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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #118

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June 30 · Issue #118 · View online
P.S. You Should Know...
👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7am CST, and definitely the best one published by me. Now in its third year!

my story 🚀
Above (clockwise from top-left):
🎸 View of Soldier Field during Rolling Stones concert Tuesday. We tried to overhear but ended up having more fun out on the lake.
🌞 Kim and Petra having fun in the sun in Wicker Park.
🏈 Petra found this football on the playground and is already better at sports than her dear father.
I think summer weather has finally arrived in Chicago. I’ve managed to spend a lot of time outdoors this week and am grateful for that. Wishing you all happy 4th of July week!
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
The 50 countries (worth) of America. “[H]ow do the economies of the individual US states stack up against other countries? California’s economy is about the size of the United Kingdom’s, while Texas’s matches up with Canada’s. Who’s on par with Sri Lanka or the Czech Republic? Our map’s got ‘em all.” | learn more
Ben Franklin founded the first public fire department. “It was the first formally organized all volunteer fire company in the colonies and was shaped after Boston’s Mutual Fire Societies. The difference between the fires societies of Boston and Franklin’s Union Fire Company was that the former protected its members only while the latter the entire community.” | learn more
You don’t actually own Alibaba stock. You might expect that buying BABA in your brokerage account means you own stock of the Chinese e-commerce giant. But, alas, you don’t. China restricts foreign ownership of its companies. So, instead you own a synthetic security that depends entirely on China’s goodwill and desire to play nicely. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Adopt a rooster, help Chicago. 114 chickens were found in a garage in an unpleasant scene. “Instead of euthanizing the chickens, Chicago Animal Care and Control is trying to adopt them out. There are 31 roosters who need your help.” | learn more
Old Zenith factory to be transformed into $25M food incubator. “What is already under construction is a facility to be dubbed Amped Kitchens Chicago, which will offer dozens of kitchens, refrigeration, storage and similar resources to Chicago entrepreneurs ready to take their food concoctions to the commercialization stage.” Dear entrepreneurs, I’d love to see more options for unsweetened iced tea in retail stores 😋. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Cameo raises $50M to deliver personalized messages from celebs. One of the hottest startups in Chicago allows you to pay celebrities and influencers to record loosely scripted shout-out videos. On the marketplace you’ll find people like Snoop Dogg, Ice-T and Brett Favre, as well as micro-influencers and YouTubers I’ve never heard of. | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
A wannabe Netflix raised $575M in ICO then ditched crypto. “As some token sales start to slowly yield results, TaTaTu offers a prime example of a platform that used “blockchain” as a fundraising technique and then largely moved on.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
1 in 6 insured hospital patients get a surprise bill for out-of-network care. “On average, 16% of inpatient stays and 18% of emergency visits left a patient with at least one out-of-network charge, most of those came from doctors offering treatment at the hospital, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Dame products sues New York’s MTA over advertising. This might be a better campaign than the original one they had planned. “NYC’s transit agency … rejected Dame’s exciting new subway ad campaign, citing vague and sexist reasons. Their message: There’s plenty of space for erectile dysfunction drugs, but none for innovators making sex enjoyable for women. So we’re going to court to #DerailSexism!” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Resonance: how to open doors for other people. “To resonate with others, we need to connect when it matters. This nurtures both us and others, and also earns trust. Just as in cooking, timing is everything.” | learn more
How to remember everything. “The world’s most accomplished memorizers insist their powers aren’t an innate gift, but rather a skill that anyone can hone.” This short article is based on the work of Joshua Foer. His book Moonwalking with Einstein is great, too. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Can we engineer biology? Today, I bring you two links that are best read in sequence. The question is whether we’re anywhere near being able to approach biology the way we approach engineering. The debaters are both exceptional: Vijay Pande, healthcare investor at a16z, and Derek Lowe, a chemist specializing in drug discovery research.
As always, you should draw your own conclusions. Shoot me a note after reading if you want to chat about it.
thoughts of food 🍔
How the Perfect Bar was born. FYI this is my favorite snack bar. “As their father lay dying, the 13 Keith siblings took his recipe for a snack no one could sell—a refrigerated protein bar—and created a $300 million startup.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Two centuries of rapid global population growth will come to an end. From Our World in Data: “Global population has increased rapidly – particularly over the past 100 years. But this growth is temporary: we take a look at population growth over the past few centuries and what we can expect for the future, drawing on the latest UN Population Prospect projections. It maps the transition from rapid growth to a new equilibrium.” | learn more
Molecular storage, data writ small. The worldwide demand for data storage far outpaces our ability to store it. Researchers are turning to molecular storage, modeled on DNA, for a potential solution. “As an initial demonstration of feasibility, 400 kilobits of information in both text and image format were recorded and recovered with better than 99% accuracy at write speeds of 8 bits/s and read rates of 20 bits/s.” | learn more
the end ✅
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