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August 18th, 2021

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It's August 18th, 2021

Dear readers,

Happy 33rd Wednesday of the year! This past week I was lucky enough to spend some time in Colorado.

One of the days, I grabbed my Oliver Charles sweater and set out into the wilderness in search of some clarity on how to grow this newsletter.

More on what happened in my update. 

Let's get into it!

  • The Lake Mead Water Shortage
  • The Census Data is Here
  • Disney+ is Growing Fast
  • The Fall of Afghanistan
  • Oliver Charles Update

The Lake Mead Water Shortage

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Talking Points:

  • For the first time in history, officials declared a federal water shortage as Lake Mead dropped to 40% below capacity, putting farmers in the Southwest in a tough spot. One might assume golf courses in Las Vegas would go first, but I digress.
  • Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States and was created by damning the Colorado River. Its waters feed 25 million people in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas.
  • Scientists have found that the Southwest is locked in the grip of the first climate change-caused megadrought seen in the past 1,200 years.
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The Census Data is Here

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Talking Points:

  • Every ten years, the US government does its best to count everyone in the country. This data is then used for a bazillion different things. Most importantly, it determines the number of seats in Congress.
  • The key takeaway? The US is becoming more diverse. The population of people that identify as white in the US dropped by 8.6% to 57.8%. At the same time, the multiracial (people that identify as mixed-race) population grew by a whopping 276%.
  • Rural parts of the US saw the most significant decline in population, with 86.3% of Americans now living in metropolitan areas of more than 50,000 people.
Check out the data >>

Disney+ is Catching up With Netflix

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Talking Points:

  • Disney released its earnings last week, beating expectations. The rapid and unexpected growth of Disney+ really stood out. The company now has 116 million subscribers.
  • Disney initially projected that the streaming service would hit between 60 million to 90 million subscribers by 2024. If you include ESPN and Hulu, they already have a whopping 174 million subscribers. Netflix has 209 million.
  • That means in under two years, Disney has essentially accomplished what took Netflix 14 years. Just goes to show how important content is...
Disney+ vs. Netflix >>

The Taliban Takes Afghanistan

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Talking Points:

  • On Sunday evening, Kabul was officially captured by the Taliban, ending a 20-year effort by the US to establish a democratic government in the country. Here are some things you might not know.
  • The Taliban is considered one of the world's biggest cartels. They supply 84% of all the world's opium. In March of 2020, the Taliban was bringing in more than $1.6 billion in drug money a year.
  • The second way the Taliban is able to fund operations is mining. There's nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan.
How the Taliban makes money >>

Stick To What You Know Best

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Oliver Charles update

So I grabbed my sweater and set off in search of some enlightenment. As I wandered aimlessly through the Rocky Mountain wilderness, I thought about various growth hacks, a multi-channel approach, and even some gorilla marketing.

I was buzzing with ideas when I looked up and realized I was extremely lost. I had been so focused on the future that I forgot about the present.

That's when it hit me I need to focus on what I know. Memes. All the is hacky nonsense is meaningless if the content is subpar. 

Until next time, keep building 💪.

Best, Tobias
CMO @ Oliver Charles
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