Issue #8 - Cash App & Hip Hop, Free Markets Destroy, New-New LinkedIn, Creator Controllers, Pharrell, & ROMderful

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September 18, 2020

📰 News

🎙️ Cash App's hip hop connection is fr

🧱 Free Markets Destroy - A project from the Washington Policy Center

👺 This 2010 presentation from SoftBank's Masayoshi Son is big dick energy

🔫 Fornite threw an Epic shot at the fruit we all love to hate

👑 Here's an NYT profile on WeChat, the super app of super apps

🗒️ On the heels of Roam Research buzz (not a note-taking app apparently), here's a neat essay on what's missing in note-taking apps

🇯🇵 Visual report of Fukushima approximately one decade later

😷 Amidst the demand, PPE is redesigned, and a new service for face mask recognition

🐖 In false prophet fashion, Elon destroys naysayers and builds tools to control minds (one day)

🕺 No surprise that TikTok is redefining remixes, but a big surprise that they're being sold to Oracle

🗝️ Arctic World Archive is on a mission to preserve data for the next 500 years

👀 From Luckey, the inventor of Oculus, an AI surveillance military drone that pushes us one step closer to a state-controlled society

👄 The latest in deepfakes are advancements in lip-sync

🤖 A Primer on Algorithms and Bias from Farnam Street

👾 Virtual artists, like LoL's K/DA, are the future of music

🇰🇷 Who would have thought K-Pop would conquer Algeria too

🎵 The 41 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2020 by Pitchfork

🍜 Everybody knows where to go to get the best cheap food when they travel to a new city (Hint: Chinatown)

📁 Winamp skins are such a vibe


🕹️ Products

Loupedeck - Physical control consoles for creators

Polywork - The New-new LinkedIn

Hourone - Synthetic characters as a service

Fluent - Learn French while you browse

Diffbot- An AI scraping the whole web whose customers include DuckDuckGo & Snapchat

Bulletin - Wholesale marketplace for indie brands

Ready - A new type of calendar

Dropbase - Turn spreadsheets into live databases

Here - Creative video workspaces

Stir - Tools for creators to run better businesses

Nuggs - Tesla of chicken nuggets

Clover - Digital notebooks designed for creatives

Podcastle - Convert news/articles to a podcast using machine learning

Localingual - Hear voices from different countries across the world

Fey - A beautiful tool for traders and investors


🎧 Music

Pharrell Williams - Entrepreneur ft. JAY-Z

ROMderful - "Tired of The Games" ft. TOBi

Adam Snow - 9 to 5 ft. Freddie Gibbs & Tedy Andreas

Disclosure, Kehlani, Syd - Birthday

Choosey & Exile - Low Low ft. Aloe Blacc


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Issue #7 - GPT-3, Cult Brands, Designer Costco, Ugly Vegetables, Burna Boy, & Purple Disco Machine

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August 17, 2020

📰 News

🦾 GPT-3 will steal your job and your girl (or guy)

🙏 How to create a cult brand

🔍 How to find anything on the internet

📚 How to summarize & distill books

✉️ How to build your own newsletter empire

👵 Boomfluencers - Grandma lit fam

🎮 Pitchfork’s list of their favorite video game music soundtracks from the past 20 years

🗞️ Thoughts on the past, present, and future of newspaper advertising

⚰️ There’s a startup for that: Cremation, wills, funeral planning, tombstone design, and more

⛪ We call it JesaaS

👊 The ultimate community-created fighting game is upon us

👕 Yes, it’s possible to make a $1 million dollars selling thrifted goods Depop

🐺 Trends #0027: Million-dollar, one-person businesses by Dru Riley

🚴 How Uber turned JUMP into mounds of recyclable trash

🖼️ Researchers from MIT and Microsoft create a new algorithm to find hidden stylistic connections between paintings

