Newsletter #53 - Triathlon
I did my first triathlon last weekend.
There is something about doing sporting events in your home town. I guess the presence of many like minded people creates a (short-lasting) feeling of community. Instead of Phuket belonging to the party and beach tourists, for one day, it belongs to the people who want to outperform themselves.
They say there is a strong home advantage in teamsports, it's kinda the same feeling here. I felt kinda proud about they're managing...
Newsletter #52 - Marketing and Lifestyle, and my last email for now?
I like it when people make every day products fun.
The Dollar Shave Club made shaving fun, Liquid Death made water fun, Richard Branson made music and flying fun, Authentic Weather made a weather app fun, Sam Parr made hotdogs fun, Toggle tried to make the todo list app fun...
I want to take an every day product, and make it fun, make it part of people's lifestyle.
Most of these tend to be physical products, rather than...
Newsletter #51 - Wrapping up 4 weeks in The Netherlands and Belgium
We spent the last four weeks in the Netherlands and Belgium
I did that while working Japanese hours.
The first 3 weeks I woke up at 2.30am, started work at 3am and worked until 11am.
The last week, due to daylight savings time (or "winter hour" as we call it in Belgium), I woke up at 1.30am, started work at 2am and finished at 10am.
It was intended for one week, but I ended up doing it for four weeks, as I was waiting for...
Newsletter #50 - New Ideas
Visa shenanigans are keeping me in the Netherlands for at least one more week. That will be 3 weeks instead of the intended 1 week.
It's quite disruptive to my schedule, so initially I pushed the newsletter backwards.
But I don't want to skip another week.
Also, I need a writing moment to sort out my ideas.
My previous app, Where Does The A380 Fly, is fully automated now.
It's time for a new idea.
Artificial Intelligence Ideas
AI is hot, it makes sense to come...
Newsletter #49 - The Boondocks
Somewhere around 2014, I read the Powerpoint Rangers article from The Economist.
TLDR: companies in the middle of nowhere (the so-called "boondocks") need access to smart people. But smart, young people want to live in the big cities, where their friends are, cool events happen, and with ample dating opportunities. Big consultancies fill the gap by allowing people to live in the city, but flying them to the boondocks from Monday to Thursday to work for these...
Newsletter #48 - Rushing to ship!
It’s Sunday evening. I still have to finish my weekly newsletter. I couldn’t find priority for it this week.
I have to remind myself I’m doing it for myself. Hence I’m doing a Sunday braindump and sending it. Yolo.
I’m trying to ship something every month. Next week is the last week of September, and hence I have to ship something. It takes quite some time so I have to deprioritize other stuff (eg this newsletter, but also the moments in which I just sit...
Newsletter #47 - Crisp Thoughts!
I try to write a newsletter focused on a big thought.
Some ingenious moment of enlightenment which came to me on an unguarded moment and which I then try to pin down.
More often than not (actually around 9 times out of 10) this ingenious thought tends to be not as waterproof as I thought, and while writing it down I start to find gaps and holes and eventually I have to throw in the towel.
I've added 3 examples below)
And then because I couldn't find an...
Newsletter #46 - Bluffing in Business and in Poker
First, my launch from last week
My Air Travel Tech Jobs launch bombed on Product Hunt.
I guess job boards are not the most interesting products.
Admittedly it isn’t really a job board yet, just a list of cool air travel companies.
And probably that's what it will remain for next few months, there won’t just be many new cool companies popping up every month, so it might be too niche.
Nevertheless, I have a nice list now. I’ll keep it and in...
Newsletter #45 - Happy Birthday Newsletter!
Happy first anniversary, weekly newsletter!
Last year this week I sent out my first newsletter. This is edition 45. I missed it during holidays and 1 or 2 busy week. But I have done it almost every week I spent behind my laptop, and hence, I consider this goal to be fulfilled successfully.
Moreover, I will continue it!
I'll take this opportunity to remind myself again why I'm writing a weekly newsletter:
As a public diary, to look back on my...
Newsletter #44 - Mental Block!
Do you know this feeling when you're too fixated on something, it's difficult to progress and decide next steps?
I'm in a mental block with Air Travel Tech Jobs. It isn't finished at all. But nevertheless, it's difficult to make progress.
One part of me says to push through, deliver it, ship it, force myself to keep up the pace.
The bias to action personality, or the getting things done personality.
The other part of me - the thoughtful personality or...