Hey, I'm Dan! I invest in startups at Madrona and write the DL, a weekly newsletter about tech in the Pacific Northwest

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Cool AI project - How to get free meals in NYC

Definitely a startup idea in here! Great post on how someone built an automated system to conquer Instagram and get free meals.

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Equifax's other database

Last week, someone pointed me to Work Number, which is an amazing business I had never heard about before. Work Number is a database for employment and payroll data, and customers primarily use it to verify someone’s employment.

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Great use of AI for marketing 👏

I love this marketing campaign that Ogilvy worked on for Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) - such a cool use of computer vision, Facebook data, and targeted ads. Here’s a summary of what they did:

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1% Ideas

Businesses for the 1% are great. You don’t need to sell a lot of stuff to generate a lot of revenue, and you get to sell super cool stuff - like a four day astronaut training course that ends with a trip into space.

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