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Somewhat Frank

Feb 18, 2020

On this episode of the Somewhat podcast, Frank Gruber and co-host John Guidos talk about their quest for better health and longevity.

Frank and John discuss some of the thing happening in his network as well his recent readings and upcoming events. The discussion was loosely based on the latest newsletter which is shared below.

Celebrating (People In My Network)
—Katie Stanton for launching Moxie Ventures a $25M Fund to invest in startups.
—Trey Bowles launches InnoCity Partners a boutique consulting firm focused on smart city programs.
—Rami Essaid has raised $2M in funding for his next company.
—Shama Hyder has raised $5M in funding for their restaurant POS startup OneDine.
—Laurie Segall has been named a correspondent for the new 60 Minutes Quibi program 60 IN 6.
—Finally, next weekend I’ll be celebrating the life of my stepdad, who recently passed away. I’ll miss him greatly.

You’re Invited
I’ll be headed back to Austin, Texas in March for South by Southwest (SXSW) for the 12th year in a row and we’ll be hosting a number of events at our house for the 10th year in a row at the Established House of Startups and Innovations on Saturday, March 14, 2020. If you’re looking to do something special for your company at SXSW, we still have some opportunities to get involved as sponsors or with some unique customized experiences. I invite you to join me at our events – RSVP.

Mindfulness is becoming more mainstream and could be just what people need.
Can Mindfulness Evolve From Wellness Pursuit to Medical Treatment?

How AIM was the original social network.
AIM was the killer app of 1997. It’s still shaping the internet today

Confirmed. Working out makes you healthier.
The Workout Drug

Finally, this internet thing might catch on.
Gary Larson might be the longest internet holdout in history, god love him

Fasting slows death.
Eating in a 6-hour window and fasting for 18 hours might help you live longer

Scooters are everywhere but cities are not ready.
I rode an electric scooter from every company operating in LA, and saw exactly why American cities aren’t ready for them

Evidence of what can happen in a decade.
A Decade of Urban Transformation Seen From Above

Vegas connected by a tunnel?
Elon Musk says Boring Co’s Vegas tunnel will ‘hopefully’ be operational in 2020

Dogs are more than just our best friends.
Dogs experience pain in a uniquely human way, study reports

One more thing about dogs.
Dogs poop in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field, study finds 

And humans are trying to innovate so you don’t go as long.
The corporate poo patrol is coming after your precious toilet time

There’s now an app for coronavirus.
This app has all the up-to-date information you need to know about the Wuhan coronavirus

I just wrapped up reading the book Ninety Percent Mental by Bob Tewksbury a former All-Star MLB pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, St Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and currently a mental coach for the Chicago Cubs. The lessons in the book can be applied to baseball, business, and everyday life. Oh, and there are only 9 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, not that I was counting.

I just finished up Mr. Robot’s final season and it’s a good one. It really makes you think and now I feel like I have to go back and rewatch the whole series to understand it better.

I’m enjoying the new album Circles by the late Mac Miller. You might like the podcast interviews I did with Steve Case, Mark Cuban, and Tim Draper regarding “what they look for in a startup they invest in.” Additionally, I really enjoyed talking with Sarah Kunst, a venture capitalist who just raised a fund for her firm Cleo Capital, in the recent podcast.

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