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Hi, nice to meet you!

My name is Jonas, I'm the new editor of the Slice. Born and raised in The Netherlands, and spent my professional career in Amsterdam, Berlin and Dublin. I work in Tech in growth and product roles with both startups and big tech (prev eBay & Facebook and currently at Snap).

I have a big passion for side projects. Last year I founded Duuce a marketplace for buying and selling newsletters and did tons of other tiny (unsuccessful) ones…Fun fact, I paid for my wedding through a side project (built a comparison tool for buying iPhones).

The passion for side projects comes from my love for ideas. I find inspiration in new products, tools, industry trends and founder stories. But also in music (I play guitar and piano), books and philosophy. The Slice is the perfect outlet to share this passion.

Every week I’ll try to inspire, stimulate and improve both my and your ideas for creating great things. I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much as I do. Nic has done an impressive job in building The Slice from scratch. As he wants to focus on new things I’m happy we can keep The Slice and even have Nic stay on as an advising editor.

I’m very much looking forward to connecting with you and very open to your feedback and ideas for the newsletter.

A small gift..
I've made the database with all articles that have been featured on The Slice (+165) available for you here. And the same for all featured products (+115) here.

Connect to me on twitter, would appreciate that.

Let’s dive into this week's newsletter!

p.s. I've added a new section to the newsletter: 1-2-1 interview. This week with myself, next week with someone else!
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This weeks catches ?
Here are some dope tools that I discovered this week.


Fusion shows how your users interact with your web based products eg: page-views, button clicks, form submissions etc.


Quabbly is a platform that any type of business or team can use to create internal applications to manage and automate their operations. No-Coding Required


MailRefine is a free email verification tool lets you validate if an email address is valid, duly formatted, and exists.


TableBase is a spreadsheet made for applications. It allows you to connect to any frontend and promote them to a fully functional app.

Newsletters ?

My picks of dope newsletters for this week.
This weeks newsletter of the week is Brainpint, a curated newsletter with interesting reads, tools & learning resources sent out weekly to make you smarter. For curious, intelligent people who want to sharpen their minds.

Janel is quite the player in the creator economy and is definitely one of those people that you should be following on twitter if you want to get actionable and consistent signal. Not to mention her newsletter is right up with greats in the newsletter game. 

Interesting reads  ?

There's a lot of crap on the internet, here's a gem or two.
How 12th-century Genoese merchants invented the idea of risk.
Lately, we have all become risk assessment and risk management experts, thinking, talking and Tweeting about the chances we take when we engage in once-mundane activities.

It’s hard to imagine doing without risk: the analytical instrument we use to calculate the advisability of undertakings that can result in gain or loss. Yet when the word risk entered the languages of western Europe during the 12th century (at roughly the same time as other words used to jigger the scales of Fortune: hazard and chance), it took some time to catch on. Read More

The Real Benefits Of Staying Off Social Media. 
If you are here reading, you probably acknowledge the huge amount of time you spend each day inside the soul-sucking algorithmic online playground that now represents a large part of our overall existence.

And though you realize your dependence on social media, you still can’t quit.

I get it.

Letting go of something that consumes a good part of your life is a tough nut to crack. Read more

Key Takeaways from “Hell Yeah or No” by Derek Sivers.
Derek Sivers books are a must read, so here are some key takeaways if you're looking to get your feet wet in his work. Read more

Against Discord channels
Gone are the days of those old school Internet forums. Nowadays, it seems that Discord and Slack have taken their places, for obvious reason...because they are convenient, but most people seem to prefer the old school forums. Read more 
1-2-1 with Jonas - editor of The Slice.
1-2-1 with Jonas
1 Useful idea:
When I'm starting something new I often come to a point where I know that I have to put 100% behind it otherwise it will definitely fail. Reason is, I'll be competing with people who need to feed their family from their business income. You are not going to win from someone who has intrinsic determination and desperation because he needs to feed his family while you're half-assing it. So that's the point I stop or double down.

2 People you find inspiring:
Tom Anderson, the founder of Myspace. The thing I find impressive is that he pioneered social networking and made it a huge success. But the thing I find inspiring is that he sold it in 2005 and basically stopped working from that moment. He focused on photography and doing things he enjoys. Good reminder of a different life that you can lead. Another good example is Slomo.

Michael Palmisano, he is the founder of GuitarGate a, guitar lesson platform. He makes videos on YouTube where he reacts on other guitarists. He is so authentic and interesting. It inspires me to deliver quality by putting everything you have on the table. Don't hide a thing even if it's difficult (not there yet by a long stretch though..)

1 productivity hack that helps you the most:
Preparation is half the victory. Perpetration helps me getting into the right mindset but also provides focus and clarity on the thing I want to accomplish. The other one is using my laziness for the better and just ignore a lot of stuff. 90% goes away by itself..

Which are two persons you would you like to read a 1-2-1 from?
That would be Nic and Codie Sanchez (investment pro)
Learnings & Resources ?
Improve your twitter bio (live session).
This is kinda fun. Copywriter Neville and writer David Perell are improving Twitter Bio's on the spot. I bet yours can benefit from a few tips... Watch

As a non-coder, I'm a big fan of HTML and CSS. I'll likely never go further than using those two, but here is a classless CSS framework that allows you to make a good looking website really quickly.

By classless I mean that there are no CSS classes anywhere in the CSS or the HTML. So your website can look just like this using plain old vanilla HTML. 
Check it out
ManualTesting.dev - Manage your test results, stop struggling with spreadsheets. Give it a try and take your test management to the next level.
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