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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #121

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July 21 · Issue #121 · 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!

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someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
The incredible inventory of things we’ve put on the moon. “Sixty years of missions to the moon have put nearly 800 objects of all kinds.” The WSJ highlights the different objects and includes some fun close-up pics. | learn more
Where did the term blackballing come from? The term for rejecting someone by secret ballot originally came from using black and white colored balls to cast votes. | learn more
Tupac fan fired from government job after emailing inspirational quote to 4,300 employees. “The former director of Iowa’s Department of Human Services is keeping his head up after the diehard Tupac fan was fired abruptly last month.” Big props to the author for the artfully-placed Tupac reference. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
About those campaign donations from developers. A real estate developer submitted a reimbursement request to the Chicago Housing Authority for costs related to overhauling an apartment building. Included in the itemized costs was a $20k donation to the alderman. Whoops? | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Internet trends 2019. This annual report from venture capital star Mary Meeker came out about a month ago and I finally had time to flip through it this week. If you haven’t yet, it’s worthwhile! | learn more
Peak funding may have hit construction tech startups. That may be technically true, but probably driven by a few huge funding rounds last year. Construction still has plenty of room for tech improvement! | learn more
The strategic question at seed today. Tom Tunguz shares some data about how yesterday’s series A is today’s seed round. More importantly, there are now a variety of funding formats in between, so entrepreneurs can customize to fit their business. But definitely ignore the names of the fundraises, because they don’t mean much anymore. | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
The United States of crypto. From the Coinbase blog… “[W]e outline findings on the growing interest in cryptocurrencies on the part of Americans, on a state-by-state level.” One key finding: “Currently, 58 percent of Americans say they’ve heard of Bitcoin.” | learn more
Buterin proposes Bitcoin Cash integration to scale Ethereum. How interesting! “Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin believes that Bitcoin Cash has the best network to become a temporary scalability solution for Ethereum” | learn more
The Spanish Prisoner. Ben Hunt of Epsilon Theory uses an interesting analogy to share his view on Libra in the context of Bitcoin. “Mark Zuckerberg is not The Spanish Prisoner. He’s the guy running the con.| learn more
better doing 🎯
The Yale happiness class, distilled. “The most popular class in the history of Yale University was inspired by a paradox: Even when people, conventionally speaking, succeed—get into a top college, make lots of money, or accumulate prestige and accolades—they are often left feeling unsatisfied.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Tattoos that work as sensors to track blood pH, glucose, and more. Imagine a world where health diagnostics were color-coded and visible on your skin. “A team of scientists in Germany have developed permanent dermal sensors that can be applied as artistic tattoos.” | learn more
A performance-enhancing pill based on the gut bacteria of elite athletes. “Harvard researchers who founded a company called FitBiomics are now developing a prototype for a supplement that they hope will boost your endurance during a workout. It stems from a four-year study that found a performance-enhancing bacteria in the guts of elite athletes.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Arby’s flips the script with meat-based plants. “But Arby’s is going in the opposite direction [of plant-based meats]. Rather than invest in such alternatives, the chain has unveiled a product designed to poke fun at fans of meatless meat: a carrot made from turkey.” | learn more
the end ✅
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