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This week there’s more music than usual. I worked in the music industry before technology and I’ve always thought that the disruption of the recording market from the times of Napster would come to other industries, sooner or later. Covid-19 was the Napster moment of the event industry.

Little did I know that musicians’ revenues would continue to evolve so dramatically in recent years, paving the way for more disruption of established businesses (labels, radio, promoters, etc.).


Entrepreneurship

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Marketing

Experiential websites are coming! Are you ready?

“Either way, we’re all (probably?) gonna end up in the metaverse, shopping for cyborg groceries inside Animal Crossing after a long day of selling digital turtlenecks or other untangible goods.”

Owning the funnel

“As the war for the user’s attention and wallet rages, the funnel will be a good predictor of the capabilities each player will be looking to build in the coming years.”


Productivity

ASMR for productivity nerds | fun experiment (headphones on)


Politics

Adam Curtis Explains It All

“At the end of the binge-watch, he sent Curtis a postcard, comparing his work to ‘the kind of dream where we become aware that we are dreaming and can thus attain agency over the torrent of nonsense.'”


Science

Scientists break through the wall of sleep to the untapped world of dreams

“And who knows? Perhaps the idea of conversing with someone from within a dream may one day be as routine as sending a text message on your phone”


Space

Mars Rover Footage Compiled Into an Astonishing 4K Video That Reveals the Surface of the Planet

“The Mars 2020/Perseverance rover is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life. The mission will collect and store a set of rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth in the future. It will also test new technology to benefit future robotic and human exploration of Mars.”


Music

Portugal. The Man: Why Cryptocurrency Is the New Rock & Roll

“Community-driven itself, Rally is pioneering a next-generation virtual economy that empowered us to engage with our fans through cryptocurrency. Our combined experiences were ultimately able to build the bones of what we believe is the future of fan clubs.”

How Patreon is helping electronic music survive during the pandemic

“…with an artist membership on Patreon, it’s possible and quite common that the main benefits for members have nothing to do with the actual end product of the music, and more to do with going behind the scenes in the artist’s creative process, or peeling back the layers on the artist’s personality and perspective on creativity.”

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