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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #120

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July 14 · Issue #120 · 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 🚀
We went looking for Chance the Snapper 🐊
We went looking for Chance the Snapper 🐊
Another great week of Chicago summer in the books!
We’ve enjoyed spending a lot of time outside this week. In addition to alligator hunting in Humboldt Park, we also had a chance to visit our local public pool at Pulaksi Park. It has a great kids swim area! Sans Petra, I enjoyed another city facility - the South Shore Golf Course.
Pro tip for getting the most out of summer while working in Chicago: if you ever have coffee meetings downtown, consider chatting while you walk along the Riverwalk. It’s one of my favorites!
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
Look up any company’s Facebook ads. Did you know that you can search a company and see their entire library of ads on Facebook? Here’s a fun example for a direct-to-consumer men’s pharma company. | learn more
Dragged hot dog. The Chicago-style hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” because of its many veggie toppings. Click for a history of the sacred dog and its German and Jewish roots. | learn more
US Customs seized ship owned by JPMorgan after finding $1B of drugs on it. “On June 17, border agents found 39,525 pounds of cocaine stashed in several containers on the MSC Gayane at the Philadelphia seaport. The street value of the drugs was estimated at about $1.3 billion, making it the largest cocaine seizure by the agency.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
There’s an alligator living in the Humboldt Park lagoon. This has been the story of the summer. Click through if you aren’t up to speed. | learn more
HGTV-featured developer blocked from working in Chicago. The city came after Windy City Rehab hard after a series of rule violations. They issued a full stop on all ongoing projects and blackballed them from new permits. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Wonderschool raises $20M to help people start in-home preschools. Does anyone else love this concept? Childcare is something that every parent seems to struggle with, cobbling together solutions. Using technology to expand the supply of legitimate, regulated preschools sounds perfect. | learn more
A quick overview and history of tech VC. “In this 5-part series, we’ll review the birth and maturation of the industry, and with that context consider where it might be headed. This first post will focuses on the formalization of VC from the 1950s through the dotcom bubble.” | learn more
Chamath Palihapitiya joins forces with Richard Branson, becomes Chairman of Virgin Galactic. The space company founded by Branson is going public in a merger with Chamath’s already-public shell company. This is exciting! “Virgin Galactic expects to be profitable two years after it begins publicly trading.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Ben Thompson’s Stratechery covers Libra. I’m thrilled that Thompson shared his analysis of Libra outside of his usual paywall in this article titled “Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
FDA releases hidden database of injuries from device malfunctions. “After two decades of keeping the public in the dark about millions of medical device malfunctions and injuries, the Food and Drug Administration has published the once hidden database online, revealing 5.7 million incidents publicly for the first time.” | learn more
FCC to spend $100MM toward furthering telehealth. “The three-year program would support pilots that help providers ‘defray’ the broadband costs of bringing telemedicine to low-income Americans and veterans.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Are direct-to-consumer startups Bonsai brands? Bonsai trees are tiny versions that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. This author, Simon Andrews, writes: “Warby Parker will never be as big Sunglass Hut. Away will never be as big as Samsonite.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Stop spending so much time in your head. “99% of all thoughts are useless but they’re still controlling your life.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Animal study presents best evidence to date that Parkinson’s begins in the gut. “An important and rigorous new animal study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins University has demonstrated how the misfolded proteins thought to cause Parkinson’s disease may originate in the gut, and travel up to the brain via the vagus nerve. This research builds on a compelling body of evidence pointing to a gut-brain connection in the disease and hints at possible new treatment pathways.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
GrubHub owns thousands of domains for restaurant names. “It also appears to publish shadow pages without owners’ consent—sometimes in direct competition with real websites.” The tone of this article implies GrubHub’s motive is sinister. I don’t share the author’s views. However, the topic is interesting and therefore worth a read. | learn more
big ideas 📚
BrainNet: A multi-person brain-to-brain interface. This was published in Nature, so it passes my smell test. WOW! “We present BrainNet which, to our knowledge, is the first multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving.” | learn more
the end ✅
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