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Brain Fog started with dpdr attacks in high school
2020.09.30 08:50 darkdoom616Brain Fog started with dpdr attacks in high school
I'm trying to find the cause of my 6-year brain fog atm, and I remember the fog started my sophomore year of high school, when I would randomly have moments of severe dpdr lasting a minute or two, where it felt like nothing was real, I was in a dream, and I would have to sit down somewhere and remind myself who I was and what I was doing. The actual feeling of brain fog for me is like a very mild but constant 24/7 feeling like these dpdr attacks. Now I no longer get these dpdr attacks but have had a constant feeling of being hazy and dissociated for the past 6 years of my life, along with other symptoms (ADD symptoms and sleep-related problems). I think the brain fog is being cause by something physiologically but I just got lab work done (blood and urine) and planning on seeing a neurologist next week. I also currently do NUCCA treatments and physical therapy for back/posture. Has anybody found their dpdr to be caused by something physiological? What did you do to heal? My biggest complaint is I can't read, when I try to read a book it's like I developed Alzheimer's. Symptoms: -constant fog in my brain -inability to concentrate while reading -poor executive functioning -feel weak and tired no matter how much I sleep (6-12 hours) -constantly spaced out, eyes stare off into space -dry eyes, dark circles under eyes -feel hazy and dissociated -insomnia, poor sleep quality Things I've tried: -meditate 1 hour everyday, sometimes 2-3 hours -cycle a lot, sometimes 30-40 miles in a single day, once rode my bike over 400 miles to San Diego in a week -spent ~100 hours doing Sudoku and mental math to strengthen executive functioning -journaling self-affirmations and cognitive behavioral therapy exercises -self-hypnosis -restrictive diets like vegan or keto -recently started a regular float session in a sensory deprivation tank -take supplements/superfoods -disconnect myself from all electronics for periods of time -gap year to reduce stress to zero -chiropractic and physical therapy for neck adjustments and posture exercises -take allergy medication like zyrtec, flonase, or claritin in case allergies are fogging my brain up -ignore it, act like it isn't there, try and numb myself with movies and pizza
Hello, and welcome to the 6th Annual /Baseball Pick em' Playoff Pick 'em Challenge! I'll be running the Playoff Challenge on a round-by-round basis, and I'll be making one thread per round. You'll be picking multiple variables for each series, with varying point values. This round will be the simplest, just pick the winners. Things really kick off in the next round! This is the thread for the first round, the Wild Card round.
Round 1: Wild Card Round
Here is what you'll be picking this round: 2 Points:
Pick the winner of the series.
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2020.09.29 07:20 duongduy2014World's largest sentence
Once taken place in a terribly dreadful time, there was a small cat-licking bird that lived on a not-so-big lane by my house whose name was Charles just like every other soul, male or female, that lived on my smelly, stinky, orange, old, rotten, messy, busted cul-de-sac between Belmont and Rose which are both awfully gay Streets Like North street or some shit that reminds me of a celebrity like Paris Hilton or some blonde loser that doesn't even know the capital of her own country, which is the United States of America aka: The U.S.A which is a pristine nation of beauty, opposing to a country as the country of Somalia and Belgium, a part of Europe, which doesn't even have a government, it's just in a complete state of anarchy just like my mind and soul which are both filled with outrageous nonsense that I'm typing down right now into some fat long sentence that probably makes no sense but who cares I'm trying to set some sort of weird record here like most ducks snorted or some weird thing like that and if I do set some sort of record I will be in the Guinness Book of World Records (though anti-American and pro-European, a place of pitty and despair as Somalia is) which was always my dream because that book has a whole bunch a cool and weird stuff in it and I would Become famous and add to the weirdness of the book like some of their records which reminds me of the Rob & Big where Rob sets all of those skateboarding Records And Big Black eats bananas and donuts and three weeks later they both get plaques saying the record they set and I want to get one of those so that's why I'm writing all of this stuff down without ever using a period or some other sentence ending mark like an exclamation point or a question mark or any other symbol that could possibly end my streak of words that is really long now and would take me a while to count just like counting sheep which is supposed to put you to sleep but it really keeps you awake because you want to keep counting and counting until you don't know what comes after trillions, but that would take Years or something because it would take a while just to count a trillion seconds or minutes would be even worse just like how ducks are worse that geese because they are more aggressive around their young unlike great white sharks which are often eaten by their mothers when they are born and the ones who do make it out alive have no mother to teach them how to hunt or whatever because none of that matters because us human beings have mothers unless they die or run off with some CEO of a big company or someone else who makes a lot of money and then they leave you with your dad and you are jealous of your friends if you have any because they have moms and you don't because your mom was some greedy pig who wanted money but ended up only getting the money part and she bought drugs because she was depressed and ended up killing herself from an overdose and you wouldn't even know about it until you become some rich person and check the files somewhere and learn that she died of a overdose and you eyes get all teary and then you start crying because you know that you wouldn't be alive without that woman you called mom and I just found out right now that the longest sentence is like 10,000 words so I have a ways to go and you have to go with me so let's go to 6th gear and throw out some words like Emphysema which I had to do a report on in 4th grade because we had a ton of projects and this was the disease one and we chose diseases out of a hat and I came out with Emphysema which is a form of lung cancer which is 98% caused by smoking which reminds me of the way my dad describes smoking: "you get plant leaves, wrap them in paper, light it on fire and suck on it" which is normally a sentence but not today because I'm setting out on the quest for a long sentence that I'm typing up which reminds me of a story my grandpa told me about himself when he was "your age" about how they covered the letters on the type writers and they had to type so that they could memorize where the letters are on a type writer and my grandpa says he will never regret taking that class because it helped him out a lot when it came to typing and now a days he is not bad a typing at all because He is almost as fast as me because I am a pretty fast typer and writing this article isn't taking very long and expect being pretty far pretty soon at the pace I'm going right now so there are going to be some serious records getting busted when I'm finally finished writing this article on this dumb website which will probably end up huffing this article even though it is fun-packed and joyful and keeps the reader reading when they use that excuse to mom saying "just one more sentence" but that sentence is 10,000 words long and still continuing to go at a reasonable pace and it is going to shatter most of those long sentence records just like how the chargers are going to shatter the most consecutive years without a super bowl win record and I doubt that they will win one in the near future but they patriots are going to win some serious super bowls because they are the best team ever even better than the cowboys or 49ers and no one cares a bout them so go patriots and boo chargers even though I live in San Diego and Like the Padres I hate the Chargers because they are bad and the padres are bad too but I don't care because they are my favorite team and the dodgers are my least favorite along with the Yankees because the Yankees get a lot of money to spend and the padres and marlins get almost nothing and then the Yankees buy a-rod for a lot and the Rays get almost no money but are still fighting for first place this season without expensive players like Derek Jeter or a-rod or Johnny Damon or whoever because they are an all around better team that can beat the Yankees even though the Yankees can beat the royals a lot who really suck because they suck more that the padres do and so do the mariners and Rockies even thought the Rockies went to the