27 Jan 2019 •  View in browser
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Time stops for none. Apologies for a few missed editions. Here are a few cool things to check out this week-
🕶 How to be successful. An extensive guide to being successful by the YC chief Sam Altman.
📕 Storytelling for starups. "People often don’t buy the best products, they buy the best products they understand."
🍾 How one man in Nazi Germany created a global soda. A short video documentary about Fanta.
🕹 The escape-room games industry is booming. Participants are physically locked in a room and must solve puzzles against the clock to secure their release.
👶 The quest for longevity. Dave Asprey built his multimillion-dollar brand Bulletproof Coffee and has spent $1m in his quest to live to 180. Legit.
🤖 Do you take this robot... Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying?
🛵 Digitizing Indonesian street vendors. Warung Pintar grew from 12 to 1,150 carts -- and it hopes to expand to 5k by year’s end. By subsidizing its tech-enabled carts, Warung Pintar is betting it will be able to monetize them.
📈 The biggest returns. The biggest energy story of the last four decades has nothing to do with oil or gas. It’s not wind turbines or solar panels. You can’t touch it, or even look at it.
💊 A pill for loneliness. Inside the hunt for drugs that ease the effects of isolation on the brain.
💰 The most powerful person in Silicon Valley. Billionaire Masayoshi Son–not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg–has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia and he's betting $100 billion.
Fun facts 
😱 The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a licence, because they are issued in the Queen’s name. Link.
😵 Nintendo pushed the term "videogame console" so people would stop calling competing products "Nintendos" and they wouldn't risk losing the valuable trademark. Link.
😮 Why paper cuts are so painful is b/c at a microscopic level, paper is actually quite rough. A knife makes a straight cut, but paper acts like a saw blade and does more damage to cells and nerve endings. Paper also leaves behind tiny fibres and chemical residues, irritating the wound even more. Link.
🙄 "Returning Soldier Effect" - where more male babies than female babies were born after both World Wars in almost all belligerent countries. Reason: unknown. Link.
😳 Helium is called helium because -ium is for metals,Helios is the sun god. They thought helium was metal from the sun. Link.
Free ideas
💡 An app that cancels plans for you. It sends well thought out & genuine reasons why I can’t attend.
💡 A board game rental service.
💡 A copyright claim challenge where we see how many corporate videos we can claim are ours before YouTube fixes the system.
💡 Put body cams on waitstaff to catch bitchy customers in the act. Start a candid restaurant camera show with their faces blurred.
💡 An organic edible barcode on fruits to replace the stupid paper stickers.
Gaurav Baheti
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