👋 Happy Monday!
This week, the time just flew. I spent a day volunteering to help sort donations for Ukrainian refugees, started a new supplement course for longevity experimentation, and sold my first NFT. This made me wonder - maybe I should practice my writing by documenting the experience with my other “passions”? 🧐
As with everything in life, one thing leads to another and this week’s selection is all about people who inspire - makers, founders, and entrepreneurs aka hustlers. Read about an entrepreneur who after 3 years of failure made his first $ from a report he loved writing, a founder who grew her community by celebrating others, and a maker who explores her curiosity through building in public.
I’ve been trying to catch up with my reading while I run, so now I frequently feel like I’m missing out on all those great podcast episodes. Last week I decided I need to mix things up, and played an episode from the Indie Hackers podcast. Cortland was talking with Greg Isenberg from ‘The Late Checkout’ (which I have listed on the platform already) and Dru Riley, the founder of Trends.vc.
They have been talking about how much research goes into one newsletter issue, how Dru Riley prefers podcasts as the primary resource, and how their projects grew into strong communities.
The concept of Trends.vc sounded familiar and I realized, I was around when it got to ‘The Product of the Month’ on Product Hunt. It was 2020 and the project was already seeing a lot of traction (“7k+ subscribers, 200+ Pro Members”) even before the launch. I’m not sure how I missed it before, but I’m glad I found my way back to it.
The newsletter targets curious minds who want to discover new markets and ideas. From No-Code and Token Gated Communities to Influencer Marketing and SEO, Trends.vc offers you a simple, yet dense 5-minute report on things that matter most right now. Every issue starts with “why it matters”, highlighting the problem and solution, and continues with a list of players in the field, possible opportunities, and key takeaways.
Take a look at the recommended report and consider joining the Trends PRO community for daily standups and weekly meetings to sharpen your thoughts and learn together with a group of like-minded people.
P.S. If you’re interested in the mentioned podcast episode, the title is - Crypto Literacy, Daily Habits, and New Business Ideas with Dru Riley and Greg Isenberg.
An investor turned newsletter/community founder, Sarah Noeckel started the Femstreet back in 2017 when a community dedicated to female entrepreneurs was still a niche.
The author aims to amplify women's voices and celebrate their accomplishments. With a focus on tech and venture capital, Femstreet delivers timely, informative news on women working and building in the industry. What’s interesting - by joining the community, some subscribers not only gain insight but sometimes even land their dream job. If that sounds intriguing - I suggest getting a paid subscription and enjoying the full experience in a private community on Slack.
Janel is a prolific maker, who explores her interest through writing and building in public. The first time I heard about Janel was a year or two ago while engaging with the Indie Hackers community. As she researched the growing interest in newsletters she shipped a Notion dashboard titled ‘Newsletter OS’.
Following her journey, I found another creative outlet of hers - the newsletter Brain Pint. It’s a curated publication full of tips and tricks for personal development, actionable tools for your productivity, and some great reads from the tech & marketing world. So whether you’re a maker yourself and want to surround yourself with like-minded people like Janel, or you’re just looking for ways to sharpen your mind - subscribe, and get inspired.
Opposite to ‘new’, Hello Universe was actually one of the first newsletters submitted to the platform. Having this title, the publication definitely deserves to be surfaced. Introducing Punit Thakkar, a self-described Hobby Nomad. The author committed to poetry and started Hello Universe to stop himself from jumping from one hobby to another and hasn’t looked back ever since.
Every newsletter consists of an original poem and personal commentary on the inspiration and thoughts behind it. Fun, thought-provoking, and sometimes even in a video format, Punit’s poetry aims to brighten up your day and engage.
☝️ Worth reading
I want to take advantage of the fact that I have your attention and continue doing my small part by sharing trustworthy articles touching on the war on Ukraine, written by the authors listed on Readsom 💙 💛
- You are (probably) paying for pro-Russian propaganda - Popular Information by Judd Legum
- The Russian hierarchy vs. the Ukrainian network - Exponential View by Azeem Azhar
- Best Reading On Ukraine And Russia - The Browser
👉 If you’re looking for a way to donate crypto, here is a link to Ukraine’s wallet addresses
Have the best week and keep hustling 🚀
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