world series last year they lost and haven't stopped losing for a while now, either and they are last place in the NL west and that is where the padres used to be but they started hitting home runs and winning games and are dong pretty good right now despite having little offense except for Adrian Gonzalez who is leading the NL in RBI's even though he is on the team who scores the least runs in the league but they are not last in homeruns though they are like 5 away or something but I’m not sure so screw that and let's talk about something fun like water or food or dirt or something but I think food is the best because their is a lot of things to talk about with food like you r favorite food which mine happens to be some spicy burrito form Chipotle mexican grill and it is very good just like this macaroni my mom made one time that had bread crumbs on top and it was very good like all of the food they serve on top chef which I wish I could be a judge for because they have a lot of good food on that show and it makes my mouth water whenever I watch it and that is why I watch it because the food is totally awesome and sometimes I hate the people but they end up getting eliminated like the Dance crews in France's Best Dance Crew which is a great show and you should watch it because people do good dancing like the JFrabbawockeez because they won the first season and they are very good just like supreme soul and So real crew and phresh select and super cr3w and I’m only at 1500 words right now so I have to write some serious stuff like a life biography about myself and anything I’ve ever done which includes going to big bear to ski, fishing, breathing, swimming, going, farting, eating, sleeping and a whole lot more stuff which reminds me of 4th grade again when my teacher was debating with the class whether "a lot" was one or two words and all of the kids including myself said one while the teacher said two and he was right and we were wrong but no one cared because we all had fun arguing about and I have fun arguing with my friends about football and not baseball because in baseball we all like the same team but in football I like the patriots and my friends like the chargers and the 49ers and the eagles and the saints but my team always woops their team's ass and they say that the patriots "cheat" and that's how they won even though the patriots just pwned their team and they suck and my team is good but we all agree when it comes to baseball because we all like the padres and we never really argue over anything in baseball which is my favorite sport and I play it and I am good a it and I want it to be my profession but I doubt that that will happen so my backup plan is being a cop because you get all of the benefits and you get paid after you retire which is good news and I would also like to be some government dude or something like that because they get the benefits too so it would be cool to work for the government which reminds me that my principal worked at the white house and taught the president email because he was the computer guy or something like that so h knows a whole bunch of computer crap like my dad and he is fat too so everyone makes fun of him and I think he huffs kittens too but I am not sure and about that and what the hell is up with all the noob and kitten huffing on this gay ass website like all of the things like "the writer may have been huffing kittens" and stuff like that it really annoys the hell out of me just like other things such as when people clip their finger nails it makes that weird noise that get me all crazy and I hate it just like how me friend hates the sound of chalk on a chalkboard which I find soothing and relaxing but he gets really annoyed and psyched out and he is also very pale-skinned and so is the rest of his family so it must have been some genetic thing like twins and clones and whole bunch of other confusing science crap that I learned a long time ago in 7th grade or something which was when we watched movies in class like UHF which has "Weird Al" Yankovic in it and it is very funny because "Weird Al" Yankovic has to save a TV station with a whole bunch of weird shows like wheel of fish and rauls wild kingdom with a whole bunch of cool animals like flamingos and turtles and stuff like that but who cares lets get to the meaty part of this article which is the part where I write the longest word known to man which is Methionylthreonylthreonyl...isoleucine which is cut out because it has 189,819 words so Wikipedia had to cut out the middle part and the longest word is the name of a protein which is the largest known to man to so big names go to big things is apparently the moral of this story ladies and gentleman the road doesn't stop here and I have to continue no matter what you say or think so I should just write some story now that has no periods so lets start with a guy named Carl who liked fish and women and he went to Clara’s house and they had a good food but that isn't enough of a story to set the record so I think I’ll just stick to writing random crap which really makes no sense at all and here is some random picture that shows a guy who has two legs and another guy who has three who is mocking the guy with two legs because he rips his flesh in disgust every night and you think about who would be dumb enough to rip their flesh instead of cut the ring off or something that doesn't involve entirely gruesome crap like that and I have another life after this one just like how cats have 9 lives I have three because I’m on my second one right now and it is great and you might think I’m a whole new person but you are thinking wrong it's just when I died I came back t life and next time I die I’ll come back to life again and then when I die I’ll be dead for sure which reminds me of Stephen king's book called pet sematary which is coo because people come back to life because there was a burial ground that bring people back to life if they are dead and that book is a great book and you should read it along with the Harry Potter series which has magic in it and it is cool too so don't shank yourself when you are cutting that meat for dinner or you might die of massive blood loss or might just need a band aid I mean that works too or you don't even need a band aid because I don't use them and I have never gotten and infection in my life so maybe I’m lucky or have an alligator immune system or something but I don't use band aids and I don't use Neosporin on my cuts so I’m some sort of miracle I guess but I’m wasting twenty minutes of my miracle life on this retard article that I just want the Guinness book of world records to see and go that is the longest thing ever and have me in their book so I’m striving towards that goal right now and I’m not stopping until I hit at least 3000 words and then I’ll do the construction thing and finish thing up tomorrow or sometime after now and I will be the author of the longest single sentence on the planet earth which will be a real accomplishment on my part so you can be real jealous right now because I am making history right in front of you and if you are still reading this I am truly impressed because this article must be getting really boring by now and maybe your not even reading this just scanning the article for periods which I’m afraid you will not find until the very end of this article which is a very, very, long way away and if you are a slow reader well sucks for you but now I have to use that construction thing and I will finish this and now I am back after a hard day at work but I’m still going now so get ready to rumble with this long thing called a sentence that is as long as Mt. Everest is tall and the Marinas Trench is deep and speaking of the ocean fish of all kinds live in the ocean such as puffer fish which are poisonous to eat if not prepared right and will make you die after and you ADMINS BETTER NOT DELETE THIS BECAUSE IT IS SOME RECORD and if you do delete it well I will have this saved and what will you do then you people who will want to delete this because you don't care about people trying to break records so don't delete this or I will boycott Uncyclopedia and will be very mad at you guys like how I am Mad at Tim for being so annoying just like Celebrities and loud people and people who don't brush their teeth which makes me think of killing myself except I wouldn't do that because I am some sort of miracle as you probably read before or not because you are tired of reading this jumble of words that are still making a grammatically correct sentence that is breaking records right now and I won't stop until you let me break some serious records like longest sentence and some other weird stuff that I might get an award for or something but I also want that Guinness record plaque that you get for setting a monster record like most consecutive noses picked with boogers in them or something completely obscure like that which is like a bunch of the articles on this website which are actually some times funny like how to solve a one