The top ten

The best of the BDE ecosystem.

This past weekend I had my boy Miller’s bachelor party in Scottsdale, then headed to San Francisco yesterday for a few days of IRL meetings.

Translation: I’ve been busy. But I also hit 10,000 subscribers this past week and realized most of you have missed some of my best content.

So I’m simultaneously mailing this one in while also somewhat over-achieving. Get those bookmarks ready: here’s the top 10 pieces of content in the BDE ecosystem…

  1. The beehiiv Investor Journey — drop in your email and receive every single investor update, complete and unedited, since we first launched the business (one month at a time). I love reliving the early days of this journey, and also sharing the lessons learned with all of you.

  2. How to get hired — 99% of people suck at getting hired. I share what I think the best candidates do to standout + how we’ve hired our A players at beehiiv.

  3. Building in public — I think building in public is a super power for startups (when done correctly). I share my thesis + examples of how to do this effectively.

  4. Always be shipping — beehiiv ships more, faster than 99% of companies. Here's my tell all as to how we do it.

  5. The power of investor updates — my #1 recommendation for any startup founder is to write monthly investor updates (even if you don't have investors). It's been one of my biggest unlocks as a founder and I explain how and why.

  6. Do things that don’t scale — too many startups misallocate time and resources to build "forever solutions". There are countless advantages to doing things that don't scale and I share them all (+ stories from beehiiv).

  7. beehiiv Seed Deck — the deck we used to raise our $2.6M seed round back in the summer of 2020.

  8. Focus days — probably the best decision I’ve ever made while running beehiiv. We are one of the most meeting-light companies you’ll ever come across.

  9. 0 to 8,000 subscribers in 2 months — the full step-by-step playbook of how I scaled this newsletter in my first two months. Tons of repeatable strategies to steal and take advantage of.

  10. 4am Club — the inception of this whole project.. and how being so damn excited about beehiiv and life in general keeps me up at night.

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Credit: Mark Benliyan

Shoutout Mark for the reader submission.

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Some of my favorite content I found on the internet this week…

  • Carry is hosting an 8-day virtual event with dozens of amazing speakers (including me 😏). Learn the blueprints on how to scale a successful solo business. Register for free here.

  • SevenRooms is a Resy competitor that tracks diner’s spending and habits in realtime to boost restaurant loyalty and sales (Eater)

  • Waiting for the day I’m famous enough to get a hit piece. In a total unexpected turn of events, looks like Andrew Huberman sleeps with a lot of women (Intelligencer)

  • Still waiting on DraftKings to pay out on my Jontay Porter under bet. He definitely didn’t DM me to make that bet because he’s definitely not gambling on himself (ESPN)

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