Labels, Waves, Threads, Steps ✨

👋 Welcome!

We’ve come to the end of July and today is my #80 newsletter since I started back in April. It’s been quite a ride, especially with regards to keeping up the consistency! To give you more insight, I will be sending out a story with learnings and stats next week.

Following on from Li Jin’s post yesterday, JD has written a great post on Medium on the Rise of the Renaissance Creator. He explains that in the new “passion & ownership economy”, individuals who’ve worked in media or journalism are leaving their jobs and becoming both entrepreneurs and creators. They are taking on “the management and business of their entire self” and the acknowledgement of this responsibility dictates “a creator’s desire to go independent and develop a micro-label.” JD summarises it as “I want to be a creator. I want to be a business. I want to be a brand.” The trend is growing and “we’re seeing independent creators rebundle the unbundled newsroom and developing their own micro-labels anchored on platforms such as Substack.” We will also see companies (horizontal platforms) focus more on what products creators need. JD concludes that this “new media economy will be built on a foundation of the very things that drive its value: the creator and the creator’s product.” Read the full post.

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🚀 Maker News

Find Your Way

Great thread by Justin Jackson on trying to work out what works for you. Don’t always try to deconstruct how your “heroes” achieved success, as what we ultimately learn is that “they caught a good wave.” What matters is learning “to spot, catch, and ride a good wave.” Do this by watching out for a market or sector that is showing potential. Develop your skillset and grow your network, as others may tip you off on what might work for you. And if your current focus is not working, move on, as “sitting in a pond waiting for a big wave won't do you any good!” Lastly, “don't try to turn a small wave into a big wave! It's unlikely to get bigger.” Read the full thread.


Toby from Morning Brew has grown his Twitter following from 600 to a stunning 6,000 in 43 days. In this thread, he shares some of his learning on “thread-making.” You can read the full thread here. Below some of the highlights:

  • The first, second, and final tweets are the most important;

  • Use consistent formatting and avoid emojis, use bullets instead;

  • Include pictures;

  • Use tools for planning and writing your threads;

  • Add a few tags of people who inspire you;

  • Go niche, but not too niche; and

  • Present with confidence.

NoCode Benefits shares a great article written by Neal Taparia for Forbes, on how NoCode Apps can help you launch a mobile-first business. Neal Taparia is the founder of Imagine Easy Solutions which he grew without investment to ~$20M. Currently, Mobile app usage makes up half of all internet traffic. But with App developers charging $10k and above, mobile-first businesses are inaccessible to many aspiring micro-entrepreneurs. A range of NoCode Apps such as Appypie, Zapier and others can help you get started. The benefits are manifold: Lower costs, fast time to market, reduced opportunity costs, minimal training, and most of all easy to manage, update and iterate. As Jens Lennartsson wrote in a recent Twitter thread, NoCode developers need to explain the core benefits of this tech to potential clients. Here you have a range of them, which should convince even the most sceptic. Read the full article.


💭 Afterthought

To finish the month, Daniel Vassallo shares a great chapter from Derek Sivers new book Hell Yeah or No. In summary, things we love doing, including new projects, seem simple to us and “we think of it as one fun step.” On the other hand, we picture things we hate as “having many annoying steps.” So when starting a project watch out for the number of steps you are picturing! Read the chapter. Take care and see you next week.

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