I realized something fascinating the other day: I realized that, as a startup entrepreneur and founder, I’m a builder of systems.
In other words, my entire job as a founder is to build and connect interdependent systems that (hopefully) work exceedingly well together.
And, if I can construct those systems in a way that’s both simple and approachable enough to be understood and to excite others, then, it’ll be enough to convince independent, creative, and motivated people to join in my efforts to engineer even more systems (and even more relationships between those systems) that will eventually coalesce into the form of a world-class organization. …
We’re big fans of things like productivity (i.e. “getting stuff done”) and we believe that our best work is only possible in environments that are custom-designed for each and every individual.
In other words, when it comes to work, one-size (and one building) does not fit all!
You see, from the very beginning, we were a distributed team, by philosophy first and geography second.
Meaning, we saw the art and science of business building through a distinctly distributed lens — the implications are deep as they are wide, from our go-to-market strategy to how (and from whom) we raise venture capital to support our team; to the tool choices that power our business and, of course, who we hire and add to our amazing team. …
One of the things that I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about is
gamification. That is to say, using game elements in non-gaming environments.
One of the more common ways to add a bit of gamification to a social system is to show how users within the community are performing in relation to other users.
Leaderboards, for instance, (like that in physical games and sports) are pretty simple first-pass implementations to test against:
For instance, in YEN I can show a list of users and order them by actions that they perform inside the network and on the platform — if they make any purchases of cryptocurrency (and they decide to make those transactions
public) then I can essentially rank those events in order from biggest to smallest. …
The most exciting thing about working in the
decentralized economy is the fact that no one has any idea as to where it’ll all end up!
There’s nothing more motivating and intellectually stimulating than waking up every morning expecting an encounter with something entirely new (and unexpected).
Being a pioneer in this new market and industry doesn’t require much — find a great project to contribute to or even join a team that’s working in the decentralized space and you’ll be working on the cutting edge.
It’s that simple.
But you need to make sure that you choose the right project(s) to work on and a team that you can trust; it goes without saying that spending the necessary time to do your “diligence” on the project and team will save you a lot of time and heartache in the short and long-run. …
Scrum is a lightweight framework designed to help small, close-knit teams of people develop complex products.
Of course, Scrum isn’t just applicable to software projects as you can use it to build a better mousetrap or really anything for that matter. I’ve seen it used in every single part of an organization, even legal and finance.
Typically, a Scrum Team is about 7 folks, plus or minus 2. So, the most that you’d have is 9 and the smaller teams have about 5 team members. This, of course, doesn’t really work for early-stage startups where the founding team might be just 2 or 3 folks. …
Apparently (because, science!) these songs can reduce your anxiety by up to 65%! To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how you quantify anxiety levels, but… again… apparently you can…
Give it a read… errrrr… I mean, a listen:
This one, above, is apparently the “heavy hitter” (ironic, given the name… riiiiiiiiiight….) and they recommend not listening to it while driving! Amazing.
Here are the other nine:
Let me know what you think (or feel)!
Originally published at john saddington.
I took Arden to Lucas Films / Industrial Light & Magic yesterday for a really neat event where folks who helped bring the movies to life shared their experiences on the projects. It was about a 2-hour program, or so, and we had great seats.
The program included live interviews and presentations from visual FX designers, storytellers, in-game and in-movie architecture and design, a business marketer, and more!
They shared their stories on how they came to work at Lucas Films and also shared suggestions on how to get “into” the industry. …
What’s so exciting about this space (and what makes it so much fun and engaging for me) is the fact that it’s so new and evolving; with no hyperbole, I literally wake up every morning and encounter something that I’ve never encountered before — a new technology or project or way of thinking about bitcoin, blockchain, and decentralized systems.
It’s like being a kid in a candy store with a no-limit credit card (or cryptocurrency wallet…!). …
… unless, these three conditions are met:
The first is that there has to be some regularity in the world that someone can pick up and learn.
“So, chess players certainly have it. Married people certainly have it,” Kahneman explained.
However, he added, people who pick stocks in the stock market do not have it.
“Because, the stock market is not sufficiently regular to support developing that kind of expert intuition,” he explained.
The second condition for accurate intuition is “a lot of practice,” according to Kahneman.
And the third condition is immediate feedback. Kahneman said that “you have to know almost immediately whether you got it right or got it wrong.” …
One thing that I do during holidays or breaks or vacation is do a bit of “virtual cleanup.” What I mean is that I’ll spend a non-trivial amount of time working through old files and folders and systematically deleting them, clearing up not just hard drive space but also mental and emotional waste as well.
I’ll find notes and text documents and an assortment of odds and ends… it’s amazing how quickly one can get cluttered in the digital age.
I don’t remember where I found these particular notes but it must have been during my time at North Point, more than 8 years ago. …