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Hi Friends,

Good morning from New York City. Yesterday was a perfect spring day, and we got a preview of how hopping it will be here this summer. It will put the hubbub about Miami this spring into appropriate context. And it can't come soon enough.  

Today's Contents:

  • Weekly Song: Angel of the Morning
  • Good Reads
  • Community Corner

Weekly Song: Angel Of The Morning

Angel of the Morning (Juice Newton music video) is another favorite "oldie but goodie" song. Feels melancholy but is mostly strong lyrics with agency. I was recently reminded of it because it plays a key role in Promising Young Woman, an acclaimed film I saw a few weeks ago that is billed as a female revenge film. No, that's not why I watched it. There are certain actors and actresses that I will watch in anything they make. Tilda Swinton marks the tiptop. But, Carey Mulligan is also up there. So as the lead, it was an obvious selection.

The trailer makes Promising Young Women seem like it might be clever and light. I can confirm that's not the case. However, it is masterpiece film-making. All the details of its creation are perfect: the casting, the visuals, the music. I recommend the movie but be warned: it leaves its impact. 

Here's to Angel of the Morning. It's the song I've been playing each morning this week while drinking my morning coffee. And other PYW Soundtrack stars that were runner-up: Stars Are Blind, Downhill Lullaby, Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby and Something Wonderful.  There's nothing like sitting through a full song in a feature length film to feel the full effect of its genius. 

Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton

Maybe the sun's light will be dim
And it won't matter anyhow
If morning's echo says we've sinned
Well, it was what I wanted now
And if we're victims of the night
I won't be blinded by the light

Just call me angel of the morning, angel
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby
Just call me angel of the morning, angel

Then slowly turn away
I won't beg you to stay with me

Sensible Investing: Good Reads

Extensive profile of Chamath in Bloomberg here in PDF

Tether (a crypto stablecoin) is the largest fraud since Madoff, writes Patrick McKenzie (Patio11) 

Long read on Robinhood. In The New Yorker.

A review of Starlink. Here. Bottom line: 

Starlink, a new satellite internet service from SpaceX, is a spectacular technical achievement that might one day do all of these things. But right now it is also very much a beta product that is unreliable, inconsistent, and foiled by even the merest suggestion of trees. Reality, it must be emphasized, is very irritating

What I often find funny about deep complicated sounding technology is how easy it can be to understand its practical constraints. Satellites struggle with trees. 

Grow the puzzle around you: Jessica Livingston's advice for founders. H/T Jay Larson. She has nine points at the end. Here are the first three:

  1. There is no one mold for a successful founder.  Just because you might only see a certain type in the news, that doesn’t mean you need to turn yourself into that.
  2. Do what you’re genuinely interested in and try to play to your natural strengths. A startup is so much work that you'll give up if you're not genuinely interested in it.
  3. Don’t pay attention to the mainstream’s opinion of what you're doing—whether it’s your skills, your idea or whatever. Unless they’re your users, their opinion does not matter. (Pay a lot of attention to your users' opinions though!)

Community Corner

I see you, friends. 

Diana Wu David wrote what 21 days in quarantine taught me about gratitude for Thrive Global.

Michael Barber was featured in The Economist for his work re-establishing a delivery unit for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the UK.

Thanks for reading, friends. Please always be in touch. 


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