Top Cruise Revival 🌟- Why web3 & decentralization? 🔮- Interview with the cofounder of Shopify 🛒-Hoop tips for entrepreneurs 🏀- Interview JD Blanc serial cofounder AllocinéxMolotov
There is no speed limit to personal growth
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This weeks benefits include 5 read or watch or listen recommendations with:
Top Gun revival and Tom Cruise reaching his career best,
Why web3 and decentralization matter?
Key notes from this interview of Tobi Lutke, CEO & CoFounder of Shopify,
Basketball drama into entrepreneur tips,
Serial entrepreneur in Movies and TV, Jean-David Blanc.
#1. Top Gun or Tom Cruise revival? 🌟
TL;DR From this article 👉 Cultural transmission in the internet age published in Digital Native by Rex Woodbury on June 2nd, 2022.
I have always been a big fan of action movies and Tom Cruise is obviously one of the few iconic icon heroes. With Top Gun, at age 63, he has now become the intergenerational emblem of the action genre. The release of Top Gun: Maverick will be his career best box office movie.
Interestingly, looking at the 1986 original movie, US Navy's enrollments increased by +500% in the following year. Matthew Modine even refused the starring role in Top Gun as he saw the movie as a disguised propaganda for the U.S. military.
This launches the key question here: how media can influence culture?
"Even Plato, back in 400 B.C., denounced writing as inhumane and warned that writing weakened the mind by destroying our memories. The invention of the printing press in 1440 was seen as a threat to the social order, and particularly to the church. Five hundred years later, the same talking points emerged for television (“It rots your brain!”), and 50 years after that, for the internet."
Looking back at the past few decades of media, it is certain that media plays a fundamental role in shaping culture, how we live, think and interact.
Even though some thought that Tom Cruise was a a relic from the past century. Even with his superior telling him as Maverick "The future is coming and you are not in it", It looks like Tom Cruise is on its way to get the movie Top Gun: Maverick reach the 1bn revenue mark.
#2. Why web3 & decentralization? 🔮
TL;DR From this article 👉 Why decentralization matters published in OneZero by Chris Dixon on February 18, 2018.
It is really great to read such a premonitory prediction about decentralization from ...2018! Why does it matter and why this is very likely the future of Internet?
The first era of the internet was governed by the laws of the internet community. Internet protocols were built using open protocols.
The second era has been led by the dominance of centralized platforms aka GAFAs. Those for-profit companies built software and services that rapidly outpaced the capabilities of open protocols.
The problem the second era as created is that "startups, creators, and other groups to grow their internet presence without worrying about centralized platforms changing the rules on them, taking away their audiences and profits."
Many other issues arose from the success of the GAFAs naming just a few here: fake news, EU privacy laws, and algorithmic biases.
"The internet is still early in its evolution: the core internet services will likely be almost entirely rearchitected in the coming decades. This will be enabled by crypto-economic networks. Cryptonetworks combine the best features of the first two internet eras: community-governed, decentralized networks with capabilities.”
Decentralization is unavoidable as the best talents may not work anymore for GAFAs. They can help resolve the 2 massive limitations that Web3 is facing : scalability & performance.
"Centralized platforms have been dominant for so long that many people have forgotten there is a better way to build internet services. Cryptonetworks are a powerful way to develop community-owned networks and provide a level playing field for 3rd-party developers, creators, and businesses."
#3. Interview highlights with Tobi Lutke, CEO & CoFounder of Shopify 🛒
TL;DL From this podcast 👉 Embrace the unexpected published in Invest like the best on May 22nd, 2022. Highlights from Patrick Kervern.
Friction is probably the most powerful, under-acknowledged force that exists in the world of business and products in general.
You can actually separate process into two things. There's process that makes something previously impossible, possible, or makes something that was previously possible, 10x easier. Those are good processes. But that's the set. Everything that doesn't accomplish either of those two things is bad process.
Video games are great tool for learning cause they teach you transfer learning with quick feedback loops, opportunity costs with ressource allocation trade offs and attention. A real-time strategy game, especially played at a very high level one-on-one, is really a test of how good are you at paying attention to what's going on?
How well are you investing your attention? On project and context knowledge :
Shopify is a default-to-open company…"We have lots of internal systems but one has all the projects that anyone in Shopify is working on. They are in a centralized system called GSD - for, Getting Shit Done. You can just make yourself follow it and then you get an email update with new releases.
"There is no speed limit to personal growth. It depends on your interests. And it depends on the environment.”
#4. Entrepreneur tips from Hustle movie produced by LeBron James 🏀
TL;DR From this article 👉 What entrepreneurs can learn from Adam Sandlers’s Hustle movie published in Entrepreneur on June 10th, 2022.
As a big fan of basketball and sports movies in general, I really enjoyed watching Hustle, the new hit you can watch on Netflix; produced by LeBron James - billionaire and still playing in the NBA.
It is true that there are many parallels with entrepreneurship that are summarized in this article.
Take risks. Adam Sandler, a recruiting scout for the Philadelphia Sixers, decides to go all in with the talent he found. Gut feeling, ballsyness, or just unsane risk taking, up to you to make up your mind by watching the movie.
Never give up. Relentless travels away from his family. Countless hours of work around the globe and around the clock. (Many) highs and (many more) lows... but he never gives up.
Practice humility. No matter how talented you are. Practice and disciplined training is the only way. Compounded training is value added learning. And learning starts with being aware of your imperfections.
#5. Allociné x Molotov by serial entrepreneur Jean-David Blanc 🇫🇷
TL;DL From this podcast 👉 GDIY Jean-David Blanc published in Generation Do It Yourself by Matthieu Stefani on May 22nd, 2022.
Just being curious when he entered a computer shop, Jean-David fell in the world of coding and computing as a kid on his way to school. He was raised in a family of musicians that had not much in common with computers. He helped Marlboro, the cigarette brand, create a first of a kind Minitel service for F1 fans.
Faced with the problem of searching which film he could go and see in a movie theater, he had the idea to launch Allociné in France. This was a hotline anybody could call to learn about which film was played in which movie theater; this became later a successful internet service that Canal+ purchased back in May 2001.
Jean-David convinced Pierre Lescure (Cofounder of Canal+) to launch Molotov TV back in 2016. He pitched Pierre about an internet service where one could go click and play any video content on demand and for free. Molotov TV recently sold to the American company FuboTV.
Jean-David survived a near death experience in Nepal while he was enjoying paramotoring back in 2011. He had to survive by himself for 3 days in the Himalaya mountains. He published his first book Trois jours au Népal (Ed. Robert Laffont) about this life changing accident.
I know Jean-David does not like to speak about himself; I really enjoyed his GDIY podcast with Matt Stefani. A very good episode I really recommend.
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