. I won’t set goals for 2019.

My Thai level is slightly better than last year. I’m also interested in Chinese and learned basic vocabulary.

Non-profit

I’m now supporting Greenpeace Thailand.