9 Sep, 2018  •  View in browser
We're on fire.
Our ProductHunt launch was a massive success. But let's get back to work.

What's happening? Nike came out with another inspiring 
video. A trending bite-sized mobile keyboard redesign case study. NASA wants to auction rocket-naming rights (just like New Delhi metro?) And here's a truck showing what's ahead of it. Always wanted something like this.
Must read
💊 How medical algorithms really work. Quartz collected 200,000 images of malignant, benign, and tumor-free CT scans, in both 2D and 3D and trained an algorithm to detect cancer in just two hours.
👛 The Steve Jobs of beauty. Glossier CEO Emily Weiss has figured out how to get people to buy beauty products without trying them first, which is rare in the cosmetics industry.
🕹 Designing the illusion of control. The world is full of buttons that don't work. Have you ever bashed the "close door" button in an elevator and suspected if it really worked? You're not alone.
🌋 The ultimate doomsday escape plan. The super rich of Silicon Valley have a doomsday escape plan. Seven billionaire entrepreneurs have purchased bunkers from Rising S Co. and planted them in New Zealand.
🏢 Why big companies squander good ideas. A long read by FT on real reasons why corporate innovation dies, citing examples from—Nokia, Blackberry, Kodak, and unexpectedly World War II.
🎩 The no brand startup. Brandless sells about 300 home-goods staples, mostly for $3 each. The site will sell only one kind of toothpaste, or coaster, or tree-free toilet paper - raised $240M from Softbank.
🎬 What the last Blockbuster has that Netflix doesn’t. In 2004, Blockbuster went from over 9,000 locations worldwide to exactly one in America. But in this streaming age, is there anything we can learn from Blockbuster?
👯 The Hot College Gig. At Virginia Tech, as many as 1,000 of the 30,000 undergrads are being paid to promote products as varied as mascara and storage bins.
🍩 Predicting a city’s obesity levels by analyzing its buildings. Using satellite images, Google Street View, and health data, researchers trained an algorithm to estimate obesity rates without examining its inhabitants.
👨‍💻 How a single piece of code crashed the world. The untold story of NotPetya, the most devastating cyber attack in history. Crippled ports, paralyzed corporations & frozen government agencies.
Fun facts 
😵 When the 1969 US Open was postponed due to rain, they used a helicopter to dry off the courts.  Link.
🙄 The Vatican has nominated St. Isidore of Seville to be the patron saint of the Internet, a seventh-century theologian and encyclopedist who tried to record everything ever known. Link.
😮 70% of the 1.1m pre-booked railway tickets sold each day in India are now booked online. Link.
😱 One of history's most successful pirates was a Chinese prostitute named Ching Shih. She commanded a fleet of over 1,500 ships and 80,000 sailors. Link.
😳 The Russian space agency decided to turn an old space suit into a satellite. The result looked like an astronaut stranded in outer space. Link.
Free Ideas
💡 A button that just takes you to a random post you’ve shared/liked/tweeted in the past.
💡 Smart TVs that can mute certain people on a show.
💡 A gym membership where they slowly pay back an initial fee if you meet your target quota and they can make money off your success story.
💡 Do a survey/see an ad to get free secured Wifi in a public place.
💡 An app that lets you simulate bad cell signal reception so you can skip out of unwanted phone calls.
In other news, you can now follow Velocity (@velcty) on Twitter. More cool content there.

Like a supervised machine learning algorithm, I get better with feedback. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one.
Gaurav Baheti
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