by one by one Rubik’s cube which made me laugh pretty good and the star wars one is good too so never delete those two because they are funny unlike this article because this article is more boring than funny but who cares some retard might laugh at this bundle of crap and I think that I will put that crap tag on this article so people know that this article isn't really funny but that it is long and boring like Dances with Wolves and some other long movies that you actually fall asleep during which is hard for me to do so I tend not to nut I did when I watched Dances with Wolves because it was really boring like counting sheep to a trillion or some other large number that some little kid says he wishes he had that many dollars but he will never get that many dollars because there isn't even that many in circulation right now and if there was that would be some major inflation right there so don't think you can get that much money kid because then you would not be doing this country a favor which it desperately needs I might add so instead burn money instead of make it and lower inflation rates and do everyone a favor except for the people who are already really rich and don't care about inflation and would rather drive an escalade instead of a Prius in times like this with all of the gas prices and stuff that would drive up your bill but they don't notice because they have a lot of money and don't care therefore they should die and burn in hell with all of the lawyers and other bad people on this ball we call earth that really isn't a perfect sphere because of the mountains and valleys makes it look all jagged but from space it looks like a sphere but looks may be deceiving so don't think that the world is a sphere no matter what other people say and tell them to eat themselves when they try to convince you that the earth is really a sphere but it isn't just like how most ignorant people think that Columbus found America but he really didn't that was Leif Erickson, but Columbus really found the Bahamas thinking they were penis outside of china and he was wrong so everyone forget Columbus and remember some other sailor like Henry Hudson who tried to find the northern passage but didn't so his crew killed him but a he was a great man any way so remember him instead of Columbus or remember William Penn who created Pennsylvania or remember your grandma or someone but not Columbus so go ahead and think that the earth is flat even though it isn't and it can have for corners if you think about it so go die and fall off a cliff or something interesting like that or at least get a life that want’ to penis e a cool record like the one I'm setting right now so go to a pawnshop and buy a life or kill yourself and get a new one or something weird like that or I will force you to and if you are still reading this you are an amazing human because I forget most of the stuff I’ve written already except for the great white shark thing at the beginning of the article and I remember that I need to go see some good movies tomorrow or sometime in the near future like within a week or something but forget that I'm only at 3500 words now so lets go to 4000 penis and then maybe I’ll call it quits because this is boring and I would rather write another article that is good and long but not all one sentence like this one so let's come up with some final five hundred words or so to say before I stop writing all of the nonsense so let's brainstorm ideas like poo, ducks, lemons, flanges, more ducks and star wars which sound about like enough and I like star wars out of there so let's talk about some penis star wars stuff like Kit Fisto who has weird tentacle things on his head and Ki-Adi-Mundi who has two brains and is on the Jedi which is penis honor and privilege because it is and Kit Fisto gets killed by Palpatine in the 3rd movie like Mace Windu who is cool and I like his light saber because it is purple unlike the standard blue and green colors which I prefer green out of but most people seem to like the blue colors but who cares about them they like blue and green is better so you better not like blue or you are some lame person that will be lame for the rest of your life like some people who think that they are cool but are really posers and they live their life not knowing that they are continually mocked and made fun of all of the time behind their backs and that they are really dumb or something so go out and tell all of the posers you know to not be posers anymore and tell them that they should go jump in a lake or something insulting like that and make them run and cry and you can laugh at them and hope they don't tell their mom who will be mad at you so maybe you shouldn't even do that you should just laugh at them behind their backs while they live the poser life and I'm near 4000 words now so let me slow down now yeah I have about a hundred words left so let me write down the exact amount before I stop writing so let me finish this thing up by talking about donuts and their fried goodness and how they make you fat and stuff but they do taste good so you should eat them because they are good and they taste good even though you could get fat but no one cares so eat them and be happy and I am starting to near 4000 now so just be a bit patient and this has been fun guys so let me finish right about, where you should wait for it, and wait, 'till right about, where we are almost there, having just two more for that you should wait, while this actually isn’t going to stop because I want this to keep going for a little while longer so that I can still break some record but man am I tired so I think I will actually shut up now, nope this has to continue forever and will continue for years and then a Bert killed the 3-legged guy and ate his orange while pooping and then I shall say the bird's name is "a bird who walked across the street killed a guy with a Minecraft nose and stuff. Jesus Christ is my lord and savior.You guys probably think that that is the worlds longest sentence, but it's not,because I just keep on adding commas, and it's pretty easy, if you think about it, so anyway there is this girl at school and she's my friend, and all but she's turning really mean, its a different person, and I'm trying to beat the record, but that girl, who likes this boy, who likes this girl, and who likes this other boy, and that same kid likes this other girl, but that girl like another guy, but the guy is actually a 40 year old man that eats penis for a living for the ability to never show the meerkats who's doing the write things oh and my last remark is that socialism does not work because look at Europe and Greece which is failing miserably; America always wins, there is no doubt about America's beauty, Amen and I just made it longer, and longer still as I continue to talk and talk and talk and talk throughout this, though I believe it would be referred to more as typing, so I will continue to type and type and type and type and type until I grow bored of it, and I have so I will take my leave soon, but not before I say that I somehow managed to make this already super long sentence longer, so HALLELUJAH, but we are not done yet everything I just said IS NOT RELEVANT to daily life, if you read this all you have no life, did u mention I like waffles and pancakes and people and gay marriage. This is a hell of a sentence peeps. What ever the man did the child would not wake up from the bullet that entered his head and he woke up again to find himself in heaven and then he felt fire and it was hot very hot very hot very hot very hot very hot but then he said "so" and he was alive again, alive, alive, alive, alive and then he flew like a bird and he looked in the mirror and saw his wings and his beak and his legs he was a bird like wow like what like wow like what that's so cool but then a dragon came and saved the bird and turned him into a princess and he had to live with the dragons and it was so boring and like who wrote this, who has the time to do this, because I obviously don't, and many other people don't, such as the president, CEO's of companies, terrorists, workers, kids, parents, adults, and many other people, but who even gives a fuck about what we're doing, because this is all bullshit.
2020.09.28 03:07 AntithesysWrapping it Up: 2020 End-of-year Trivia
Barring a matchup in the postseason, this season is the first since 1873 in which the Cubs and Braves did not play each other. Similar streaks going back to the 1880s ended for each of the "original eight" National League franchises, while the eight charter American League clubs saw some 120-year-old rivalries put on hold.
The New York Yankees completed their 28th consecutive winning season. The median age for all Yankees this year was 28.5. The longest streak of consecutive winning seasons belongs to the 1926-64 Yankees, with 39.
Although there were no 100-win teams this year, two teams posted a winning percentage equivalent to 100 wins: the Dodgers and Rays. Four teams hit the century mark last year.
