Saks' Snacks | Welcome Issue
Welcome to You! What to Expect & Future Topics
Welcome to Saks’ Snacks by Adam Saks. A bi-weekly newsletter featuring the best Health Tech-related insights, developments, and updates.
What to expect:
Bi-weekly newsletters on Sunday AM’s about emerging tech trends at the intersection of health, wearables, IoT (Internet of Things), and more.
Topics and weekly musings to expect in future newsletters, and thought-provoking, longer articles I’ll be exploring in-depth.
The writings will evolve over time - I’m refining the writing as I go!
My mission: create endless “spark moments” and facilitate learning for you by distilling and sharing the latest knowledge around these topics.
You can expect 3-4 of these Health Tech categories in each newsletter!
⌚ Wearables of the Week - What’s 1 new wearable or health tech development you’ll want to know about.
🤑 Startup Scene - Which health tech startups you should care about and keep tabs on.
♾️ Longevity - Learn about biotech ventures and developments focused on ending age-related diseases. I hope to spread awareness of the upsides of developments and show how accelerating advances in biotech will radically extend healthy lifespans.
Longevity biotech represents the largest opportunity in the history of humanity. There are complex ethical and societal concerns that inevitably will rise with some of these transformative technologies. I can’t be and won’t be exhaustive on this topic, but rather aspire to thoughtfully reflect on and represent a distillation of my own thinking.
🥂 To Your health - Get briefed on the latest trends & developments within the $1.5 trillion wellness market.
📡 Raise Radar - Which ventures received funding in the last 1-2 weeks, where $$ will be flowing, and what the implications will be.
👀 Data Ownership / Privacy - With any device that stores your health (or any type) of data, it’s important to consider potential privacy issues. We’ll explore changing attitudes around data privacy, ownership, and more in a digital-first, post-pandemic world that challenged consumers’ ways of thinking about health data.
👨👩👦👦 Learnings From the community - Topics and content you requested and what I learned from engaging you brilliant folks and industry leaders.
💡 Big Ideas + Data - Some ideas will be health-tech related, such as e-textiles, ambient tech, metabolic health, sleep fitness, fertility tech, to name a few. Exploring movements at early stages.
Others will be tangential, such as NFT’s, DAO’s, existential risks, and more. Tune into Vol I to see how big we’re talkin’.
Here’s where I’ll share other weekly musings.
💥 Spark Moments of the Week - For the past 3 years, I’ve been capturing one “spark moment” from each day after adopting Matthew Dicks’ philosophy on Homework for Life. Through reflecting and documenting details of each day (even the most mundane), I’ve witnessed the beauty and power of appreciating the details of these moments.
For the first time in human existence, we have an abundance of “data and personalized AI that can enable precision well-being and real-time micro-interventions that allow us to get ahead of sickness and far ahead of catastrophic disease.” (Deloitte, Future of Digital Healthcare).
Digital Health harnesses so much power with similar attention to detail! Small nuances and micro-interventions in behaviors lead to real long-term health benefits, and I’ll be proving this to you in each letter. I’ll challenge you to reflect on what’s most notable in your week too. :)
🎙 Podcast of the Week. - my friends have urged me the past 3-4 years to share podcasts out on a larger scale. I’ll share a few listens of the week. Expect to know who’d enjoy it and most notable concepts and takeaways.
🐦 Health Tech Tweet of the Week - nuff’ said.
💬 Someone Else’s Words - A quote I’m thinking about this week.
👇 Calls to Action - I’ll ask you to share content with your amigos, share candid feedback, and let me know what sparked your interest.
Lastly, here are a few thought-provoking articles I’ll write about in-depth. The meals in between the snacks, if you will.
1️⃣ The Inactivity Crisis - how wearables, IoT, and health tech can help?
2️⃣ Gamification of Wearables & Health Tech - Market and Future to Expect
3️⃣ How Whoop Fundamentally Changed my Life
4️⃣ Wearable Landscape Overview - Considerations Before Investing in a Wearable (highly requested)
5️⃣ Accessibility of Wearables & IoT - Affordability, Scale, and Market Dynamics Needed to Make Change
6️⃣ Longevity & Life Extension: Exploring Lifespan vs. Healthspan & its Implications
7️⃣ The Psychology Behind Wearables & Decision-Making - key distinctions between leveraging data and being controlled by data
8️⃣ Spark Moments - Daily Homework Assignment and Gratitude
9️⃣ Professional Sports & Health Tech - how sports teams are using data to get an edge... but not the data you’d think
👋 Adios for now
Thanks for reading and I’m excited to have you alongside the learning journey, starting next Sunday AM! If you like Saks Snacks, please share it on social media or forward this email to someone who might enjoy it. You can also “like” this newsletter by clicking the ❤️ on the home page, which helps with visibility on Substack.
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