What I Learned

Brendan J Short
The latest events in tech and why they matter to us.
Created 06 Jan 2020
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  • 3 Cheat Codes to Find Your Ideal Career
    05 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    gm frens! My company, Groundswell, is building tools for the growing trend of PLG (product-led growth) — software that you can start using without putting a credit card on file (think: Zoom, Loom, Sla...
  • How do you validate your startup idea?
    29 Oct 2021 • 12 min read • 4 0
    gm, y’all! The big news this week: Facebook is rebranding to Meta (short for Metaverse). And Ethereum hit an all-time high this week — Eth is what the majority of NFTs are built on, and what web3 woul...
  • How to come up with great startup ideas
    25 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 3 2
    Hey y’all! As usual, at the end of this post I’ll include some links to interesting things I’ve learned lately, but here’s a quick preview of news in the tech world last week: WeWork went public, Bitc...
  • Should you start a startup?
    15 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    GM y’all! Last week I warned that I was going to start posting about the founder journey. Well, it doesn’t get more cliche than this… Should you start a startup? Well, of course, the answer is, “it de...
  • Going all in
    09 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    gm frens! It’s been a while. Feels like at least a couple months. I checked. It’s been six months since the last time I posted here. Sheesh. Time flies. I shipped this little newsletter nearly every F...
  • Coinbase: a Paved Road through a National Park
    19 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Hey y’all, Welcome to another addition of What I Learned. This week, we’re talking about Coinbase, who went public, via a Direct Listing this week. They closed on Wednesday at a market cap of $85.8 Bi...
  • Season 3, Learning Machines & Tesla's Super Bull
    04 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Howdy y’all! Spring is upon us. And this year, it brings an especially unique sense of hope. Light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the dropping numbers in new Covid cases, and the increasing numbe...
  • WTF are NFTs?
    22 Mar 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    Hi y’all, I’ve been hearing about NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) more and more the past few months. You probably have too. For me, it was in the context of sports, art or music. Sports. I have zero intere...
  • Farewell, CryptoPunk 7804
    15 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Hi y’all, Below is the unedited script from The Good Time Show on March 12, 2021. Dylan Field, CEO & Co-founder of Figma, gave a riveting speech about selling CryptoPunk 7804 a couple days prior, for ...
  • The Shift to Micro-Communities 🏴‍☠️
    08 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Howdy y’all! The stock market plunged last week—the worst performance since March of 2020. It was probably a good thing though, because I was about to quit my day-job and become a full-time Wall Stree...
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