What You Need to Know Today: January 22

Good afternoon, Early Risers!

Here’s what you need to know


The guy who brought you The Jinx created a new storytelling app. People are desperate to tell their story. Not because they want to be famous, but because they want to be known for who they are, says Andre Jarecki, Emmy Award-winner of the docu-series The Jinx. Jarecki’s latest project is called KnowMe — an app he created so users can stitch together photos, videos, music, and voiceovers to create a short, 3-minute max., video. What’s fascinating about KnowMe is how it was originally branded — “the quickest way to make videos.” After holding a focus group with 20-somethings, Jarecki realized the potential for his app and what was missing.

Facebook “likes” to fight terror — LOLWhat is Sheryl Sandberg saying???

+ Meet the parents. Facebook just ran a huge study looking at the behaviors of parents on its platform. The findings show that Facebook parents spend 1.3 times more time on mobile than non-parent users. Which explains why your News Feed is constantly blowing up with baby pics… Full study results.


When your boss expects you to work through the apocalypse. “Overstock’s CEO Patrick Byrne believes that the next few years hold a 10 to 20% chance of a financial collapse. So he did what any reasonable, rational businessman would do. He stashed away $10 million in gold and silver as well as a few thousand emergency prep kits. These kits have enough food rations to feed his 2,000 employees and their families for 30 to 60 days,” says CelebrityNetWorth. “Byrne also installed a Bitcoin ATM at Overstock’s headquarters. Byrne is a big believer in this emerging alternative currency.” Read more about Byrne and Overstock here. Note: Overstock is hiring in Salt Lake City.

How Greatist will become a top player in health and wellnessGreatist  turned a profit last year for the first time in five years. What separates Greatist from other health and wellness publications online is its low-output, high-quality content. On Tuesday, Greatist raised $4.5 million in Series A funding to help grow the business. Derek Flanzraich the CEO made some interesting points regarding scaling of the company and the role traditional advertising will play. Full story.

Meet the 17-year-old making $30,000 a month online. When Temper Thompson was in eighth grade he decided he did not want to ask his parents for money or get a job working in fast food. So instead, he taught himself digital marketing. Here’s what happened.


The Aussie who changed the sport of tennis forever. “The 34-year-old Australian’s biggest contribution to the sport, though, was something far greater. Lleyton Hewitt unlocked a new way to play tennis, one that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have since perfected,” says The Wall Street JournalC’mon! and read this.

How to become a 90-year-old Reddit guru. “I Am 90 Years Old – An officer during WWII, a retired educator, and more engaged with society today than I’ve ever been before. AMA!” This is a really cool story.

Weather Warning: If you’re traveling today, here’s your airport survival guide.


Why We Love #TBT

There’s a scientific reason why we love “the good old days” aka Throwback Thursdays.

Warwick Business School has the answer.

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