Weekly reading – 23rd January 2021

What I wrote last week

A few simple tips to save money that I have from personal experience

I wrote about the debate on whether social media should censor Trump

Business

Internal deliberations at Twitter over whether they should ban Trump

Checkout.com vs Adyen

If you aren’t too familiar with Fintech, this article is a good place to start

A piece on a16z and its media-savvy founder

Apple TV+ is said to have only 3% of the market in which Netflix still remains the leader

21% of Chime’s revenue per user as of June 2020 came from ATM fees for out-of-network withdrawals

Nintendo – capitalizing on nostalgia

A survey shows that Apple may have a problem with Apple TV+ churn on its hands

A profile of the CEO of Edwards Lifesciences

The Story of a Cap Table: Affirm

Technology

The Myth of The Infrastructure Phase. Such an interesting read on the development of applications and infrastructure

The insider story of PDFs

What I found interesting

A beautiful beautiful letter on living a life worth living

Nikkei Asia has a nice piece on Covid-19 as an opportunity for Vietnam, given how the country has masterfully managed the crisis so far

Why cats love catnips

Axios has an 8-part (till now) series of great reporting on Trump and his post-election madness

Weekly readings – 7th November 2020

What I wrote

Some local propositions that voters approved. I personally support these proposals and think that many people will

Business

Learning from Quibi

32% of those who switched from Android to iOS did it because of Apple’s perceived security benefits to Android.

The rise of cloud in Europe – an excellent write-up by Bessemer Venture Partners

TikTok partners with Shopify whose sellers can now create TikTok content straight from their seller dashboard

Amazon’s exclusive store for luxurious brands – Luxury Stores

A profile of Discord, a communications application that looks a lot similar to Slack

Brave, a privacy-focused browser, reached 7 million Daily Active Users

Walmart+ vs Amazon Prime. As of right now, 17% of Americans subscribe to Walmart+ at least for free trials. The key, though, is how many Walmart can convert to loyal paid subscribers

Once examples of European startup scene, Monzo and Revolut have seen their valuation drop since the start of Covid

Jack Ma spectacularly tanked his company’s IPO

Technology

A brief history of PDF as the de facto file format for official documents

If you care about privacy, here is a list of alternatives to Google products

What I found interesting

The New Yorker’s profile of Signal founder

Have trees planted systematically or grow naturally?

Why do tunnels in America cost more than in other countries?