An idea to improve governance

The era of massive American corporations reached its zenith in the 1950s. The dominant way of thinking at that time was simple:  hierarchical, chain of command and working your way up were valued tremendously.  As a worker in 1950s corporate America, you followed your boss’ instructions. You worked for GE, showed up from 9-5 every day and were loyal to a T. In return, GE…

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Small ways you can improve the food system

Probably the largest shift I’ve made over the last decade health-wise is a shift towards prioritizing food quality over almost anything else. When I started going paleo, I’d go HAM on terrible quality stuff that fit my macros (hello low-grade store bought beef!). After all, it was Paleo – I’m being healthy!  As I’ve understood more of the impact food has on our health, environment…

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technology and the future of health

the below snippet is from my 1x/mo newsletter, The Next Brand. if you enjoyed, sign up here for more – https://justinmares.substack.com/ the tech sector is fascinating. i used to live in Silicon Valley and still have a soft spot for all things tech. it’s inspiring to see great entrepreneurs building new things at the forefront of technology, literally inventing the future #props. health is the…

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How I Fixed My Sleeping Issue

For the last 6 months I’ve had a terrible time sleeping 🛌. More nights than not, I’ve woken up after 5–6 hours completely unable to get back to sleep. Pretty typical night of sleep this past July. Though after comparing the Oura to the Dreem, I’ve noticed that my Oura ring will code REM sleep as “awake” — at least for me. After 6 months…

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Is Impossible Burger healthy?

As the plant-based trend picks up steam (and the Beyond Meat IPO outperforms), plenty of people are asking – is the Impossible Burger healthy? tl;dr – no. Not in my opinion. Take a look at their ingredients below:  The Impossible Burger ingredients are different: their most controversial ingredient is Soy Leghemoglobin. To make this ingredient, Impossible genetically engineers a yeast bacterium to produce a protein…

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shipping your calendar

there’s a relatively common idea in startup world that a company “ships its org chart”. this is called Conway’s law: in effect, it means that a given company will end up shipping a product that reflects their org chart. for example, we have 6 people in online marketing at kettle & fire. that means that – relative to our competition – K&F is going to…

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stranded ideas

today i learned about “mastery learning” – basically, a process where students study a concept until they can pass test showing 90% proficiency, then they move onto the next concept. not only that, but it appears to be empirically validated. from wikipedia: Mastery Learning has been one of the most highly investigated teaching methods over the past 50 years. While it has been the subject…

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