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Trying to build a list of the best by vertical for social, fintech, enterprise, AI, security, ecommerce, venture, crypto, marketing, health, AR/VR, the creator economy, and strategy
My favorite social newsletters:

-@CaseyNewton's Platformer on social tech + (vs?) democracy platformer.news

-@HipCityReg's artful musings on emergent culture hipcityreg.substack.com

-@gaby_goldberg's theories about social app trends gabygoldberg.medium.com
My favorite strategy newsletters:

-@lennysan's essential guide to product management lennyrachitsky.com

-@sariazout's distillations of structured thought from messy news sariazout.substack.com

-@nbashaw's philosophy of leadership & productivity every.to
My favorite finance newsletters:

-@APompliano's hilariously honest take on crypto anthonypompliano.com/newsletter/

-@iankar_'s upstart is like a modern Bloomberg fintechtoday.substack.com

-@mariodgabriele's The Generalist breaks down ideas from idea to IPO thegeneralist.substack.com
My favorite commerce newsletters:

@Web's 2pm offers a whole library of resources for DTC founders 2pml.com

@packyM's Not Boring dives deep into creators, NFTs, & more of tomorrow's trends notboring.co

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24 Jan
Why Clubhouse is special & deserves its $1B valuation:

It’s a new social graph, the talk graph, where you follow different people than on Twitter or Insta. It’s a more personal, unscripted way to get to know public figures and peers you care about.

Off-camera = intimacy. 1/
Clubhouse’s huge session times for some users signal a sticky and satisfying experience that could grow into a mainstream behavior.

There are emergent cultures and native celebrities forming, from talk shows to musicals to open mics to business pitch practice to games shows. 2/
Clubhouse’s initial, constrained user base is aspirational for early adopters, similar to Facebook’s Ivy schools and Twitter’s literati.

It’s derisking, proving over 9 months that it’s not a fad, and won’t implode as soon as it expands beyond Silicon Valley. 3/
Read 5 tweets
24 Jan
Bernie Sitting feels like a step change moment for memes that could lastingly increase mainstream participation.

Why’s this little mitten man everywhere?

1. Everyone has context: The source was a national event on TV

2. It’s uncomplicated: He’s out of place. Minimal explaining
3. The Bernie meme is wholesome & relatable: “everyone else dressed up, I wore what was comfy.”

4. It has a backstory & updates driving media coverage: school teacher made the mittens, Bernie sells meme merch for charity
5. The Bernie meme is EASY to make: No witty caption necessary. Just remove background & paste somewhere.

Berne meme generators emerged, and his grassroots fan base flocked to them

6. Finally, people wanted something apolitical to share about this giant political event.
Read 4 tweets
16 Jan
I asked 6 moderation experts to debate the tradeoffs of deplatforming Trump.

The conclusion? Banishing him to fringe apps makes his extremist followers tougher to track

But the bigger threat is on Fb & Twitter, he could radicalize mainstream users.

Here’s a🧵of takeaways. 1/
Global content policies are made in Silicon Valley without nuance...

...then enforced by moderators overseas without context. We need a better system. 2/
Downranking, no resharing, no feed posting

Social apps should have used smaller punishments sooner to curb Trump’s incitement of violence

The ban came after the damage was done. 3/
Read 7 tweets
18 Mar 20
TechCrunch chose the top 20 startups out of 200 from Y Combinator Demo Day. My picks?
1. Somatic - an autonomous bathroom cleaning robot. No way humans do this dirty job forever.
My #2 favorite startup from YC Demo Day?
Homestead - Converts your garage into an apartment for free and then splits the rental revenue with you. Lots of need for passive revenue streams in the coming recession
One more favorite startup I liked from YC Demo Day was FrogLabs - Weather forecasting AI to predict transportation/delivery slowdowns, sales slumps, & green energy production. Super valueable data.
Read 4 tweets
5 Mar 20
Here's my line-by-line rebuttal of Jack Dorsey's subtweeted reasons he should still be CEO.
1. Twitter still doesn't label misinformation 3yrs after Fb started to
2. Twitter's ads still feel totally skippable. Dorsey claims it's making a big push for mobile app install ads...7yrs after Facebook did that 🤦‍♂️Share price still down from 5yrs ago
3. Jack Dorsey killed Vine when it was on the cusp of becoming TikTok before TikTok. Cancelling a mobile video product in 2016 was unforgivably stupid, especially since his resource mismanagement was the cause
Read 8 tweets
6 Feb 20
Instagram now lets you clean up your feed by revealing who you see most & interact with least
Instagram's unfollow suggestions make sure you don't clog your feed with courtesy or pity follows, or oversharers tcrn.ch/3bhIhxR
The denser the quality of your Instagram feed/Stories, the less likely you are to bounce, so the more ads you’ll see. Better user experience + more revenue = win techcrunch.com/2020/02/06/ins… tip @Techmeme
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