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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #205

February 28 · Issue #205 · 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 fifth year!

my story 🚀
Petra pulled the wagon for an impressive distance.
Petra pulled the wagon for an impressive distance.
🌞 The weather in Austin bounced back and it’s the perfect reminder of the reason we’re here.
  1. Are you concerned about EMF radiation? I’ve only started to research the topic, and boy is it divisive! Friends who have a track record of being early on health trends (intermittent fasting, etc.) have told me they’re bought in to this one. However, it doesn’t bolster credibility that, in the US, the “anti-5G” community is associated with less savory fringe views that I don’t share. Elon Musk thinks it’s a non-issue, and he’s pretty sharp. But I would certainly not be surprised if 20 years from now we collectively said “duh, of course X is bad for you.” Have you ever looked into the topic? It’d be great to hear your point of view.
  2. Workspaces. A couple times this past week I’ve been asked where I do most of my work. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that it’s at my kitchen table. Even after I stopped regularly commuting to an office, I continued to cowork at friends’ offices, weworks and coffee shops. I appreciated being around others who are working, even if we’re not interacting. It’s sort of like watching sports in a bar, even if it’s with strangers. I also believe a separate physical environment for work is psychologically helpful. I’m looking forward to sharing a workspace again someday soon. How about you?
fun facts 🙌
Scientists accidentally discover strange creatures under a half mile of ice. “Researchers only drilled through an Antarctic ice shelf to sample sediment. Instead, they found animals that weren’t supposed to be there.” | learn more
Building ages in the Netherlands. All 10 million or so buildings in the Netherlands mapped in 3D and color-coded by age. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
New $5M grant fund for Chicago founders. “Desiree Vargas Wrigley, executive director of TechRise by P33, said in helping to establish the initiative, she thought of ways to give diverse tech founders what they need most — capital and resources for those who don’t have family or personal wealth to tap into and the chance to build community and connection, particularly for those on the south and west sides of Chicago.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. “People often ask me to compare working for Bezos vs Zuck. I worked with Mark much more closely for much longer, but I did work directly with Jeff in my last 2 years at Amazon incubating the Kindle. Here are some thoughts on similarities that make them both generational leaders…” | learn more
Everyone is an entrepreneur. “Situation: The nature of work is changing. The era when you could pick a career through a four-year university degree program, enter the workplace and commit to an employer and profession for 30 years, and then retire comfortably is gone.” | learn more
What makes some lending companies more valuable than others? “[I]n many ways … “all lending companies sorta sound the same” unless you’ve looked at… well… hundreds.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Why books don’t work. This certainly hits home. “All this suggests a peculiar conclusion: as a medium, books are surprisingly bad at conveying knowledge, and readers mostly don’t realize it.” | learn more
Your environment shapes your decisions. “Your environment matters more than you think. Most people waste most of their day paddling upstream. Here’s how to create an environment that makes it easy to thrive.” | learn more
Three types of startup advisors you might not have thought about. “Most of the companies we back figure out how to use advisors in compelling ways, it’s just not as public as it used to be.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
A controlled nutrition study across 10k people. I’d bet this x100 would drive some exceptional returns for the public health. “[The NIH] announced what it calls the largest study yet to probe “precision nutrition,” a $156 million, 5-year effort to examine how 10,000 Americans process foods by collecting data ranging from continuous blood glucose levels to microbes in a person’s gut.” | learn more
Turning wood transparent to make energy-saving windows. “Glass windows are notoriously bad at keeping buildings insulated, and a simple new process for making sturdy transparent wood could provide a solution.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Lab-grown rib-eye is now a thing. “A little over two years after Israel-based start-up Aleph Farms unveiled the world’s first lab-grown steak, the company has now revealed a much more complex, thick-cut rib-eye steak. Cultivated using a novel 3D bioprinting technology, the company suggests it now has the ability to produce lab-grown iterations of any type of steak.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
U.S. Navy patents tech to ‘engineer the fabric of reality.’ “It all sounds like science fiction, and the Navy has been skeptical too. Navy authorities called bullshit on Pais’ inventions and his patents went through a lengthy internal review at NAVAIR. The War Zone obtained emails about the bureaucratic fight between Pais and the Navy through a Freedom of Information Act Request and revealed that the mad scientist won.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Why Tesla, Square & MicroStrategy bought Bitcoin. “What may seem like a smart move for them may not translate into a good one for your company. In this post we explore the motivations behind these BTC buys and why it makes sense for them. Hint: They are not speculating, and have been quite targeted in their decision-making.” | learn more
Tether gets a stern scolding, sent on its way. The best part is that the NY Attorney General’s press release takes an upbeat tone on their success. “An agreement with iFinex, Tether, and their related entities will require them to cease any further trading activity with New Yorkers, as well as force the companies to pay $18.5 million in penalties, in addition to requiring a number of steps to increase transparency.” The Tether show goes on! | learn more
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