☝️Interesting Things #1

New year, new newsletter! Much new! A newsletter about interesting things.

Who am I?

I’m Alex. I’m a software engineer, entrepreneur, infovore, and aspiring polymath.

I love learning. I have something of an obsession with consuming information and translating it into some form of (usable?) knowledge. As a result I spend an inordinate amount of time reading, listening, consuming content, information, and products across a broad spectrum of topics.

I’m always on the hunt for something cool, interesting or insightful that I can share with friends. That’s what I’ll be doing here.

What to Expect from ☝️ Interesting Things

For lack of a better name, ☝️ Interesting Things is a weekly newsletter surfacing interesting products, podcasts, books, tweets, articles, newsletters, and other nuggets. (More or less my own version of Tim Ferriss’ five bullet friday)

The first issue is below and will be roughly the regular format every week. Enjoy.

- Alex

⌨️ Products

  • Craft is a native note-taking / knowledge management tool. Craft might be the first great Catalyst app, Apple’s iOS / MacOS cross-platform technology. Hat-tip to Tom Meagher for the turning me on to it.

  • Lunch Money is a simple, intuitive personal finance tool. /ht to Ian for surfacing.

  • Capiche.fm is a platform for creating carefree, low-friction, social podcasts. Listeners can easily call in, and speakers can promote them so the audience can hear them. They also package/distribute an RSS feed to make it a Real Podcast™. @jason has been using it to do espresso, a casual discussion format podcast.

  • Wohven is doing subscription t-shirts for crazy cheap. $12/mo. I just got my first one, good shirt, I’m happy.

📖 Reading

🎙 Podcasts

💡 Ideas

  • Kickstarter for group vacation planning. Make it easy to plan trips with friends. A layer that sits on top of the vacation rental apps and makes it easy to collaborate with friends, find properties, get opt-ins, price-split, pick dates, etc.

  • SaaS Hub: a unified digital card for all your SaaS subscriptions. Could be for business or personal.

🔥 Tweets

High meme art:

@GavinSBaker on the markets:

Unconventional startup advice via Nick Huber @sweatystartup:

@morganhousel on AWS:

Via @machinepix:

If you find this useful, have any feedback, or have something interesting that should be featured here, feel free to email me at ajsharp@gmail.com.

P.S. Much of the content you see here originates in one form or another from my main Twitter list. Feel free to follow if you’re interested in drafting my content feed.