Having taken a hiatus from my email newsletter, I'm back with it. My greetings..
That’s me. A little older and wiser.
In the midst of renovating my online presence and switching email providers, I was desperate to send something before month’s end. How am I spending my time these days? Consulting with early-stage startups, validating a few ideas, rollerblade racing with Strava strangers, and a lot of reading. Currently, I am in Vancouver, and the weather has been phenomenal. This will be a short howdy hey email 🤠🤠.
After several years with Mailchimp, it’s time to shake things up. Do you run a small email list? Beehivv looks promising, but this will be my last update via Mailchimp. Consequently, my next email might appear in your spam or promotion folder.
Hopefully, you’ll see another update in 2-3 weeks from now. It would be great if you could join me in the next chapter.
A curated list of interesting content from the future, IRL, and across the web.
Humility and hard work. The BBC featured a 1977 interview with Sylvester Stallone about the making of ROCKY. Not what I was expecting.
A North Vancouver local, Owen Hope documents his recent adventures (completely insane ultra run) through Manning Park. It is just 120 miles long and includes multiple pit stops, but instead of changing tires, you change socks, shoes, and razer blade blisters. Epic.
Amazon patents virtual product placement technology. As you watch Amazon Prime, you will see ads driven by the highest bidder, and movie directors will orchestrate key scenes to include product placements (fight scenes, comedic dialogues, character development, etc). Patent news + diagram, and a youtube demo from Mirriad and Tencent.
Product Peeps. Compare these 2 maps views: Google Maps, and Apple Maps. Apple prioritizes gate numbers, whereas Google prioritizes place pins. Same customer, same view, different business KPIs. What do you think? If maps are your thing, check out Justins website.
Text to video is coming. Take an existing video, remix overlays with a text prompt. Watch the video demo here
Do you feel comfortable ordering sandwiches from a remote staff member at a sandwich shop? Freshii has a new employee on board named Percy. Except this particular worker appears on a screen and only makes $3.75 an hour…from Nicaragua. The popular food chain has a virtual video-calling device attached to its cash registers in a few locations across Toronto, lighting up when customers approach the counter to place an order.
In a 2008 Japanese experiment, 323 children, 11 year olds and 13 year olds, were given a 30 minute math quiz. One randomly selected group in a regular class room, the other group in a room with tatami mats. The tatami room group out-concentrated the regular room kids every time. The 13 year olds who took a tear in a tatami room could answer 12.4% more.... Read thread and learn about tatami mats.
It turns out posting anonymously on anonymous review site Glassdoor may be a thing of the past. An American judge has just ruled in favour of kiwi toy company Zuru (valued at well over a billion dollars) — meaning it will be handed the details of former Zuru employees who posted anonymous reviews on the Glassdoor site. This article really turned my head.
Podcast Episode from mckinsey: How to embed ESG into resource allocation decisions.
Beautiful and unpretentious walk street house in Los Angeles. #SurfHouseGoals
The new Ace hotel design = everything
Slightly obsessed with Enhō Akira and the SumoSoul Twitter feed. Enhō weighs 110 pounds, and due to his small size, he relies on speed and technique to outwit his opponents.
AC Milan added a bodycam to several players during a pre-season football match. Watch this corner kick video!
Dance of the bears from Comăneşti, reserved for weddings and special occasions
Hypebeast opened a 7-story, 25k sqft retail space in Chinatown, NY. The space has shopping, events, coffee shop, and an office.
Emergency toilet as the next DTC?
Huggy chair? Lol, why not!
When Ketchup meets Bubble Tea. Only in Singapore.
The Art of Reflection: Questions to Ask Yourself Each Month
Do you reflect each month? What is your process and do you have a template? These questions served as a springboard for my thinking earlier today:
- How did I do?
- What were my biggest achievements?
- My biggest realization(s)?
- In what areas am I most satisfied? Least satisfied?
- What am I going to do more of this month? Less of?
- What am I thinking about for the upcoming month?
How? Find a quiet place, set phone on dnd, and set a timer for 20-25 minutes.
None. Let me know if any of these links brightened up your day or evoked any sort of emotion. Or just reply to say hi if we haven’t spoken in a while.
What are you working on?
Thanks for reading,