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Laurent Haug's newsletter - issue #10


Laurent Haug

May 10 · Issue #10 · View online
News and thoughts on society's ongoing transformation.

Google testing a paying model
YouTube Will Soon Let You Pay To Remove Ads
Things I will tell my kids if they become entrepreneurs
A presentation I gave at the D-Academy where I was invited to share my entrepreneurial experience alongside Pascal Meyer of Qoqa and Jean-Claude Biver of Hublot. I tried to condense my twenty years of highs and lows into a deck that discusses the most important points on the art of the startup. This talk is meant to evolve over time, and I would be very interested in your feedback, especially on important points I might have omitted.
On the same topic, Sam Altman (president of Y Combinator) reflects on the past decade that saw him become a successful entrepreneur, and embark on the adventure of incubating and seeding 700+ startups. A great read on what he learned on his journey, feels like wisdom from a retiring entrepreneur while he’s only 30.
Self driving cars: 90% less traffic, no more parking
A new simulation finds that self-driving cars will essentially terraform cities by eliminating 90% of cars on the roads, opening up acres of land and slashing commute times. Taxibots, a marriage of mass carpooling and UPS delivery intelligence constantly roaming throughout cities and matching carpool routes with mathematical elegance would ultimately make 9 out of 10 cars completely unnecessary. Such a dramatic reduction in individually owned of cars would also eliminate much of the need for existing street parking.
Glimpses of the 21st century life
A sign that says “autonomous vehicles have priority”, seen a few hundred meters from the EPFL campus where robotic cars are being tested. Will the challenge of self driving cars be to educate human drivers to the presence of robots on “their” streets?
GuardBot: US marines testing robot guard balls that can swim and roll on any terrain
Daimler's self-drive trucks are going to be tested in Nevada
Beautiful project of the week
Most of us struggle to find the right words in the face of a friend or loved one’s major health crisis, whether it’s cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, or anything else. It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it. Emily McDowell created this collection of empathy cards for serious illness because she believes we need some better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering.
Science explains why you should not wear a suit at work
“Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world. In psychological parlance, wearing a suit encourages people to use abstract processing more readily than concrete processing.” says Abraham Rutchick, a professor of psychology at California State University, Northridge.
Startups and tools
This Adorable Thumbnail Trackpad Could Actually Be Useful
The Best Song , the fun way to discover good music
UberEATS, food delivered through Uber in NYC
First Look at the Rift
This week's link for parents
Volkswagen’s Apple Watch App Will Notify You When Your Teen Driver Speeds
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