Yury Molodtsov

COO and Partner @ MA Family where we run communications for tech startups and VC firms. Before that I was an Investor @ Day One Ventures.

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Mailbrew: Get Personalized Email Digests of News and Content

Mailbrew is the only app that allows you to receive news and content from the web in the form of regular digests. The idea behind it is to avoid the anxiety and guilt caused by endless feeds in social apps by doing bulk delivery of content at a pre-defined time throughout the day. If you commit to it you don’t just open the email, Twitter, a news app, and YouTube throughout the day to check if there’s something new – you know it will just come to you.

Read More March 16, 2021

Why You've Dropped Your Task Manager

I’ve always been one of the people who religiously lives by their task manager – I can’t survive without one. That’s why I’m always surprised when I talk to people who actually get by. For a lot of people task managers only cause anxiety and end up abandoned and forgotten. What if I told you that you were just using it wrong?

Read More March 3, 2021

Feedbin: One App to Consume All News

It’s one thing to read a lot of content, it’s another to spend hours jumping between apps trying to get a dopamine hit and then getting caught in them. You open an email client to read some great newsletter (and a lot of good authors only send out newsletters without a corresponding blog), begin to think about work, start reading some marketing emails, then go to Twitter which always tries to put out some tweets you missed. That can go for hours. And every news website out there wants you to install their own app and put it right on the first home screen.

Read More February 19, 2021

Why Apple Has to Allow Sideloading

I think the lack of sideloading has been a tremendous advantage for iOS and Apple’s ecosystem overall. I also think Apple should open it up.

Read More February 8, 2021

Browsers Are Outdated And Somebody Has To Do Something

Our browsers are astoundingly outdated and their developers seem to be oblivious to that. We went from basic HTML pages sprinkled with a little bit of Javascript to running full-scale applications like Figma or Descript yet browsers have practically the same UI as they had ten years ago.

Read More December 13, 2020

A Controversial Opinion: Online Ads Are Good

One of my most controversial opinions is that online ads are actually great for the society and the public narrative shifting to paid subscription software, services and content might prevent a lot of people from accessing them in the first place.

Read More December 8, 2020

There Is An Empty Space In Team Productivity

In all the teams I worked, we used different tools for project management: from Asana to Notion and Todoist Business. I’ve also looked at Monday, Trello, Flow, Taskade, and others. Still, none of them can match a personal task manager.

Read More October 15, 2020

How to Write Helpful Investor Updates

Investor updates are a great tool that allows you to build a sense of connection and show your momentum to the current and prospective investors. But most people don’t know how to write an update that would actually help them.

Read More October 1, 2020

A Comparative Review of iOS Browsers

iOS 14 has finally added an option to set the default browser. But the limitations iOS still imposes and these browsers’ own shortfalls will still lead people to Safari.

Read More September 19, 2020

There's No Such Thing As Crisis PR

Just like a lot of other areas, external communications shouldn’t exist on their own. PR is a part of the overall firm’s strategy and vision. The only way to be properly heard is to be authentic.

Read More September 13, 2020