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Michael's Newsletter - September 2018

Michael's Newsletter - September 2018
By Michael Karnjanaprakorn • Issue #53 • View online
We just got back from our honeymoon! Thanks to everyone that sent over recommendations to Thailand, Seoul, Tokyo and Hawaii.
One thing I noticed while traveling was the “hipster” culture of the different cities where everything started to blend together. There is a saying in Thailand… same same. Everything started to look the same same, from the craft beer to the clean Scandinavian interior designs to the artisanal brick oven pizzas.
I was hoping for more of a local feel to get a sense of the culture, the people, what they value and how they live. Instead, I got a dose of Williamsburg circa 2010.
This trends is dubbed “airspace” and it seems I’m not the only one that has noticed this:
We could have been looking at London or New York, Sydney or Paris — everywhere, it dawned on us, was starting to look the same.
Even Airbnb, which was supposed to be a shortcut into the heart of local cultures, has ended up fostering a creeping sameness, “an extension of Ikea showrooms”
So, what does that mean for traveling? The article mentions to enjoy some peace and quiet in the woods. Or, to travel an hour outside of major cities to experience something different and unique.
Me? I’m going to enjoy Brooklyn and stay away from the avocado toasts.

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Average life expectancy for women in Okinawa, Japan is ~90 (oldest in the world). These women form a social network called a moai - group of 5 friends who offer each other social, emotional, and financial support throughout one's lifetime.
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@AriannaSimpson To add to what @naval wrote:

- no meetings w/out an agenda
- no coffee meetings
- deep work before lunch
- no work dinners unless necessary (save for friends & family)
- asynchronous comms (no Slack)
- do the hardest thing first
- think week 1x year
- 2-3 big decisions per year
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I'm the founder of Otis. Every month, I share my favorite links from the web and share an inside look of our company.

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