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On Spring Skies and Being Present

As we approach May (already?), hopefully you've had some time to go outside and bathe in the warm weather. These days, I've taken to notice just how much the sky influences the way I feel. Seeing the expansive clear blueness of the sky adds a beat to my steps and makes me want to snap a photo every time I leave the house. The change in season also seems to provide more hours in a day - time to not just do, but to be.

Have you taken the time to step out, look up and be present?

We've all probably had moments in our life when we came face to face with the vastness of nature - whether its a starlit sky, the horizon out in the ocean, or the view from high atop a mountain - and were overcome with a reassuring sense of our infinitesimal smallness. It's quite possible to recreate that feeling by just looking up at the open expanse of the spring sky too. We're able to forget the little inconveniences of life even just for a moment, and in a sobering way, realise that life is too beautiful to not appreciate the present moment.

Big Bold Changes

Apple takes the cherry on top

Have you watched The Social Dilemma yet? How much money have you made for companies like Facebook over lockdown? I've had to use Hold just to keep myself off from these apps, but all of that is about to change.

In their latest iOS update, Apple gives the user permission to bluntly restrict data collection. Previously, apps could collect data about app usage and location to create a user profile with targeted ads. What does the shift imply for the social media industry? Will they be forced to look into a new revenue model? Apple can kick back and relax with apps probably using app subscription fees with a scrumptious service charge from the tech giant.
Read the full article on FT

Start-ups on a Social Mission

Marvel at your own design

Marvel is an online platform that aims to democratise design. With a highly intuitive user interface, you can easily create high-quality designs or prototypes, test your product with users and collaborate with other people on the platform. Whether it's for school projects, an app you're designing, or just for fun, you can use it for any occasion. Companies like Cabify and Monzo have used Marvel to scale their design. You can do it too.
Get creative!

Raise a TOAST for this Bread-to-Beer innovation

TOAST is a company that aims to minimize food waste. One third of all food produced gets wasted, and in developing countries like the UK, stale or old bread is commonly binned. The solution? To use surplus bread to replace virgin barley in the beer making process and reduce environmental impacts (CO2 emissions, land and water usage). Good for the environment, and good for any beer-lovers out there. A perfect win-win solution!
Get 10% off your beer!

Noteworthy News from our Network

Bring goals within reach - GripAble

GripAble is a start-up working to digitise upper arm rehabilitation for patients with arm weakness. Arm weakness can be caused by a range of conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders or brain damage, such as stroke, and it affects over 5 million people in the UK alone. The team recently raised £1.6 million as part of their pre-Series A funding round.
Read more about their journey here!

Moonshot Launches a Medium Account!

Have you heard of Medium? We introduced them in one of our previous newsletters. It's an online public journalism platform where anyone can write articles about anything! Moonshot has recently launched our own account on Medium where we'll be posting musings (like the ones at the start of our newsletters), interviews, thought-provoking content and more. 
Check out Moonshot's Medium
Quote of the week

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

Alice Morse Earle / Master Wu Gui 

Our team recommendations

Monami Miyamoto (Co-Editor) 
Film: Soul
Soul is a Disney film that came out in 2020, and before you write it off because it's a cartoon or because it seems childish, I'd urge you to give it a chance. The plot revolves around a New York based Jazz pianist who ends up in a strange universe between life and death, where he is forced to confront his inner demons, re-examine his beliefs and values, and eventually discover what it means to live a life of purpose. It's an artistic piece of film that offers a glimpse into existential philosophy without it feeling overly heavy on the brain, and is definitely one of those films that leaves you thinking. Would highly recommend!
Akshit Goel (Co-Editor)
This 3-time Oscar-winning film is a great watch! It features a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. For years, Fern called Empire, Nevada, home. She and her husband, Bo, lived there for decades, working at the local gypsum plant and making a life together. But then Fern’s husband died and the plant closed down and she sells her house to buy a van, searching for another home. Both lyrical and earthy, Nomadland strikes a chord, forcing audiences to consider what they value…and what they should. 
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