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To me, email is the most intimate medium of communication.
It allows space and time for thoughts to ruminate, and not be drifted away in ephemeral news/chat feeds.
And it is always a pleasant surprise to receive emails from friends who take the efforts to write instead of using instant messages.
Of course, it is a challenge to keep our mailbox uncluttered in today's world, with constant clamor of attention from brands we don't really care about.
I like reading newsletters - much more than reading news, which can be stressful and noisy most of the times. They keep me inspired and informed.
Over my adult life, I have subscribed and unsubscribed >100 of them. Here are some that have stood the test of time:
Seth Godin- subscribed for more than 10 years. his emails are often concise and impactful.
NYTimes DealBook by Andrew Ross Sorkin - the gold standard for business news. the only news I read regularly.
Tech / Strategy
Stratechery by Ben Thompson - the top tech strategy blog/newsletter. Not an easy read, but the analysis is great.
Ben Evan - similar to Stratechery, but shorter/more palatable essays
Two Truths and a Take by Alex Danco - general tech writings
Ben Casnocha - writer / VC on a broad range of topics
Personal / Philosophy
Brain Pickings by Maria Popova - refreshing and delightful reads on meanings, arts, philosophy
Human Nature by Rob Henderson - good conservative views to balance my liberal echo chamber
Ryan Holiday - author of The Daily Stoic
The Low Down by Momentum Works - occasional insightful reads on Asia tech
Tech in Asia - mostly for the headlines only, but their weekly commentaries are getting better and better
Inside Retail Asia - gets a pulse on Asia retail landscape
Overreacted by Dan Abramov - creator of Redux and Create-React-App
What's your favourite newsletters?
I'd love to hear recommendations from you. Please email me!