Daily Briefing: June 28

The stat, the quote, and the read you need to start your day off right.

Stat

Mars, the privately held colossal that is known for its chocolate and pet food, had annual sales of nearly $45 billion last year. In other word, it made more money than Coca-Cola (and Nestle, Unilever, and Mondelez). The secret ingredient to growth appears to be the pet unit: after spending billions on extending it, about half of the company's 140.000 workers are employed in its vet sector.

Quote

“I’m looking for a music venue that won’t cave when there’s backlash.”

After several events in Brooklyn, Chicago, and Hamden, CT, canceled their engagements due to safety concerns, John Hinckley Jr. is attempting to book a gig.

Hinckley spent more than three decades in a psychiatric institution and a few years on conditional release after attempting to kill US President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Since he left the hospital, the 67-year-old has been releasing music anonymously, but a judge ruled in 2018 that he could do so again under his own name. He was granted unconditional freedom earlier this month.

Read

Notes on Austin, TX. (David Perell)

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