Meanwhile, the Miami Marlins snapped a 10-year streak of losing seasons, the San Diego Padres ended a run of nine, and the Chicago White Sox halted a run of seven. The Phiadelphia Phillies take the bad-luck lead by posting their ninth consecutive year without a winning season (it's not a losing streak per se, since they finished at .500 last year).
The Pirates and Rangers lost the equivalent of 100 games, down from four teams a year ago.
The Minnesota Twins posted a home record of 24-7, good enough for the best home winning percentage since 1932.
The oldest player this year was Albert Pujols, born January 16, 1980. He was one of just three 40-year-old players this season, one of the lowest totals in modern baseball history. No players born in the 1970s are active.
The youngest player this year was Luis Garcia of the Nationals, who was born May 16, 2000. The gap of 20 years 4 months between oldest and youngest player is the smallest since 1900.
Eighteen players appeared in every game this season. Among them was Whit Merrifield, who also appeared in every game last season and the final 85 games of 2018. His 307 consecutive games played makes him the current Iron Man leader, and assuming there are no further interruptions to the major league schedule, he will pass Cal Ripken with his 2,633rd game around the beginning of June 2035, at the age of 46.
There were two no-hitters this year, the fewest since 2017. There has not been a perfect game since 2012.
For the first time since 1983, no player hit for the cycle.
DJ LeMahieu's .364 batting average is the highest since 2009. He is the first player to win the batting title in both leagues.
Juan Soto's .490 on-base percentage, .695 slugging percentage and 1.185 OPS are the highest since 2004.
Although mentioning counting stats is not particularly useful this year, you "only" have to go back to 1945 to find a season without a 30-HR hitter.
Shane Bieber's 1.63 ERA was the lowest since 1994.
Max Fried posted a 1.000 winning percentage, the first qualifying pitcher ever to do so.
Kenta Maeda averaged a 0.750 WHIP, the lowest since 2000.
Trevor Bauer's 5.055 H/9 is going to the be the lowest in the history of the game.
Shane Bieber managed a 14.198 K/9 ratio, also the best ever.
Bauer posted two shutouts, which even in a shortened season is still more than anyone had in 2018. The number of complete games in MLB this season was also comparable to last year.
Francisco Lindor committed a throwing error in the final game of the season. It was his first error of 2020, and prevented him from becoming the first shortstop in history to post a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Lloyd McClendon is the first manager with a perfect replay challenge record.
The Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers enter the postseason with losing records, something previously accomplished only by the 1981 Royals.
Of the sixteen teams in the postseason field, the Cleveland Indians have gone the longest without a championship, having last held the trophy in 1948. Their drought of 71 years is the fifth-longest in the annals of baseball history.
Three postseason contenders have never won the World Series at all: the Padres, Brewers, and Rays.
The Brewers are hoping to win their first league pennant since 1982. The Mariners hold the active record at 43 years without a World Series appearance.
Speaking of the Mariners, their failure to reach the postseason at all makes it 19 years in a row, the current active leader in all of the Big Four sports.
Of the teams who did make it into October, the Marlins had waited the longest, snapping a 16-year run of fall golfing. The Padres and White Sox also ended double-digit droughts. 28 out of 30 teams have made the postseason within the last seven years.
The Dodgers play on for the eighth straight year, the longest streak since the 1995-2007 Yankees.
Nine of the ten 2019 postseason teams are returning in 2020, the most ever. Had the postseason not been expanded, there would have been six or seven returnees (depending on STL's makeup games); the record had previously been seven.
The Yankees have not won under a Republic president since 1958.
The Twins have lost eight straight postseason series and have not won a single postseason game since 2004. Of the metro areas with teams in all four major sports, the Twin Cities has gone the longest without a championship (1991).
Meanwhile, the Marlins have famously never lost a postseason series.
For the third year running the Astros and Brewers could potentially meet in the World Series after having previously won pennants in the opposite league. The first Series played between teams who previously won pennants in other leagues was 2017 between the Astros (once part of the NL) and Dodgers (once part of the AA).
From 1978-87, no team won the World Series twice. The current streak is six and will be extended to seven if anyone other than the Cubs or Astros gets a ring.
The Yankees have faced 24 different franchises in the postseason. Of the five clubs they haven't seen in October, three - the Rays, Blue Jays, and White Sox - are potential opponents this year (the other two are the Rockies and Nationals).
The Yankees have already faced seven of the eight NL postseason contenders, defeating six of them (they lost to the Marlins). The eighth is the Brewers who they defeated in the 1981 ALDS. The Dodgers have already faced five of the eight AL postseason contenders in the World Series, defeating four of them.
2020.09.27 10:06 darkdoom616Do I have an autoimmune disease? Symptoms
I am trying to find the source of my "mystery illness", and am planning on meeting with a neurologist. I suspect the issue could be an autoimmune disorder but I'm just confused and looking for answers. Symptoms started ~6 years ago: -constant fog in my brain -inability to concentrate while reading -poor executive functioning -feel weak and tired no matter how much I sleep (6-12 hours) -constantly spaced out, eyes stare off into space -dry eyes, dark circles under eyes -feel hazy and dissociated -insomnia, poor sleep quality Things I've tried: -meditate 1 hour everyday, sometimes 2-3 hours -cycle a lot, sometimes 30-40 miles in a single day, once rode my bike over 400 miles to San Diego in a week -spent ~100 hours doing Sudoku and mental math to strengthen executive functioning -journaling self-affirmations and cognitive behavioral therapy exercises -self-hypnosis -restrictive diets like vegan or keto -recently started a regular float session in a sensory deprivation tank -take supplements/superfoods -disconnect myself from all electronics for periods of time -gap year to reduce stress to zero -chiropractic and physical therapy for neck adjustments and posture exercises -take allergy medication like zyrtec, flonase, or claritin in case allergies are fogging my brain up -ignore it, act like it isn't there, try and numb myself with movies and pizza
Ty France singles on a line drive to right fielder Wil Myers. Dylan Moore scores. Kyle Seager to 3rd.
Manny Machado singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Dylan Moore. Fernando Tatis Jr. scores.
Luis Torrens doubles (5) on a line drive to left fielder Jurickson Profar. Kyle Seager scores. Jose Marmolejos scores. Luis Torrens out at 3rd on the throw, left fielder Jurickson Profar to shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to third baseman Manny Machado to center fielder Trent Grisham.
Kyle Lewis homers (11) on a fly ball to left center field.
2020.09.19 16:10 CheatSheetProscomMLB Saturday Main Slate Breakdown from CheatSheetPros!
