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This week I discovered some game-changing products and the orthogonal go-to market strategy your main competitor is quietly building.
Also, Alexandr Wang’s (not that one) contrarian essay, “Hiring People that Give a Sh*t”, is one of the most insightful pieces I’ve read this year.
All that and more down in the links ↓
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The “Sharing Economy” came roaring onto the scene in 2008 and didn’t progress much further than apartment letting and ride sharing. KYX is looking to change that, by offering you a way to get your hands on some of the world’s most coveted sneakers.
While you’re worrying about customer acquisition your competitors are focusing on customer lifetime value. Loyalty is the future.
The future of wearables is smart textiles that can interact with the internet of things and even keep an eye on your health. Engineers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform regular cloth items into battery-free smart clothes.
Hiring great people isn’t easy. Alexandr Wang (CEO of Scale) provides some contrarian perspective on what you should look for.
Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, likend the demise of Nokia to a man standing on a burning platform. Internal memos provide such fascinating insight into companies in crisis.
With all the sporting excellence on display these past few weeks this thought is a reminder that effortlessness in your craft comes from years of compounding.
Resilience is an essential skill for thriving in industry. Here’s a great breakdown of the strategy and tactics that the world’s top performers use.
Meeting culture reached peak levels during work from home. As we return to the office be inspired by a CEO with an empty calendar.
Not starting something while you look for the most efficient way of doing it is likely an excuse for not doing the work. Trevor Mckendrick’s haiku on momentum and progress in work and life.
Out of Office
There’s nothing better than seeing friends bring their side hustles to life and Richard Ward’s ADD APT project is no exception.
I’ve tried everything to improve my note taking; iPad, OneNote, etc, etc, but I always come back to hand written. Perhaps it’s just me but it improves my recall and subsequently, bias for action.
That’s why, when Richard shared his idea of creating writing tools that could adapt to left and right-handed users as well as accommodate various styles of grip, I was immediately hooked.
Ultimately, an unexpected method of make (for pens) unlocked his vision and in April he launched the world’s first 3D printed pen!
The comfort in the hand is insane, which looking at the number of meetings on my calendar this week, will be a god send…