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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #105

👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7
March 31 · Issue #105 · 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 third year!

my story 🚀
We kicked off our visit to San Francisco with a visit to LinkedIn HQ for lunch. Thanks, Jeff, for hosting us! We’re really happy to be spending time out here seeing friends old and new.
We took Petra to the aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences on Saturday, and she loved seeing all the 🐟🐠🐡. Seriously, she LOVES all the fishies, or as she says (in Russian, repeatedly): рыба!
someone else's words 💬
fun facts 🙌
Custom clothes for dolls. As the saying goes, “now I’ve seen everything.” We met this lady on the street taking model-style photos of a doll. We learned that she makes and sells these intricate items of doll clothing all over the world. Her brand is called Dollsydoll. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
The 12 best middle eastern restaurants in Chicago. I’m skeptical of this list since it’s clearly missing Pita Inn and Falafel & Grill. However, there are a bunch of places here that I haven’t tried, so I have some work to do. Who wants to join me? | learn more
Drama over expanded city bicycle deal with Lyft to operate Divvy. Uber is trying to bring a competing bike program to Chicago, but Rahm doesn’t seem to care. He’s falling back on the fact that the city is, “not in a procurement process” so he doesn’t need to take bids. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
How the tech giants make their billions. This infographic breaks down revenue by source for the big five tech companies: Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and Google. | learn more
Kraft Heinz and why the d2c revolution may be bigger than you think. Venture Capitalist Ezra Galston makes an interesting point about the billions in legacy brand value that’s sitting on public company balance sheets in the form of goodwill, and the startup brands coming to displace it. | learn more
Arguments for and against Blitzscaling. In January I reviewed Blitzscaling by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh. Tim O'Reilly, a successful founder and investor, had a different (more negative) opinion of the book’s message (read this first!). The authors respond to O'Reilly and double down on why they feel that Blitzscaling is both a necessary and appropriate strategy nowadays. | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
On value capture at layers 1 and 2. This recent blog post by Kyle Samani at Multicoin Capital discusses how protocols can capture some of the value they create. “Given that all of the code that powers crypto networks is open-source, the only source of defensibility is network effects.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
EHR ‘gag clauses’ may soon come off. As I peel back more layers of the health care system onion, I really appreciate some of the nuances that this industry has developed. In this case, it seems that a lot of the big Electronic Health Record software vendors have made it a violation of license to share screenshots of their product. That means that people who want to share useful tips to prevent user errors have been prevented from doing so. | learn more
better doing 🎯
How to deliver constructive feedback in difficult situations. The author of this post shares an interesting, and probably useful, protocol for delivering sticky feedback with tact. After discussing this with a friend, we both notice a challenge with using any sort of protocol in a real conversation. After the initial exchange of words, you must fall back to “real-time” responses or pause before each turn speaking. The prior is dangerous because of the potential for poorly chosen phrasing, and the latter because it may be construed as overly political or insincere. | learn more
How (not) to change someone’s mind. “Psychologists have found two persuasion tactics that work. But put them together and the magic is lost.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
The Pegan diet. This term probably describes my current diet more closely than any other names I’ve come across. But you probably won’t hear me ever use it :). Also, I’m still all about the cheese and hummus, so… | learn more
Chipotle’s first ‘accelerator’ is serving credibility over cash. “Its accelerator for food startups, Chipotle Aluminaries Project, has a cohort of eight companies focused on sustainable food and development.” Click the link to learn how Ostrich meat can save the environment! | learn more
big ideas 📚
The short history of global living conditions. These five charts tell a story that too many don’t yet know. It’s the same story that Hans Rosling told up until his death. It’s the story of the world getting better - way better - over the decades and centuries. | learn more
staying thirsty 🚰
A kingdom from dust. Get ready for a very long read about Stewart Resnick and his water-guzzling empire (Wonderful Pistachios, Halos, POM, and FIJI). He is, “the biggest farmer in the United States, a fact he has tried to keep hidden while he has shaped what we eat, transformed California’s landscape, and ruled entire towns.” | learn more
the end ✅
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