March 2017 Archives

Why Starting a Business In College Still Makes So Much Sense

Every once in a while I’ll go back through some of my old posts. Some hold up to the test of time better than others. One of my first posts from November of 2005 that I still love is Why It’s Best to Start a Business Before Your 25th Birthday. Since that time I’ve spent a lot of time in the classroom working with college students, and that’s only reinforced my beliefs. That entire post is still worth a read, but here’s a summary of… Continue reading

3/28/17

Living The Dream

In William B. Irvine’s book on Stoic philosophy there’s a great passage on happiness: Most of us are “living the dream” — living, that is, the dream we once had for ourselves. We might be married to the person we once dreamed of marrying, have the children and job we once dreamed of having, and own the car we once dreamed of buying. But thanks to hedonic adaptation, as soon as we find ourselves living the life of our dreams, we start taking that life… Continue reading

3/21/17

Eliminating Clutter Revisited

Between our warehouse renovation and some recent construction at my house, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning out and reorganizing. In doing so I remembered my eliminating clutter flow chart from 2008. It’s as relevant now as it was then so I thought it was worth resurfacing:

3/14/17

Extending Our Employee Benefits To Warehouse Associates

We recently hired two more warehouse associates, bringing our total team to eleven (five warehouse associates, three salaried employees, and us three owners). We keep our job posting up on our website year-round, although we only open the application form when we’re accepting applicants. Each time we make a few tweaks to the application but for the most part it remains relatively the same. This time though, we added a really important bullet: Long term employees are eligible for health insurance and Simple IRA with… Continue reading

3/7/17

Wikipedia’s Bias, Facebook’s Monetizing Scheme, & Superaging – Link Roundup

Since I no longer post often on Twitter, I’ve decided to do a regular roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking content that I’ve come across recently. Articles Know Your Enemy: Celebrating 50 Years of the Forever War – a fictional story about a future America where we’ve always been at war [Wired] Is Wikipedia Woke? – how having largely white male editors impacts the types of content in Wikipedia [Businessweek] How to Become a ‘Superager’ – the key to living long might… Continue reading

3/1/17