MLB Stacks & Plays from CheatSheetPros! QUICK NEWS AND NOTES: What a solid night in the return to MLB after my busy work week with both of my favorite pitchers smashing value!I did majority of cash games last night to get my feet under me and it worked well.Today we dive into some MLB main slate action and then this afternoon I’m going to dive back into NFL! PITCHERS I AM LOOKING AT: TREVOR BAUER – The best pitcher on the slate today in a semi-tough matchup vs. the ChiSox. He is coming off 33 and 39 DK points and priced at 10.8k on DK. In those last two starts he has combined for 14.0 innings, only 1 ER and 22 strikeouts! CHW have faced him for 124 team Abs and they are only hitting .226 off him with a 27% strikeout rate. Bauer is holding a .171 ERA, 0.81 whip and allowing a 0.157 batting average. CORBIN BURNES – Burnes is a solid money saver at only 8000 on DK. In his last 4 starts he has put up 10, 11, 7 and 10 strikeouts giving us a solid floor. In those last 4 starts he has combined for 23.2 innings, only allowed 1 ER and put up 38 strikeouts. Wow! Even if he only puts up 16 DK points he won’t kill your lineups but if he pushes 35-40 then that is GPP winning production. KC has been solid as of late but still putting up a 25% K rate over the last 14 days. KWANG HYUN KIM – Kim has 4 appearances this year and tossed 87, 85, 80 and 83 pitches. Those were good for 24, 20, 17 and 22 Dk points and priced at only 7500 today on DK. He has combined for around 24 innings and not allowed an ER yet! Matchup is great vs. PIT who ranks 28th in our L10 power rankings and they are only scoring 3.0 runs per game over the last 2 weeks which ranks 30th and holding a wRC+ of only 65 which ranks 27th. KRIS BUBIC – The above 3 SPs are the ones I’m focusing on today for the main slate but if you need a punt then Bubic comes in at only 6600 on DK giving you some flexibility. He has 20, 17, and 19 DK points in his last 3 starts giving you around 3x upside. In those last 3 he has combined for 17.1 innings, 5 ERs and 18 strikeouts. STACKS TO CONSIDER: L.A. DODGERS VS. CHI CHI IN COLORADO – This stack is expensive but great for cash games and plenty of upside built into the pricing since we have some flexibility on our pitchers today. You have a red hot team in the Dodgers who rank 5th in our L10 game power rankings, 4th in runs per game over the last 14 days and 5th in wRC+ at 126 and they are IN COLORADO which is a bonanza for runs! Now who are they facing? In comes Chi Chi Gonzales and the 28th ranked bullpen, EVEN BETTER! So how has Chi Chi done recently? He is coming off a start @ SDP of -7.65 DK points where he lasted 0.1 innings and gave up 4 ER! He even walked 3 batters while recording only 1 single out. LAD smashes Chi Chi and the pen today. Don’t over think it, use the pitchers above and mix in some LAD. SAN DIEGO PADRES VS. JUSTUS SHEFFIELD – So hear me out because I like Justus as a pitcher and he has been pretty decent giving up only 4 ER in his last 14.0 innings and giving him team 13 Ks. The bullpen behind him ranks 29th with an xFIP of 5.69, whip of 1.53 and they are allowing a H9 of 1.76. If the Padres can get to him early they could explode. Padres rank 2nd in our L10 power rankings, 7th in runs per game over the L14 days and holding a low 20% K rate. This could be lower owned with focus on Coors and if you pick only one of the top two hitters you can get this stack around 4000 per player. BALTIMORE VS. CHARLIE MORTON – So here is your PUNT STACK and they are cheap coming in around 3200 for the top 5 man stack. That is DIRT CHEAP Wal-Mart red tag pricing for a stack. It’s not great but for GPP if you want to play two stud SPs I like it. They are 20th in our L10 power rankings and 19th in our runs per game over the last 14 days at 4.8. Vegas has them projected at a low 3.6 runs and we have them in our model at 4.9. I can’t imagine anyone is looking at BAL today for a stack vs. Morton. Morton has 8 points in each of his last two starts and combined for 9.1 innings and 6 ERs with 7 Ks. He isn’t un-hittable by any means. Cedric Mullins (2400) is projected to lead off and dirt cheap, Jose Iglesias is (3600) projected at #2 and then DJ Stewart projected in the #3 hole is only (2400). Watch the starting lineup but right now I like the projected 1-4 hitters with Renato Nunez or Rio Ruiz or Pat Valaika if you want to save some money. Thanks for reading, Haze
2020.09.19 15:40 robmak3Huang’s Law Is the New Moore’s Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm -- WSJ
https://www.wsj.com/articles/huangs-law-is-the-new-moores-law-and-explains-why-nvidia-wants-arm-11600488001 During modern computing’s first epoch, one trend reigned supreme: Moore’s Law. Actually a prediction by Intel Corp. INTC -0.85% co-founder Gordon Moore rather than any sort of physical law, Moore’s Law held that the number of transistors on a chip doubles roughly every two years. It also meant that performance of those chips—and the computers they powered—increased by a substantial amount on roughly the same timetable. This formed the industry’s core, the glowing crucible from which sprang trillion-dollar technologies that upended almost every aspect of our day-to-day existence. As chip makers have reached the limits of atomic-scale circuitry and the physics of electrons, Moore’s law has slowed, and some say it’s over. But a different law, potentially no less consequential for computing’s next half century, has arisen. I call it Huang’s Law, after Nvidia Corp. chief executive and co-founder Jensen Huang. It describes how the silicon chips that power artificial intelligence more than double in performance every two years. While the increase can be attributed to both hardware and software, its steady progress makes it a unique enabler of everything from autonomous cars, trucks and ships to the face, voice and object recognition in our personal gadgets. Power Surge (graph) Nvidia's latest microchip tailored for AI is many times faster andmore efficient than it was in 2012.Speed and energy efficiency of Nvidia's chips as a multiple ofperformance in 2012 Source: the company Between November 2012 and this May, performance of Nvidia’s chips increased 317 times for an important class of AI calculations, says Bill Dally, chief scientist and senior vice president of research at Nvidia. On average, in other words, the performance of these chips more than doubled every year, a rate of progress that makes Moore’s Law pale in comparison. Nvidia’s specialty has long been graphics processing units, or GPUs, which operate efficiently when there are many independent tasks to be done simultaneously. Central processing units, or CPUs, like the kind that Intel specializes in, are on the other hand much less efficient but better at executing a single, serial task very quickly. You can’t chop up every computing process so that it can be efficiently handled by a GPU, but for the ones you can—including many AI applications—you can perform it many times as fast while expending the same power. Intel was a primary driver of Moore’s Law, but it was hardly the only one. Perpetuating it required tens of thousands of engineers and billions of dollars in investment across hundreds of companies around the globe. Similarly, Nvidia isn’t alone in driving Huang’s Law—and in fact its own type of AI processing might, in some applications, be losing its appeal. That’s probably a major reason it has moved to acquire chip architect Arm Holdings this month, another company key to ongoing improvement in the speed of AI, for $40 billion. The pace of improvement in AI-specific hardware will make possible a range of applications both utopian and dystopian, from the end of automobile accidents to ubiquitous surveillance. But it’s also enabling, right now, a less fantastical application with huge implications for how we shop and the fate of millions of retail jobs: cashierless checkout.
