Thoughts Into The Weekend

I want to try and write a Friday piece that will be some of my quick hit thoughts of what happened this week and just some ideas of what is going on.

What’s Been On My Mind

One thing that I’ve tried to use this pandemic as is an opportunity to set myself up post college beyond just academics. I just want to try and know about a bunch of different stuff so I have as many opportunities as I can.

I think that’s why this site is something that I want to focus so heavily on for the time being is because it gives a recorded record of my view point at this moment in time of what is happening or happened in the world.

A way that I have been broadening my scope is spending way too much time on the internet. And I hate looking at my weekly screen time at this point. But, I have made an effort to use this screen time in a truly effective way. This is highlighted with me attending virtual seminars to get better at things that will help me for almost every aspect of my life.

I wrote yesterday about Gary Vee’s #MarketingForTheNow seminar and it was a great way to actually hear what some of the leaders in truly incredible companies are doing in these trying times to help their stakeholders. Read that blog and sign up for his next sesions.

I also attended a #Jam_Lately Copyrighting Zoom session yesterday to try and learn new ways to improve my writing. The Co-Founder and CEO of Lately, Kate Bradley Chernis, gave some great tips on how to improve writing both in a workplace environment and also social media marketing. Her insight was incredible and coincidentally enough she also works with Gary Vee and his team by using her software to help create social media content for him. Thank you Kate, your advise was invaluable and I now am using it in the back of my head as I type.

The slide deck to her power point is here.

I believe that getting 1% better everyday has exponential results.

Podcast Prominence

This was actually a huge week in podcasting. Truthfully I haven’t been able to listen to that much because I’ve been watching a lot more TV during this pandemic but I try to hear parts of some podcasts especially while I’m falling asleep or working out.

Obviously the biggest news was Joe Rogan and his $100million deal with Spotify. I wrote about this move and the implications that it will have on the industry as a whole. I’m excited to see if he has any big plans with his new fortune. Time will tell.

And this Joe Rogan news also came right as Barstool Sports began their offensive attack on the Call Her Daddy podcast hosts. This story is a whole big issue that Dave Portnoy and team have talked at length about but I am going to say just one final time how absurd it was for them not to take that deal in which they received the IP in a year’s time. That was almost an offer that was too good to be true, in my opinion.

I was talking to my brother the other day about how other podcast platforms, specifically Apple, will have to respond to Spotify’s biggest move yet. Apple has largely left alone their podcasting app because they never saw it as a big revenue stream. That’s why the app is pretty clunky, doesn’t give great data/insights, and is largely not marketed by the company as a whole.

Weirdly enough, me and my brother said that a move makes sense for Apple is to sign some type of licensing deal with Barstool. Erika Nardini, Barstool’s CEO, hinted at this the other day on her Twitter but no one knows the extent of that being a joke or not. Again, we’ll see.

A new podcast that I listened to is called “All-In” with Chamath Palihapitiya and Jason Calacanis. Chamath, CEO of Social Capital, Chairman of Virgin Galactic, and owner of the Golden State Warriors, is also quite famous for his rant that he had at the beginning of this coronavirus pandemic. He said that the government should not bail out big airlines and other companies and basically let them fail. He seems to have a realistic view on our health of the economy and why the stock market doesn’t reflect this currently. He’s a very interesting guy. Jason is an angel investor in Silicon Valley that was early into companies like Uber and Robin Hood. And he also for follows me on Twitter which I think is pretty dope.

With a few guests, the All-In podcast talks about the state of our current affairs through the minds of people who are really plugged in to the tech world and where they see the direction of our country going. I started by listening to episode 3 which talked about us moving toward a technological, cold war with China, something that I agree on. They also talked about San Francisco real estate and how increasing work from home abilities could cripple the current lifestyle that cities like those have.

When News Meets Memes

My favorite story that came out this week was MSNBC’s Mika Brezezinksi calling out the president for spreading “lies” on Twitter and basically telling Jack Dorsey that he will be hearing from her.

It was just too classic of a 2020 internet moment where this lady literally has the Karen haircut asking to speak to the manager. Obviously conservatives had a field day with that – it was too hard not to, even if what Mika was saying about the President might’ve been true, the humor outweighed the content. Some people are just oblivious.

Along that last point, I’m not sure exactly what story Mika is talking about. People take the President’s Twitter account way too seriously anyways. But regardless the fact she’s telling a US company to censor the President and the leader of the free world is an interesting strategy, and in an ode to the movie ‘Dodgeball’ I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out, Cotton.


I don’t think this is the opposite of lockdown but it sounds good to me. It’s time to start living again. Smartly and safely, yes, but we need to start living again. If you are going into a crowded space like a subway or something like that, then wear a mask.

There’s no reason for this to be political anymore. Just try to have some trust in the people and practice social distancing when we can. Freedom breeds freedom and that leads to economic strides forward. The solution to this will be based in technology and science so lets stop using tactics from the medieval times.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everybody. Remember those who fought, and are still fighting for our livelihoods every day. Be safe!


@jacklesser_ & @thoughtless44

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