Jason Stirman

Building things at Medium

In response to My Fifth Grade Teacher

High school physics, and empathy

My 12th grade physics teacher, Mr. Loewer, taught me about how the world works. He explained the various laws and properties that govern the objects in our physical space.

He explained, one afternoon, that describing motion is relative to the point of reference. I’ll never forget the example of shooting a cannonball 60mph from the bed of a…

Dear Mark Cuban

The billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner recently made some comments about the Houston Rockets. I think he’s wrong.

I’ve seen the future, through a Periscope.

I’ve been reading about how live-streaming video is the next big thing, which struck me as a bit odd because live-streaming has been around and accessible since 1992, but then I tried Twitter’s new product, Periscope.

After using it for a couple weeks, I’m convinced it is the next big thing.

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Letters that probably won’t be sent, but should be. (Photo: Joel Kramer)

Forging elite fitness, or at least some good stories.

What are we building together?

A better world in 5 easy steps

  1. Everyone agrees to hug with right arm up, left arm down.
  2. Paper receipts print only upon request.
  3. Local news stations stop reporting on stabbings and apartment fires, unless the stabbing happened in an apartment fire, cuz like, damn, that’s messed up and we should know.
  4. The IRS adopts the progressive “pay…

This was published on November 7, 2014 on Hatch, our internal version of Medium. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.

Business Casual

Casual content on Medium

Medium is a great place for Medium-like content. Long’ish, well thought out, pretty, articulate, etc. That’s awesome, but our platform can and should be better for casual…

What’s your problem?

There are countless articles suggesting good processes for starting a new project. Most of them start with asking you to identify what problem you are solving, and for whom. Do all good projects, products, services, or companies solve a problem? That’s not a rhetorical question.

What about the booming video game industry? What problem is Madden ’15 solving…

Lately I’ve been thinking about what motivates people in the workplace. After reading a lot on this topic and experimenting with Holacracy at Medium, a simple model is starting to emerge. GAP.

  • Growth
  • Autonomy
  • Purpose

Notice what’s missing? Rewards.

Obviously not everyone is motivated by the same things (related: I’m a…

I received the following email from my son’s middle school principal.

We all know that our world is now engulfed in technology. It can be a great tool but can also be problematic when not used properly. Instagram has become the favorite of many intermediate school students. The #1 item in the “Terms of Use…

Please declare your loyalties before recess, thanks.

Growing up, I said it every day in school. My son and daughter stand in their classrooms, put their hand over their heart, and recite it in unison with their classmates. The words are imprinted in the memory of every good citizen in these United States of America.

This was originally written on September 17th, 2014 and published on Hatch, our internal version of Medium. Read more about this collection at Inside Medium.

Human-Centric Design

Making readers and writers feel good

I love that we have recently been challenging our own thinking in regards to how people read and write on Medium. Our ability to step…