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This Weekly Wrapup Was 75 Days In The Making

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This pic has nothing to do with this post, but had something to do with my week. Good luck solving that mystery!

Here’s a look at some of the things I found interesting this week…

75 People, 75 Days

When I featured branding expert Martin Lindstrom on A Person You Should Know a couple days ago, it marked the 75th person I’ve profiled on the site.

It’s been an amazing experience bringing this idea I had back in June to life and I’ve profiled a new person every weekday since launching in July.

The site has attracted more than 1,300 subscribers – each of whom get sent each day’s person by email every morning (you can join here) – and I’m thrilled with the comments I’ve heard back from subscribers about the value they’re getting from the people I profile.

It’s still very early, but I think A Person You Should Know has a real chance to become a project I’m even more proud of than what I’ve done with Connected Comedy over the years.

And in case you missed last week’s people, in addition to Lindstrom I featured Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce who shared her inspirational story, the head of the Cornell Food Lab Brian Wansink who had some amazing insights about eating habits, letterer Jessica Hische whose wisdom applies to much more than designing pretty things, and Gary Vaynerchuk who’s one of my personal favorites and has been a huge inspiration on my own career path.

This Will Make You Want To Watch An Old Monty Python Movie

Our newest Academy Originals video featured a look back at Monty Python and the Holy Grail and I guarantee it makes you laugh and want to rewatch the classic comedy. I know it did for me.

This Is Worth A Listen

This recent episode of the James Altucher podcast features an interview with Ev Williams, who was a founder of Blogger, Twitter, an early podcasting company and now Medium.

It’s two smart guys talking about smart stuff and well worth your time.

Here’s a slightly paraphrased Ev Williams quote that stuck with me:

“There’s no reason you need a website. You need an audience. There was a time when everybody thought they needed to own their own land, but then they moved to cities.”

On a completely separate note, another thing worth putting in your headphones is this Roots song from a couple years ago.

Larry David Killed It This Week

In case you forgot, Larry David is one of the funniest people on the planet and he sent a reminder with his SNL appearance as Bernie Sanders in this sketch that opened the show this week:

In other Larry David is hilarious news, I came across this Instagram post from his daughter that made me laugh.


Two Quick Opinions

Maybe at some point I’ll expand on these, but for the moment here’s a couple quick things that have been on my mind.


Can we stop saying the Internet posed a “challenge” to the newspaper industry? It didn’t (and doesn’t) post a challenge – it presented an opportunity that the industry chose to ignore and is now suffering as a result.

(PS: That thought was inspired by this article about newspaper reporter being one of the world’s most endangered jobs.”)


Good advertising provides as much value to the audience as the advertiser. But the sad truth is most brands would rather do easy advertising than good advertising. And most brands judge their advertising by the wrong metrics – awareness is overrated.

Three Other Things You Should Read

This Derek Sivers post about why you should probably relax.

This Jeff Jarvis post that includes his creative plan for Entertainment Weekly magazine.

This Robert Scoble list of 22 tips for making your Facebook experience better.

That’s it for this week – thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of this post. Here’s your reward.

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