Stellar Recap | mmm Airtable & Co-living

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Explorations
mmm Airtable. I explored two no code tools this week. The first is a drag-and-drop webpage builder called mmm, which I used to build this landing page. It’s a lot like my linktree profile but mmm includes more options for customization and allows you to create multiple pages. The second tool I tested was Airtable which I mentioned in my suggestions on keeping a decision journal to minimize hindsight bias. As I mentioned in my post, I like the idea of documenting decisions but I knew that I would inevitably forget to review my decisions later. I used Notion for my first attempt but this approach is mostly limited to personal use (everyone would be able to see the user’s email address and decision). To preserve privacy, I created a decision journal with Airtable. One thing I dislike about my Airtable app is the prompts above each content field. They could be a lot more detailed. The issue I encountered with this is that those prompts correspond to column headers or variables that are cumbersome to use in the confirmation and reminder messages that I email to the user after they submit their decision. As a minor issue, Airtable also limits the ability to add any design elements unless you pay for a subscription. I tried to get around this by recreating the decision journal in Mailchimp (although options there are limited as well) but I decided to stop after realizing that this would require a lot more work. This approach enabled me to customize the color of the form and add a small image (e.g., logo), but I would need to take several additional steps to connect Mailchimp to Airtable to ensure that the person receives a confirmation email and another reminder 3 months later to review their decision. It’s absolutely doable but beyond the goal of my exploration. Overall, I am pretty impressed with Airtable. It’s really easy to use and there are several interesting applications I would like to explore in the future.
If you’re interested in trying Airtable based on what I shared, please consider using my referral link. I also have a referral link for Morning Brew, in case this motivated you to subscribe to their newsletter 😊.
Discoveries
Co-living. If you’ve been following my newsletter, you know that I’ve been closely watching trends in the real estate market, particularly the prices. This week, I came across alternative options that spare you from endless bidding wars, if you’re willing to ditch the idea of buying a house altogether: Co-living. I mentioned a few businesses in this space last week but I discovered several more, including Bungalow, Aria Cohousing, Starcity, The X Company, WeLive, TAXI, and Ollie. There are also sites like Coliving.com where you can search for places and reviews. Nearly all of these communities seem to target young adults. They’re much like fancy college dorm rooms but for young professionals. In fact, young adults seem to be implicit to the idea of “co-living” despite that they share several commonalities with retirement communities like The Villages and Sun City Center. Except that retirement communities explicitly restrict people under age 55. This is probably intentional. I get the impression that niche residences are more popular when segmented by age. I only came across one explicitly multigenerational community (CohoUS). The Lake Club in the Lakewood Ranch Community was also described as a multigenerational community in the Washington Post, but it’s more like a neighborhood that has multigenerational houses. I am curious to see how this trend compares to short-term rentals now that more people have the option to work remotely. Companies like Landing, for example, offer the ability to rent furnished apartments in several cities in the US on a month-by-month basis. However, I’m unsure why someone would pay for an annual membership of $199 in addition to the monthly fees of an apartment when you can easily find furnished short-term rentals on sites like Zillow and Airbnb. As a comparison, I searched for rentals in Sarasota, FL and Landing only produced two results. I clicked on the cheapest option and the price was somewhere around $3,330, excluding taxes and fees. Airbnb showed several listings that were available during the same exact time period, for as low as $1200 including taxes and fees. Zillow also produced several more options at lower prices, as did Apartments.com and ForRent.com. Nevertheless, both co-living and short-term flexible leases are cheaper than buying a house in a seller’s market, at least in the short-term.
Recap
Self-reflection and the one thing project
  • What’s one of the kindest things that someone has done for you?
  • What’s one kind thing that you can do for someone else within the next month?
  • What’s one of your favorite vacation memories and what makes it so memorable?
  • What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself during the past year while most of the country has been shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What’s one thing you’re doing to improve your health?
Digital Gems
  • Wealthy homebuyers spent over $15 billion on properties in eight small resort towns in Colorado last year (Colorado Sun).
  • Starlink, a satellite internet service from Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, is highly aspirational rather than functional. According to the Editor at The Verge, “At best, Starlink currently offers reasonably fast access with inconsistent connectivity, huge latency swings, and a significant uptick in time spent considering whether you can just get out the chainsaw and solve the tree problem yourself.”
  • 63% of buyers purchased a home last year without seeing the property in-person (LA Times).
  • A YouGov poll found that 6% of respondents believe they could win an unarmed fight with a grizzly bear, 17% with a chimpanzee, 12% with a wolf, 30% with an eagle, and 61% with a goose. Men were much more confident about their ability to take on these animals than women. The largest gap was for medium sized dogs (60% of men vs 39% of women) and geese (71% of men vs 51% of women) (The Sassyologist).
