Nuggies: Content is King

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Welcome to the thirty-seventh edition of Nuggies, an email newsletter that aggregates articles and commentary on business, economics, startups, and more, in bite-sized nuggets sent right to your email weekly. Created by and for college students.

Our quote of the week comes from Napster founder and former Facebook President Sean Parker, “Running a start-up is like eating glass. You just start to like the taste of your own blood.”

This Week’s Articles:

Spotify CEO Daniel EK Explains How the Company Plans to Help Artists (and Itself) Make Money, The Verge

Spotify is quickly transforming itself from a music streaming company to an audio company leading the charge on the creator economy. The company is heavily investing in podcasts, both creating their own and acquiring existing content.

CEO Daniel Ek envisions a three part revenue model in which the company makes money from subscriptions revenues, podcast ads, and direct monetization for creators. To get there, Ek is thinking long-term and investing in creators.

Read it here

The Four Basic Truths of Macroeconomics, Tyler Cowen

Economist Tyler Cowen offers a simple overview of macroeconomics, detailing what he views are the consensus principles of the field as well as things top economists do not know for certain. It’s a great read if you’re looking for an approachable overview of macro.

Read it here

‘The Office’: Peacock, TVOD, Netflix, Antenna

The Office has many fans, but Peacock executives may be some of the biggest. The show drove 3.9x more signups to Peacock compared to the average December weekend after it left Netflix for Peacock. This article offers an interesting perspective into the power of high-demand content.

Read it here

This Week’s Tweets:

This Week’s Wildcard (an extra, interesting nugget):

Space is quickly becoming commercial, and if you need proof, Bessemer Venture Partners put together a market map of key players trying to make it to the final frontier.

This Week’s Question:

How much would you pay for a streaming service that only had “The Office”?

What are we listening to this week?:

This week, we’re celebrating the return on Bobby Shmurda with his debut EP “Shmurda She Wrote.”

Thank you for reading! Nuggies is created by Thomas Pero and Spencer Koehl, two undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame.

If this was forwarded to you, please subscribe here:

If you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us at and, or on twitter, @tpero_ and @spencerkoehl

While this is a labor of love, if you would like to support our efforts please share this with friends and on social media. 

Share Nuggies