23 Dec 2018  •  View in browser
Happy holidays.
Merry Christmas to ya'll! Here's what I read this week
⚔️ How Fortnite triggered a family war. The last-man-standing video game has grabbed onto American boyhood, pushing aside other pastimes and hobbies and transforming family dynamics.
💰 What exactly does Salesforce do? A company that has, in the past 20 or so years, positively exploded into a $117-billion dollar behemoth, now the owner of the tallest building in San Francisco. But what does it do?
💵 The best investor in academia. A Harvard professor made $400m in a biotech IPO in which he invested $5 million in the startup’s early days. His windfall is one in a series of savvy investments.
🚬 $12.8 Billion for e-cigarettes. San Francisco-based Juul valued at $38 billion and will put its "healthy" products next to Marlboro cigarettes on American retail shelves.
🧘‍♂️ The Yoda of silicon valley. Algorithms, the recipes that feed the digital age — although, as Dr. Knuth likes to point out, algorithms can also be found on Babylonian tablets from 3,800 years ago. He is an esteemed algorithmist.
🚨 How scammers in China manipulate Amazon. How sellers are using fake reviews, artificial sales and even bribes to deceive online consumers.
⛅️ The world's biggest air purifier. Is being tested in Xian in an effort to remedy the China's smog problem without costing a fortune.
🕶 Inside the World’s most elite (and secret) traders’ club. The price of admission is at least $25 million. It has no name and no board of directors but has a roster drawn from the world’s wealthiest and most successful traders.
👥 The human marketplace. The constant pressure to sell ourselves on every possible platform has produced its own brand of modern anxiety.
🎅 The competitive business of recruiting Santas. The professional Santa business can be cutthroat and demanding but some of the industry’s all-stars, like LA-based Santa Ed, tout salaries of $100k+ per season.
Fun facts 
😱 Samsung's revenue was equal to 17% of South Korea's $1,082 billion GDP. Link.
😵 The paper sleeve around your coffee cup is called a zarf and they've existed in various forms for over 800 years. Link.
🙄 The best paid athlete of all time is the Ancient Roman charioteer Gaius Appuleius Diocles. His winnings totaled 35,863,120 sesterces, over 15 billion in today’s US dollars. Link.
😮 40 real squirrels were trained to crack nuts for Charlie & the Chocolate Factory instead of using CGI.  Link.
😳 Charles Joseph Bonaparte, the great-nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, lived in Maryland and served in the cabinet of President Theodore Roosevelt. He created the FBI. Link.
Free ideas
💡 A database of resumes which got people specific jobs so you know what direction to take to get those jobs.
💡 A screenshot app that automatically blurs personal data.
💡 Break into homes. Leave a business card promoting your home security business.
💡 Audit trails for the citizens to know exactly where their tax money goes.
💡 A restaurant that has free food, but makes its money off of advertisements.
Gaurav Baheti
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