What Am I reading: 10/26/2017

  • Books: the last Orson Scott Card book was meh. Currently reading: “Why we get fat”, and “the case against sugar” by Gary Taubes.
  • Facebook acquires tbh, 9 weeks old idea, for $100m. 4m DAUs. Link. nice insights here. failed for 7 years, iterate on 15 different ideas. Took a team of 5 two weeks to build. Two weeks.
  • Porsche is seeing the writing on the wall: testing vehicle subscription model. In a world where cars can drive themselves from point A to point B, it is unlikely that individual would continue to own vehicles. If you are selling premium luxury vehicles, you must be wondering how to continue to stay relevant.
  • Social Capital is either trying to re-invent funding, or improve its branding. probably both. By announcing “capital as a service”, or self-serve funding. Fill in a questionnaire, give the firm access to your cloud services, and expect to receive up to $250k in funding. Link.
  • Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society. MIT Tech Review. “The team measure the strength of marriages by measuring the average distance between partners before and after the introduction of online dating. “Our model also predicts that marriages created in a society with online dating tend to be stronger,” they say.”
  • Stanford researchers have developed a sodium-based battery that can store the same amount of energy as a state-of-the-art lithium ion, at substantially lower cost. Here. (lithium costs about $15k a ton to mine and refine. Sodium costs is about $150 a ton)
  • Exercising too much (450min/week) is bad for you. Mayoclinic. Recommended duration is ~150min/week, concludes a study that spans 25 years, 3175 participants.
  • MixPanel released a product benchmark report. Here. Data from 572 products. 1.3b unique users. Over 50b events. Interesting insights re engagement, retention, etc in our vertical. Worth pointing out: a drop in engagement over the weekend, but only from desktop. (p.26)
  • Delphi announced it is purchasing the self-driving car company Nutonomy for $450 million.Techcrunch.
  • The United States of Toxins: Alaska produces the most toxins. More here: Priceonomics.
  • PayPal is now worth more than American Express. link.
  • San Francisco Bay Area’s Michelin Stars Announced for 2018. Here. The bay area is currently the country’s fine dining capital, with 7 3-michelin star restaurants. (vs. 6 in NYC, 2 in Chicago).
  • Yamaha released an abomination: the niken. Warning: this link contains graphic content and may be upsetting to some people
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