Considering everyone is totally obsessed with Holedown, Shahid decided to sit down with its developer Martin Jonasson, to find out how the game was created.
Fred and Natasha Ruckel invented a cat toy called the Ripple Rug. It’s like a scrunched up doormat with holes in it, and for cats it’s like Disneyland-level fun. When the Ruckels put it up for sale on Amazon, it started selling well. It was a solid business. Then one day, Fred noticed that the Ripple Rug was also on sale on eBay—for twenty dollars more.
It looked like his product. It looked like he was selling it. But he had never posted it on eBay. IT was a case of cat toy arbitrage. Fred was pissed—the eBay sellers weren’t changing the original Ripple Rug, and he didn’t think they were adding any value. They were just jacking up the price and pocketing the difference.
This is a classic middleman scheme. It’s also a scheme that could only happen on the Internet. But the Internet was supposed to get rid of the middleman. Consumers can buy directly from manufacturers at wholesale prices. They can book flights themselves on sites like Kayak—no more travel agents, no more unnecessary fees. Or, that was one of the hopes anyway.
Of course, it didn’t work out that way. Instead, middlemen are stronger than ever. The biggest companies on the internet are middlemen. Today on the show: Why middlemen are taking over the global economy, why there’s very little anyone can do about it, and why that could be a good thing.
The Process - Ep 46: Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats on the slow burn and sustaining a creative career
Eric D. Johnson formed the band Fruit Bats in 1997 and has been releasing music under that moniker since 2001. His first professional musical endeavor was playing with the esteemed group, Califone at age 23. He then joined The Shins for four years, allowing him to quit his craft services job in Chicago. He cut his teeth on those experiences, receiving a true education in being a professional touring musician.
Since then, Fruit Bats has released four records on Sub Pop with a new record, Gold Past Life – their seventh – to be released this year on Merge Records.
In this episode, we talk about his new album, his writing process, small “keep you going” wins, touring with Califone and The Shins, what it takes to be a successful musician today, how he sustains creatively and professionally, and more.
What would you say to a person who told you that you could retire at age 30, never have to work again, and still live a comfortable life, all on a normal salary and without winning the lottery?
You’d probably call them crazy. Of course that’s not how money works.
Well, my guest today did retire at age 30, and he did so without making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. And through his blog, he’s helped other people reach “financial independence” a lot sooner than they thought possible by living a life of “financial badassery.” His name is Pete and he’s the owner of the website Mr. Money Mustache. In today’s podcast, Pete and I discuss how living Teddy Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” can help you become financially independent.
Womenswear is littered with fake pockets that don’t open, or shallow pockets that can hardly hold more than a paperclip. If women’s clothes have pockets at all, they are often smaller and just fit less than men’s pockets do. And when we talk about pockets, we are talking about who has access to the tools they need. Who can walk through the world comfortably and securely.
James Collins from jlcollinsnh.com is interviewed on Radical Personal Finance on the topic of "Why Your House is a Terrible Investment."
Today’s guest is J L “Jim” Collins, a prolific financial blogger who began writing more or less in retirement. In 2011 he wrote a series of letters to his daughter about money and investing so she could learn what worked and even from his mistakes. In the process, he created a gateway to financial independence for her. At the suggestion of a colleague, he created a blog where he posted the letters so they could also benefit his other family and friends. The blog is at JLCollinsNH.com.
Fast forward to today, the blog has become a go-to for people around the world seeking financial wisdom. And he has a new book out called The Simple Path to Wealth. James has taken the ideas and concepts and crafted them into a roadmap for readers.
In the interview we discuss his top investment pick of all time. Plus, those letters he wrote to his daughter about money like how did she react and where is she today?
If you’d like to learn more about James, visit his website jlcollinsnh.com.
Special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include the new iPad Pro and the state of iOS as a work platform, the mid-term election results, and holiday parties of yore.
Merlin Mann returns to the show to discuss the election, by which I mean we mostly talk around the election. I hope we never do another show again with such heavy hearts, but whatever you think about this election, I think you’ll like this show.
Rene Ritchie returns to the show to talk about iPad Pro — the new Pencil, the new amazing new hardware, keyboard options, and the OS that in many ways still feels meant for a phone. Also: the state of Apple’s MacBook lineup, and a plea to Apple to please — please — make the small Magic Keyboard in space gray.
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