You bought me the first candy bars 💎 Issue #68
Plus: a culprit, how things are done at Stripe and a psychological experiment with photography.
What’s up? 🍫
🤗 Last week someone bought me some candy bars, on the account of this newsletter, for the first time. This crazy person is not even family. I’m 99% sure the intention was not to make it stop, but who knows. I went with some Snickers Crisp, and what can I say, it was good but it’s no Snickers. Thank you!
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⛱ You might be wondering how that big climb happened during summer and it was not because of the rising temperatures. In 3 months there were more people subscribing to This Week’s Worth than in the previous 12 months! What the hell?
📧 The main culprit might be The Sample, which is a newsletter recommendation tool. You tell it your interests and you’ll get newsletter issues forwarded to you as it learns what you like. I added This Week’s Worth to it, and according to what they tell me, they sent issues of this 533 times and 26 people subscribed on the spot. Not bad if you ask me.
And now the best things I found on the Internet this week.
New to me 💡
Building Products at Stripe | 12 min read
💲 An interview with a business lead at the most valuable startup on the United States. Stripe seems like an interesting and challenging place to work: particularly in how it seems to optimize for two, apparently, opposite values: going fast and going deep in exploration.
💨 “There’s a lot we have in common with tech broadly, but one thing that distinguishes Stripe is that it’s an incredibly deep-thinking culture. It’s a written culture really focused on getting to the right answer. Going really deep and getting all the way down into the details around things, then distilling it down to a form that makes the complexity broadly consumable and actionable. Another thing is a sense of urgency. The company is especially dedicated to moving very, very fast.”
6 Photographers Asked to Shoot Portraits of 1 Man... With a Twist | 1 min read
🔎 We see what we are looking for.
🎞 “Canon conducted an interesting experiment on the power of perspective in portrait photography. The camera company enlisted the help of 6 photographers and asked them each to independently shoot portraits of a man named Michael. But there was a twist: each photographer was told a different thing about Michael’s background.”
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