BVC’s Blend:

Girl Crush, Factual Video On Demand, SPAC, and a Second Brain

A weekly digest of a curious mind

❤️ I have a new girl crush. Or maybe it is more than a crush. Maybe it’s love. You decide. I simply cannot stop looking at @lizandmollie on Instagram. One of their illustrations 👈🏼 on how we measure success just went viral on LinkedIn. That’s how I discovered them. Their charming illustrations of life in the workplace just have me hooked. Each of their illustrations really says in a few well-chosen brush strokes how we all feel at times about life and work. Check them out …though I should warn you that you may end up spending quite a while scrawling through their feed.

📹 🤔 Have you heard about Factual Video On Demand (FVOD)? Well, I hadn’t until I listened to this podcast which highlighted the recent IPO of CuriosityStream. Not only was I truly intrigued by this new play on subscription streaming, but also really blown away by the awesome analysis of CuriosityStream’s business by the two Motley Fool analysts, Asit Sharma and Emily Flippen.

🧠 🧠 Something I’m really excited about this week is that I’m building myself a second brain. I’m not kidding, I really am. The concept of a second brain was popularized by Tiago Forte, one of the world’s foremost experts on productivity. Tiago designed a personal knowledge management (PKM) methodology that creates an external, centralized, digital repository for all the ideas, inspirations, and insights we gain from all our reading, listening and watching. Such a “second brain” expands our memory and our intellect using the modern tools of technology and networks.

I had read one of Tiago’s articles about the concept of the “second brain” a while ago and even considered attending Tiago’s special course on it. In the end, I didn’t, but then last week I came across Ali Abdaal’s video on his “second brain.” Ali is a Cambridge University medicine graduate, now working as a junior doctor in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), who build a following on YoutTube with his videos about how to study smart. His video triggered me to finally put in the work to start building my second brain. And as I searched the internet for tips on how to best go about it, I was introduced to RoamResearch, which describes itself as a note-taking tool for networked thought. Think of it as Evernote re-invented. For example, imagine that tomorrow you want to write an article about A.I. or guineapigs and at the click of one button you can retrieve all your notes, and articles, and highlights from books you’ve read and collected on those respective topics. Yup, that is what you can do with RoamResearch. If you’re interested, check out this video in which Ali talks about RoamResearch. For me, it’s a total game-changer.

🏦 🤓 Do you know what a SPAC is? Well I didn’t, but I kept hearing it a lot recently, so I was glad that the NYT stepped in and wrote a quick little piece titled, Anyone Who’s Anyone Has A SPAC Right Now. I quickly learned that SPACs are shell corporations that list on a stock exchange, with the goal of buying a private business and taking it public. In essence, a SPAC is a way to do an I.P.O. without all the time, expense, and regulatory oversight traditionally required. So why all the hype? Well, SPAC managers are enlisting celebrities to add some star power to help attract more funding. Who wouldn’t want to invest in the Serena Williams SPAC, right?

🤝 Cold emails are a new part of my founder reality #founderselling. But I wouldn’t say I’ve quite mastered the art yet. So I was excited when I saw this post from Josh Braun on LinkedIn about a really effective and lighthearted way to approach cold emailing. Check it out.

🥗 🏋🏻‍♀️ I’m forever reading and listening and learning about how to optimize my health and fitness. And I continue to be amazed at how little I really know about what exactly I should do. So I was super excited when I discovered Shawn Stevenson, thanks to an interview on Whitney Johnson’s podcast “ Disrupt Yourself”. Shawn’s book, Eat Smarter which was just published, became an overnight bestseller, ranking #1 on Amazon — even overtaking Barak Obama’s new book. Following his interview with Whitney Johnson, I bought his book. I’ve only just started it, so I cannot comment yet. But I’ve also started listening to some episodes of his podcast, “The Model Health Show”, and I have to say, I’m impressed.

In closing, and here is a little medley of a few of my favorite images from @lizandmollie

About this post

A while ago I started creating a weekly email for a group of friends to share a variety of articles, videos, podcasts, and books that had piqued my interest that week. Stuff I thought they might also be interested in or might enjoy learning or hearing about. Or just stuff that would deliver a chuckle in the middle of their workday.

To make it easier to share and to make it a bit more visually appealing than a boring simple text email, I’ve decided to now turn it into a weekly blog post. So here it is — #1 of BVC’s Blend. Hopefully, it contains something that inspires you or makes you smile!

PS. I’d love it if you shared it with a friend or two.

Founder and CEO at Upwardley. Dutch gal who has found her bliss in California. On a mission to create better leaders. Author of The Leadership Workout.

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