Having device fatigue? Need a break from the screen?

Right now, hidden in your settings, your iPhone has a feature that locks down your phone, making it unusable, while you get a much needed break. When enabled, this setting also automatically replies to your texts, letting your friends know that you’re offline.

Here is the automatic response your friends will receive:

My response sent to friends while the mode is active

For some of you this will look familiar, as it’s a modification of the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode.

For this tutorial I will show you how to modify this feature to work even when you’re not driving…


Today I’m announcing a new meditation app called Oak.

In building Oak, I wanted an app for the self-experimenter, one that would blend technology and meditation in a thoughtful and useful way.

It will be a great addition to the many other meditation apps you might be using today. I’ve learned through my studies of Zen, Vipassana, and Transcendental Meditation that it’s best to try different methods and choose the one that works best at that moment in time.

Community-driven guided meditation app

Our foundation is built on basic guided mindfulness training and does not focus on prescriptive meditation (e.g., for anxiety, stress, sleep…


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Hi all,

I hope this email finds you well. Darya, Toaster, and I are heading to Portland, Oregon to visit some family over the 4th of July holiday, then off to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for some fishing. I hope you get some time this summer to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

This is a fun issue (albeit a little Japanese heavy) issue. Enjoy.

Kevin

PS. — I’m on Instagram + follow Oak’s Instagram for…


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Hello from San Franciso!

More exciting news this month, my wife Darya is due with our first child this coming November :). It will be a big change for us, as Darya points out here, but we’re up for the challenge and excited to be parents.

Be well and have a great month,

Kevin

PS. — I’m on Instagram + follow Oak’s Instagram for inspiration!

OURA ring — heart rate variability and sleep tracking

Dr. Peter Attia recommended I try the OURA ring…


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Hello friends!

New this month: I’ve created a section I’m calling the “Science spotlight.” This will be a link list of my favorite science stories over the last month. There are some gems in here, click on the ones that interest you.

Be well,
Kevin

PS. — I’m on Instagram

App update

In last month’s newsletter, I announced that we’re building a meditation app. I’ve decided to share the entire process with all of you, as…


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Big news this month!

After two years in NYC, I’m heading back to San Francisco and joining True Ventures. True has been a great partner over the years (our largest investor at Hodinkee) and I’m thrilled to be joining as a Venture Partner. This role will give me the flexibility to invest in new startups as well as build projects (like the Oak Meditation app) on the side. Get the full story here.

New…


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Hello friends,
The Journal podcast is back!

Two new episodes are waiting for you:
1. Ryan Hoover — Founder of Product Hunt
2. Gary Vaynerchuk — Founder of VaynerMedia and motivational Instagram star

Get the podcasts here.

Have a great month,
Kevin

I’m building a meditation app — see how the app is made and join our private group

Eight years ago, I lived a block from the San Francisco Zen Center. This is where I received my first formal training session in Zen.

I’ve been practicing on and off since…


Two years ago I shared with you that I would be merging our efforts at North Technologies (Watchville) with Hodinkee. I stepped in as CEO to help Hodinkee’s Founder, Ben Clymer, execute an ambitious plan to expand editorial and push into mobile e-commerce.

I’m happy to report back that it’s worked beyond our expectations.

In the two years since we merged the company has been on a tear, tripling our team to 22, increasing traffic by 35%, more than doubling revenue, and exiting 2016 profitably.

Unlocking the next phase of growth will be all about scaling our e-commerce offering and…


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Hi all,

I’m heading to Japan in a couple weeks (Tokyo & Kanazawa). I’ll be posting a bunch of live video and pics to my Instagram. Hope you can tune in, should be some fun nights.

Have a great month,

Kevin
P.S. — Check out my important note on sponsored posts at the end of this issue.

This cartoon explains why Elon Musk thinks we’re characters in a computer simulation

You’ve likely seen the video where Elon Musk entertains the idea that we’re living in a simulation…


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Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve decided to change things up this year and forgo creating a New Year’s resolutions list.

Why? I realized that for me, New Year’s resolutions were really a “happiness list” in disguise. I found I was telling myself internally “If only I accomplish these ten things, you’ll be happier and a little better off.”

Each year I’d fail most of them, only to come back Jan 1st with a new…

Kevin Rose

Builder. Meditator. Husband of @summertomato, father to Zelda & Toaster.

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