30 Dec 2018  •  View in browser
2018's done.
It's been quite a year - fast as hell - together we've shared 52 issues and ~43,000 words between us. Well, from me to you. You're welcome.
💰 How North Korea built an alternative financial system. Using a shadowy network of traders, regime moves millions of dollars around the world despite sanctions and pressure on international banks. (paywall)
👩 The world's most powerful woman. The story covers the marvelous gamut of Melinda’s extraordinary life: meeting and marrying Bill Gates, and dramatically changing her husband’s ideas about what to do with his money.
💼 Selling citizenship is big business. It is easy money for small countries who sell the citizenships to the rich, but it also attracts criminals.
💐 Billion-dollar blessings. Exploring the wildly lucrative online empire of the religious right via Liberty University in the NYT.
🚨 The internet is fake. <60% of web traffic is human. It's filled with Chinese click farms, middlemen on Amazon using drop shipping and faux storefronts in SFO to take advantage of the third-party seller platform via price-gouging and copyright-stealing. "The only real thing is ads."
🌓 What Fjord's 2019 trends say. A look at what's ahead for the future of business, technology and design.
🎯 Rational vs. Reasonable. Day trading and stock picking aren’t rational for most investors. But they’re reasonable in small amounts if they scratch an itch hard enough to keep you out of bigger trouble.
🌚 The state of being stuck. Patience, perseverance, acceptance—this is what defines a mathematician. Something you should read before the year ends.
🤖 How AlphaZero mastered its games. In 2016, a Google program soundly defeated Lee Sedol, the world’s best Go player, in a match viewed by more than a hundred million people.
👧 The 2-year-old Instagram influencers. The platform’s young stars can rake in five-figure sums for a photo. It’s about “building brand awareness and affinity through generations,” says one expert.
Fun facts 
😱 80% of all avocados sold worldwide are derived from one single tree that was grown from a seed of unknown origin back in 1926. Link.
😵 George Washington owned the largest distillery in America, producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey per year. Link.
😮 Snails are one of the deadliest animals in the world, carrying a disease that kills an estimated 200,000 people per year (compared to the snake, which kills only 50,000).  Link.
🙄 Americans eat 100 acres of pizza every day. That's 350 slices every second. Link.
😳 The first potato chips available to the general public were unsalted and came with a small salt packet. After a flavoring process was invented, the first commercially available flavor in the world was Cheese and Onion in 1954. Link.
Free ideas
💡 Get paid to put body cameras on you and stream your lives on the internet.
💡 Facebook/Google create a full wiki profile with all the data they have on you.
💡 An app that converts article links to hearable podcasts and saves them for when you're driving.
💡 Start a flight/hotel booking site but the destinations are randomly picked.
💡 Putting an addictive chemical in toothpaste, so people will be more compelled to brush their teeth.
Happy new year to you all! Send me your resolutions, if you happen to make a bunch every year (like I do).
Gaurav Baheti
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