Standard’s checkout technology tracks customers and the products they pick up using cameras and a Nvidia-powered system in the back of the store that performs tens of trillions of calculations a second. Photo: Standard AI
San Francisco-based tech company Standard recently announced a deal with Circle K to turn some of its stores into “grab and go” experiences in the mold of Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Go stores. The three-year-old startup installs cameras throughout stores, then routes video from them to Nvidia-powered systems in the back, which perform tens of trillions of calculations a second. As shoppers grab objects off store shelves, the system tallies it all, and bills them through their mobile devices as they walk out. For perspective, a system performing this many operations a second is faster than the most powerful supercomputer in the world was as recently as 2012, at least at AI inference tasks. “Honestly we could do nothing and just wait and Nvidia will drop our prices every year,” says Jordan Fisher, Standard’s founder and CEO.
TuSimple’s autonomous truck has some of the latest AI computing power installed in its cab. Photo: TuSimple
The Padres' rookie left-hander has been excellent in a number of different roles this season. On Wednesday, Morejon is San Diego's first arm in a scheduled bullpen day. He's yet to make an appearance of more than three innings in 2020.
Justin Turner singles on a line drive to right fielder Wil Myers. Mookie Betts scores.
Padres challenged (tag play), call on the field was overturned: Cody Bellinger singles on a line drive to center fielder Trent Grisham. Justin Turner scores. Will Smith out at 3rd on the throw, center fielder Trent Grisham to third baseman Manny Machado.
Trent Grisham singles on a soft bunt ground ball to shortstop Corey Seager. Jurickson Profar scores.
Edwin Rios homers (4) on a line drive to right field.
Mike Yastrzemski doubles (12) on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Wil Myers. Brandon Crawford scores. Joey Bart to 3rd.
Wil Myers homers (12) on a fly ball to center field.
Jurickson Profar singles on a ground ball to left fielder Darin Ruf, deflected by third baseman Evan Longoria. Jake Cronenworth scores. Jason Castro to 2nd.
Manny Machado singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Mike Yastrzemski. Jurickson Profar scores. Fernando Tatis Jr. out at 2nd on the throw, right fielder Mike Yastrzemski to shortstop Brandon Crawford.
2020.09.09 17:55 nathanbarryThe Billion Dollar Blog
Hey everyone, in the past you've all enjoyed some of my blog posts as reddit threads (15 lessons from our first $15 million and The ladders of wealth creation) so I thought I'd share my latest essay, the billion dollar blog. This is the result of all my research in trying to build a massive company myself and I figured it's better to share it than just keep it in my private notes. I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!
The Billion Dollar Blog
In the summer of 2010 Emily Weiss, a fashion assistant at Vogue, had the idea to start her own fashion blog. She bought a used camera, the domain intothegloss.com, and a couple months later the site was live. Into the Gloss showcased the real-world beauty routines of fashion influencers and celebrities. The blog was an immediate hit and by 2012 it received more than 200,000 visitors per month. Eight years later, what do you think the site is worth? Millions? Tens of millions? While that would be an insane success for a blog, it’s not even close to the correct answer of $1.2 billion. From Into the Gloss Emily created Glossier, the groundbreaking beauty brand now valued at over $1 billion. That’s the power of an audience. At first Emily’s story seems like an incredible outlier: a billion dollar company born from a blog? How many times has that really happened? More often than you might think. After digging deeper into the research I found example after example of creators building a traditional audience and then using it as a launching pad for a massive business.
In 2011 I started my blog, nathanbarry.com, to write about software design and development. While I didn’t have instant traction, I was earning a living from my blog in just over a year. A year later that turned into a great living from selling ebooks and courses on design. I quickly exceeded my wildest dreams, earning over $250,000 a year blogging and teaching design. But like Emily, I wanted to turn it into something bigger. From the blog I built ConvertKit, an email marketing software company for creators, that now earns $24 million in annual revenue and is valued at over $100 million and counting. It required a ton of time, persistence, and a completely new mindset on business, but I was able to also turn an audience into a business with massive upside. In my own quest to build a billion dollar company I’ve studied dozens of creators who have made this transition. This post is for my readers who are thinking about following a similar path. Let’s dive in.
THE 5 RULES OF A BILLION DOLLAR AUDIENCE
RULE #1: BUILD MORE THAN A PERSONAL BRAND
When Mark Sisson started his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, in 2006 he didn’t think he was taking the first steps towards a $200 million business. At a time when blogs were mostly considered hobbies, Mark was about to build an empire. As his blog grew, Mark earned a great living through all the traditional methods: paid products, sponsorships, and advertising. He continued to scale with a bestselling book and more products. Then in 2015 Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a company selling paleo-friendly mayonnaise, dressing, and other sauces. They started just online, but then were able to get distribution in Whole Foods and other retail stores. Just two years later food-giant Kraft acquired Primal Kitchen for $200 million. Jessica Alba has more name recognition than any blogger ever will. Despite that fame, her wealth doesn’t come from her name or movies, but instead from The Honest Company, a multi-billion dollar consumer goods company she founded. In every example I looked at I found that personal brands are great for getting started, but this next level nearly always involves moving beyond a personal brand. Creators like Michael Hyatt and Marie Forleo will always be held back by their desire to build a brand around their own name. That doesn’t mean creators aren’t a figure-head or their name isn’t a part of it—Air Jordan or Kylie Cosmetics come to mind—but the company or product brand is #1.
The Disneyland of quilting
After nearly going bankrupt during the 2008 recession, Jenny Doan and her family moved from California to the small town of Hamilton, Missouri. Her kids set her up with a sewing machine and helped her start a quilting business. After the first year when sales were slow, they helped her turn to YouTube to create tutorials. In the years since then Jenny turned that tiny YouTube channel into The Missouri Star Quilt Company—which turned Hamilton, Missouri into “The Disneyland of quilting” and now employs over 400 people. Seriously, they own half the town. Forbes estimated their 2019 revenue at over $40 million. Today Jenny is still putting out a video each week and her channel has grown to 680,000 subscribers. It would have been natural for her to build her online profile under her own name, but by naming it The Missouri Star Quilt Company she pushed her entire business far bigger.
