OK! So you finally achieved your year-long goal of reaching Inbox Zero before December 31st 2019. Crack open the champagne! Or here’s another idea — maybe you’ve finally got enough inbox space for a couple of new subscriptions?
Trust us — only newsletters that will make your life funnier, smarter and more well-educated about tech. Sounds good? Let’s explore!
In Azeem Azhar’s own words, Exponential View “covers the intersection of technology & society. Many people love it. You might too.” Previous editions have covered everything from “Government as a platform” to designing babies to the end of employees to stamina and pregnancy. It’s an encylopaedic look into how tech is shaping the world around us — plus bonus points for the newletter’s frankly excellent use of emojis ? And why should you listen to Azhar? His work has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and he’s on the board of the Ada Lovelace Institute. So let’s face it — he probably knows his stuff. If you’re too busy to read and prefer to get your tech revelations on the hoof, subscribe to his podcast for thirty minute slices of pure expertise, poured straight into your earhole.
Speaking of compelling audio, if you’re running even tighter on time, you might find exactly what you need in the Wall Street Journal’s Tech News Briefing, which runs at a deliciously strict ten minutes. You got us, Sherlock! This is not technically a newsletter. But we reckon it’s basically a spoken newsletter, which offers the advantage of being a great accompaniment to your workout or getting through that pile of dirty pans that have been sat in your sink since New Year’s Eve. Win-win.
Our favourite online experiences are those in which we tumble down an internet rabbithole, like Alice in Wonderland…but armed with a cursor. If you’re also into exploring the most fascinating offshoots of the internet, may we suggest you subscribe to Dense Discovery? Expect: tips for the best apps and sites of the week; a selection of stunning,unusual goods and accessories to add to your to-buy list for payday; links to some seriously thought-provoking articles (recent selections include a theory for how to run the internet more like a publicly funded service; an argument for defeating the corporate takeover of the internet by having your own website); a font of the week, a gif of the week, a tweet of the week. It’s effectively the Worldwide Web curated by someone with exquisite taste.
This is a newsletter running daily Monday-Thursday from tech website The Verge “about the intersection of social media and democracy”. So far, so whatever? Actually, this is one of the most ambitious of the newsletters we’ve listed here in terms of the investigative journalism it covers (which is presumably a perk of having a media giant behind you). Mostly recently, Newton covered the mental health woes of content moderators for YouTube and how Pinterest slashed contractor pay for the holidays. Fascinating stuff, divided into The Ratio (“news that could affect public perception of the big tech platforms”), Governing (how tech is shaping the political agenda) and Industry for ease of browsing.
Andreessen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel with this newsletter, which is mostly a long list of links to articles that he found insightful. But his 130,000 faithful subscribers aren’t following him for no reason — despite the newsletter being absolutely free, the difference between this and the average tech newsletter is like that between buying a glass of house wine and investing in the restaurant’s most expensive champagne. It’s a light, assured read that’s best consumed slowly. Plus, sift through the stats at the end to make sure you’re up-to-date on the numbers behind the world’s biggest tech companies (did you know that Amazon is probably now delivering half of their packages themselves, according to estimates from Morgan Stanley?).
Friday doesn’t have to mean the slow erosion of your brain by neon-coloured cocktails over happy hour. Instead, you could do something for your mind and subscribe for a portion of “Artificial intelligence, demystified” from MIT’s Karen Hao, landing in your inbox on the week’s best day. It’s a bird’s eye view of what’s happening in AI, including links to fascinating articles, reporting on AI events and interviews with AI thought leaders.
There’s a possibility we might be biased here, but we couldn’t keep this gorgeous secret to ourselves. If you wanted updates from your favourite Krakow and Berlin-based startup incubator, photos of Beautiful Tech People At Our Events, interviews with some of the smartest people we’ve talked to (recent articles include chats with Google’s Di Dang; VR expert Amir Bozorgzadeh and Visualix founder Darius Pajouh) and excellent links to the best articles the internet has to offer each month…well, we might have just what you’re looking for. What does a subscription to this digital masterpiece cost, you shout? It is absolutely free because we’re lovely like that. Click here to subscribe.