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PLUS: Your Phone is Stealing Your Focus, Bitcoin Acceptance, AI Siri

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Hey curious mind,

This Saturday’s dose to become smarter in 5 minutes:

  • The AI Growth Tactic: Free Alternatives to Top Tools in Your Tech Stack

  • The Growth Insight: Your Phone is Stealing Your Focus

  • What’s Up with Tech: Bitcoin Acceptance, AI Siri

  • Tools to Unlock Your Peak Potential

The AI Growth Tactic 🖥️

Free Alternatives to Top Tools in Your Tech Stack

Why spend $$ on tools that might have a free alternative.

These are some of the best tools you can use for FREE to 10x your revenue + boost your productivity:

Here’s the list:

Photoshop ➡ GIMP and Photopea

Adobe Premiere Pro ➡ DaVinci Resolve and Capcut

MailChimp ➡ Moosend and Gumroad

Canva Pro ➡ Adobe Express

Grammarly Pro ➡ Hemingway app online

FontSelf Maker ➡ FontSpace

Anyword ➡ Bertha AI

Your SOC 2 Compliance Checklist from Vanta

Are you building a business? Achieving SOC 2 compliance can help you win bigger deals, enter new markets and deepen trust with your customers — but it can also cost you real time and money.

Vanta automates up to 90% of the work for SOC 2 (along with other in-demand frameworks), getting you audit-ready in weeks instead of months. Save up to 400 hours and 85% of associated costs.

Download the free checklist to learn more about the SOC 2 compliance process and the road ahead. 

The Growth Insight 🌱

Your Phone is Stealing Your Focus

That little device promises the world yet robs us of so much. 

In 2000, the average human attention span was 12 seconds. By 2015 it shrunk to 8 seconds.

It’s no joke – constant digital distraction is rewiring our brains.

But we can course correct. Setting healthy boundaries, both for ourselves and our kids, helps dial down the disturbance. 

Specific tips that may help you reclaim your time:

Greyscale your phone - With no colors to grab your attention, the glitzy apps become infinitely less appealing.

Delete social media apps - Access apps through browsers only. The extra few clicks creates just enough friction.

Try dumb phones - The new ones have 4G, maps etc. but no addictive apps or endless scrolling.

No phone Sundays - Pick one day for the whole household to go device free. Play board games, visit neighbors, cook lavish meals with the reclaimed time.

Collect phones before dinner - Anyone who touches their phone does the dishes! A deterring incentive if there ever was one.

Batch digital tasks together - Checking apps? Do it back to back to avoid 12 distraction cycles.

Focus music when working - Movie soundtracks enhance concentration when struggling with distraction.

It’s not about demonizing devices. 

It’s about understanding their pull and creating space beyond them.

What’s Up with Tech? 🌐

  • Bitcoin Acceptance: In-person businesses accepting Bitcoin almost tripled in 2023

  • AI Siri: Apple is set to introduce an AI-powered Siri and other AI-powered tools at its WWDC event.

  • Bard Advanced: Google is working on Bard Advanced, a chatbot that uses Google’s most powerful Gemini Ultra model.

Tools to Unlock Your Peak Potential 🛠️

💰 Mezzi- Minimize your tax expenses effortlessly

📰 Brief- Get a custom AI-curated news digest

📄 MagicDocs- Streamline your document management with AI

💻 Postwise- Craft viral Tweets in seconds

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