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July 2021 | Archive

I'm trying an experiment where I use Notion to save all of the interesting articles that I read this past month. Follow me at @blakeir (Updated: 8.02.2021)
A quick guide to Stripe’s culture
How Do You Know?
How Free to Play Video Games are Forced to Make Addicts
Infinity Revenue, Infinity Possibilities
Royal Match - The New King from Turkey?
Supercell's killed games: Celebrating lessons, not failures
The Blurred Lines of Parasocial Relationships
The Social Media Trap
Your Idea Is Brilliant, Your Idea Is Worthless
15 Ways the World is being Transformed by DAOs
150% APR? How Are DeFi Yields So High?
26: I'm back, sort of
A Comprehensive Guide to the Top NFT Avatars
A Penny for your Dunk: finding the value of NFTs
A Primer on Prediction Markets
A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge
A Twitter Addict Realizes She Needs Rehab
An Unresolved Mystery in Finance - Equity Premium Puzzle
Art Blocks NFTs Soar as Savvy Collectors Snap Up Edgy Pieces
Axie Infinity broke out. "Playing while earning" is the next liquid mining?
Bubba Harkins Made Sticky Stuff for MLB Pitchers for 15 Years. Now He's Speaking Out.
Can Ethereum Be Ultra-Sound Money?
Changing Behaviour
China’s new gaming underclass
Could Gen Z Free the World From Email?
Creativity is dead, long live curation
Customer-Based Valuation
Dan Wang on Mozart, California and Avalon
DeepFriedMemes Goodbye Message
DeFi-ing the rules of traditional finance
Digital Footprint
DoNotPay: The Robotic Lawyer Fighting For Consumers and Driving Institutional Transparency
Drawing pictures of cities
Duty Bound
EIP-1559: Can Ethereum Replace Bitcoin as Digital Gold?
Field Study: The Rise of Recommerce
Finance as culture
Five Reasons Why Zoom is the Next Big Platform to Launch Billion-Dollar Startups
Four ways that VCs evaluate startup pitches
Gamers Are Better Than Scientists at Catching Fraud
Gaming: A Potential Driver of Blockchain Adoption
Hip Hop, Blogs and NFTs: Unbundling, remixing, and reintegrating Media
How 'solo VCs' are changing the venture game
How Aristotle Created the Computer
How Blackstone became the darling of grill TikTok
How fast is too fast?
How Government Learned to Waste Your Time
How Junior Investors Can Write a Compelling Investment Memo
How Pixar Uses Hyper-Colors to Hack Your Brain
How Social Media Shapes Our Identity
How the Greeks created the first European State
How to get your creative work back on track
How to Go Pro as a Creator
How to Price Items on F2P Games // Javier Barnes
How Two Buck Chuck revolutionized the wine industry
Inside Airbnb’s ‘Black Box’ Safety Team: Company Spends Millions on Payouts
Inside TikTok’s Highly Secretive Algorithm
Instagram Desktop Redesign
Interview: Marc Andreessen, VC and tech pioneer
Interview: Sam Heath, Head of Retail and CPG, Tim Horton's - by Edward Nevraumont
Into the Fediverse
Introducing the Wise Product Roadmap
Is It My Body
Juul and the business of addiction
Multiplayer Media
Netflix (NFLX) To Offer Video Games on Its Streaming Platform
Netflix's games won't be the Netflix of Games
New post: The New American University
NoPixel and The New Creator Auteurs
Ode to Procrastination
Penniless: why a Victoria man has gone two decades without money
People Who Brag About Being in Back-to-Back Meetings Deeply Misunderstand Productivity
Pinduoduo: Together, More Bull, More Bear, More Fun
Quarantined to Room 903
Roadmap: Data Infrastructure
Robinhood's Challenge
Snowflake: The Righteous Blood Sucker
Social Media Use and Its Connection to Mental Health: A Systematic Review
Solipsis Decentralized Metaverse
Solving the Yeezy Problem
Strange Case of Dan Loeb and Daniel S. Loeb
SushiSwap Treasury Sale Proposal Draws Community Ire
Sushiswap's Phantom Troupe
The 10,000 Bitcoin Pizza Story, but it's NFTs
The ABCs of DAOs
The Billion Dollar Creator
The elegant chaos of WhatsApp stickers
The future of (ads) privacy
The Future of Games is an Instant Flash to the past
The Future of Merge Games
The game makers and artists pushing Roblox to its limits
The Hype Subsidy – Why Early Hype is Dangerous in Consumer Social
The Incredible Logistics of the Tokyo Olympics
The Inner Ring of The Internet
The Leakage Problem
The little frog that has taken over Poland's high streets
The Most Precious Resource is Agency
The Myth of the Myth of the Lone Genius
The New American University
The Power of Positive People
The Prevention of Literature
The Promise and Peril of a High-Priced Sleep Trainer
The SaaS Org Chart
The Secrets of GetRichQuickTok
The Surprising Power of The Long Game
The “thin edge of the wedge” strategy
then and now
This Chinese Auction Site Is Selling Luxury Items Owned by Criminals
Tiger Global: the technology investor ruffling Silicon Valley feathers
Tom Sachs: ROCKET FACTORY
Twitch Streamers Rake in Millions With a Shady Crypto Gambling Boom
Unicorn Market Cap, June 2021 (Almost Post-Pandemic Edition)
Vibe me up, moodboard
Walking as a Productivity System
We All Have “Main-Character Energy”
What is good retention?
What Is MSCHF? Inside the Art Collective Selling Sneakers and Streetwear
What Social Apps Can Learn from Game Design and Monetization
What Won’t the Nelk Boys Do?
Why did we wait so long for the threshing machine?
Why the next big consumer platforms are social games
With open banking on the horizon, the fintech-SME love story is just beginning
writing in public
you have what you want
Yuval Noah Harari Gives the Really Big Picture
Zero Knowledge
“Fantasy Hollywood” — Crypto and Community-Owned Characters