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Polymathic Monthly - Issue #29: Varuna, Career Advice, Peer Pairs, and The Problem With Podcasts

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I've decided to dive headlong into building Varuna. It'll be a hard slog but, already, the support of
 

Polymathic Monthly

December 9 · Issue #29 · View online
A curation of articles, tech, books and innovation strategy to enrich your career and personal lives.

I’ve decided to dive headlong into building Varuna. It’ll be a hard slog but, already, the support of family/friends and acquaintances have landed us a verbal commitment for a contract from a large midwestern water utility and funding commitments (see image below).
Poor water quality is a pervasive and big issue in the US. There is a one-in-four chance the water from your tap is unsafe. There are at least 100 ‘boil water’ warnings across the US every day. And utilities lack the resources to quickly detect and remedy the issues. Varuna provides consumers with peace of mind about the water they drink in their homes. Our sensor captures data on water quality at the edge location (building/home) and, through a dashboard, the utility can manage, process, view, analyze and collaborate to rectify the issues to ensure you and your family only drink good quality water.
We’d love your help too: with introductions to water utility folk (experts and decision makers), multi-location quick service restaurants (QSRs) and even investors.
As evidenced by this issue, I won’t stop curating PM. I enjoy it too much to let it go even as we build the business :) I hope you enjoy this issue.

Screenshot of a text from one of those supportive friends I mentioned above.
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Books
A topic that’s gotten a lot of my attention is AI (you know this if you’ve been reading PM) and THE must-read book on this topic is

I’m still on my 'City’ kick - many water utilities are public institutions and I’m working with a fantastic company to curate the City of The Future conference in San Antonio - and I shared the five books below with a good friend who’s interested in cities.

All the very best this coming week. Do reach out with any introductions or commitments towards growing Varuna. We’re focused on providing peace of mind about water quality to every home in the US. And soon the world.
ps: Share the favorite article or book you read in 2018. I’m compiling a mega-list to share in 2019!
Best
Seyi
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