What You Need to Know Today: June 23

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Here’s what you need to know today


Flying nightmares. “To appreciate how crazy the airline fare-shopping game has become, you have to go back to the 1960s and ’70s.” (Bloomberg). Airline fares in the ‘60s and ‘70s were all set by the federal government, and thus were consistent across the board. If you’re planning summer travel I’m sure you can relate to the rage consumers feel. But for small to medium-size business travelers a new flat-rate unlimited flying service OneGo, could remove some of the fare-shopping stress.

“I wouldn’t wear an Apple Watch on my wrist,” says American fashion designer and film director Tom Ford. “But I wear it on a fob.” Ford was spotted rocking an Apple Watch attached to a silver chain at his London Collections. Negating most of the watches health functionalities, which require skin contact, we’ll see if Ford’s fashion spinoff sparks any non-wearable pocket-sized tech less cumbersome than current smartphones and tablets.


This party animal lives off endorsements. “To this day, I still haven’t touched one dime of my signing bonus or NFL contract money. I live off my marketing money and haven’t blown it on any big-money expensive cars, expensive jewelry or tattoos and still wear my favorite pair of jeans from high school,” says New England Patriots tight-end and Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski. Gronk’s made just over $16.3 million since signing with the Patriots and he’s managed to save it all. Since we don’t all have endorsement deals with BodyArmour, Super Drink, and Dunkin’ Donuts to pay our bills, here’s how to calculate if you can retire off your investments interest.

Solving a common problem. Imagine getting an email from Google saying, ““Why are you doing this stuff on your own? Why don’t you do this with us?” For 18 year old Larry Gadea this is what happened and would eventually lead to a summer internship at the company. Gadea’s story is remarkable and his new company, that solves a common problem most brick and mortars face, announced today it raised $15 million in funding and already signed up Tesla, Airbnb, Pandora, and GoPro for its services.

Personal Development

Bad Boy for life. In one of the most bizarre stories today, rapper and entrepreneur, Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested for assault with a Kettlebell. TMZ is reporting the arrest followed a fight between Diddy and UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. Thankfully, Diddy’s KB swing caused no harm (he wasn’t using Chris Lopez’s explosive hike-hinge-root-float technique). But the rapper is in hot water, charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and making terrorist threats.

8 things to do before 8 AM. “Indecision is a bad decision,” writes Benjamin Hardy. Living life on your terms is doable and Hardy wrote a list of eight things successful people do to conquer the chaos of busy days.

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