🪑 Here’s a primer on contemporary decor for you West Elmers

🏎️ The future of racing lies in gamers

🧑‍🚀 Subculture of the Month: Randonauts

🏘️ Yeezy shelters dropping soon

🐦 Teen charged in hack while Twitter aims to go subscription-based

🌌 It takes 110 people to colonize Mars

🥑 God bless Zillenials, the true internet generation

📺 20 documentraies from The Guardian to explain 2020

🌀 Fast Company’s 2020 list of the most creative people in business

💡 Chindōgu: Building a useless invention empire

🧠 Powerpoint activism goes viral


🕹️ Products

Brek - Retro-tech streetwear

Plausible - Privacy-friendly analytics

Artifact - This American Life for everyone

Airr - Highlight your favorite podcasts

Contra - Future of freelance

Ditto - Update copy from one place

Misfits Market - Buy ugly produce

Italic - Costco for Alexander Wang

MakeSpace - Collaborative browser

Unclaimed Baggage - Buy unclaimed baggage

Their Tube - Recommended Youtube videos from different perspectives

Headlime - Copywrite like an expert

LALAL.AI - Extract vocals and instrumentals

WindowSnap - Look outside someone's window

Macro - Better Zoom meetings


🎧 Music

Burna Boy - Wonderful

Purple Disco Machine - Love For Days

IDK & A$AP Ferg - Mazel Tov

beabadoobee - If You Want To

Octavian & Skepta - Papi Chulo


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Issue #6 - Yeezy Dating, Dark Web Index, Ford Broncos, Designer Cereal, & Dominic Fike

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July 17, 2020

📰 News

🚧 The three year journey designing Yeezy Supply's ecommerce site

❤️ Also, the epic story of Yeezy Dating

🌟 Who woulda thought stars make beautiful ambient music

👽 The Fermi Paradox

⏪ Analysis of YouTube Trending Videos of 2019 (US): "Linus Tech Tips (a technology channel) was the channel that produced most trending videos in 2019. It is a technology (not entertainment nor music) and personal (not corporate) channel. More than that, the 2nd and 3rd channels after Linus Tech Tips were cooking channels."

🔮 Life in 2022: Local news dying, end of one-stop shop retail, and higher ed ass-out

🤝 There's power in the music of protest

🐈 Imagine playing a video game where the main character is a stray cat in a distant cyberpunk robot future

🧠 Here's some technique on how to hack your ability to memorize

⏱️ 8:46 - Dave Chappelle

🎂 Reddit turned 15: "The result was messy, multicultural, and profoundly human."

📱 Ringtones shaped the modern world

🎥 Nothing really seems far off when an AI actor can lead a $70m film budget

😭 King James & Maverick raised $100m for SpringHill, a media company whose name pays homage to the apartment complex where Lebron grew up

🏦 A quick history lesson on the burning of Black Wall Street

🖋️ Cooper Black in Pop Culture

👀 How TikTok keeps us addicted

😂 We all know a 'Karen'...or 'Sharon’

🐦 According to security experts, this Twitter is hack is actually pretty bad

💼 Publishers are going after Internet Archive for copyright infringement

💱 Dark Web Price Index 2020


🕹️ Products

2021 Ford Bronco - The American legend Jeep-killer

Offlimits - Designer, art-inspired, Saturday morning cereal

HumanIPO - Raise human equity

This Word Does Not Exist - As the name suggests

Hawkeye - Eye-tracking comes to user research

Atmos - Build your house, simply

Keen - Google comes for Pinterest

Koji - Meme marketplace

Repiler - Answer questions buried in poorly written emails

Buildbox - No-code game dev

July - Design-first, window unit AC

Anygood - To-do list meets recommendations

Profithunt - Profitable online projects

Public - Robinhood meets Facebook


🎧 Music

Dominic Fike - Politics & Violence

Durand Jones & The Indications - Don’t You Know

Lute - Life

Roddy Ricch: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

boy pablo - hey girl

Big K.R.I.T. - “K.R.I.T. Iz Here” Short Film


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🤠 Newsletter - Issue #5 - June 2020

Musings on the future of art, technology, & culture.

June 16, 2020

📰 News

💻 Online events suck and we all know it

🤯 How does it feel to be in the middle of the biggest psychological experiment in history?

📈 A founder's story of how his project got acquired in 6 months

🖤 Powerful piece on Black art inspired and produced by a 'Trayvon Generation'

🗡️ Talk about biting the hand that feeds...Amazon uses its sellers' data to private-label competing products

Tesla was not a car, but he was a machine

🌑 Taika Waititi deserves his Star Wars debut

🔮 The Vice Guide to 2030

🍺 "When John and Leo started The Chive, their goal was to create a curated website for viral content that they could eventually sell to The Onion. (They tried, too, offering themselves up for $300,000. The Onion flatly refused.)"

