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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #152

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February 23 · Issue #152 · 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 fourth year!

my story 🚀
👩‍👧‍👧 Sunday morning coffee shop sessions are a family favorite.
👩‍👧‍👧 Sunday morning coffee shop sessions are a family favorite.
🆕 Many companies in my network are growing and hiring. Many people in my network are looking for new opportunities. I’m hoping to bring my world a bit closer together with my latest project: Jobs in My Network. The site hosts a list of job openings among companies that I’m close to as a friend or investor. Let me know what you think!
📘 The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (Fiction). There’s not a lot of substance to my review, but if you’re searching for an excellent easy-to-read fiction series this is it! Start with The Rosie Project.
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Pepsi owes this man a jet. “In 1995 Pepsi ran a promotion where people could collect Pepsi Points and then trade them in for Pepsi Stuff.” They jokingly included a Harrier jet for 7 million points. Jon Leonard tried to redeem it. The real value of this post is the discussion of our weak human linear math skills. | learn more
Hallucinogenic fish. “Several species of fish are claimed to produce hallucinogenic effects when consumed. … Sarpa salpa is known as ‘the fish that makes dreams’ in Arabic.” How interesting! | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Blagojevich, freshly freed from prison, incurs the wrath of Anderson Cooper. All 3 minutes of this video are a pleasure to watch. Cooper did not back down against the one-time governor of Illinois, cementing his standing as a great interviewer. To his credit, Blago takes the beating in stride and would probably be a fun person to party with. | learn more
Chicago Police Board decides accountability is sooo last season. They decided, “to keep Sgt. Khalil Muhammad on the force despite finding that his off-duty shooting of an unarmed teenager with autism had no lawful justification.” They also decided they owe no explanations to anyone about the decision. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Fred Wilson buys 1% of a 1985 Nike Air Jordan collection. He’s jumped on the fractional ownership of collectibles bandwagon via their portfolio company Otis. A couple years ago I bought 1% of a 1985 Ferrari Testarossa on Rally, marking probably the first and last time I beat Fred Wilson to early adoption of a cool new thing. | learn more
The arc of collaboration. Productivity software (e.g. Dropbox) and collaboration software (e.g. Slack) have long been separated. This post discusses how the next step in software combines the two, “and why the Slack of Gaming may be Discord but the Discord for Enterprise is not Slack.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Discontinuities: where messy incentives make us do weird things. Late last year, finance forums had an uptick in people trying to figure out how to lose money. Why? They wanted to get below the income threshold for health insurance subsidy. Dan Luu’s post offers more details a handful of other interesting examples. | learn more
5 building blocks for your customer acquisition machine. Written by Alex Iskold of 2048 Ventures, one of my favorite writers in early-stage tech. “Even the best companies that build products that early customers want need to carefully think through how to acquire more customers. Just throwing money at marketing is not the solve.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Profile of the founder and his A Mediocre Corporation. Matt Rutledge is not thrilled with the direction has gone since its acquisition by Amazon in 2010. He decided (as of 2013, but I just learned about it) to start retailing his way once again. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Can Twitter save science? This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in science who doesn’t already know all the gory details of its troubles. “This week, here are three intertwined stories about positional scarcity from this strange world: 1. How an “indentured scientist” class called postdoctoral fellows became the workhorses of life science research, 2. Why scientific journals are one of the greatest positional scarcity business models I’ve ever seen, 3. Why Twitter is so great for science, and could lead to real disruption.” | learn more
The branch of life we barely know about. “The discovery of the CPR [Candidate Phyla Radiation] superphylum was (and remains) one of the most remarkable developments in our growing realization that the genetic diversity of the microbial world is unimaginably vast.” It’s thought to contain a quarter of the bacterial diversity in existence today. | learn more
big ideas 📚
The nuclear family was a mistake. This article hit me hard because it touches on many themes I’ve considered lately. Like many immigrants, I was raised by a whole community in addition to my parents, benefiting me greatly. Isolating our kids from that type of community scares me. “The family structure we’ve held up as the cultural ideal for the past half century has been a catastrophe for many. It’s time to figure out better ways to live together.” | learn more
Gates Notes 2020 annual letter. Written jointly by Bill and Melinda Gates: “Why we swing for the fences.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
U.S. DOJ prosecutes software developer. He created the Bitcoin mixer Helix, which obfuscates the origin of the cryptocurrency. The DOJ considers this a “money transmitting and money laundering business.” This major potential precedent could (should?) drive more U.S. developers to build anonymously. | learn more
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