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Stellar Recap | eAddendum, Hospitality 2.0, & YOLO Economy

Stella Min
Stella Min
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Explorations
Stellar Addendum. I explored another newsletter platform called elink last week. I tested the platform by sharing some of the content that I cut from my previous newsletter. It was super easy to use and the newsletter issues look great after you publish them on their website (see example). However, I have no idea how the newsletter looks in my inbox because elink doesn’t allow you to send newsletters unless you sign up for a paid subscription. It could be a strategy for incentivizing users to convert but I doubt that it’s successful, given that many competing platforms offer this feature and more. You can read my full review of elink (and other email platforms like ConvertKit and Medium) on my blog. Personally, I’m sticking with Revue but I can see why others may want use elink.
Hospitality 2.0. I’ve been exploring commercial real estate trends and one area that I’d like to learn more about is short-term rentals such as hotels and motels. I’ve been interested in these businesses ever since the first time I stayed in a B&B in Hawaii, back in 2013 with this stud muffin whom I married later that year. I no longer remember the name of the B&B that we stayed in but it looked a lot like this one. I often return to this moment because it was the first time that I realized that some people make money by buying a beautiful house in a beautiful place and sharing it with others 🤯. This concept has only become more mainstream since I had this epiphany, with the advent of platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. More recently, I’ve noticed an explosion of new businesses that are extending this idea beyond hotels and traditional houses to experiential short-term rentals such glampsites and coworking retreats. Examples include Hipcamp (Area 55-Futuro House looks like a fun place to stay), Glamping Hub, Surf Office, Getaway, and Autocamp. These platforms provide lower-cost opportunities within the short-term rental market. Instead of purchasing a hotel or motel that costs hundreds of thousands to several million dollars (like this one in Estes Park and this one in Savannah) you can opt for prefab houses or shelters that are less than $50,000 like URSA Major, StarsBOX, Pacific Yurts, and–one of my favorites–Pacific Domes. Alternatively, you could rent out the land for people to enjoy in the campers they purchased during the height of the pandemic or the campervan they rented from companies like Native Campervans and Escape Campervans. On a related note, have RVs always been this fancy? Anyway, according to this article, the industry is super competitive and somewhat difficult to break into but opportunities certainly exist if you are strategic and creative.
Discoveries
Pocket 2 Kindle. I discovered that you can send articles that you’ve saved with Pocket to your Amazon Kindle using an app called P2K. BTW, Pocket is one of the many ways that I discover new content.
YOLO Economy. I also discovered that my decision to leave IBM last year is part of a broader trend among tech workers who around my age. According to Tech Republic, in a survey of 3,757 workers in the tech industry, nearly half voluntarily changed employers or plan to. Kevin Roose from the NY Times explained that the pandemic destroyed millennials’ faith in traditional white-collar careers, as they watched their peers get rich by joining startups or gambling on cryptocurrencies while their bosses were drowning them in mundane work, automating their jobs, and generally failing to support them during one of the hardest years of their lives. While my reasons are different from the ones Roose shared, I was definitely overcome by the need to go “soul-searching” as I was oscillating between languishing and unhealthy striving. There’s something comforting about the fact that I was not alone in feeling this way, although I wish more of us felt satisfied and fulfilled by our jobs.
Recap
5 journaling prompts. If you’re following along with me in my one thing project, here are the five questions I explored this week:
  • What’s one of the most difficult decisions you’ve ever made?
  • What’s a subject you would like to learn more about?
  • What’s something you couldn’t live with out, aside from food, shelter, and water?
  • What’s an activity that almost always puts you into a state of flow?
  • Which problem would you try solve right now if you had unlimited resources?
Digital Gems
  • America’s booming housing market is catching the attention of international investors. (What’s News by WSJ; 15 min.)
  • San Jose, San Francisco, and Raleigh most competitive markets for homebuyers. (LendingTree)
  • The price lumber has increased from $358 per thousand board feet to around $1,260, which has led the price of a new single-family home to increase by around $24,000 and the price of a new apartment to increase by $9,000. (Fortune)
  • A Brooklyn-based company launched a dating app that uses games ice breakers: XO. So Syncd claims to match by personality type. For a dystopian version of dating tech, check out Netflix’s new series called The One.
  • Netflix released Street Food: Asia.
  • Morning Brew is looking for a part-time Puzzle Creator.
  • Graduate applications to public health programs increased by an average of 23% in 2021 (Claremont Graduate University saw applications increase 66%). This increase has been referred to as “the Fauci effect.” (STAT)
  • View the different content that Facebook’s recommendation algorithm shows Biden voters vs. Trump voters. (The Markup’s Split Screen)
  • New research suggests that the chance of reinfection vaccination is about 0.008%. (WSJ)
  • 16 maps and charts that illustrate the extraordinary level of gun violence in America. (Vox)
  • See what time it is on Mars with the Jet Propulsion Lab’s new NASA Space Time app.
  • Bitcoin uses more electricity than entire countries like Argentina. (NYTimes)
  • 55% of women and 38% of men reported that their mental health worsened because of the pandemic. The gap was slightly bigger among parents: 58% of mothers vs. 32% of fathers. (The 19th)
  • Volkswagen named one of their 2021 concept vehicles after the River North arts district in Denver, Colorado: Tiguan SE R-Line Black RiNo Concept.
  • The Federal Highway Administration unveiled 34 new National Scenic Byways and 15 All-American Roads, bringing the total to 184. (Washington Post)
  • Many car owners did not pump their own gas until after 1949. New Jersey and parts of Oregon still prohibit you from pumping your own gas. (Jalopnik)
  • The top five regrets shared by people nearing death, according to author Bronnie Ware.
  • Female employees were paid 8% less than their male counterparts in comparable jobs, on average, at Coinbase. (The Sassyologist)
  • People in their 50s who reported sleeping 6 hours or less were 30% more likely to develop dementia 30 years later than people who regularly got 7 hours of sleep or more. (NYTimes)
  • Sarasota had the fifth highest number of net inbound movers in 2020, just after Phoenix, Charlotte, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth, respectively. Most new Sarasota residents relocated from Chicago, NY, and DC. (Axios)
  • Denver was the fifth metro area with the biggest decrease in housing inventory. (The Sassyologist)
  • Dr. Jason Karlawish explains the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia and what we can do to take care of ourselves and each other. (Unlocking Us Podcast with Brené Brown; 63 min.)
  • The number of lawsuits for pregnancy discrimination increased by 67% since 2016 and jumped 16% during the pandemic. (Bloomberg Law)
  • Why some non-native English speakers hesitate to communicate when they’re around native English speakers and why more of us need to be less judgmental of “bad English.” (Rough Translation podcast; 34 min.)
  • Investors have been parking their money in car washes during the pandemic. (Commercial Observer)
  • Why too many real estate agents can hurt the value of homes. (The Indicator podcast; 10 min.)
  • More than half of millennials between ages 33 and 40 said that their student loans weren’t worth it. (CNBC)
  • The iconic ‘Leave Britney Alone’ video featuring Chris Crocker just sold as an NFT for over $41,000. (Insider)
  • Rather than arguing, listen with curiosity and seek to understand. (My Carpe Diem Life)
View more snippets of my digital consumption here.
Wishing you a productive week
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