“When the brain’s default mode network yields incredible and useful insight, allows us to process higher-level, abstract information including social, emotional, and moral implications, helps us learn about ourselves, and derive meaning from our experiences — it’s hard to justify why we should so readily trade all this away for a bursting calendar, another round of Candy Crush, or electric shocks.”—via Why Curbing Your Fear of Being Alone Leads to Better Thinking (via idonethis)
A couple summers ago, I read a book a day. I’d heard when President Bill Clinton was in office, he read two books a day. I didn’t know if it were true or not, but I loved this idea. I was not President and not even that important, so I could certainly read one book a day. So it began.
“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’”—Toni Morrison (via medievalpoc)
“All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.”—Chuck Close (via bashford)
I’ve been thinking about voting systems and how they could be improved. One aspect of our voting system that has always made me uncomfortable is the opacity of the process: once I submit a ballot, I’m putting my trust in an agency contracted by the government to correctly tally my vote.
“I think establishing a culture of inclusion is more important than some of us getting to enjoy playing with new technology $X, while on a moon bounce, listening to a speaker who sold their company for $Y million dollars. Please do not lose sight of the root of what makes hackathons great, powerful, and positive: they can (and should) be a place where anyone can learn, collaborate and build the solutions to problems.”—
Every now and again I hear different departments or roles being described as support roles. Customer service, administrative, assistant, roles are just a few that are commonly thought of as support roles.
I hear people both in and out of those roles describe their roles as support roles.
"As an employee if you’re not supporting the organization, the business, or the customers you have no business being an employee."
In an interview with the german professor Byung-Chul Han and the german newspaper Zeit (he normally refuses interviews) , Han criticises among other things, the academic activities and the way it produces knowledge. According to his dystopian thoughts, science in general can be coined as…
Great thoughts by Minh. Do we ever ask ourselves why?
“Maybe the trick in the end is to stop searching for answers “out there.” Real answers—the ones that propel us to do the next thing confidently, the ones that allow us to feel like we are “on track” even if the world tends not to agree—are not obtained through listening to others or scanning through data alone. They are synthesized. Part of this comes from what you’re able to sense from users, from advisors, from the market. The rest comes from what you believe.”—Some excellent thoughts from Tina. Read the whole thing: On track
“Creativity is a great adventure. We must approach it through the eyes of a child, with hope, excitement, ideas bubbling to the surface, feelings expressed in colors and brushstrokes. It is this mindset that allows us try new things and the freedom to explore. There are no walls and no boundaries in creative expression. We invite the inner critic to come to the table only after we are done playing.”—adventures in art
“Let’s say it’s a vocal minority that’s not representative of most people. Most people, from indies to industry leaders, are mortified, furious, disheartened at the direction industry conversation has taken in the past few weeks. It’s not like there are reputable outlets publishing rational articles in favor of the trolls’ ‘side’. Don’t give press to the harassers. Don’t blame an entire industry for a few bad apples.
Yet disclaiming liability is clearly no help. Game websites with huge community hubs whose fans are often associated with blunt Twitter hate mobs sort of shrug, they say things like ‘we delete the really bad stuff, what else can we do’ and ‘those people don’t represent our community’ — but actually, those people do represent your community. That’s what your community is known for, whether you like it or not.
During these 11 weeks, I probably edited 1-2 lines of HTML, but in general, I built Kollecto without an ounce of code.
Instead, I’ve built my business using:
30% Strikingly- my favorite website builder. I use it for artkollecto.com & galleries.artkollecto.com
30% Typeform- a free online survey & form builder (that looks pretty damn good). I use it to 1) build taste profiles for each of my clients, 2) to onboard artists & galleries & 3) to show art to clients in an innovative way
30% Email- My Advisors communicate with clients & galleries via email. I created a email@example.com email address, which gets cc’d on all advisor-client interactions. This allows me to gather qualitative feedback from clients, cull best-practices from Advisors, & schedule war-rooms with Advisors when something in the customer experience is not right.
4% Plasso + Stripe- I use Plasso to create customized monthly payment plan pages for each of my clients.
3% Paypal- to send money to artists & galleries.
3% VLine- A video chat solution where neither party has to download a plug-in. I started Kollecto assuming most people would want to chat with their Advisor, but I was wrong about that. Most people want to communicate via email so I’m phasing out my use of VLine.
When I started Kollecto, I envisioned a tech-heavy platform for matching first-time collectors with an art advisor. I’m so glad I didn’t start writing code for that… (turns out that first-time collectors don’t really care who their art advisor is as long as he/she can find them cool stuff).
Spending 0% time on coding and 100% of time learning what my customers want has been really rewarding & successful.
There’s a lot you can do today as a non-technical founder to launch, test, and learn without writing a line of code.
“Endings are what life cheats us of. As long as a sense of the ending hovers, the story goes on. We close the book, leave the theatre, shut off the screen, and return to the world, bewildered, maybe, but still breathing.”—Adam Gopnik on an anatomy of endings. (via newyorker)
When we try to write about Women in Product management, we don’t celebrate. Instead, we couch it as “women don’t feel comfortable going into pure technology.” We emphasize that “the role is full of soft skills.” We discuss how it’s “non-threatening,” for developers to have female PMs. Then we assert that “pure technologists are the ones with all the respect.”
Product Management isn’t just lady-person “soft skills.” No Product Manager would describe herself — or himself! — that way. Within the discipline, we portray things in a much more masculine manner. We talk about leadership without management authority, negotiation, and execution. Due to that, women work even harder at a lot of the nuances of PM than their male peers do.
If you think about most of the media’s current discussions about women in management, they also apply to the PM role. If you’re assertive about what we need to build, are you bitchy? If you react strongly to a proposed feature cut, are you emotional or passionate? It’s a precarious balance. During my career, I’ve gotten feedback that comparable male peers didn’t get. In no way is being a woman Product Manager easy.
“Underdogs are not popular because we are underdogs. Underdogs have to fight for everything. Underdogs have to fight to be heard, to be seen, to be respected. Of course we don’t want to think that we’re them. We want to think we’re winners, that we sit at the special table (you can’t sit with us), that we’re better than everyone else, but what are you winning? What did you win? Sh*t, what are you even playing, dog?”—hyuninc (via brycedotvc)