🪑 Documentary: Chair Times, A History of Seating – From 1800 to Today

🌀 Forget pandemic, here's 9 other disasters that experts don't think we're ready for

👾 Wired profile on the 25 year old hacker who saved the internet from WannaCry, but still got arrested

🌎 Here's a great piece from Packy McCormick's Not Boring newsletter on the difference between Shotcallers & Worldbuilders, followed by Worldconnectors, and how it all connects to defining the future

🧠 Mental Model of the Month: Commitment and Consistency Bias

✏️ How to write and what to write about by Ava Huang

🤔 Here's an interactive graph showing when the Simpsons predicted the future

💫 I've been doing a lot of reading into developing paid communities and thought I'd share a few resources: Dru Riley's Trends #0014 — Paid Communities, The New Model Media Star Is Famous Only to You by NYT, 2PM's Open Letter to Creators, How to Create an Online Community That People Will Pay For by HBR

📺 30 Companies Defining the Future of Media & Pop Culture by Trends

🕳️ "So often to achieve while black, is to also stand alone while black."

📱 Is the next coming of social products upon us or is it all just pandemic smoke?

👻 Speaking of social: Snap is low-key killing it

🥤 Houseparty was just a few years too early, an idea repeatedly lost and found, but here's an insider look on what happen

💸 Robinhood & Millennials: "It is about giving more people a feeling of access to the means that might someday rocket them into the top 1%, too."


🕹️ Products

MailThis - Send mail from your computer

Untools - Collection of thinking tools and frameworks for problem solving

Jukebox - A neural net that generates music by OpenAI

Bookshop - Support your local bookshop

Nookazon - Amazon, but for Animal Crossing

Harpoon - Time-tracking and billing

Readup - Track your reading

Distance Disco - A digital matchmaking dance party

Daily.co - API to add video chat to any app or site, in minutes

Faire - Online wholesale for stores

Got Your Back - Artsy Zoom backgrounds


🎧 Music

Gorillaz - Friday 13th ft. Octavian

N*E*R*D - Provider

Buscabulla - Vámono

AG CLUB - MEMPHIS

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - 1985

Pop Smoke - Make It Rain ft. Rowdy Rebel

Aminé - Riri


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🤠 Newsletter - Issue #4 - May 2020

Musings on the future of art, technology, & culture.

May 15, 2020

📰 News

💣 10 inventions, full of regret

🌱 Nature is a teacher that keeps on teaching

⛰️ From Farnam Street (and aligns with a presentation given by Ben Evans): Innovation doesn't occur in a vacuum and knowledge compounds — We're all standing on the shoulder of giants

🖱️ Figma + Spotify Design

🤳 Being an influencer in the time of recession

👔 Mapping of the 'Future of Work' startup ecosystem

💰 Podcast w/ Jason Calacanis on risk

💔 Humanizing tale on a successful, but sick startup founder from Wired

🏝️ Salesforce is creating an economy model through AI and an Animal Crossing-esque world

🐀 Banksy creating masterpieces from his toilet

📦 A look into the world of dropshipping

👺 An Illustrated Guide to Masked Wrestling by The Pudding

✊ Real stories from real people in the COVID economy

🚜 Urban, vertical farms are becoming a thing

🙄 Clubhouse, lets talk about it

📈 The GOAT, Mary Meeker, on coronavirus trends

📺 Deepfake & the future of commerical advertising

🪀 15 objects that defined 2019

🌵 Travis Scott is Gen Z hero

🍄 Midnight Gospel is the best animated series I've watched in long time


🕹️ Products

Boot Boyz Biz - Thought-provoking, reseach-inspired streetwear

Material Bank - Building material marketplace

AR Copy Paste - From real-life to your computer screen

Dilla Donuts Tee - Dilla changed my life

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts Book - By Farnam Street

Bored Solutions - Stuff to do if you're bored

A to Z of AI - Friendly primer on AI

Online Town - MMO meets Zoom

Wattpad - Sell your stories

98.css - Design system takin' it back

Synthesia - AI-edited videos

Grain - Enhance your Zoom experience

Boomer Email - Weekly email from boomers


🎧 Music

SiR - John Redcorn

Snoh Aalegra - Fool For You

Giveon - THE BEACH

MF DOOM - One Beer

ROSALÍA - A Palé

Jacob Collier - All I Need


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