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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #133

👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7
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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 🚀
I packed week 41 of the year full of learning! Some highlights are…
🏋️‍♀️ I joined a project where I’m learning about how technology is changing the commercial fitness industry.
🎓 I jumped on a chance to watch Carter Cast in action during one of his classes, taking away insights that I’ll try to apply in my own class.
🥇 I met with entrepreneurs and toured facilities at two very different companies (one healthcare, one apparel) that are both succeeding through strong culture and thoughtful operations.
🎉 Our meetup event page is finally up (thanks Blair for the awesome banner). If you’ll be in Chicago on the 24th, come chat with other subscribers and play some video games. We’re asking for small donations that’ll go toward two local nonprofits. Go ahead and register here. If you can’t make it but would like to donate anyway by buying a ticket, that’s appreciated too!
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
20,000 startup ideas. The data comes from “the O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy.” | learn more
Pricing niche products with Vickrey auctions. There’s a mechanical keyboard kit (not even a usable keyboard) that’s selling for $1,668. How did it get there? The Vickrey auction described here is quite interesting. | learn more
Negotiating a $300k job offer in Silicon Valley. “In the span of a week, I had job offers to work as a software engineer at Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, LinkedIn, and Yelp. Here’s how I negotiated them.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
What if your Alderman were Goth? Thanks to the Chicago Genius Herald for this gem. “Well, we don’t know why, but we figured out what all of Chicago’s Aldermen would look like if they were Goth.” | learn more
Largest communal living property ever proposed in Chicago. Coliving spaces tend to be small private bedrooms in student-style spaces with shared bathrooms and kitchens. “A Chicago developer plans to bring 505 co-living residents to a 41-story Loop office tower, the largest communal living property ever proposed in the city.” I’d love to see a family-friendly version of this! | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Five years after YC first admits biotechs, they’re dug in. “That opening to biotech startups in 2014 was controversial at the time.” Looks good in hindsight! | learn more
One of NY’s top seed investors takes outside capital for first time. BoxGroup, run by David Tisch and fueled (presumably) by his family money, has made investments into firms like GroupMe, Flatiron Health, Glossier, Harry’s, Oscar, Vine and Warby Parker. Now they’re taking outside capital for the first time. | learn more
better doing 🎯
The single most important internal email in the history of Amazon. No opinion on whether the title is accurate, but the content is surely interesting. The Bezos email started off with this dictate: “All teams will henceforth expose their data and functionality through service interfaces.” | learn more
The case against building growth teams. An inside look at how growth teams work (and don’t work) from Lars Lofgren, one of the early KISSmetrics growth hackers. His title: “I’ve Built Multiple Growth Teams. Here’s Why I Won’t Do It Again.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
New Medicare scams leverage telemedicine. “Scammers bent on defrauding Medicare are embracing the new technologies of remote diagnosis. Federal law enforcement is cracking down.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Toys R Us is back! Like the mythical phoenix re-emerging from the ashes of its ancestor, the toy site lives once more. This time, it’s products and supply chain are powered by Target. New physical stores are coming next. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
How humans can regrow like salamanders. “Humans may not be able to regrow amputated limbs like salamanders can – but we do have a ‘salamander-like’ ability to regrow damaged cartilage, a new study has found.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
The truth about expired food. “What happens if you ignore expiry dates altogether? One man did that for a year, without ill effects – but his approach is debatable.” | learn more
So… White Claw is a really good tech company. A fun post by Jackie DiMonte from Hyde Park Venture Partners. “Now that we’re squarely in fall, let’s take a moment to reflect how White Claw absolutely TOOK OVER this summer.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. Our World In Data leverages a new study titled ’Who becomes an inventor in America?’ to tell a story about our global situation. “The [study’s] authors wanted to answer the question: what is it that matters for whether a child grows up to become an inventor? They studied two aspects: personal ability at a young age and the circumstances in which a child grows up.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
20 blockchain projects with the most developer activity in September 2019. Consensys Media took the time to compile this list from data found on the State of the Dapps site. | learn more
the end ✅
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