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Welcome to Tuesday's Big Revolution newsletter. Today I'm sharing some of the findings from the recen
February 5 · Issue #339 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Tuesday’s Big Revolution newsletter. Today I’m sharing some of the findings from the recent newsletter subscriber survey. Thanks to everyone who took part.
– Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • Facebook has reportedly acquired its first blockchain startup. London-based Chainspace focused on blockchain-powered smart contracts. Facebook has been reported to be working on its own cryptocurrency in recent months.
  • Facebook turned 15 years old yesterday. Mark Zuckerberg marked the occasion with a post that has been criticised for massively playing down the harm the company has done.
  • Google has announced new Android accessibility features for hearing-impaired people. These include Live Transcribe, which turns the words people say around you into text on your phone’s screen.
The big thought
Galaxy brain!
Your big thoughts
I thought it would be worth sharing some of my conclusions from this newsletter’s first subscriber survey, which ran three weeks ago.
I was pleased to see it come out with an excellent net promoter score (NPS) of 73, although the kind of people who took the time to fill in the survey are, I suppose, the kind of people more likely to score it highly.
NPS isn’t exactly that useful a measure for a newsletter (subscriptions, unsubscriptions, open rates, and paid memberships are far more useful), but I was still curious to see what it would say.
Another revealing answer was how many people wanted a change to the current seven-days-a-week schedule. I offered a range of alternatives, but the results were almost as close as the Brexit vote.
52.8% of subscribers wanted to leave the current system and shift to Monday-Friday only publishing, while 47.2% wanted the current schedule to remain.
Given the closeness of the vote, I’m not going to go all ‘will of the people’ on you and bulldozer two of weekly editions. However, I regularly hear people say seven days is too many (it’s the main reason given for unsubscribing) so from this weekend, we’ll shift to just a Saturday edition. Everyone can have a break on Sundays, unless something huge happens that I absolutely have to share. Weekday editions will be unchanged.
Finally, I thought I’d share some of the ideas you had for things to add to newsletter. I can’t necessarily use them all, but I’m taking them all on board for possible new features. Thanks to you all!
  • Maybe opportunities in tech. They could be interesting jobs, ICOs announcements, product testing opportunities, etc
  • Free giveaways, free merch, live chat community
  • A monthly podcast or exclusive interview with someone from the world of tech
  • Maybe you can double the daily content (I am sure it is already taking your time)
  • Might sound weird, but an API would be handy. We would happily add BigRev content to our team collaboration app!
One big read
A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions
It’s amazing how many lies someone can tell before being exposed. This acclaimed novelist has been telling big fibs about his life and career for years.
One big tweet
This is great to see. Tech companies need to embrace remote working much more than they do already, and it’s great to see a company like AngelList promoting it.
Andreas Klinger ✌️
Life update:

Most here know that promoting remote work has been my passion for the last 5-10years. I decided to stop doing it "on the side" & focus on it fulltime:

From now on i'll lead @AngelList's efforts to become the #1 place to connect global talent w/ global opportunities
11:46 PM - 4 Feb 2019
That’s all for today...
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