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Monday, March 19, 2018 

Week 11: Birthday Week

Mar 12th - Mar 18th: 1 Photo, 5 Interesting Links, and 1 Quote

El Capitan & More at Yosemite National Park


The theme for this week’s links are focused on life in general. It was my birthday this week and it always happens to be a very reflective time. These are some of the best reads I came across as I looked back at my last trip around the sun and look forward to the next one.

1. You and Your Research | Richard Hamming (Paul Graham, 1986): PG is a version of god to most of us who grew up on the internet and cared about startups. Revisiting his essays is never a bad idea, especially when reflecting. However, one of the best ones is Richard Hamming’s, Mathematician, transcribed speech is a one of the best, and longest reads. It’s worth every minute especially if your work is a core part of who you are.

2. What Does a Batsman See | SB Tang (The Cricket Monthly, 2018): This piece about Greg Chappell, Australian player and Indian coach, and his path to perfecting his craft. A story about focus, science, and the art of cricket.

3. The Munger Operating System | Charlie Munger (Farnam St, 2007): As usual, thanks to Shane @ Farnam for making important ideas accessible and digestible. Munger’s 2007 USC Law School commencement speech is no exception. If you prefer a non-summarized version, you can watch the original on YouTube.

4. Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life | Tyler Cowan (Marginal Revolution, 2018): Simple summary. Personally, I’d really change the last rule to #12: Pet a dog when you encounter one on the street, though.

5. Enjoy Every Day | Ted Rheingold (Feld Thoughts, 2017): As I finish reading Never Fade Away, I’m reminded that knowing that your life is going to end is a powerful forcing function to reflect. Ted Rheingold (@tedr) blogged his way through his tryst with cancer which was incredibly moving to follow along. When he finally passed his email auto-reply was shared and it has stuck with me since I first read it.


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -  Robert F. Kennedy

You’ll notice that I’ve switched from question to quote this week. 👋🏽 Also, feel free to email me with any other thoughts you have…

Week 10’s newsletter here & forward this to one friend if you liked it.

Monday, March 12, 2018 

Week 10: Mar 5th - Mar 12th

Each Week: 1 Photo, 5 Interesting Links, and 1 Question

Chital (Spotted Deer) at Nagarhole National Park


1. Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? | Alex Williams, NY Times (2012) #friendship

As people approach midlife, the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading. Schedules compress, priorities change and people often become pickier in what they want in their friends.
No matter how many friends you make, a sense of fatalism can creep in: the period for making B.F.F.’s, the way you did in your teens or early 20s, is pretty much over. It’s time to resign yourself to situational friends: K.O.F.’s (kind of friends) — for now.

Related: Dunbar’s Number LINK, The Friendship Crisis LINK, Do Your Friends Like You? LINK

2. The Story of the Internet, as told by Know Your Meme | Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Verge (2018) #memes 

Know Your Meme set itself apart by approaching memes with journalistic integrity and rigor long before most people thought they deserved such treatment — or even knew what they were. The website has since become the go-to encyclopedia for internet culture, an ever-expanding library of memes and other internet phenomena that gets cited by publications like The Atlantic and The Washington Post, and receives fact-checking calls from The New York Times

Related: How Harambe Became the Perfect Meme LINK, Saving Pepe the Frog LINK

3. Amazon Is Not Your Newly Cheating Lover, Seattle. It's a Massive Business With a Low-Tax Agenda. | Eli Sanders, The Stander (2017) #amazon

The Seattle Times editorial board says Amazon's decision to look for a second, equal headquarters somewhere outside of this city is "a distressing wake-up call" that signals the "end of Amazon’s Seattle monogamy," and that people here need to respond by assuring Amazon we'll do everything that is required to keep the company happy and satisfied, while also assessing our own shortcomings and then reversing them so that we can better please this mammoth business that "other cities crave."

Related: Candidate Cities LINK, Cities Ranked by Tech LINK, Too Big to Tax LINK

4. Tweet | Lizzie Simmonds, Twitter (2018)

Lizzie Simmonds@LizzieSimmonds1

Lady in public lane: you’re very good at swimming you know..

Me: erm, thanks

Lady: no seriously, you should try and do a trial with the county club!

Me: erm, well I actually went to a couple of Olympics..

Lady: me too! Which sports did you get manage to get tickets for?


March 10, 2018
Take Away: It’s important to know who’s judging your work. In general while it’s good to hear most feedback, there’s a only a subset of people’s feedback/opinions that will be invaluable.

