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Switching to Ghost: Why and How I Did It

I merged 3 digital publishing tools into 1 and this is the story of how and why.This is a rather long article so feel free to skip to the section that matters to you: My Previous Publishing SetupThe Hassles of the Prior SetupConsidering My OptionsGhost: Built to LastExecuting the

Switching to Ghost: Why and How I Did It
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Startups As Chemical Reactions

Originally written in 2014, updated with a new example in 2021 (Homejoy →  Robinhood) I'm sometimes envious of people who studied subjects in college that correspond to their actual careers. Finance majors who become bankers. Computer Science majors who become software engineers. Must be nice to actually apply the knowledge you

Startups As Chemical Reactions
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Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

In Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why journalist Laurence Gonzales combines his own personal adventure history with time spent with white water rafting experts, mountaineers, fighter jet pilots, and wilderness survival guides to understand how people survive (or fail to survive) in extreme wilderness situations like plane crashes,

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
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Scotch & Bean 025 - Office Perk

Waste not, want not

Scotch & Bean 025 - Office Perk
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With the exception of 2020 because, well, the world was super weird, I have made it a habit to publish a set of reflections on what I’ve learned in the past year. For instance, here’s 33, 32, and 31. The third tenet of my resilience framework is “reflect”

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Five / Five

How many people do you know who are 5’5″ and can dunk?Brandon Todd is 5’5″ and can dunk a basketball. At that height, you need a 42+ inches vertical leap to have a chance of putting the ball in the hoop. This is pretty insane. Todd trained

Five / Five
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Resilience Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

After living in San Francisco for many years, my friend and her husband decided to relocate to New York City. Jessica (not her real name) is an Asian American woman in her early 30s. She began her first shift as a nurse practitioner at the psychiatric ward of an NYC

Resilience Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do
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Two Feelings You Need Before Starting a Startup

First published in 2013, republished in 2020 with minor tweaks I was talking to some folks about applying to Y Combinator and preparing themselves to found a startup more generally. One point that I found myself talking about, especially in terms of timing, was the two distinct emotions that

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What I Learned from My First (Blunder-Filled) Marathon

This piece was originally published in 2014 on the health and wellness site Greatist but has been lost after the site was acquired in 2019. Republishing it here because it’s a great lesson in humility and resilience. Entrepreneur and former collegiate gymnastics champion Jason Shen had a less-than-awesome

What I Learned from My First (Blunder-Filled) Marathon
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The Difference Between a Prototype and a Demo

A lot has been made about Apple’s hardware product prowess – the click wheel of the iPod, the slimness of the Macbook Air, but just as notable are Apple’s standout software like Safari, Keynote, iOS and many more. In Creative Selection, long-time Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda takes us