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🦄 vol. 46
happy birthday to us! 🥳
and just like that, we’re 1 year old! 🥳 what started off as a group of mates spitting weekly bars has evolved into a pretty damn cool community - we’ve built a loyal and engaged reader base, and have a growing number of guest features. tl;dr: we’re learning heaps and (hopefully) getting better with time.
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happy birthday to us 🥳
Since we’re celebrating our 1st birthday, we thought it’d be cool to revisit some of our favourite volumes from the past year.
Starting right at the beginning, we loved Karl's take on BitClout in vol. 1 - a platform where every user has their own "creator coin" (stock) pegged to BTCLT (BitClout’s cryptocurrency). Go viral on Instagram for something cool - bull run. Get cancelled on Twitter - face a bearish sentiment.
Claude's piece on neobanks in vol. 10 got us thinking too. As we learnt, neobanks are a type of direct bank that operate exclusively online without traditional physical branch networks. And no, just because your bank has an app doesn’t make it a neobank.
In vol. 20, Matt broke down the exciting developments outta AlphaFold. We learnt that the predictive power of AlphaFold is being utilised by a research team at the University of Colorado Boulder to generate novel antibiotics. While still in its infancy, commentators see immense promise.
Inspired by all of the startup funding going around, Sash took a stab at breaking down scalable business models in vol. 18. We learnt that fintech businesses generally have the qualities of consumption and subscription models - the ideal combo for VCs looking for outsized returns.
Potter’s guest feature was a hit too. In vol. 34, we learnt that the movement toward value-based healthcare is well underway in South Africa. However, without a drastic culture shift in the way that innovation and entrepreneurship is received and utilised, we are unlikely to see effective change.
Thank you for your continuous support! 🥳
claude, karl, matt & sash