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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #125

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August 18 · Issue #125 · 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’re on vacation! Wishing you all a great home stretch of summer.
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
How to advertise on a porn website. Restaurant delivery service Eat24, now owned by GrubHub, was once a scrappy independent upstart. Back then, they had to figure out how to stretch their ad budget to the max. They found the answer on a porn site and turned it into an interesting and informative case study. | learn more
Harvard streamlines admission process by directly growing new students from DNA of top donors. Wonderful satire from The Onion. “This saves a lot of time we would otherwise spend tediously pretending to review applications, allowing us to focus on ensuring every student we accept is a good fit for Harvard.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
How socialism permeated Chicago’s city council. For some reason this reminds me of Nassim Taleb’s comment about his politics: “At Fed level, libertarian; state, Republican; local, Democrat; family/friends, socialist.” | learn more
Shedd Aquarium’s stingrays keep dying and nobody knows why. “More than 30 stingrays died at the Shedd Aquarium early this year, but officials have not figured out why and have replaced the fish with catches from the Gulf of Mexico.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Scott Galloway’s entertaining thoughts on WeWork (video).
Scott Galloway
#hottake 🔥 #WeWork or, better yet, We What the F**k? https://t.co/IZeh5O5olv
7:16 PM - 15 Aug 2019
Boston saved $5M annually routing school buses with an algorithm. Before that, they were using a team of 10 human route planners. Interestingly, no jobs were lost during the transition. | learn more
Some AI leaders think we need an FDA-equivalent to regulate algorithms. “Imagine a couple of caffeine-addled biochemistry majors late at night in their dorm kitchen cooking up a new medicine that proves remarkably effective at soothing colds but inadvertently causes permanent behavioral changes.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
Principles of shaping. The fine folks at Basecamp have released a manual that teaches the world how they work. This page covers a topic they call shaping. It’s supremely interesting and especially relevant if you manage digital products, though I think it’s great even if you don’t. “When we shape the work, we need to do it at the right level of abstraction: not too vague and not too concrete. Product managers often err on one of these two extremes.” | learn more
NerdWallet’s CEO on shifting from first-time founder to seasoned exec. “Tim Chen reflects on the arc of his journey as founder after more than a decade of company building. He shares the six mindset shifts he needed to make to transition from entrepreneur to executive as his startup scaled, weaving together a collection of lessons that will be invaluable for any founder finding themselves at this very same crossroads.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
A Mexican hospital, an American surgeon, and a $5k rebate check. “A novel twist on medical tourism to avoid the high cost of U.S. health care saves an employer money and even earns the patient a bonus.” I’d take this option, especially if the alternative was Chicago winter! | learn more
retail therapy 💸
Shady(ish) tactics that shopping sites use to get your money. You’ve seen a bunch of these first-hand. Quartz sums them all up nicely with entertaining examples and animations. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
A short selfie can now measure your blood pressure. “A new technology, called transdermal optical imaging, can turn your smartphone into a device that can measure your blood pressure by analyzing a short video of your face. The University of Toronto-led research has demonstrated the system is 95 percent accurate and an app is already in development.” | learn more
Illinois study finds optimists sleep better. “Results from this study revealed significant associations between optimism and various characteristics of self-reported sleep after adjusting for a wide array of variables, including socio-demographic characteristics, health conditions and depressive symptoms,” Hernandez said. | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Four Loko teases a White Claw rival with 3x the booze. If you haven’t noticed, hard seltzer (led by White Claw) is the drink of summer 2019. “Four Loko appears to be entering the battle to become the drink of choice for the modern ‘bro’ with a new hard seltzer.” | learn more
on the blockchain ⛓
Digital vs digitally formatted securities. From the blog of OpenFinance: “A digitally formatted security is a digital representation of a private and non-listed security.” | learn more
the end ✅
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