5. Inside T-Mobile's Big, Brash Comeback | Aaron Pressman, Time (2018)

It’s true: Despite a year marked by a major disappointment—merger talks with rival Sprint broke down in November, with no deal—the numbers T-Mobile has just announced are formidable. Its 2017 revenue was $40.6 billion, up 8% from 2016, and more than double its total in 2012, the year Legere took over; net income, meanwhile, reached a record $4.54 billion. While it remains far behind Verizon vz and AT&T in number of subscribers, T-Mobile, which makes its debut on the Fortune Best Companies list this year, has undeniable momentum. It’s intent on shaking up both the wireless world—it has its eye on other acquisitions—and the cable industry, with a tantalizing move into mobile video.

Related: Legere Profile from previous years: 2015 LINK, 2016 LINK, 2017 LINK


This Week’s Question: What’s 1 lesson you’ve learned in the last year that you’ve applied to yourself?

Last Week’s Question: What’s one thing you did in 2017 that you didn’t expect to do but has left a lasting memory?

Reply to the email if you’d like to respond to this question 👋🏽 Also, feel free to email me with any other thoughts you have…

Week 9’s newsletter here & forward this to one friend if you liked it.


Sunday, March 4, 2018 

Week 9: Feb 26th - Mar 4th

Each Week: 1 Photo, 5 Interesting Links, and 1 Question


I probably share links with you on a regular basis and I thought why not do what everyone else does …start a newsletter. I’ve gone ahead and subscribed you to the first email and hope you find the links, that I found interesting, interesting as well. Also, now you have way less friction to unsubscribe from my links :)

Currently, there’s no theme to this newsletter and only a rough structure:

  • A photo I’ve taken at the top

  • 5 links I've found interesting with a paragraph excerpt. Again, no theme here but I’ll hashtag them with how I’d categorize them. Note: there might be a few related links at the bottom for further readon.

  • A question at the end which you can feel free to respond to.

Your feedback and interest will help decide what I should do w/ this experiment and whether I’m going to commit to it.

Bridge on the way to Big 4 Ice Caves, WA


1. Sean Parker's Email to Spotify's Daniel Ek | Genius (2009) #founders

I've waited nearly a decade for a product that could match the standard set by Napster on three counts:

  1. convenience

  2. speed/ responsiveness

  3. sampling/discovery of music

Related: Spotify F-1 (link), 6 Charts from IPO (link), Pando Monthly w/ Daniel Ek (link)

2. The Design Bible That Changed How Americans Bike in Cities | The Atlantic (2018) #transit

How did the protected bike lane suddenly become common in America? Advocates will tell you it was the result of stalwart activism. And trailblazing, politically daring transportation officials did play a part in bringing better bike lanes to the nation. But the spread of bike lanes to so many corners of the country couldn’t have happened without a simple, ordinary technology: a set of street-design standards, written down in a book so that less daring engineers didn’t have to blaze their own trails anew.

3. a16z Podcast: The Business of Continual Change | a16z (2018) #founders

Every large company — especially ones that have been around for a long time — goes through multiple cycles of change. But how do you know where to go next, and when, and how? The management literature is full of case studies, research, and of course, advice… but what if you borrowed from the principles of scientific and social progress instead? In fact, that’s what Charles Koch, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries (one of the largest private companies in the U.S., with over $100B in revenue as estimated by Forbes), did in thinking about how to evolve their business.

Related:  Inside the Koch Brothers' Empire (link), New Koch (link), Koch vs. Koch (link)

4. Things Fall Apart | The Atavist Magazine (2018) #education

Adeyemi, at whom Aravena beamed with pride during the award ceremony, was one of the Biennale’s darlings. The 40-year-old Nigerian was given his prize for designing a school in Makoko, one of the largest slums in Lagos… … …

Then, suddenly, the praise evaporated. Shock and censure took its place. One week after Adeyemi claimed his statuette, the Makoko Floating School collapsed. All that remained of the structure heralded as a bellwether of change for a slum and its inhabitants was a flattened pile of planks adrift in the waters of a polluted lagoon.

5. First look inside Britain's clinic for social media addiction | NZ Herald (2018) #backlash

I meet Suzie, a 32-year-old mother-of-two from Berkshire, who was forced to confront her online addiction during a family holiday to rural Wales. With limited internet reception, she began to suffer full-blown panic attacks, even refusing to play with her two children, aged five and eight, for what she describes as fear of missing out. At the time, Suzie was averaging ten Facebook posts and four hours of solid tweeting each day.


What’s one thing you did in 2017 that you didn’t expect to do but has left a lasting memory?

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