“Last Friday, Yale, the iconic long-term investor that other endowments look to for guidance, made a historic investment in two funds dedicated to crypto, signalling to many that institutional floodgates are officially open.” ~ Multicoin Capital Management
A podcast for your CEO: the six tech waves explained by entrepreneur and VC Bill Tai. Also includes an easy-to-understand Blockchain tech introduction and the tech’s evolution.
Great to see the progress via Matt’s new Instagram account. Matt was the designer for Do Lectures Australia.
Years ago I picked up the nickname “the reverser” because people sent me words and presentations to cull / review / enhance / ‘make snazzy’ for the monied decision-makers and 80+% I’d find the most important messages in the last few sentences or last page and move them to the start.
I’m all for writing that quickly grabs the reader and is succinct, valuable, engaging, direct, useful and more.
What’s the learning for you?
Write things out.
Then check: Are the most important sentences at the end? Could they be the first soundbites, the first impression, for others?
These quotes help me ~
“Keep taking words out” ~ maybe Ogilvy. Often we say much with few words.
“Make the complex simple and the simple compelling.” ~ unknown
Less is more: especially with online medias that encourage shorter-attentions.
Thanks Lis & Ryan :)
What has enthralled you online recently?
Enjoy these gems ~
Here’s a great explanation of tokens using the example of allowing your neighbour to charge their electric car at yours. Click through to start @ 17:55 mins. This may inspire you to learn about blockchain tech.
Claire – you may want to share this 🙂
Peace and grace flows from Andō. Soak in this refreshing, written river ~ [thanks Ross]
#BrainExpanding: Great to hear the new opportunities from roads moving to tunnels.
I really enjoyed this “The Midas Touch and Mind-Bending Futures” podcast on what’s coming in life and business from Steve Jurvetson and Tim Ferriss – especially the start. [thanks#2 Ross]
“Safety” Meetings, B Corporations, Newsletter Tips & Politics ⛅ ⚡
Welcome to the 15th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in the archive?
The subject this time round is, well, Safety Meetings (trust me, it’s fun).
Which newsletters are you enjoying? I find a moment of peace with this one, feel the laughter bubbles coming before I read this one and love the quick fascination dose here.
I met amazing people in the past fortnight who hand-balled me short films and new brands to check out. Enjoy the favourites here. Thrilling!
B Corporations and organisations trying for B Corp status are wonderful. Could you be a Benefits Corporation?
I really enjoyed this interview with Richard Betts (world-class hospitality expert and top sommelier) and loved hearing about his quick “Safety” Meeting in really intense times. It consisted of being mindful of the intensity… taking a moment… racing into the cool-room, throwing down a drink and coming out ready to take on the world. Fun name, quick result! Listen to the interview to get the full meaning. Keep it in mind for your next intense moment?
I really enjoyed Pandora then Rdio and more recently I tried Apple Music (inspired by my Apple Watch). This week I started using (free) Pandora again and it’s reminding me why I loved Rdio – when music that WOWs you plays with very little effort (not having to do too many thumbs up or down), life is enhanced. I’m currently listening to Zero 7 radio – great for writing a newsletter 🙂 What digital tunes / radio stations do you like?
Have you been to a Creative Mornings event? There’s possibly one near you. Last week Anna Ross had the audience in stitches explaining how she used fantasy in building her business Kester Black. Well worth looking out for the fascinating story via video of her talk here (check out the other talks here too).
If you’re in London this weekend, head on over to the Do Market. Oh yeah. Plan to stay a while!
I’m often blogging about new tech, how to gain clients online, how to enhance your online profile, LinkedIn tips and more here. Similar (though slightly tweaked for LinkedIn) is here.
Thanks again for your replies and insights. This week as I researched the future of health and foods, I was reminded of Russell’s comments from the AgTech newsletter and that we could feed the increased population if we reduced consumerism as well as wasteful food industry practices (especially animal agriculture). Food for thought (dare I say this pun? yep.). Your comments are fascinating 🙂 Hit reply!
These are the best podcasts and audiobooks I’ve found for top performance, emerging technology, and business trends from listening to hundreds of podcasts and a couple of years worth of audiobooks.
