"You’re looking for what is that unique insight, that point of view, that thing that no one else sees. If you can create a conversation where that can really come out, and can give them the comfort to put as much of themselves out on the table as possible, you learn a lot more about them."
On the trail of a mysterious online company that has cracked the secret to making products people want.
Here’s how one entrepreneur faced his biggest fears - clients, new work, scorpions! - and found hard fought success.
Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:
- Free your mind and your apps will follow: this week’s (best) free Android and iPhone apps
- The quiet power of silencing your phone
- Why treating life like an experiment will help you make faster decisions
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“Teleportation would be cool, certainly.”
“Start early and work as hard as you can and then work harder.”
Bing Gordon, a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers—and investor in Twitter, Spotify, and Path, regrets starting his own business at the ripe old age of 28.
Whatever vocation you decide on, track down the best people in the world at doing it and surround yourself with them. Aim high and be ridiculously persistent. Your happiness is at the intersection of your passions and learning from great people. Working at a big company sucks—avoid it. Smaller companies are 10 times better for learning. Be generous with your time and money—it has an amazingly fast payback. Be in the moment with everyone you love—and this frequently means tuning out work completely.
And drive slow in parking lots.”
Looking for some great new app suggestions? Here, a few:
- The Definer app: “My favorite app I use for business—which is actually not really for business—is Definer which is effectively a mobile urban dictionary. You make up words, define them and then share them with your network. I think I’m even considering it a ‘business app’ because it trains my mind to think creatively even when I don’t necessarily feel like thinking. Often, those words transcend the boundaries of the app and end up on my site in some form.” —Leandra Medine, who writes writes the Man Repeller—a humorous site about serious fashion
- The Bloglovin’ app: "My new obsession is Bloglovin’. If you’ve got 5 minutes, you can catch up on all of the street style news you need for the day. I curated a list of bloggers I love (like Olivia Palermo and Ashley Madekwe, and all updates are sent to this handy little app. With a business that forecasts Millenial trends, this makes it easy." —Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing
8 Successful Entrepreneurs Give Their Younger Selves Lessons They Wish They’d Know Then
Tim Westergren, the founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Pandora:
"Be sure to ‘notice’ ideas when you have them. Stop. Take the time to consider them seriously. And if your gut tells you they’re compelling, be fearless in their pursuit,” Westergren said. Nothing is more haunting than thinking, ‘I wish I had…’"
Read the rest here.
A new app by producer and tech entrepreneur Kathryn Tucker.
New York City is the craziest. The fact that you can be arrested for not having a mobile food-vending badge is unbelievable. Just take a moment to think about going to jail for making an ice cream sandwich. Where does that happen? Only in New York City. We are licensed by the NYC Deptartment of Parks to vend in Central Park, and the NYPD comes almost weekly to try and shut us down. New York City has extremely strict laws, and there is a lot more vendor-versus-vendor conflict in NYC, but because there are so many people, there is also more money to be made.
Hacking the Internet!
What do you need to get online in rural Africa?
Find out from Boukary Konaté, from Rising Voices grantee project Segou Village Connection.
In this mini-series of in-depth interviews Ben Lerer, Cofounder and CEO of Thrillist explores the strategy that led to the massive success of his men’s lifestyle brand, and unveils what’s on the horizon for the future.