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Hi friends,

I had 25 Zoom calls with investors and entrepreneurs between Wednesday and Friday. Isn't August supposed to be relaxed? I still feel glorious, but we'll get to that later.

That sentiment and being safe and relaxed in NYC is quite the juxtaposition to the steady stream of news this weekend on the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. I've spent a lot of time in my professional life building up the capacity of governments around the world - although not there - and it's unfortunate to see this chapter in the long history of failed state building. 

Sigh. What are you going to do?

Today's Contents:

  • Weekly Song: Glorious
  • Good Reads
  • Community Corner

Weekly Song: Glorious 

I have a little rule for this section of the newsletter: No repeating artists. But I'm going to make an exception for my favorite, Macklemore. It's a different album and a distinct collaboration, in case I needed to provide justification. 

Glorious is such a pick-me-up song. Even after an intense week of Zooms, it feels glorious to immerse myself in the energy of New York City. 

The music video, here, is a film showing Macklemore taking his grandmother out on the town for her 100th birthday. It was my maternal grandfather's 89th birthday on Thursday (happy birthday!). It's a reminder that every birthday is a reason to celebrate the gloriousness of life. 

Glorious by Macklemore ft Skylar Grey
We gon' be alright, put that on my life
When I open my eyes, hope I see you shine
We're planting a flag they don't understand
The world is up for grabs

I feel glorious, glorious
Got a chance to start again
I was born for this, born for this
It's who I am, how could I forget?
I made it through the darkest part of the night
And now I see the sunrise
Now I feel glorious, glorious
I feel glorious, glorious

Good Reads: 

Product-Led Growth: A Guide. Here. Huge buzz-word in VC/startups right now. Easier than done. This is a good starter to learn more. 

An overview of recent data startups based on popular end users. This is dense.

FTX Trilogy. Here from The Generalist. If you're wondering "How does a company go from $0 to $18B valuation in less than  two years," the answer is in the article and, in a word, Crypto. The part that is mostly fan-boy of the CEO is first; the part about the actual company is behind the paywall. That's life these days. 

"Genuinfluencers" who don't want to sell you anything. Sure. Right. I believe that. Here. I do think the move toward micro-influencers is smart and here to stay. 

Americans are feeling gloriously. Life Ratings Reach Record High. Here. I do believe it. The percentage of Americans who evaluate their lives well enough to be considered "thriving" on Gallup's Life Evaluation Index reached 59.2% in June, the highest in over 13 years of ongoing measurement and exceeding the previous high of 57.3% from September 2017.

The State of The World. Podcast with Sam Harris and Dambisa Moyo. H/T Arvind. Bottom line: we need much better government implementation. 

Community Corner: 

Ryan Fazio is making his second go for state senate of Connecticut to represent his hometown of Greenwich. Here is a local interview with him. Best of luck in the special election this week, Ryan!

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


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