The Friday Five: The Simplest Life Hack, Elon Musk, & More

Episode XXII

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Today at a Glance:

  • Quote: Steve Jobs on keeping it simple.

  • Tweet: Benjamin Franklin’s unique schedule.

  • Article: The African fintech boom.

  • Podcast: Introducing The Room Where It Happens!

  • Bonus: Elon Musk on teaching and learning.


One Quote:

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” — Steve Jobs

True genius is the ability to simplify, not complicate. Simple is beautiful.

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Steve passed 10 years ago this week. Rest In Peace.


One Tweet:

I’ve always been a student of Benjamin Franklin’s life—ever since reading the amazing Walter Isaacson biography. His daily schedule is amazing, particularly when compared to the endless Zoom meeting and email existence we are all faced with today.

I’m definitely going to start asking myself his evening question: “What good have I done today?”


One Article:

The Nigerian Fintech Boom—By the Numbers

Fascinating infographic slideshow on the booming fintech opportunity in Nigeria. It makes me extremely optimistic for our future to see technology penetrating underserved markets and creating opportunity for the masses to achieve socioeconomic upward mobility.

Everett Randle of Founders Fund recently published a great piece on Wave—an African fintech platform that just raised a $200 million Series A (!!!)—which is worth a read for those looking to dive in deeper.

Long Africa!


One Podcast:

The Room Where It Happens

After months of planning and preparation, Greg Isenberg and I are so excited to finally be able to announce our new project: The Room Where It Happens: a podcast, show, and community.

The Room Where It Happens was born of the realization that the most interesting, insightful conversations have historically always happened behind closed doors. Until now.

TRWIH is a business, technology, and investing podcast and show—but most importantly, it’s a community.

In each episode, we will be joined by an amazing guest as we explore the ideas, trends, and models shaping the future of business and tech. This isn’t an interview podcast. This is a place for casual, real-time exploration providing an inside look into how insights are created.

Beyond the show, we’ll be prioritizing community by rolling out community features that provide unique access and events. We want The Room Where It Happens to become a key part of your personal competitive advantage and we’re committed to delivering against that objective.

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One Bonus:

So…this was neat.

But most importantly, let it be known that Elon will forever remember October 7, 2021 as the day he *almost* ratio’ed Sahil Bloom.

(p.s. if you didn’t get the Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean reference, you should really reevaluate your entertainment priorities)


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