Nathan Barry

When the biggest companies in the world compete with you

published3 months ago
2 min read

Hi Reader,

It can be scary when some of the biggest companies in the world come to compete with you directly.

In 2021, Facebook launched Bulletin (a newsletter subscription service), and earlier that year, Twitter acquired Revue (another newsletter startup).

Both are shutting down less than two years later.

Bulletin is going away “early" this year, and Revue users only have another week to retrieve their data before it’s deleted.

Both tech giants were jumping on what they saw as a trend.

But ConvertKit isn’t just here to make a quick buck. It’s more than a trend for us, it’s a mission.

Jumping on fads makes it unlikely you’ll last. Trends come and go, and you can’t control them. What matters, and what you can control, is consistent effort over time.

If your reason for doing something is because it seemed like what everyone else was doing at the time, that’s a pretty fragile reason. It’s not going to be enough to get you through the difficult times.

What is your ultimate mission?

Take advantage of trends, but don’t chase them.

Establish deeper reasons for why you do what you do, and keep going.


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In a detailed post, he breaks down how he was able to do this:

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How Drug Cartels Infiltrated Global Shipping

Most people don’t think about the journey the goods they purchase take, but much of what we buy arrives by way of container ships.

These container ships aren’t just used by consumer goods companies but also cartels.

With the help of cartel-run crews, drugs are smuggled onto container ships every day. Because of limited resources, only 1.5% of the containers are thoroughly inspected, which means most of the drugs make it through.

When officials found $1 billion worth of cocaine onboard a single container ship, it kicked off a fight between the US and the world's largest shipping carrier over drug trafficking.

This Bloomberg video provides a unique look into the logistics of the whole operation:

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Have a good week!