13 Jan 2019 •  View in browser
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Here are a few things to read this week-
🛍 How retail changes. When algorithms curate everything we buy, a new generation of retail choice engines will work more clearly on behalf of customers by offering transparency, neutrality, and an unlimited catalog.
💰 Building a $5,000/m side project. Passive income. The 4 hour work week. The dream. As a millennial, there are few things that rank as desirable as finding a recurring source of income that doesn’t take much work (or a boss).
🥛 The land of milk and money. The department of agriculture is throwing out Obama-era school nutrition standards and tossing a lifeline to the dairy industry. It’s called more fat, sugar, and salt.
🏖 Super-rich sabbatical. As executive incomes rise and corporate culture becomes more casual, highly paid workers are increasingly taking mega-vacations that last for several months (just a few) or longer.
🕶 The future of global trade. Huge multiplayer games like Fortnite are true economic exchanges, but persuading governments to let data flow freely may be the ultimate battle royale.
☘️ The vegetarians at the gate. Many vegans want to destroy the modern food system. Investor Chris Kerr wants to use it to take plant-based products mainstream.
🥪 The self-made sandwich billionaire. Eccentric Jimmy opened his first store 35 years ago & built it into a sandwich empire. Giving up control is hard—especially when your name is on 2,802 buildings of a business you no longer own.
💆‍♂️ The man who makes founders cry. “Yoda of Silicon Alley” provides support to VCs, founders, and execs. In 2014, he launched a coaching company called Reboot, offering mindfulness training, leadership development, and $10K weekend retreats.
😸 A.I. toward happiness. The start-up, Humu, builds on some of the so-called people-analytics programs pioneered by the internet giant, which has studied things like the traits that define great managers and how to foster better teamwork.
🐶 The online puppy scam. Internet scams are going to the dogs. They trick buyers into paying upfront for dogs they’ve already fallen in love with. Victims often end up paying between $100 and $1K before they realized they’ve been tricked.
Fun facts 
😱 Banks have therapists known as 'wealth psychologist' who help ultra-rich clients, who are unable to mentally cope with their immense wealth. Link.
😵 Humans have been sailing for 8,000 years, about 1500 years longer than we have been using wheels. Link.
😮 Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long (the distance from London to New York), and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land. Link.
🙄 Over 20,000 people have purchased Alien Abduction Insurance. Link.
😳 Regular drinking lowers the levels of serotonin in your brain, the chemical which helps to regulate your mood, and the correlation is that those who experience anxiety or depression are twice as likely to be heavy drinkers. Link.
Free ideas
💡 Airports should have thrift stores where they sell items that were confiscated by the TSA.
💡 Stoves should have smoke detectors built in that shut off the stove when smoke is detected.
💡 Uber/Lyft paramedics, because not everybody can afford an ambulance.
💡 Water soluble tea bags.
💡 Paid dating site where if you get stood up/canceled on, the person buys you dinner.
Gaurav Baheti
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