The Friday Five: Supply Chain Apocalypse, the Best Fundraising Hack, & More

Episode XXIV

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Today at a Glance:

  • Quote: Serena Williams on being ready for your moment.

  • Tweet: Flexport CEO on supply chain apocalypse.

  • Article: Kat Cole on the love letter.

  • Podcast: Walter Isaacson on intellectual curiosity.

  • Bonus: Strategy for raising money from VCs.


One Quote:

“Luck has nothing to do with it, I have spent countless hours on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.” — Serena Williams

Ask yourself one critical question: When your moment comes, will you be ready?

(Share this on Twitter!)


One Tweet:

Fascinating thread from Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen on the port delays and ongoing supply chain disarray. A lot of interesting on-the-ground insights—in particular the notes on the trucking shortage being the biggest current bottleneck.

Big kudos to Ryan and Flexport for showing gratitude for the port laborers with the free food. Worth a read!


One Article:

Storytelling Superpower: Love Letters

Kat Cole is one of the most amazing operators, leaders, and thinkers in the world—she’s also one of my favorite humans.

In this piece, Kat lays out a framework she has used to help global brands and leaders build their most powerful communications—The ‘Love Letter’ Framework. The framework forces you to write a love letter to (1) your customers and community, (2) your founder and origin story, and (3) your brand, business, and product.

The framework simultaneously builds impactful messaging and a strategic storytelling muscle into your business. I’ll definitely be using it in the future.


One Podcast:

Walter Isaacson: Curiosity Fuels Creativity

Walter Isaacson has deeply examined the lives of the some of the most fascinating minds in human history—from Leonardo Da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin to Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs. In this brilliant podcast, he shares his insights on what they share in common.

Spoiler Alert: It’s intellectual curiosity!

Listen to it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


One Bonus:

Shot & Chaser for anyone looking to raise money from VCs…

The Shot: Scarcity Strategy

The Chaser: Storytelling Strategy


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