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👍 P.S. You Should Know... | Regenerating Immune Systems, 3D Knitting, and more | Issue #3

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my story 🚀
One of my 2017 goals is to build something (digital, physical, or both) ever quarter. With the arrival of Q2, I’m on the hunt for a new project and need your help coming up with ideas! For reference, my Q1 projects were Filtering The Flight Deal and the InstaFan Button. Please help me brainstorm by emailing me your ideas.
tech, startups, internet ⚡
Q&A with industry leading VC Steve Jurvetson. DFJ Ventures, foundedin 1985, has been one of the most successful VC firms. Jurvetson, the J in DFJ, sits on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX, Planet, D-Wave, and Synthetic Genomics. He answers questions about self-driving cars, nanotechnology, and other interesting topics. | learn more
Day 1 is forever because Day 2 is death. Jeff Bezos’s letter to shareholders puts a spotlight on his famous “It’s Day 1 for the Internet” philosophy, and lays out a framework for how he intends to keep Amazon from falling into Day 2. I especially like his concept of High-Velocity Decision Making and Disagree and Commit. | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Fasting can regenerate your immune system. A recent study by researchers at the University of Southern California has found that fasting for three days triggers your body to regenerate immune systems cells. “Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells. During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.” | learn more
staying thirsty 🚰
Drinking water from the sea. Water is essential to our survival, and it covers much of the earth. The only pesky issue is that most of that water is saltwater. Naturally, desalinization is a big deal. Unfortunately it’s still very expensive process, so water scarcity continues to be an issue in much of the world. A new graphene-based technology might enable rapid production of membranes to filter salt out of seawater. | learn more
Chicago splashes into water innovation business. Want to be in the water business? Maybe Chicago isn’t the best place to start. Since we have an abundant supply of water in Lake Michigan, Chicagoans really don’t think twice about using too much. These two projects aren’t letting that slow them down, as they work toward innovation in water technology and infrastructure. | learn more
fun facts 🙌
The internet, one pixel at a time. What happens when you let the internet place unlimited pixels on a canvas, but only one every five minutes? Reddit’s april fools joke lasted 3 days, and the result is worth looking at. “Somehow, someway, what happened in Reddit over those 72 hours was the birth of Art.” | learn more
Female supreme court justices interrupted 3x as much as men. Maybe this fact isn’t so fun, but holy crap! What does a lady have to do to get some respect around here? | lean more
Why Finland loves saunas. “The only Finnish word to make it into everyday English is sauna. But what it is, and how much it means to Finns, is often misunderstood - and it’s definitely not about flirtation or sex.” | learn more
thoughts of food 🍔
Fine fast food for rough neighborhoods. Daniel Patterson, a famed San Francisco chef restaurateur with 2 Michelin stars, partnered with Roy Choi, the LA “King of Food Trucks”, to try and bring a fast food brand to the under-served neighborhoods of big cities. They started in Watts, a place where the only two sit-down restaurants are Subway and Popeyes. The story of their setbacks and perseverance building Locol is really interesting. | lean more
Blue Apron now delivers 8 million meals per month. It’s fairly obvious by now that the food industry is undergoing a radical shift from decades past. Before too long, we’ll see the grocery and restaurant businesses upended. This profile of the leading meal kit company highlights their spectacular growth and the serious operational challenges they’ve faced along the way. From its founding in late 2012, they now have a round-the-clock operation with over 4,500 employees. | lean more
retail therapy 💸
Apparel’s near-term transformation. Consider the legacy model of apparel: Months-long design followed by manufacturing to build up inventory, topped off with a markdown cadence at at the end of the cycle. Repeat seasonally. Much about retail apparel has started to change… consider Zara and H&M’s fast fashion success, Rent the Runway pushing clothing ownership toward obsolescence, and Bonobos redefining the retail experience. What’s an apparel executive to do? | learn more
Custom 3D knitting while you wait. What do brands like Adidas, Uniqlo, and Ministry of Supply see in their crystal balls? While 3D printing is still stuck making products that feel like plastic, 3D knitting can create custom textiles on-demand. Uniqlo has a line of 3D knitted clothing already available. Ministry of Supply has a machine in their Boston flagship store that creates a custom jacket in 90 minutes. | learn more
better doing 🎯
Eisenhower’s urgent/important matrix. Many of us struggle to balance a significant number of priorities. President Eisenhower used this approach to figure out what to work on first. | lean more
The importance of scheduling nothing. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner writes about his practice of scheduling 90 minutes to 2 hours of empty space in his calendar daily. “Use that buffer time to think big, catch up on the latest industry news, get out from under that pile of unread emails, or just take a walk.” | learn more
Get more done by working less. “Some of history’s most famous people from Charles Darwin and Bill Gates to Winston Churchill, took rest very seriously. Rather than prevent them from accomplishing things this was the very thing that enabled them.” | learn more
(audio)books i like 🎧
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
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