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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 🚀
Another fun and memorable week!
Above (clockwise from top-left):
• ⛵ Kim and I went sailing on a beautiful day. Thanks, Tony, for the invite!
• 🏊‍♀️ Petra graduated her first swim school class. Now on to level 2.
• 🧀 We taught Petra the joys of Parmesan cheese shaker snacking.
• 🐩 Saw this pup strolling through the neighborhood… amazing.
I’ll be on a panel discussing entrepreneurship on July 11th. The title is Russian Jewish Entrepreneur Panel, and all are welcome to attend. Come by and show your support!
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
So, Gutenberg didn’t actually invent the printing press. “Movable type was an 11th-century Chinese invention, refined in Korea in 1230, before meeting conditions in Europe that would allow it to flourish—in Europe, in Gutenberg’s time.” | learn more
Doing business in Japan. A detailed account of a white American male who has lived and worked in Japan for a decade. The first section’s title quickly grabbed my attention: “The Company Is Father. The Company Is Mother.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Illinois might lose a house seat & federal funding. If the 2020 census shows even a 1% decline in IL population, the state will lose a seat in the house and $120MM. The state has 18 seats in congress today - down 6 since the 1960s. | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Food delivery couriers subcontracting to migrants in France. The economics here are interesting, considering the lack of profits for the companies. The NYT headline actually says that the couriers “exploit desperate migrants”, but I think that’s biased and inflammatory. The subcontracting is illegal, and yet totally voluntary. Feel free to make your own value judgement. | learn more
What went wrong for parking app Haystack. They attempted to move quickly to market before regulators could respond, like Uber and Airbnb before them. Instead, they found that regulators can sometimes move very quickly. | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
A bunch of detail about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency Libra. This TechCrunch article offers a nice summary. If you prefer video, check out your fellow subscriber Zack Smolinski explaining Libra on WTTW. | learn more
to your health ⚕
You should take a peek at your doctor’s notes on your health. “Some patient advocates say your doctor’s notes offer insights you might never hear from your physician, putting patient and provider on the same page.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
How people at Coinbase make decisions. Founder Brian Armstrong shares the framework they use for making decisions. I like it! This is an organization that grew in a few years to ~$1.5B in revenue and 13MM customers. | learn more
The rise of distributed teams. “Silicon Valley tech firm building products that let people collaborate over any distance. Must relocate to San Francisco.” Read this post for a great analysis of remote work and distributed teams. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
FDA warns that fecal transplant is linked to a patient’s death. This is a real setback in FMT research. It highlights a need for better screening (like we do with blood). “The agency said two patients received donated stool that had not been screened for drug-resistant germs, leading it to halt clinical trials until researchers prove proper testing procedures are in place.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Camel milk will be your next superfood. “A new crop of entrepreneurs is tapping into what food experts have called the ‘white gold.’” | learn more
Brooklyn Burger King delivers beef to people who ordered Impossible Whoppers. Yikes! “One vegetarian ate two before realizing he wasn’t eating the popular fake meat, which won’t hit NYC outposts until later this year.” | learn more
the end ✅
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