My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week.
I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you to check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from an online source or one that I took out there on the road.
SavvyCal– Most scheduling tools put the burden on the recipient. SavvyCal makes it easy for both parties to find the best time to meet—in an instant.
OpenAI – Creates images from text captions for a wide range of concepts expressible in natural language.
Swipe Files – Swipe Files is a curated library of marketing and copywriting examples with detailed breakdowns of what makes them great. Landing pages, ads, emails, and more.
These are my weekend favs, I would love to hear about some of yours – Tweet me @ducttape
Without PayPal, there may not have been Palantir. Or YouTube. Or SpaceX, LinkedIn, and Yelp.
The payments company – launched as Confinity in 1998 by Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, and Luke Nosek – grew to become a Silicon Valley giant. It was acquired by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion in a deal that altered Silicon Valley history and helped spawn the careers of some of tech’s most famous names.
Affirm was launched by Max Levchin, a PayPal cofounder.
When it was founded: 2013
What it does: Affirm offers instant lines of credit to customers shopping online, allowing them to buy a product and pay for it over time. The company raised a $500 million Series G round last month.
How it’s related to PayPal: Affirm is the brainchild of Max Levchin, one of the original PayPal founders. The company launched out of Levchin’s startup incubator, HVF — Levchin took over as CEO in 2014.
Levchin founded the company along with a team that includes Nathan Gettings, who also cofounded Palantir.
Fertility tracking company Glow was also born out of Levchin’s startup incubator.
When it was founded: 2013
What it does: Glow makes a family of apps that use data science to help track periods, ovulation, fertility, pregnancy, and children’s’ growth.
How it’s related to PayPal: Glow was also founded in Levchin’s HVF startup incubator, and Levchin now serves as executive chairman.
YouTube’s founders worked together at PayPal during the early days.
When it was founded: 2005
What it does: YouTube is a platform for hosting and sharing videos. It was sold to Google in November 2006.
How it’s related to PayPal: Founders Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim were all early employees at PayPal.
When PayPal sold to eBay for $1.5 billion, it sparked a “healthy competition” among the company’s alumni, early YouTube investor Roelof Botha told Business Insider earlier this year. When it came time for YouTube to sell, the team intentionally chose a price of $1.65 billion — 10% more than what eBay sold for.
Elon Musk founded SpaceX after working at PayPal.
When it was founded: 2002
What it does: The goal of SpaceX, short for Space Exploration Technologies, is to make space flight cheaper and eventually colonize Mars.
How it’s related to PayPal: In 1999, Musk launched an online banking company called X.com. That company merged with Thiel’s Confinity in 2000, then became PayPal in 2001. Musk was briefly PayPal CEO before being replaced by Thiel. But when PayPal sold, Musk netted $165 million from the deal, which he used to start SpaceX.
Musk was an early investor in and cofounder of Tesla.
When it was founded: 2003
What it does: Tesla manufactures electric vehicles, batteries, and solar panels.
How it’s related to PayPal: Musk was an early Tesla investor and cofounder. He became CEO in 2008.
Musk launched The Boring Company after becoming irritated by Los Angeles traffic.
When it was founded: 2016
What it does: The Boring Company builds underground tunnels with the intention of housing high-speed transit systems to reduce traffic in cities.