The problem: it’s really tedious and stressful to text a bunch of friends, to see who’s free or has a plan, to coordinate with them, and to update as plans evolve. We’re swimming in a sea of social messaging apps trying to solve this, but nothing has hit the mark yet. As the number of social messaging apps rise, we’re actually becoming more dependent — not less — on texting for social communication. Most people still default to texting because there’s simply nothing better.

Introducing Free

Spend more time with people you like.

A few years ago, I found myself unexpectedly free on a long weekend. Most people I…


Does this app make my phone a wand?

Here’s a way to classify some of the best apps today: they let you manipulate the world around you with a few taps. That is, they transform your phone into a magic wand. Here’s what I mean:

  • Uber: touch your phone, a car shows up and takes you wherever you want to go.
  • WillCall: touch your phone, skip the line at a concert and get in.
  • Tinder: touch your phone, meet up with someone you’re attracted to (who’s also into you!)
  • Square Wallet: touch your phone (optional), say your name, the coffee you just ordered is yours.
  • HotelTonight: touch your…

MJ Dotting so hard

60% of the time, it works every time.

My current high score in Dots is nowhere near the global leaderboard (respect to Ben Cherry for going hard in the paint), but it’s high enough (663) to get a few requests a day for a tutorial. Writing one seems like an easy and gentle way to pop my Medium cherry, so here are 3 of my learnings to help up your score and hopefully have you racking up more dots than A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

#1: ABCD (Always Be Closing Dots)

Danny Trinh

Indomitable positivity.

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