  • More than 5,400 content creators on Snapchat made a total of $130 million since the launch of their Spotlight creator program in November, with an average earnings per creator of about $24,074 (CNN).
  • 59% of female gamers mask their gender to avoid harassment, which isn’t rare–77% have experienced gender-related discrimination or harassment (Reach3).
  • Auto theft increased 9.2% in 2020 and the theft of certain parts like catalytic converters saw a double-digit increase (CNBC video; 13 min.). If you’re like me and get grumpy when you hear obnoxiously loud cars, maybe this will help you feel empathy over annoyance.
  • Luxury home for sale in Denver at an asking price of $21.5 million, the most expensive house to hit the market this year (Business Den).
  • A new survey conducted by Rover and Zillow in April 2021 identifies Denver as the friendliest city for dogs and their owners (The Sassyologist).
  • Valuable insights about running a successful membership program, from software to significant events that increase conversions (Craig Mod).
  • RV sales has already increased by 48% and van campers increased nearly 150% year-to-date, with people under age 35 representing the fastest growing segment of the market (RV Industry Association).
  • NOAA forcasted a 60% chance of an above average 2021 hurricane season, with a 70% probability of between 13 and 20 named storms. Three to five of these storms are predicted to be Category 3, 4, or 5 hurricanes (Axios).
  • An analysis of 1,300 films released between 2007 and 2019 found that 5.9% of speaking characters were Asian or Pacific Islander (API); 3.3% were the lead or co-lead actor (mostly Dwayne Johnson also known as The Rock); six out of the 1,300 were women (Annenberg Inclusion Initiative).
  • Megan Ranney, ER doctor and Professor at Brown University, shares her approach to changes in mask mandates: No masks outside unless she anticipates that the space will be densely populated (strangers within arms reach) and masks indoors in all public spaces (What Next podcast; 27 min.).
  • Beautiful new luxury resort, One&Only, located in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, is accepting reservations (Travel Weekly).
  • Trump fans are making coffee great again by opening up coffee shops and selling coffee subscriptions. Some businesses even offer firearms training (Vox).
  • 64% of millennials reported at least one regret about buying their current home. The most common regret among homebuyers is underestimating the costs associated with home ownership (CNBC). HGTV recommends saving between 1%-3% of the purchase price each year to cover expenses.
  • The NY Fed released a map of changes in US home prices relative to the national average of 11.3% (NY Fed).
  • The median price of a home in California topped $800k for the first time on record (The Sassyologist). This is consistent with the national trend in rising home prices (The Sassyologist).
  • Gasoline prices reached a new pandemic high of $3.045 a gallon this week (GasBuddy).
  • Google plans to launch a new tool (Derm Assist) that uses AI to help you identify certain skin conditions like acne, lesions, and cancerous moles. The product will be released in the EU by the end of the year. Google did not state when and if US residents will have access to the app (CNET).
  • According to Fidelity, 4.1 million investors opened new brokerage accounts during the first quarter of this year, up 156.3% compared with the same period last year. Around 1.6 million of those new accounts were opened by people 35-years-old or younger, an increase of 222.8% versus the first quarter of 2020 (Reuters).
  • If the you’re not getting enough thrills from the stock market or crypto, you can now buy and trade shares in the lives of people in the human stock market using NewNew (Gadgets360). Bitclout is a crypto version of this concept.
  • Media mogul Barry Diller and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg debuted “Little Island,” a 2.4 acre floating park in Manhattan, a project that took $260 million and 5 years to complete (Bloomberg).
  • Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, and Massachusetts recently reported zero deaths from COVID-19, while Alabama, Colorado and Michigan showed the most cases per capita in the nation (Axios).
  • If you’re looking for inspirational book recommendations on business-related topics and entrepreneurship, check out this great Twitter thread (Alex Lieberman).
  • Adults who have been vaccinated are less comfortable with unmasking than those who haven’t been vaccinated. In general, the public is still wary of unmasking in most settings (Morning Consult), although maybe not in New Orleans.
  • Several large corporations issued public statements supporting voting rights while also actively supporting the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the same organization that is advancing bills that would disenfranchise the voting rights of marginalized groups, on the false premise of “widespread election fraud” (Popular Information).
  • Supply chain issues continue as producers and manufacturers are encountering shortages in just about everything, which means higher prices for practically all common household items if you can find them (Bloomberg).
  • Laughter isn’t limited to humans. There are at least 65 animals that laugh (Ars Technica).
  • The price of wooden pallets is up 400% compared to the same time last year (Supply Chain Dive).
  • Who needs a backup camera when you have a bark sensor? (Humor and Animals)
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