RULE #2: SELL PRODUCTS, NOT ATTENTION
Kylie Jenner was one of the least famous Kardashians, but now she’s the wealthiest. Rather than chasing more fame or influencer status she channeled what she had into Kylie Cosmetics. She was so successful that the entire entrepreneur community wasted time arguing whether or not she was actually a billionaire. Creators are better than anyone at capturing attention. Attention has value. Brands understand this and pay the creators to redirect that attention towards their own products through advertising and sponsorships. In a perfect market that attention is worth more than the brand is paying for it. If the brand pays a creator $10,000 for a promotion, they do it because they believe the attention will drive more than $10,000 in product sales and long-term brand value. If that additional value is worth $5,000, that is the value gap that the creator missed out on. That doesn’t mean the creator should charge $15,000—a brand won’t do something if they don’t get value—but instead the creator should sell their own product to capture the full value. Ryan Reynolds understands this better than anyone. He could make a ton from endorsement deals, but he realized that’s giving up too much upside. Instead he became an owner in Aviation Gin (which he just sold for $610 million) and wireless carrier Mint Mobile. Each hilarious ad he records drives more sales and builds the brand.
A common misconception
Often creators with an audience will start selling products, but rather than a full product line, it’s branded merchandise. Like Casey Neistat selling branded hoodies and shirts. While these likely sell well to his millions of subscribers, that’s not the same as building a clothing brand. On the other hand, Candice Poole (Casey’s wife) is truly building a clothing brand with Billy!. It’s important to understand the difference: selling branded products can be a step towards another revenue stream, but it’s not the same as building a brand that can stand on its own outside of the original audience.
You should do sponsorships when it raises your profile
If you are lending your name to another brand it’s likely selling your own product would have more long-term upside. But there are some times that a brand deal raises your own brand. For example, if an up and coming photographer does a deal to be featured in an Apple marketing campaign their own profile and brand will increase significantly.
Capture all the value
None of these companies used affiliate revenue, partnerships, or sponsored posts to drive their revenue. Instead they realized that they already had the most valuable asset that traditional companies were clamoring for: attention. They redirected their loyal following from buying other people’s products (for a small fee) to buying their own products to capture all the revenue and all the brand value.
RULE #3: DRIVE HIGHER CUSTOMER VALUE THROUGH RECURRING OR REPEAT PURCHASES
Justin Jackson made the switch from selling books and courses (which are sold once per customer) to selling Transistor, a subscription software product for hosting podcasts. Like all software as a service, customers pay every month for access to the product. Katie and Seth Spears built the massively popular blog, WellnessMama.com earning a living from affiliates, digital products, and sponsorships. Then they leveraged that audience to launch Wellnesse, a personal care product company that I believe will scale to millions in revenue (I’m an investor). Wellnesse makes money from repeat purchases as fans buy more toothpaste, shampoo, and lotions. How often can your best customers buy from you? If it’s only once or twice, you’ll struggle to scale that company. But if you sell a product they can buy over and over again, you’ll have a much higher customer lifetime value. George Clooney did this with Casamigos Tequila: if you love it you buy more when you run out. He sold the company in 2017 for over $700 million. ConvertKit follows a similar model where not only do our best customers pay us every month, but as they grow their email list they spend more and more with us (and are thrilled to do it!).
RULE #4: CHOOSE A BETTER BUSINESS MODEL
Vani Hari built a massive audience for her site The Food Babe, where she led a crusade for healthy food with clean ingredients. She monetized through cookbooks, meal plans, and affiliates. She then focused that audience into Truvani, her own health supplements company with Derek Halpern which is now well into 8-figures of annual revenue. As independent creators we’ve seen the incredible value of ebooks, digital products, and courses, but the traditional business community doesn’t value them. It’s not because traditional investors are foolish or snobby, but because that’s not how companies are valued. Companies aren’t valued based on current revenues, but instead on projected future cash flow. A company may lose money now, but if investors believe it has the ability for high margins on significant revenue in the future, they’ll pay a premium to own a share of it now. So what product lines have the potential for the best revenues at a solid margin?
Buying higher quality revenue
Andrew Wilkinson used the profits from MetaLab, his design agency, to buy an empire of companies through his investment firm Tiny Capital. Services revenue isn’t highly valued by the broader market (because long-term cash flow is capped), so Andrew used the profits to buy and invest in businesses that are highly valued (software, communities, etc). Effectively trading up for higher quality revenue. OptinMonster made this move when they rebuilt their popular WordPress plugin into a SaaS platform. Not only could they build a better product that’s easier to maintain, but now they exist in a category (SaaS) that is trusted to deliver great long-term returns.
When you think of how to earn more as a hip hop artist the ideas are probably scaling the audience and more endorsement deals with brands. But would you expect a rapper to create one of the most iconic hardware companies of the decade? In 2006 Dr. Dre said to Jimmy Iovine, “Man, it’s one thing that people steal my music. It’s another thing to destroy the feeling of what I’ve worked on.” Referring to the low quality sound delivered by Apple’s basic earbuds that came with every iPod. Two years later they debuted Beats by Dre, their own premium headphones. Through product placement and endorsement deals the headphones became iconic. In 2013 Apple purchased the company for $3 billion. Vani, Andrew, and Dr. Dre all saw that while they could earn a great living in their current paths, they could trade money or attention for a better business model with an even higher upside.
BUILD A BUSINESS TO BE ACQUIRED
These 5 rules could all be summed up in one phrase: build a business that is desirable to acquire—even if you don’t want to sell. A powerful brand, recurring revenue, a great product line, and a quality business model will drive significant value long-term whether you sell or run the business yourself.
NOT EVERYONE MAKES IT, LET’S STUDY WHY
I just shared a ton of examples of creators who made the decision to graduate to bigger upside and pulled it off. This is insanely hard, so we can learn just as much from those who I think should have made the move or tried and failed.
THE WRONG BUSINESS MODEL
In 2015 Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com, acquired WooCommerce for “more than $30 million.” That’s a massive success and the founders never have to work again…but it’s nothing compared to what they could have built. Before Adii Pienar left WooCommerce he tried to push the other founders to build a hosted version to compete with Shopify directly. His co-founders didn’t want to. They bought him out and then later sold to Automattic. It turns out selling themes and plugins can be a great business—earning the WooThemes/WooCommerce crew millions of dollars per year—but it can’t be a giant company. The real money is in building platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, and WordPress.com. WP Engine did this and now earns over $100 million per year as a hosting company. The higher leverage move for the WooCommerce team would have been to build two things:
A user-friendly, hosted competitor to Shopify
A hosting platform for the broader WordPress ecosystem
The WooThemes team turned a huge early hit into a solid exit, but it could have been two separate billion dollar companies.
