Personal Update: I FINALLY GOT MY DRIVER'S LICENSE! After failing my road test the first time, this is arguably my greatest achievement in life (so far).
I'm postponing Five Reads of the Week until August as I'll be focusing on other projects and studying for my Google Analytics certification. Alternatively, I might move it to Twitter in a different format...
Anyway, showcasing my favourite weekly reads and stories on the startups, business, and the world.
Meet Zhou Qunfei, Founder and CEO of Lens Technology. She's the youngest and also the richest self-made woman in the world at 47 years with a net worth of approximately $9 billion (USD). Forget about being a billionaire college dropout, she dropped out of high school when she was 16 to start her career working for a factory!
After starting her own company making watch lenses when she was 22, Zhou has slowly grown her business to its current $11 billion market cap. Her big break came in 2003 when Motorola reached out to her to supply scratch-proof lenses for its new phone. Since then, she's worked with Apple, Samsung, Nokia and more, while her company now employs more than 90,000 staff.
Her unmatched work ethic, determination and humility have been the cornerstones of her success. (via Time by Rob Wile)
Soylent is self-described as "ready-to-drink food" on its label. As a meal replacement drink, it's great for people who want to save the hassle of cooking a meal, chewing real food and engaging in eating's social interactions. This is a quote from its founders describing their motivation behind Soylent (emphasis mine):
Living off a diet of frozen corn dogs and ramen [damn], they grew frustrated with the effort and cost associated with purchasing, preparing, and consuming food that was neither healthy nor enjoyable.
Geraldine, author and blogger of Everywhereist, has a valid and concerning response to Soylent's origin story:
"Now, you can understand why I was slightly concerned about ingesting something developed by guys who felt that the prep work for corn dogs and ramen was too much for them. Also, please explain to me how much time and effort is possibly spent purchasing those food items. You can literally buy them at a gas station."
Nevertheless, she tries it out. The GIFs in this read are impressive (and very flowy). (via Everywhereist by Geraldine DeRuiter)
This has to take the title for The Wildest Headline of 2017.
In 2011, David Slater taught some monkeys how to use his camera which resulted in two viral photos (one was the photo above). He made a solid dime out of these photos until Wikimedia Commons uploaded them a year later as a royalty-free image. Why? Cause the monkey took the photo, meaning that Slater didn't own the copyright license to it. Suddenly, people didn't have to pay to use his images, and it got worse - PETA decided to step in and took Slater to court on behalf of the monkey in 2015.
The pictures currently remain in the public domain with no copyright attributed to either the monkey or Slater. Personally, I believe he should be making money off the selfies. Getting monkeys to take a photo sounds like a challenging task in itself and he should be rewarded for it. What's a monkey going to do with human money?
Shout out to Hark for sharing this on Facebook. (via Lindsay Dodgson by Business Insider)
I can't stand the word foodie (sounds pretentious and uncomfortable), but they're clearly an influential part of Instagram culture and the restaurant industry that's here to stay. For Springbone, a broth-dedicated restaurant in New York, Instagram and foodies alone drive around 5% of their annual revenue ($62,500).
Most importantly, Instagram gives Springbone some control over its image and online interactions - an intangible benefit that allows their brand to cut through the noise and get heard by customers.
Thanks to Flo for showing me this article! (via Forbes by Jeff Kauflin)
"As poorer students struggle with debt they might never actually make enough to pay back, it’s a situation that skirts dangerously close to that of the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis."
Fortunately, some students won't have to pay their debtors back. The reason? Some faulty paperwork. (via Quartz by Amy X. Wang)
Always looking to read new and interesting articles. DM me with something you read this week or leave a comment below!