If you are going to use Venmo, only use Venmo with friends. It is not a secure, safe, or trustworthy payment provider. They aren’t even trying to be.

I sold my Mac Pro on Craigslist and got paid via Venmo. Venmo says I was paid. I give the thief my Mac Pro. Then Venmo reverses the money. $2000. Gone. Their response: “I’m sorry that we cannot be of further assistance with this matter.”

You know, if somebody gives you a fake check, you get investigated by the FBI… this is basically equivalent, except Venmo is considered an accomplice in this…


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As promised, here’s my postmortem of waking up early at 5am for 5 months.

The Myth; I’m not a morning person…

There's a lot of controversy on this topic. According to plenty of opinions on the interwebz some humans are simply not morning people. I find this misleading. I don’t think anyone is a morning person, but, I am of the opinion that everyone can be if they wanted to.

How do I know this? Simple. Remember that time back in grade school when you had a field trip the next day? I bet your mom didn’t need to drag you out of bed compared to regular…


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Been waking up for the past 4 months between 6:30–7:30am. Not going to front, that shit is hard and I’m still struggling with it.

Most of the dilemma isn’t from not getting enough sleep, since I tend to be in bed by a reasonable hour. It’s all in my head. Even after 4 months, waking up at 7ish still feels unnatural — I mean who would blame me, I did 4 years of the startup grind burning the midnight oil, working till 3am, and walking into the office the next day at 12pm. …


As a designer I have always been critical about my work. It’s perhaps the reason I have a hard time trying new things — I’m scared it wont be perfect. I’m scared to fail.

Two months ago I started learning how to prototype. I even started learning about everything I was initially scared of. That includes FramerJS, some bits and pieces of coffescript / javascript, motion graphics (after effects), frontend development (html, css, flexbox etc.), and even miscellaneous productivity tools. Heck, I was learning about almost anything I could use to better manage my everyday workflow.

Today I hit a…


I apologize ahead of time, I wrote this post in a hurry…

Today was just like every ordinary Monday, I got to my desk, checked my email, looked at some eye candy on Dribbble, and poked around Product Hunt for a bit.

While browsing Product Hunt, I noticed Matt Mazzeo was having a live AMA so I quickly hopped on to listen in. …


My 2015 New Years Resolution.

Everyday of our lives we wake up to face the challenges that lie before us, sometimes we make progress, sometimes we have set backs but overall we try to keep pushing forward one day at a time.

As we get older things get trickier in my opinion, and its not because the problems themselves necessarily get harder, we just have more mental debt. The longer you live the wiser you get, but you don’t get wiser from simply existing, rather the events you go thru. …

Didi Medina

Business-minded Product Designer, specializing in bringing new technology products to market.

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