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When my co-founder and I started Moo.do, our goals seemed far too ambitious for the two of us alone. We wanted to build an email client, todo list, kanban board, and calendar — all working together in one app. With real-time collaboration on all desktop and mobile platforms.

Of course, that much work would be nuts for just two people.

We were passionate about the front-end user experience, but to make our product work we would also need to build a large scalable backend. …


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Three years ago, I left San Francisco, sold and gave away everything I owned, and moved into a 40 liter backpack.

I traveled to 47 countries, went to every Disneyland in the world, saw the Aurora Borealis in Norway, skied in the French Alps, played on a Japanese island covered in bunnies, bashed people with plastic hammers at the São João festival, and saw my favorite hip hop group perform in an ancient Roman colosseum.

I also built and launched a startup.

And my monthly expenses were less than just the rent in San Francisco.

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Two years ago, I wrote that I was traveling because it’s cheaper, more productive, and better for my social life. …


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Would you use a todo list where all your tasks are created by someone else, and you can’t prioritize or rearrange them? Of course not. How would you know what to do next? Using a todo list sorted only by creation time would be incredibly frustrating. But that’s exactly what email is.

The past few decades have brought great innovation in organization methods like GTD and Kanban boards, with thousands of unique todo list apps in the app stores. …

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Jay Meistrich

Co-founder of Moo.do. Nomad. Photographer. Skier. Lover of Minions.

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