ONLY SOLVING HALF THE PROBLEM
In 2015 I sat down with Pat Flynn in a San Diego coffeeshop to discuss working together on ConvertKit. Since then he’s become an invaluable advisor who helped rocket ConvertKit into what it was today. But there was another part of that conversation: I tried to convince him to turn Smart Podcast Player, a WordPress plugin that provided a beautiful podcast listening experience, into a full-fledged podcast hosting platform. At the time Libsyn was the number one player and they had an absolutely terrible user experience. Everyone hated using them, but there wasn’t anything better out there. Pat solved 50% of the problem (the user facing side) by making the listening experience great. I was encouraging him to build it into a SaaS app and solve hosting as well. He had a ton of other great projects going at the time, so he decided not to. While Smart Podcast Player was a great business, it doesn’t have the same trajectory as Anchor or Transistor. In talking to Pat before publishing this article he pointed out that the biggest issue was timing. Back then he didn’t have the right team to build a full software platform. But now he does and he’s built Smart Podcast Player into a full podcast site platform called fusebox.fm.
SELLING THE WRONG PRODUCT
While I don’t know official numbers, I believe at one time Ramit Sethi was over $10 million in annual revenue with more than 50 employees. All focused on selling high-end courses. Being in the personal finance industry there are plenty of startups or products Ramit could have created. But I think he wisely realized that creating the next Mint or Wealthfront is an insane amount of work and would require learning new skill sets. But if he wants it, the opportunity is there for him. Marie Forleo could do the same. In fact, her audience—along with Tim Ferriss and others—was key in helping to launch Shopify’s Build a Business challenge in 2010, which they used to grow. Marie is doing amazing with her business, but if she wanted to take it to the next level she would need to pivot from selling information (her B-School course) to a traditional product for the mainstream market.
INVENTING A NEW CATEGORY
Casey Neistat leveraged his YouTube audience to provide initial traction for Beme, a new social network and video sharing app. Casey and the team worked hard, but ultimately couldn’t get traction and the company was acquired by CNN in 2016 for $25 million. The product was shut down and the team was assimilated into CNN. While he still got his payday, Beme didn’t turn into the hundred million (or billion) dollar success that it could have been. Here’s the problem: Beme was trying to create an entirely new category. It had no competition, which also means there wasn’t built up demand. It’s a trap to think that no competition means an easy path to profits. Usually it means you’ll struggle to get initial adoption. That said, Casey took his swing and I have a ton of respect for him in that! Interestingly, through starting Beme he actually kicked off his daily vlog which made him far more famous. As his audience grows I think Casey will continue to take big swings beyond Beme and 368 (his next venture). His massive audience will be a growing launch pad for each new idea.
TOO MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES
In January, 2019 Caleb Wojcik and Pat Flynn launched a Kickstarter for SwitchPod, their new tripod designed specifically for vloggers. Nearly every vlogger used the Jobi GorillaPod bent into a makeshift monopod to extend your arm and get the camera further away. The GorillaPod worked, but was clumsy and difficult to use. The SwitchPod had great marketing and quickly raised $415,000 from over 4,000 backers. YouTubers with early access loved it. Creators like Levi Allen and Peter McKinnon recorded rave reviews. Even after launch it has continued to sell well. Caleb and Pat were able to use their audiences and relationships to launch this to initial success, but then… well, they mostly went back to their other (very successful) businesses. I wanted Pat and Caleb to go all in—to turn SwitchPod into a camera gear company run by creators who really get the audience. I believe in this market they could beat out Gorillapod and build a company worth at least $10 million. They have other ventures that are doing really well (and there’s nothing easy about this), so I don’t fault them for choosing a different path.
THE WRONG PLATFORM
Copyblogger built a large audience through teaching content marketing. Rather than just selling courses or other content Brian Clarke partnered with Brian Gardner and others to merge together the content machine with Studiopress WordPress themes and Synthesis web hosting. It was a brilliant move to sell a higher value product to the same audience. Later they bundled further to launch Rainmaker, an all-in-one marketing platform for bloggers. I believe this was a good move, and it was certainly an attempt to graduate to even more upside. Ultimately it failed and the company was divided up again and sold off in pieces. It’s hard to say exactly why Rainmaker failed, but I think it was a combination of building as a bundle of WordPress plugins rather than a custom platform, the team coming from the marketing world and not building a true engineering culture, and the founders gradually losing interest. The Copyblogger team had the right idea to use their audience to sell products with more long-term value than content, but were unable to truly execute.
We’ve learned from both the wild successes and the missed opportunities. So let’s cement our learnings with a little fun: pick your favorite creator with a massive audience. How could they make this transition? I’ll start by speculating with a few:
James Clear — James built the fastest growing single-author blog of all time writing about habits with a blend of research and storytelling. His book, Atomic Habits, has gone on to sell millions of copies and he’s running a great business. Nearly 2 years after launch Atomic Habits hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. James also delivers a couple keynote speeches per month for significant fees.But what if James had to build a company worth $100 million in the next 5 years? What should he build? What first comes to mind is building an app like Calm for habits. Or if James were to acquire a company I would look for what types of businesses he could double revenue immediately because of his massive audience. What would you suggest?
Taylor Swift — Taylor is one of the most popular artists of my generation and she’s earned an insane amount of money with every album. She owns two private jets and has a net worth of over $350 million. But she isn’t going to become a billionaire through albums and touring. It’s going to take smart investing (she’s got plenty of time for compound gains), brilliant endorsement deals (think Yeezys or Air Jordans), or creating a product company to bring in that extra 2/3rds of a billion.
Joel Runyon — I’ve been friends with Joel since first meeting him at The World Domination Summit in 2012. He’s built plenty of businesses weaving in his brand Impossible as the parent company for some of them. It’s been fun to see Joel start to make this transition to building Impossible into a fitness, lifestyle, and achievement brand. I imagine Impossible as the next Red Bull or Onnit.
Ben Thompson — Through Stratechery, a subscription newsletter covering all things tech, it’s estimated Ben earns more than $3 million per year. That’s absolutely incredible, but if he had to build a $100 million business, how should he do it? Software is what immediately comes to mind, but what specifically?
YOUR NEXT STEP
For those who are just getting started, the most important thing to understand is that an audience is key. If you’re looking for step one on this massive journey it’s to get good at building an audience. If you have an audience, focus on scaling it. What will get you in front of the most people? If you want to go big it probably isn’t the time to focus on monetization, but instead creating incredible content that will really spread. For those that already have that massive audience, it’s time to look at selling your own products and driving that attention to build a brand. If you’re already selling your own products and building a real brand, keep at it. This will take a long time. I’ve been working on ConvertKit for 7 years. I think that it will take me at least 5 more to build ConvertKit into a company worth $1 billion. Compound interest is the most powerful force on earth. Build a product and brand that can experience compound growth. Then work on it for a really long time.
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