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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #139

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November 24 · Issue #139 · 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 🚀
Fun family photo shoot!
Fun family photo shoot!
🦃 Happy Thanksgiving! One of the many things I’m grateful for is you opening your inbox to me and reading this newsletter. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.
someone else's words 💬
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fun facts 🙌
Hackers can use lasers to ‘speak’ to your Amazon Echo or Google Home. Well, I guess it’s time to keep the shades closed! “By sending laser-powered 'light commands’ to a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.” | learn more
Scripted TV costs are getting higher. With Apple joining the ‘original series’ party, costs of production are now up to $15-17 million per hour of TV. | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Insight into the suburban pot backlash. A few weeks ago, I shared news about protesters who tried (unsuccessfully) to have Buffalo Grove ban pot. It turns out many of the protesters are traveling town to town rather than locals. “Critics complained that Opt Out consisted of the same group of protesters going from town to town.” | learn more
911 operator blew off the wrong call. “Police issued a warning after at least eight robberies unfolded on the Near North Side and in Lincoln Park on Sunday. But one 911 call taker refused to give a citizen’s critical information to dispatchers, an Old Town resident says.” | learn more
tech, startups, internet ⚡
The passion economy. A lot to think about here… “Gig work isn’t going anywhere—but there are now more ways to capitalize on creativity. Users can now build audiences at scale and turn their passions into livelihoods, whether that’s playing video games or producing video content.” | learn more
Convincing investors that you’re Facebook, not Friendster. There’s a great point here about understanding the history of your market. “[I]nvestors have longer memories of failures than new entrepreneurs. When you’re describing the future, most of them are remembering the past. … What companies came before? Why did they fail? Which investors got burned?” | learn more
better doing 🎯
The bus ticket theory of genius. This is one of Paul Graham’s essays (he’s known for them) that discusses the source of genius. “Everyone knows that to do great work you need both natural ability and determination. But there’s a third ingredient that’s not as well understood: an obsessive interest in a particular topic.” | learn more
How to bulletproof your fundraising deck. Much has been written about how to create a great deck. This article particularly focuses on how to calculate and show metrics that stand up to scrutiny. | learn more
to your health ⚕
Idea: U.S. can slash health-care costs 75% without Medicare for All. “Fund the HSA deductible, as Indiana and Whole Foods do, and put real prices on everything.” | learn more
JPMorgan & Amazon pilot new health plan with workers. They “have begun testing the new health-care venture they’re developing with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., rolling out some of the new offerings to employees in a handful of states.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Bioplastic made from fish scales just won the James Dyson award. “British product designer Lucy Hughes has invented a biodegradable plastic made from fish offcuts.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Dean Foods Company’s bankruptcy. “In one corner: innovation. In the other corner: disruption. Dean Foods Co. $DF, the largest US supplier of milk, is struggling as a result.” | learn more
big ideas 📚
Open borders are immigration’s best fix. “The world’s nations, especially the world’s richest nations, are missing an enormous chance to do well while doing good. The name of this massive missed opportunity—and the name of my book on the topic—is "open borders.” | learn more
The grumpy economist: climate clarity. “The carbon elephant in the room.” | learn more
the end ✅
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