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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #292

October 30 · Issue #292 · 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 sixth year!

my story 🚀
🎃 Happy Halloween!
🎃 Happy Halloween!
  1. Asking questions is so much fun. On a flight a few weeks ago, our seat neighbor happened to mention she was an off-duty flight attendant. I was thrilled when she took kindly to my “Do you mind if I ask you questions about your job?” request. I learned about the marketplace where flight attendants buy/sell shifts, her approach in that market, and her long-term thinking about career and finances.
  2. I learn so much from interviews. Throughout my career I’ve had periods with tons of recruiting interviews. While the process can be exhausting, some interviews end up being so much fun because of the questions I get to ask. I get to learn how other companies organize teams, build processes, and craft strategies. I often learn about new markets, new service providers, and more. It’s also really fun when we veer off the beaten path and really drill into a niche someone knows well.
  3. Sometimes I get to connect dots. Last week, I interviewed someone who worked at an interesting health technology company. This week, by coincidence, I read about that company in an article. Absent that interview, I would have drawn the wrong conclusion about that company’s strategy. It put a smile on my face to have connected the dots, all thanks to asking questions.
  4. I have questions for you. I know many of you are even better at asking questions than me. I am always grateful for any wisdom you choose to send my way, so please don’t be shy about emailing me!
fun facts 🙌
Gen Z is overestimating the average starting salary by $50K. “New college grads are in for some reverse sticker shock. A recent survey by Clever Real Estate found that while the average starting salary for college graduates is $55,260, current college students expect to make $103,880 at their first job.” | learn more
Question from my 4-year-old prompts an investigation into digestion. I often turn to the internet to answer her questions. Two reasons… First, I’m training her to recognize that there’s a wealth of knowledge available online. And second, someone typically has written a better answer than I can muster. “If you drink liquid, it becomes pee. If you eat solids, it becomes poo. What does yogurt become?” | learn more
It’s a good day to be 5’ 7".
Tom Gara
A brief Googling suggests Rishi Sunak, Emmanuel Macron, Olof Scholz, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky are all 5'7, it's an unprecedented consolidation of European power in the hands of short kings
oh, chicago 🏆
Southwest side Alderman accidentally shoots himself while cleaning gun. It’s not as bad as it sounds. I think? By the way, he’s a concealed-carry instructor. I wonder how quickly his thoughts went from “ouch” to “oh no this is going to be in the news.” | learn more
oh, austin 🤠
Candidates offer competing visions on homelessness. “Among the six candidates running for mayor and the 28 running for council, some are promising more affordable housing as a long-term solution to homelessness, while others want better enforcement of an anti-camping ordinance, and still others focus on improving streetside services and short-term shelters.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
At 23, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel was already very sharp. Here’s an email exchange between him and his investor and board member Mitch Lasky from Benchmark. It’s a stark contract to (most of) the rest of us at 23. I think we can overlook the fact that he underestimated Facebook in 2013. | learn more
The quiet quitting VCs. “Some of the last generation of VCs feel tired. Their colleagues’ codephrase is "no longer doing new deals.” | learn more
How BuiltWith generates $14 million a year while having zero employees. “No employees; $14 million annual recurring revenue; 2 Million monthly page views and all organic (57% direct, 36% search, and no paid keywords)” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Dawani’s law. “The number of people who say that Moore’s Law can’t continue doubles every 24 months.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
You don’t need AI to replace doctors. “I’ve been asked many times whether I think that AI will replace doctors. Never once have I been asked if I thought that OTC drugs could replace doctors. But that’s exactly what they have done: every time a drug switches from prescription to OTC, the total number of doctor visits drops.” | learn more
Apple care (for humans). “Apple plans to enter the health insurance industry by 2024, according to CCS Insights’ Chief Analyst Ben Wood. Many of you have followed the decade-long saga of big tech attempting to enter the healthcare space to compete with incumbents, only to fail….” | learn more
What explains the obesity epidemic? “Only one theory can account for all of the available evidence about the obesity epidemic: it is caused by one or more environmental contaminants” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Amazon’s restocking issue. Amazon places limits on how much inventory a 3rd party seller can store in its warehouses. Around holiday time, they tend to cut these limits, which creates a lot of extra stress (and stockouts) for those independent sellers. Why do they do it? | learn more
World famous “synthetic artists and influencers.” I am still not sure what to make of this. It’s certainly not my cup of tea. But will here eventually be a version that is? “Superplastic is the leader in luxury art toys, music, fashion, and Web3, with countless collaborations and experiences positioned at the intersection of digital and physical realms.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Stanford exoskeleton breaks out of the lab to offer 30-lb walking boost. “The new exoskeleton is a motorized boot that applies torque at the ankle, in doing so performing some of the function of the calf muscle, helping the user push off with each step.” | learn more
Studies uncover anti-inflammatory role of pain-sensing gut neurons. “A pair of new studies published in the journal Cell have reported on unexpected ways pain-sensing neurons in the gut can serve as more than just sensory alarm systems. The research suggests these neurons also can directly protect the gut from inflammatory damage.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
How do curated grocers make their product selections? “Stores like Pop Up Grocer, Foxtrot and Goodgood have set up retail spaces that showcase the best new brands in the food, drink and personal care spaces. Which brands make the cut?” | learn more
teaching the kids 👩‍🏫
Early self-regulation boosts children’s educational success. “A study by the universities of Zurich and Mainz has shown that teaching children how to manage their attention and impulses in primary school has a positive long-term effect on their later educational success.” | learn more
School vs Wikipedia. “So, for the last three years, teachers have been telling my kids that they can’t use Wikipedia for any school work.” | learn more
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