We made it into the new year! In todays issue we have public APIs, The art of making decisions and more.
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Hey, Nic here, long time no see!

Happy new year and compliments of the season to you all, its been a minute but great to be back after a much needed break.

So we ended off the year with the previous issue being sent out to roughly 1200 of you, which always puts a smile on my face, and it's been a pleasure growing the newsletter. So what's in store for for this year?

Well a few things actually. First, I really like the idea of making a bonus column styled, Sunday newsletter which I'm hoping to experiment with this year, but don't worry, it will be completely optional. More details on that at a later date. 

Secondly, a career change. Yes, that's on my list this year and maybe now is a good time for a change of scenery. But in the mean time, I'm also looking on to take a few new clients to work on some short projects. So if you're lost for words, why not hire a copywriter to help you find them 😎

Here is a blog post that I wrote with a bit more details of what I've changed and what I'm hoping to achieve, both personally and for the newsletter. Don't forget to give me a toast!🐼

Also, there are classifieds and sponsorship slots open. For details you click here.

let's hope that 2021 is a good as that flaming dumpster fire known a 2020, a year so momentous they named it twice.

Now for this weeks issue.
This weeks catches 🎣
Here is some products, apps and extensions that I discovered this week.

MailerLite Academy (Sponsor)

Become a certified email marketer with the MailerLite Academy. Take practical, hands-on courses to gain skills and jump ahead in email marketing. Join for free!


Notelet is a tool that lets you create a blog or website with Notion. Add a custom domain, publish to the web, analytics themes and more.


Swit is a new collaboration tool that combines the features of both Slack and Trello into one unified ecosystem for you team. 


NotePlan is a native (Mac & iOS) calendar driven note-taking app, built on top of plain text Markdown files saved in a local folder.


Coda is a new type of document that blends the flexibility of documents, the power of spreadsheets, and the utility of apps into a single new canvas.

Newsletters 🚀

My picks of dope newsletters for this week.
This weeks featured newsletter is Alternative Assets.

Alternative Assets is (as the name suggests) a newsletter about alternative assets that showcase investment ideas worth exploring. Two personal favourites of mine was an in depth look at how to buy a private island and
flipping newsletters for profit. If you need an introduction into AA, definitely check those two out.

The newsletter is written and put together by Stefan
, who is currently the head of product at Flippa. We got acquainted a few months back and its been a pleasure to watch AA mould into what it is now and definitely a unique newsletter with some genuinely interesting stuff that makes you anxiously wait for the next issue.

Interesting reads  📚

There's a lot of crap on the internet, here's a gem or two.
What is going to happen in 2021 - Fred Wilson 
Today, as is my custom on the first day of the new year, I am going to take a stab at what the year ahead will bring. I find it useful to think about what we are in for. It helps me invest and advise the companies we are invested in. Like our investing, I will get some of these right and some wrong. But having a point of view is very helpful when operating in a world that is full of uncertainty. Read more

Growth is easy.
Don’t try to cultivate an audience → simply make noise with your ideas.
Don’t procrastinate about what product is the right one to release → simply listen to the audience who is resonating with your ideas. 

All of us have experience and knowledge that can be productized. Read more

Learnings 💡
The art of making decisions.
Your life choices aren’t just about what you want to do; they’re about who you want to be. 

In July of 1838, Charles Darwin was twenty-nine years old and single. Two years earlier, he had returned from his voyage aboard H.M.S. Beagle with the observations that would eventually form the basis of On the Origin of Species. In the meantime, he faced a more pressing analytical problem. Darwin was considering proposing to his cousin Emma Wedgwood, but he worried that marriage and children might impede his scientific career. Read more 

35 public APIs to improve productivity. 
If you are somebody who is a bit tech savvy and knows how use APIs, this this might to be of interest to you.

These all rage from email verifiers, to gifs to Spotify. There is quite a wide selection, but a little something for everyone. you can find the list here.
That's all for this week, see you next week, same time, same place!
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