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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #183

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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 fourth year!

my story 🚀
♻ I have a confession: I’m a bit of a hoarder. I’ve known this about myself for a while, and I’ve compensated by avoiding purchases whenever possible. I hoard because of my aversion to sending useful objects to a landfill merely because I’m not using them. Yesterday, a friend told me about his experience with Facebook marketplace. Specifically, his experience offering items on the marketplace for free pickup. “Anything you list for free will be gone within an hour,” he told me. It sounded like hyperbole, but it was worth a shot. Holy cow, it worked! It feels great to give my long-hoarded items a second chance at life. One young man claimed a handful of unrelated items, seemingly to sell elsewhere. This little arbitrage makes me smile. It’s a beautiful display of entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity. With that spirit, I know our nation and our people can always find a way to prosper.
fun facts 🙌
2020 state of Gen Z report. For people born 1995-2010, emojis don’t mean what I thought they did. For example, I just learned this 🙂 is an extremely passive-aggressive smile. “This report is the most comprehensive deep-dive on Gen Z highlighting cultural trends and shifts, featuring a year’s worth of proprietary research.” | learn more
Zoom pitch + no script = $200 million commitment. “[A]ll it took for [Universal Pictures to commit] was an exuberant Zoom call with Tom Cruise, director Doug Liman, Christopher McQuarrie and PJ van Sandwijk. They pitched the picture with no script (Liman is writing it), and came away with a production commitment around $200 million.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Chicago Inno 25 under 25. When I stopped thinking of these lists as rankings and instead realized they were just one of many tools that highlight interesting people, I grew fonder of them. I particularly like this age bracket because it’s inspiring to see the next generation in action! | learn more
Chance the Snapper is now 5 feet long. He’s the alligator who lived in Humboldt Park last summer. “Chance is also asserting himself as the “boss” of his pen, which includes about 20 other animals.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Rocket Internet: European startup pariah — or pioneer? Rocket Internet has been executing a fast-follower strategy for years, cherry picking markets and models from Silicon Valley and blitzscaling them in other markets. “Startup company builder Rocket Internet has always had its critics but, as it delists, is it time to rethink its role in Europe’s tech scene?” | learn more
Amazon’s impressive new products for Alexa and Echo. Many cool announcements: A new generation of Echo products, Luna gaming service and controller, Ring Drone camera for home, car camera, car alarm, Alexa Care Hub to monitor family, and more. | learn more
better doing 🎯
Hedonism leads to happiness. “Relaxing on the sofa or savoring a delicious meal: Enjoying short-term pleasurable activities that don’t lead to long-term goals contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research from the University of Zurich and Radboud University in the Netherlands. The researchers therefore argue for a greater appreciation of hedonism in psychology.” | learn more
The trouble with optionality. “The shortest distance between two points is reliably a straight line. If your dreams are apparent to you, pursue them. Creating optionality and buying lottery tickets are not way stations on the road to pursuing your dreamy outcomes. They are dangerous diversions that will change you.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Amazon 1st party, 3rd party and private label by category. One of many highlights: “Fashion has been a "throw everything at the wall” private label endeavor, and it’s working.“ | learn more
Amazon employee bribes lead to indictments. This sort of enforcement is great for consumers. I hope it discourages other sellers from going this route. “The U.S. Department of Justice has charged six people with bribing Amazon employees and contractors in an attempt to supply third-party sellers with unfair advantages on the company’s marketplace.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Battery-free Game Boy runs forever. This is the “first-ever battery-free, energy-harvesting, interactive device. The research offers a sustainable alternative to batteries, which end up in landfills.” | learn more
Claims of aging ‘reversal’ with hyperbaric oxygen treatment study. A new study published in peer-reviewed journal Aging finds improvements in both general cognitive function and cerebral blood flow. “The main improvements include attention, information processing speed and executive functions, which normally decline with aging.” The study used a control group, but unfortunately no placebo. | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Taco Bell is now selling its own custom wine. “There’s tons of cheese on Taco Bell’s menu, so a wine to pair with it is a natural next step.” It’s only in Canada, though. Any Canadian readers willing to pick one up for me?! | learn more
big ideas 📚
Navalmanack: A guide to wealth and happiness. Last week I shared a compilation of Peter Thiel quotes on progress and stagnation. This week, we have a similar compilation of Naval Ravikant’s words. | learn more
The distribution of smallpox vaccine in the 19th century. “The challenge of distributing a smallpox vaccine in the 19th century was even greater because aside from fewer resources the vaccine, cowpox, was geographically rare and infected humans only with difficulty. Moreover, the best method of storing the vaccine was in a person but that worked only until the person’s immune system defeated the virus. Thus, a relay-race of vaccine couriers was created to distribute the vaccine around the world.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Stablecoin adoption revisited. From the esteemed venture investor Fred Wilson: “I heard about a transaction that closed last week in which the buyer sent millions of USDC to the sellers’ wallet. Instead of wire instructions, scan a QR code and hit send. This is the future my friends.” | learn more
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