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Axios CEO Jim Vandehei looks back at the 6 things he's learned in the 6 months since launching a new website for smart news consumers in a series of 7 tweets that, alas, he forgot to thread (and sorry the key emoji doesn't render).

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Truly obsess about your reader/viewer/listener. Their addiction/appreciation equals long-term biz success ... Related to first one: Never do stupid tricks for clicks OR ad dollars. Short-term high but long-term buzz kill for biz/consumers ... Truly make tech/design as important as content or sales. Great content on clunky site or w cluttered design is disservice, bad biz ... People + purpose = killer execution. Sorry: not all talent is created equal. Huge talent + great values = gold. Go all-in on this type ... If you don't with precision what your company is doing broadly and what you are doing personally, run...clarity of purpose is [key] ... The beauty/curse of today: u can build a brand faster than ever but lose your magic just as quick. play fast, scared & opportunistic

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Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.

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As Republicans lost the Senate and narrowly missed retaking the House, millions of dollars in grassroots donations were diverted to a handful of 2020 congressional campaigns challenging high-profile Democrats that, realistically, were never going to succeed.

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