Hacking Vacation Time

One of the big themes in The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is the concept of mini-retirements: taking extended vacations as a means to recharge as opposed to delaying gratification until the magical age of 65. While I think delaying rest, relaxation, and travel until retirement is a sucker’s game, I’ve never been all that interested in the type of mini-retirements that Tim proposes. In theory it sounds great, especially if you’re young, single, and can work remotely, or if you’re between jobs. But for… Continue reading

9/20/16

Minimizing Commuting Isn’t Just About Saving Time

A few weeks ago I came across this article in the Albany Business Review that stated: What would you do if you suddenly had two extra days each year? The average commuter in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area spends about that much time, 42 hours a year, stuck in traffic, according to a new study from the Auto Insurance Center. That’s not even that bad: 42 hours is the average across the country. New York City commuters spend 74 hours a year in traffic, and Washington,… Continue reading

9/12/16

Uber Tests Self-Driving Cars, Daily Fantasy Implodes, and Walmart Being Walmart – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. Google, Uber, and the Evolution of Transportation-as-a-Service – as Uber starts testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, Ben lays out an argument for why self driving cars will really come down to Google vs. Uber, and why Uber is the front-runner [Stratechery] The myth of low-hanging fruit – this quote is so… Continue reading

9/4/16

How Tea Helps Me Get Into A Flow State

A few weeks ago I wrote about listening to one song over and over again on repeat to improve focus. There has been a lot written about flow states, or “getting into the zone” as it’s often called. The Wikipedia entry does a good job of summing it up: In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in… Continue reading

8/25/16

“Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process”

Over the weekend I listened to a Tim Ferriss Show interview with Christopher Sommer, former US national team gymnastics coach. Towards the end at 1:22:45 Tim read a portion of an email that Coach Sommer sent him when he was struggling with his own training. I thought that it was so good that I stopped and transcribed it: Dealing with the temporary frustration of not making progress is an integral part of the path towards excellence. In fact, it is essential, and something that every… Continue reading

8/22/16

We’re On The Inc. 5000 Again!

This morning Inc released the 2016 Inc. 5000, their list of the fastest growing private companies in America. We checked in at number 4,140, up from number 4,284 last year! Last year felt like a really big accomplishment for me personally, which I wrote about at the time. This year is a little different. I think making back-to-back lists is a testament to the quality of the organization that we’ve built. There are a lot of companies who make lists like this once because of… Continue reading

8/17/16

Listening To One Song On Repeat Over And Over Again

Years ago I read an interview with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg where he described how he listened to a single song over and over again on repeat to help him focus. I remember thinking at the time how weird yet interesting that was. Then I heard Matt on the Tim Ferriss podcast last year, and again he described how he listened to one song on repeat. It turns out that blogger Joseph Mosby did some research and there’s actually some science behind the idea: I… Continue reading

8/9/16

Dollar Shave Club, Juiced Baseballs, and A Mormon Utopia in Vermont – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. Why It’s Nearly Impossible To Stop This Amazon and eBay Scheme – people are “selling” on eBay using Amazon-to-eBay arbitrage to avoid actually selling anything. Reminds me of affiliate link PPC arbitrage of the early 2000’s. If you have your own brand/product, this is something to look out for [Entrepreneur] A… Continue reading

8/2/16

Fitness Bands & Passive, Continuous Health Tracking

Last week I upgraded my beloved Garmin Vivosmart to one of their newer models, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+. The main difference between the two is that the HR+ has a heart rate monitor. Particularly interesting is that it doesn’t just track heart rate during a workout, it tracks it passively all day long. It’s super simple to pull up a quick graph on the device or get more details within the app. The thing with wrist based heart rate trackers is that they’re known for… Continue reading

7/25/16

I Unintentionally Read A Book On My Phone

Last week I wrote about speed-reading business books, which is still much easier for me to do with a physical copy of the book. Any book I really love I buy a physical copy of, and there are still plenty of places where a physical book makes the most sense (the beach!), but most of the time I prefer reading on my trusty old Kindle. A few weeks ago I bought a book from my phone and had it delivered to my Kindle. When I… Continue reading

7/18/16