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The Monday 6 - June 21, 2021

Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger
Hello, friend.
Yesterday was the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere) and Father’s Day. I hope all you dads had as blessed a day as I did.
Reminder: The Monday 6 is taking next week off. I’m looking forward to recharging and thinking of six things to talk about the following week!
Check back on the archive of past issues if you haven’t had a chance.
Enough pleasantries; here’s the 6!

1. DoNotPay - A Magical Robot To Help With Almost Anything
DoNotPay is a cheat code. Do you need help with…anything? Aside from helping you move, there’s a decent chance DoNotPay can help.
The amount of things DoNotPay does makes it almost hard to describe. Here’s what Wikipedia says:
DoNotPay is a legal services chatbot founded by Joshua Browder, a British-American entrepreneur. The chatbot was originally built to contest parking tickets, but has expanded to include other services as well.
But look at just some of the things you can do with DoNotPay:
Here are the most popular services it offers:
  • Wait on hold for you
  • Free trial credit card - a fake credit card that you can input on any service when you sign up for a free trial.
  • Get free food - lots of restaurants offer free stuff if you fill out a survey on their receipts. DoNotPay can do this for you.
  • Get compensated if your flight is delayed (mostly applicable in the EU)
  • Get a free temporary phone number
  • Dispute a parking ticket
  • Cancel any subscription for you
  • Lower/negotiate your bills
  • Request refunds for any bank fees
  • File a Freedom of Information Act request
Honestly, the list is massive, and I’m just scratching the surface.
It costs $3/month, and if you sign up with this link, you get a free month (and I do too).
This is a non-affiliate link if you want to learn more or sign up:
DoNotPay - The World's First Robot Lawyer
2. Podcast: What Does The Future of Work Look Like?
In March 2020, among many other earth-shattering changes, the white-collar office job was upended across the world. Looking back over the past 15 months, I’m mostly struck by how well these roles transitioned to fully remote work. Was it perfect? No. But by in large, the system was durable, and knowledge workers transitioned better than most would expect.
Now, as the pandemic winds down in areas with high vaccination rates, organizations around the world are trying to decide what’s next. This podcast episode by Andreessen Horowitz (a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm) taps a few business leaders, asking them the main question: “What does the future of work look like?”
If you’re interested in this stuff, give it a listen!
a16z Live - The Big Questions around Remote Work
3. The Craziness of The US Residential Real Estate Market
You’ve likely heard about (or maybe been involved in) the crazy residential real estate market in the United States. This Tweet thread does an excellent job calling out just some of the insanity.
This is one of those downstream, indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any idea when things will normalize?
Glenn Kelman
1 of 15: It has been hard to convey, through anecdotes or data, how bizarre the U.S. housing market has become. For example, a Bethesda, Maryland homebuyer working with @Redfin included in her written offer a pledge to name her first-born child after the seller. She lost.
4. Real Time World War 2
This is such a cool concept. Alwyn Collinson created the Twitter account @RealTimeWWII that shares news stories and events from that particular date throughout World War II.
This resonated with me because the history books will likely reduce the COVID-19 pandemic down to a few pages, but the absolute barrage of (often conflicting or confusing) information we’ve all experienced over the past 15+ months is hard to duplicate. This type of account allows for telling a multi-year story as it occurred: one day at a time.
5. Taiwan, Vaccines, and China
Taiwan, the tiny island nation off the coast of China, maybe the most politically precarious situation globally, at least concerning the West. In addition to being a beacon of democracy in the shadow of the totalitarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party, Taiwan is home to probably the most geopolitically strategic company in the world: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
TSMC is the world’s preeminent leader in manufacturing the most complex, important computer chips in the world. The only company even close is Intel (based in the United States), and they’re several years behind TSMC’s technology prowess. Virtually every smartphone (iPhones and Androids) in the world has its main processor manufactured by TSMC. They also now manufacture the new Apple Silicon (M1) SoCs.
TSMC isn’t mentioned directly below, but if fears are realized (aka China takes Taiwan), this one company’s lack of freedom could endanger tech as we know it. As someone who follows tech closely, this is why I’m interested.
Now enter the COVID-19 pandemic. Having learned many lessons from the SARS epidemic >10 years ago, Taiwan handled COVID-19 maybe better than any nation on earth…until recently.
Read this Tweet thread to see the perilous place Taiwan is in right now and how their mistakes surrounding vaccinations are backfiring and causing internal strife.
Nic Johnson
Taiwan vaccine crisis thread (my understanding from talking and reading, I don't live there): 1/35
6. A Legendary Steve Jobs Story
Another Steve Jobs gem for you. This time, someone asked the question “how hard did Steve Jobs work? Did it change over time?” on the question and answer website Quora.
This answer below from an anonymous user is just incredible. Here are some of my favorite excerpts:
Did Steve work hard? Harder then anyone. Was it always Steve who put everything, every risk and every potential failure on himself? Yep.
This part seems…terrifying:
Then he said, “who are you?” I told him my resume was on the desk - he said “I didn’t ask you that.” (Meanwhile he had never so much as glanced away from his piercing stare, mind you.)
I told him my name; he then quickly replied “If I wanted to know your name I would have asked what your name was… I asked who you were” … “You’re not very good at this, are you?”
The whole answer is fun, illuminating, and a deeply personal account of the business legend.
Answer to 'How hard did Steve Jobs work? Did this change over time?'
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊
See you on July 5th!
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Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger @kylepetz

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