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December 20 · Issue #195 · 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 🚀
Hi from Austin! Beautiful weather after the rain.
Hi from Austin! Beautiful weather after the rain.
🎤 I enjoyed a taste of normalcy this week—though it was far from normal. Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan teamed up for a comedy show in Austin and I was lucky enough to get tickets. I loved everything from the opening acts to the headliners teaming up on stage after their segments to chat (hilariously) about the world today. I did say it was far from normal, though. The venue was outdoors in December. Social distancing was enforced throughout. Masks were required at all times when not literally eating or drinking. Oh, and every single person had a rapid coronavirus test on the way in. Our party agreed that watching other groups endure the testing process was probably intended as a part of the comedy show. I am left with a lingering feeling of excitement. One day, I expect next year, we’ll emerge from our social hibernation and make up for lost time together!
📰 Congratulants to the team at Avail on their successful acquisition by Realtor.com! It’s been a treat to have a front row seat watching your startup journey. I learned a lot from your diligence, your approach to win-win partnerships, and your adoption of product led growth. Thank you, Team Avail, for everything!
🔙 Last week’s issue included a story with a missing link, demonstrating quite publicly that I do make mistakes. Here’s the link to Airbnb broke my heart from Melissa Kaufman.
fun facts 🙌
Beethoven the astute businessman. “The musical genius also had a flair for commerce, it turns out.” | learn more
Colombia’s remote Ice Age drawings. “Tens of thousands of cliff drawings dating back to the Ice Age have been revealed on nearly eight miles of cliff faces in Colombia’s Amazon rainforest. Archaeologists are calling the discovery “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients.”” These date back as far as 12,500 years ago! | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Chicago restaurants that have permanently closed during the pandemic. The Infatuation has this running list of closures by neighborhood. A friend pointed out that it’s only ~100 restaurants in a city of ~10,000. It’s surely incomplete, but also does seem like so far, the city’s come out relatively well. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
What to do if you’re a startup CEO & you don’t know how to sell. “The first thing to confront is that as a CEO you’re the company’s primary salesperson. It doesn’t matter what industry, what product, what revenue model, what stage of development.” | learn more
Microsoft blog about recent cyberattacks. “The final weeks of a challenging year have proven even more difficult with the recent exposure of the world’s latest serious nation-state cyberattack. This latest cyber-assault is effectively an attack on the United States and its government and other critical institutions, including security firms. It illuminates the ways the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve and become even more dangerous.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Beware the casual polymath. This is a very insightful post from the anonymously published blog Applied Divinity Studies. “[W]hat’s really happening is that we’ve chosen to privilege certain combinations of skills as impressive, while taking others for granted. A physicist who studies math, can write code for analysis and understand complex systems is not hailed as a polymath. They’re just seen as obtaining the basic set of skills required for their profession.” | learn more
The opposite of a good idea is a good idea. I recently finished reading Rory Sutherland’s book Alchemy. This concept of his made its mark on me, and I’ve been able to use it a handful of times already. Dave Baily expanded it into this short blog post that highlights some examples. | learn more
retail therapy 💸
The great Canadian generic brand invasion. “How Canadians got so good at making generic products that are as good—or possibly, even better—than the name-brand equivalent.” | learn more
A list of 117 retail bankruptcies and why they failed. “From executive missteps to pandemic-related shutdowns, we look at some of the biggest retail bankruptcies & companies that are going out of business in 2020.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Gene therapy, absolutely and for real. “This weekend brought some really significant news in the long-running effort to use gene editing to treat human disease. As most readers will have heard, Boston Children’s Hospital and a Vertex/CRISPR effort both published papers in the NEJM addressing sickle-cell anemia and beta-thalassemia.” | learn more
Hand transplants demonstrate the nervous system’s adaptability. “Work with hand transplant recipients challenges fundamental notions about the limits of neuroplasticity in mature adults.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Coinbase filed S-1 to go public. Noteworthy because of their status as a top crypto company. I’ll be interested to see how closely the market value of Coinbase will fluctuate with the market value of Bitcoin. | learn more
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