The Sunday Digest: Join our Discord?
Everything we published this week + join our online community!
Happy Sunday! And if you’re new here, welcome! This is our little weekly roundup of everything we published.
But first, a quick announcement: we’re opening up our Discord for subscribers to join!
A few months back we switched from Slack to Discord, and it’s been amazing so far. So amazing, in fact, that we’ve decided to invite you to join us. Yes, you! We’ve got rooms for strategy scuttlebutt, productivity prattle, creator economy convos, and much more. (Be on the lookout for podcast recs, dog pics, and food photos.) Also, every Friday at 1pm pacific we have a fun event in our fireside chat “stage room”—Discord’s version of a Clubhouse room.
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This week we published 6 articles and 2 podcasts. Here they are!
by Fadeke Adegbuyi in Cybernaut
Fadeke brings her trademark wit and depth to her first official piece under the freshly-launched Cybernaut. This time, Clubhouse is under the microscope—and Fadeke has a few takes on why the "hustle culture" that pervades the social audio giant runs the risk of turning an exciting new platform into something more formal. With months of Clubhouse experience to draw on, Fadeke spends this article doing what she does best: articulating the quirks of Being Online that we may not have had words for ourselves, but instantly recognize when they're rendered in her intensely readable ones. Make this your weekend read.
by Nathan Baschez in Divinations
Nathan is back in Divinations with an updated opinion on the surprising announcement that Spotify is complementing its new paywall feature with functionality that will allow creators to link their subscription portals to listeners' Spotify accounts. While Nathan's first read on the developments was that Spotify was following Apple's lead, it's actually much deeper than that, he writes—and more exciting. "Spotify’s goal is to be the icon you tap when you want audio," he says. Read on to find out how they might achieve it.
by Evan Armstrong in Napkin Math
Whether or not Evan is actively vying for the Explainer crown, he might just end up with it anyway. In this installment of the refurbished Napkin Math, he explains how Gross Margin can dictate network power. Spoiler: it has to do with making more by doing less...but how do you do that? It's worth reading Evan to find out what companies do to boost their Gross Margins—not to mention a new round of trademark jokes.
by Nat Eliason in Almanack
If you're reading this, it's entirely possible you've bought some (more) Bitcoin in the last year or so. But what happens after you're into crypto? Sure, you can sit and watch your assets appreciate...or you can read Nat on how to build the crypto equivalent of a savings account. And honestly? He makes it sound much cooler than a regular savings account.
by Li Jin, Nathan Baschez & Yash Bagal in Means of Creation
In the latest MOC roundup, Li and Nathan discuss Facebook's recently-announced desire to get into the audio game. And while the network's groups seem a natural-ish fit for a Clubhouse-like platform, they're not sold on its long-term appeal. Still, they examine the ways Facebook might still succeed—and, of course, talk about why they're turning to audio in the first place.
Talk Therapy with Dan Shipper & Nathan Baschez
On the eve of her Clubhouse deep dive, Dan and Nathan welcomed Fadeke to the show this week. After taking them behind the scenes of that latest article and her experiences on Clubhouse, Fadeke also explained what led her to write for Every—and why internet culture can tell us a lot about ourselves.
What’s Going On
News you might have caught or missed this week.
- What really happened at Basecamp
- Banana Capital’s debut fund is for internet-first founders
- Jeff Wittek’s Patreon Account Gets 37,000 Supporters In 10 Days With Docuseries Rollout
- Mighty Networks Raises $50M to Build the Creator Economy for All
- The Techlash is Coming for Apple
What We’re Reading
Our favorite writing from beyond Every.
- What Is 'Cheugy'? You Know It When You See It , The New York Times
- Let’s Not Regulate A.I. Out of Existence, OneZero
- The Computers are Getting Better at Writing, The New Yorker
Tweet of the Week
“Ordering this for myself”—Dan Shipper
The Isolator was a helmet designed in 1925 to help improve writing productivity by blocking noise from your surrounding environment and limiting your vision to what's in front of you.
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