This week on the podcast I hosted Jeremy McCool, the founder and CEO of HEVO, a wireless electric vehicle charging company. Jeremy, while on tour in Iraq, helped restore power to a village which helped bring the town back to prosperity. The town needed diesel fuel to run generators, but the fuel was getting stopped and not reaching the town. He motivated him to commit his life towards a future not reliant on fossil fuels.
In the conversation you’ll hear that story, intricacies of why charging electric vehicles is challenging, how his company HEVO received the first ever and only certification from SAE (governing body over charging), and advice for entrepreneurs looking to raise money for a business.
Michael Girdley wrote a fantastic Twitter thread around all of the most prominent reasons the US will remain a global superpower. I was surprised that defense was actually quite low on the list, following geographic features like the Mississippi river system, farmland availability, coastline, and other less thought of features.
If you run a business or sell products online, email is your bread and butter. Email tactics start with having a killer intro or welcome email. The welcome email sets the tone for your relationship with them. This example of a welcome email focuses on the importance of deliverability. If your newsletter ends up in people’s spam boxes, then its useless to you.
Irene Triplett died at age 90 and was the last person receiving a pension related to the Civil War. Her father, Mose Triplett, deserted the Confederates just before the battle of Gettysburg and later joined forces with the Union. A great reminder that “ancient history” like the civil war is not far behind us and serves as a great reminder of how far our country has come in such a short amount of time.
Peter Attia has been making the podcast circuit talking about his new book Outlive, The Science and Art of of Longevity. He had a great interview with Patrick O’Shaughnessy on Invest Like the Best. The message revolves around the most important things it takes to live longer.
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1 Bit on People
This weekend I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Berkshire Hathaway annual general meeting in Omaha Nebraska. This has interrupted my regular Saturday morning cadence, but I wanted to get content recommendations out and this coming week I’ll outline my consolidated thoughts on the wisdom Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger had to share with the crowd.
I did want to point out one consistent observation I’ve had throughout the weekend here and it’s the importance of people.
I’ve spent each year since I got out of the Navy in 2018 in a progressively more reclusive state, prioritizing online school to avoid hassle to working a remote job because I don’t like to commute. While the convenience factor has gone up, I slowly have been abstracted away from something that gives me an immense amount of joy: people.
While it may just be the buzz of the weekend with everyone excited to network, catch up with old friends, and have fun, I find myself reminded of how many smart intelligent people there are out there to learn from.
The different backgrounds, industries, and perspectives I’ve gotten to hear from this weekend have shown me that my lack of desire to attend in person for work or school has also been driven by not feeling intellectually stimulated by the people I was around.
Every weekend can’t be a nonstop barrage of excitement like this one has been, but pointed out the importance of intentionality in whom you spend your professional time with.
If you hang around C players, you’re going to be a C player.
If you hang around people building multi million dollar businesses, starting the technology companies of the future, and striving for the best…well you can guess the output.
Have a good week.
Just a note to say I like your appreciative comments on "people", no matter what they are telling you.