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  • It’s hard to multitask with spoken-word audio when you’re browsing other things.
  • It’s hard to multitask with spoken-word audio when you’re browsing other things.
  • We still don’t have a true “BuzzFeed for audio” to elevate clips with viral potential.

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  • To call something the most popular podcast might seem a little like identifying the tallest leprechaun, but the numbers are impressive for any media platform. “Serial” has been downloaded or streamed on iTunes more than five million times — at a cost of nothing — and averages over 1.5 million listeners an episode. That is as many people as watch an episode of “Louie,” the buzzed-about comedy on FX. Ira Glass, the host of “This American Life,” told me his show took four years to reach one million listeners. “Serial” raced past that in a month.
  • “When I saw the numbers, my jaw just dropped,” Ms. Koenig said a few weeks ago. “It feels like we are doing exactly the same thing, making radio, except it’s not on the radio, at least not yet.”
  • Podcasting used to be a novel way of distributing audio programming over the Internet, but it is up 25 percent year-over-year

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  • The podcasters say that they are relegated to wooing a single Apple employee for the best promotion. That sharing on social media is cumbersome. And that for podcasters to make money, they need more information about their listeners, and Apple is in a unique position to provide it. The problems, they say, could even open up an opportunity for a competitor.
  • Podcasting had been growing swiftly for years, but in 2014, “Serial,” a show that in its first season re-examined a murder case, was the first breakout hit. The season barreled into pop culture, attracting 110 million downloads.
  • By last year, at least 46 million Americans listened to podcasts each month. This year, that number will reach 57 million, according to a survey by Edison Research.

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  • According to the law of the wild web, the spoils go to those with fewest fucks to give. I have come to believe, in the course of our bizarro unfriendship, that Milo believes in almost nothing concrete—not even in free speech. The same is reportedly true of Trump, of people like Ann Coulter, of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage: They are pure antagonists unencumbered by any conviction apart from their personal entitlement to raw power and stacks of cash.
  • America is a nation eaten by its own myth. The entire idea of America is about believing impossible things. Nobody said those things had to be benign.

  • Interestingly, studies have correlated self sabotaging behavior with self preservation. Essentially, when you do something directly in opposition to what you’re supposed to be doing, you have given yourself an external element with which to lay blame. Instead of blaming yourself for any “failure” you may incur, you now have another outlet, or excuse, for why something didn’t get done.
  • Some studies have shown that persistent self-sabotage leads to a negative motivation loop. In other words, the more you engage in self-sabotage, the less motivated you are the next time you need to get something done.


    With every failed attempt, you are effectively “proving” to yourself that you are incapable of accomplishing the task.

  • Go Heads Down For Short Periods Of Time


    The Pomodoro Technique is a method of intense focus for 25 minutes at a time.

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  • In the long term, super-fatty diets increase our risk of neurological dysfunction, while diets full of omega-3 fatty acids (think fish and nuts) help us stay sharp and stave off cognitive declines later in life.
  • Start on the Right Foot


    Eat breakfast.

  • If you skip breakfast, you end up with a huge spike in blood sugar and then an equally huge crash in the afternoon; whereas if you eat breakfast, you maintain a pretty stable metabolism all day long.


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  • Studies have shown that tackling smaller tasks helps you motivate yourself to accomplish bigger projects.
  • So if you have a foggy brain, then set out to get the smaller, less overwhelming tasks out of the way. When your mind is clear again, you’ll be ready to tackle bigger projects without as many distractions.
  • Have you ever heard of the Zeigarnik effect? It’s the condition in which you remember things that are still in process.

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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg sits and listens, like a tiny lawn decoration.

  • There’s a large body of research that suggests that regardless of our reasons for working long hours, overwork does not help us. For starters, it doesn’t seem to result in more output. In a study of consultants by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, managers could not tell the difference between employees who actually worked 80 hours a week and those who just pretended to. While managers did penalize employees who were transparent about working less, Reid was not able to find any evidence that those employees actually accomplished less, or any sign that the overworking employees accomplished more.
  • Considerable evidence shows that overwork is not just neutral — it hurts us and the companies we work for.

  • a team with the responsibility to measure, understand and improve the flow of users in and out of the product and business. That’s the role of growth within a company.
  • Finance owns the flow of cash in and out of a company. Growth owns the flow of customers in and out of a product.

  • Over the last two years, I have had the chance to validate these guidelines with many SaaS businesses, and it turns out that these early guesses have held up well. The best SaaS businesses have a LTV to CAC ratio that is higher than 3, sometimes as high as 7 or 8. And many of the best SaaS businesses are able to recover their CAC in 5-7 months. However many healthy SaaS businesses don’t meet the guidelines in the early days, but can see how they can improve the business over time to get there.
  • In 2011 and early 2012 we used this chart to guide many of our business decisions at HubSpot. By breaking LTV:CAC down into its components we could examine each metric and understand what levers we could pull to drive overall improvement.


    • There are two kinds of SaaS business:

      • Those with primarily monthly contracts, with some longer term contracts. In this business, the primary focus will be on MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue)
      • Those with primarily annual contracts, with some contracts for multiple years. Here the primary focus is on ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue), and ACV (Annual Contract Value).

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