Best Podcasts for Top Performance
1. Anatomy of Next
One of the things I love about online content at the moment is greater access to the ‘good news stories’. The Anatomy of Next is a treat. It showcases current, upcoming and longer-term technology and the effects on humanity through storyline and interviews with world experts in genetics, tech, and beyond. What’s rad about it is that it’s dispelling many of the dystopian/destruction future storylines often in Hollywood blockbuster movies (think: Terminator). It’s useful in seeing the future brightly.
Tim Ferriss podcasts are interviews with people who are operating at best-in-the-world level. Learn from the best! Enjoy their wise and calm perspectives. Tim is the author of the ‘Four Hour’ books that are really useful for developing your mindset to identify greater productivity, performance and to be globally-aware. Access podcasts through searching for Tim Ferriss in the Podcasts app on your smartphone or head here. These are my favourite interviews with top performers across various professions in suggested listening order:
Bryan Johnson Naval Ravikant Kevin Kelly (#164) – AI, Virtual Reality and The Inevitable Joshua Waitzkin (all episodes) Tara Brach Caroline Paul Maria Popova (especially useful if you do Social Media production) Charles Poliquin Derek Sivers Wim Hof Chris Sacca Ryan Holiday James Altucher Ramit Sethi Pavel Tsatsouline Peter Diamandis Noah Kagan Seth Godin Phil Libin Joshua Skenes Tony Robbins Walter O’Brien BJ Miller Marc Andreessen (#163)
If you’re interested in productivity and gaining increased focus, Tim Ferriss also provides insight beyond his book (which is a great introduction) through these podcasts where he shares his personal experiments and what has worked:
Episode 13: “Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me) Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life Episode 6: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm Episode 9:The 9 Habits to Stop Now – the Not-To-Do List Episode 17: The Power of Negative Visualization Lazy: A Manifesto How to Earn Your Freedom How to Practice Poverty and Reduce Fear How to 10X Your Results, One Tiny Tweak at a Time How to Avoid the Busy Trap (And Other Misuses of Your Time)
“VR” stands for Virtual Reality = Next big thing. Get on it: the Voices of VR podcast 🙂
8. The Future of the Internet
This Freakonomics podcast investigates “Is the Internet Being Ruined”. Interesting analysis of the big players such as Facebook and aspects of privacy, as well as potential solutions. Well worth a listen.
9. No Such Thing as a Fish
“The QI researchers (known as ‘elves’) host a weekly podcast to half a million subscribers, where they discuss the most interesting facts they’ve unearthed that week.”
Fascinating, witty and good fun. Really diverse topics, you’re sure to learn something new. This episode (iTunes Ep 127 here) covers objects left on the moon, the earthquake-proof bed, men-only flights and comic sans font.
Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman help creatives, consultants, small business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers grow their online presence, business and set up their online marketing systems to attract relevant leads by first finding a niche group of customers and deeply researching and analysing their needs.
Cal’s “Be So Good they Can’t Ignore You” is fabulous too. “He debunks the passion hypothesis (that you need to follow your passions to find work you love) and courage culture (that you need to be emotionally brave too) and instead highlights people who have developed their experience and skills (career capital) prior to using it for greater autonomy, income, flexibility and more.” Although the audiobook is repetitive, its concise length and clearly presented arguments make it well worth the listen.
Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable” – within 6 hours of listening you’ll be up to date with the 12 tech forces that are shaping our future. I found listening to this at 1.25 speed worked well and the 6 hours took me about 3 week in amongst listening to other media.
“Ready Player One” immerses you in a VR future – great for strategists and future thinkers to better imagine aspects of what could come to be. Have a bit of fun!
Love yourself like your life depends on it by Kamal Ravikant (Kamal’s brother Naval mentioned above) is soothing (well done Kamal!) and basic and strengthening. Kamal and Naval are successful entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley’s investors.
Grit by Angela Duckworth hones in on attributes and activities that can build perseverance.
Pop over here for favourite blockchain and cryptocurrency audiobooks.
I download a few at a time to my iPhone so I can listen whether or not I’m connected to the internet.
Oh! And I’m a fan of Jaybird headphones and Apple Airpods so learning can happen quickly, anywhere. Clever earphones have had me learning many more hours a week for a while now.
Have a favourite? Let us know so this list continues to be alive with useful tips.