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March 27, 2020

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Seavees: Hawthorne Slip On

Here's a little encouragement for your week. Spring is coming. With it, a new wardrobe of opportunity.

Have you heard of the Beach Boys? These Seavees sneakers pay homage to the Beach Boys' California hometown. The surf is a 15 minute drive in daddy's T-Bird. Fun, Fun, Fun.

a man wearing seavees stands in front a vinyl shop counter while pondering which record to get for his romantic dinner that night

The Hawthornes are a classic slip on sneaker. Seavees perfected an exclusive cooling system for these puppies. Kiss your socks goodbye.

Premium materials abound. From the navy cotton twill to the durable natural rubber outsole. These shoes are in it for the long haul.

The classics are classics for a reason. Magnum PI wore 'em. AirBnb founder (and billionaire) Brian Chesky wears 'em. Seavees stand the test of time.

Happy Headlines Heal Hearts

There's a lot of negativity going around right now. Media companies write headlines to scare you. Why? Because you click on them. Then media companies make money.

But we're not your average media company. We do business through email. We don't have to bait you into clicking. We exist to add real value to your life.

Here are some good news headlines to combat your pandemic melancholy.

The Wrap

Chipotle is increasing wages by 10% until April 12. Employees who cannot work due to COVID-19 will still receive paychecks.

Chipotle loves their employees. Starting on their first day, employees get:

  • Paid sick leave

  • Vacation

  • Paid time off (PTO)

  • Personal leave options

Even before the pandemic, Chipotle had debt free degree programs in place. This semester, they are waiving credit hour eligibility requirements.

Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi is the NYT bestselling author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich. It's the best personal finance book around. Seriously.

Ramit also runs a business selling premium online courses. The courses cost thousands of dollars.

He gave all his employees a $1,000 coronavirus stipend for any unexpected expenses. His words: "Just expense it to IWT and we’ll cover it."

Ramit also gave customers a 2 month grace period on payments. If you want to see how to run a successful business, get Ramit's emails.

Paul Graham

Paul is a founder of Y Combinator. It's the best startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. Successful alumni:

  • Reddit

  • Dropbox

  • AirBnb

  • Stripe

  • Codecademy

  • Coinbase

  • Instacart

  • DoorDash

You get the picture. Paul is a billionaire. A week ago, he donated $1 million to Flexport. Flexport is a logistics company (and Y Combinator alumnus).

The money will buy protective gear for healthcare workers in San Francisco. Paul Graham's cash and Flexport's logistical wizardry will save thousands of lives.

Is There Such Thing as too much sWAGger?

This is Rolo. Rolo loved his owners being home all the time during the quarantine. He loved it so much he sprained his tail from "excessive wagging."

Rolo is on pain medicine and should be making a full recovery any day now.

Shortage in NYC

Despite the look of your store's shelves, there is no shortage of toilet paper. There is a shortage of dogs though. Cats too.

Shelters in New York City have reported they have no more dogs or cats available for adoption. This shortage opens up space for more rescues.

Another Billionaire Chips In

Paul Graham is a billionaire. Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, is a mega billionaire. Net worth: 40 billion. He's using it for good.

Jack tweeted for the first time ever Sunday evening. Not a funny meme though. He announced the first shipment of 500,000 coronavirus test kits and 1 million masks were on their way to the US.

Jack has pledged almost $20 million dollars towards finding a vaccine. Thanks Jack.

Bill Gates wants in too

Nobody outgives Bill. Bill and wife Melinda have pledged $100 million to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks Bill.

Vancouver Cheers Healthcare Workers

Every night at 7 PM, thousands of Vancouverites head to their balconies. Then they cheer, clap, whoop, and make a racket any way they can.

It's not a rebellion against social distancing. It's a cheer for their healthcare workers. Many of whom are working around the clock to fight this pandemic.

Last night, the police force joined in. Fleets of police cars circled hospitals blasting their sirens. Reddit user waitwhet says, "My girlfriend is an ER nurse there [Royal Colombian Hospital]. This means more to them than we can imagine. Thank you"

Edward and Annie's Aquatic Adventure

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium shut the doors. Staff thought it would be fun to let Edward and Annie explore their home.

They were right.

People are Awesome

Uber drivers are among those hit hardest by social distancing. No riders mean no money. That's OK when you're driving for beer money.

When you're driving to put food on the table, it's bad. About 20% of drivers use Uber as their primary income. As of Sunday, weekly pay had dropped by almost 70%.

The Hustle, a cutting edge San Francisco media company reported these numbers. But they weren't content to bring us the numbers. They wanted to bring the numbers back to the drivers.

With permission, The Hustle shared drivers' Venmo handles. The Hustle's fanatical readers sent "tips" to the drivers. Here's how drivers responded (PROFANITY BELOW):

Want to help? Read The Hustle story. Venmo handles are at the bottom of the page.

We will get through this. Do your part and stay home. If you need some encouragement for that, I'll let Matthew McConaughey do the honors.

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For your Streaming Pleasure

What better social distancing activity than Netflix and chill? Minus the chill. I recommend the following for watching

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