Great Insights on Creativity from Einstein, Steve Jobs & Jennifer Doudna 💡- Audio War ft. Spotify 🎧- Short Notes from Naval 📚- How to Think for Yourself 🤔- Cope with The Information Overload 🗞
Experts curators share their key insights, every week Curators are the new creators
Dear reader of The Timestamp, we are disclosing a new Top-5 selection of the best curators of the week. This week was hard work as we had many very good curators posting their best takeaways in the app Clind 📲
The Timestamp is now opening up to more fields where you may have an expertise. You might be passionate about the art of writing. You are an expert in modern architecture or a talented photography fan? Are you found of vintage gaming, movies or maybe celebrities? 🤗
👉 Just pick your expertise or passion, save your fave content into the app Clind and start writing your first takeaways 📝.
Clind will be happy to get an email from you at email@example.com to engage about your wish to share your knowledge with curation. Curation is probably the easiest path towards building your new audience as a wannabe writer. And who knows, you might be part of the next episode of The Timestamp 🎖
#1 Creativity Insights from the Greatest with Patrick Kervern from this inspiring article from Walter Isaacson👇
We had several curators picking up this piece this week. Probably worth reading 🤓
💡 “Never Outgrow your wonder years”. Walter Isaacson historian and biographer of Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs and BioChemist Jennifer Doudna, mother of RNA, shares top tips and insights on creativity. The first criteria that differentiates those astonishing innovators is that they are passionately and playfully curious.
💡 "Be useful". “ In Jennifer Doudna’s world, “Move it from bench to bedside.” The thing that all of these creative people do is say : “Hey, how can we apply this?”.
💡 The last 3 insights from Isaacson are also very precious : know when to cooperate and when to compete. That’s what Texas Instruments and Intel did on the microchip and Jennifer Doudna on RNA with Jillian Banfield at Berkeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier from Europe. Persist (Jennifer Doudna’s guidance counselor told her that girls don’t do science.) And finally “Connect Technology to humanity” this is the moral imperative far beyond money. “To connect your passion to something more important."
Source content published on April 9th, by Walter Isaacson, author of The Code Breaker, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, & Steve Jobs. Formerly Time, CNN, & Aspen Institute.
#2 Passion Economy : Battle for Audio Supremacy with Ariel Renous from this piece from Nathan Baschez 🎧
We call it the creator economy or passion economy. It is the economy of independent makers in writing, dancing, filming, and podcasting. Creators would not typically call themselves like this but this economy is growing fast.
💡 Spotify announced the "Open Access Platform": if you have paid subscribers outside the Spotify platform, you will be able to offer them paid content on Spotify while retaining control over the relationship.
💡 Today, if say you are a New York Times subscribers, there were no ways to access exclusive paid NYT podcasts outside their website. Now they will be able to offer exclusive content to their members *on Spotify*! (at $0 fees!)
💡 This lowers the friction to offer paid audio and will enable subscription businesses and publishers to diversify their offering by adding audio content. Genius
Source content published on May 1st, by Nathan Baschez, a passion economy expert and co-founder of the newsletter@Every —a writer collective focused on business. Previously with Substack and GimletMedia.
By Ariel Renous, HEC student, Ex-VC analyst at Ventech. Ariel explores Creators Tools and the Passion Economy and writes about the future of social.
#3 Inspiring & Short Words from this book about Naval Ravikant by JF Marti📚
Naval is an unavoidable Twitter account but he is also a real person😎. And there is also a book ; find some short bites hereafter.
💡 Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.
💡 “Clear thinker” is a better compliment than “smart.” The smartest people can explain things to a child. If you can’t explain it to a child, then you don’t know it.
💡 Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.
Jean-François Marti is the founder of Nealite now part of PwC. He is also an author and expert in Design Thinking; you can read and subscribe to his newsletter 🇫🇷 “7 about” on Substack here; a weekly newsletter about business and tech he writes with 4 hands with his wife.
#4 “How to Think of Yourself” written by Paul Graham’s Advice by David Guerin
In case you missed this blog post (I did), now you can make it up 🪞
💡 According to Paul Graham, there are some kinds of work that you can't do well without thinking differently from your peers. For instance, being an investor or a scientist. To be a successful scientist, your ideas have to be both correct and novel. You need to say things no one else has realised yet.
There are 3 components that will help you “think for yourself”: fastidiousness about truth, resistance to being told what to think, and curiosity.
-> 🏋️♂️ Interestingly, these 3 components are interchangeable and can substitute for one another in much the same way muscles can.
🔎 Fastidiousness about the truth. This means more than just not believing things that are false -> You need to be careful about your degree of belief in things.
💪 Resistance to being told what to think. It’s hard to increase our resistance significantly as it seems that this is something you are “born with”
-> Surround yourself with other independent-minded people.
👀 Curiosity about things -> Be a glutton. Seek out topics that you are interested and start investigating.
Source article published in November 2020 by Paul Graham, an entrepreneur, VC and author known as a cofounder of startup accelerator Y Combinator.
For French readers, UMANZ published a 🇫🇷 translation in January 2021.
David Guérin, Principal at Brighteye Ventures. David helps entrepreneurs build EdTech companies via his EdTech focused VC. He is also an On Deck Writer Fellow (ODW2). Check David’s blog at https://davidguerin.net and get to read his latest piece about “VCs falling in love with a startup”.
#5 A Diet to Improve Your Curation … curated by Gilles Chetelat
I genuinely loved this other piece from the Jungle Gym newsletter written by Nick deWilde. Yes, I know I am featuring this author 2 tweets in a row (streak). In case you are reading the Timestamp without being too sure about curation, it is a way to reduce the growing burden of information overload we receive every day. The Clind app is all about building a solution to keep learning while our attention is finite… Writing 5 minutes every day.
Essential to be intentional about your sources of info
▶️ Keep time efficiency
Select carefully your streams of high quality information
✅ Get an edge w/ undiscovered info ✅ Network effect with highly shared
✅ Get new trends quicker w/ individual thinkers (on Twitter) vs general media
♻️ Primary vs secondary source adding analysis of 1st hand info (but has to be unbiased)
⚠️ Balance old and new references w/ new needing reflection because not yet proven
Valuable curation starts with subscription to valuable sources of great content streams
👉 those you can learn from with valuable takeaways T shaped information model
👉 Build 1 expertise in depth
👉 And build a general expertise in a collection of other fields
⚠️ Do not oversubscribe to a load of streams (newsletters) that you cannot absorb because your attention is finite
Source newsletter Jungle Gym written by Nick deWilde, Product Marketing at Guild Education and author of this fabulous newsletter about work-life integration ⭐️ You can subscribe to it, it is just great! Nick is also an On Deck ODW3 fellow.
Gilles Chetelat, Founder & CEO at Clind. Gilles is a repeat entrepreneur, investor and board member in 12+ startups. He exited his 1st company StickyADS.tv to Comcast in 2016. He wrote a book “Get Shit Done” about the importance of the human factor in starting a business. Gilles is also an On Deck ODW3.
Curators now have a Community
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