The Everything Sunday Digest

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Hello and happy Sunday! 

What we published this week

We published three new articles this week 7,500 words. We unearthed AI-written poetry in the style of Emily Dickinson, continued our exploration of the theory of disruption, and outlined how to make the cheesy commencement advice of “following your heart” actionable.

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📐GPT-3 Will Accelerate The Privatization of Internet Communities

Adam outlines three ways in which GPT-3 makes public internet forums like Reddit and Twitter less viable, through examples ranging from Drake to Paul Graham’s Twitter Feed. He then explains why private, invite-only communities are the antidote.

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🔮 Disrupting Disruption Part 2: Ben Thompson

The second in Nathan’s disruption series, this essay analyzes Stratechery’s Ben Thompson proposed modifications to the classic disruption theory proposed originally by Clay Christensen. They revolve around a simple idea: What if there’s no such thing as being too good? 🔒

Dive deeper — “Disrupting Disruption.” Read Nathan’s first post in the series, on the original theory of disruption. He sets out the basic tenets and the counter-examples that it doesn’t quite explain, from Tesla to Costco.

From the Divinations archives — “Notion’s $2b Valuation is Sensible, Probably.” Nathan and Adam dive into three segments on how to value Notion, how Roam took over Twitter, and how to apply the economic concept of time preference to your own life. 🔒 

How the world’s smartest people organize their work

⚡️Follow your heart — with caveats

Follow your heart is squishy advice. Dan proposes a new way to understand that bumper-sticker directive, and uses it to propose a new answer to the question: “What idea should I work on first?” 🔒 

From the Superorganizers archive — “If your system was a house, would you want to live in it?” Dan pulls analogies from architecture and biology to suggest a simpler approach to building systems for our lives.🔒 

Exploring the passion economy

😍 Episode 4: Leah Culver and Erik Berlin

This week Li and Nathan interviewed Leah Culver and Erik Berlin, co-founders of podcast app Breaker.

Want to join the next one? Our guest is Nathan Barry, founder of ConvertKit! This should be a great one, as Nathan stared on the creator side of the passion economy, and ended up building a powerful email platform for creators. Click here to RSVP. 🔒 

The modern frontier of productivity

➰You Need a Budget: 13 Parallels Between Money and Productivity

From the archive: Tiago Forte summarizes the approach outlined in a popular budgeting book by Jesse Mecham, which includes tips on how to create multiple emergency funds and set a flexible grocery budget. He then dives into how those skills translate to increasing productivity as well. 🔒 

What happens when two friends start a business

💞 #16 - Should you follow your heart?

Nathan and Dan discuss Dan’s latest Superorganizers essay on the framework he developed to help him follow his heart — and filter for the best ideas.


📈What Dan Rose Learned from Building the Kindle

Check out Dan Rose’s 10 takeaways from working with Jeff Bezos to build the Kindle back in 2004, after two ebook readers had already failed in the market.

That’s it for this week! 

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This issue was written by Saanya Jain and edited by Dan Shipper.

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