People-First Jobs

I’m working a little over the holidays, but my big focus for the past several weeks was put out into the world this past week. A super small team-within-a-team at Wildbit launched People First Jobs. What is it? Essentially, it’s a new kind of job board — one that is focused on helping people find jobs with companies that take a balanced approach to work. A backlash against the valley mentality and always-on hustle has been in full swing for a while. While there are still a lot of people idolizing the Gary V mentality, there are plenty more…

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What I learned co-founding Dribbble

Dan Cederhom recently announced that he is leaving Dribbble, the company he started over 10 years ago. It’s one of those 20-things-I-learned kind of posts, but hang in until the end where he makes a great point that hits close to home. Under point 19, aptly named Take care of yourself first, he shares a little about his experience with anxiety. Anxiety is a medical condition—it’s biological. A chemical imbalance where our primitive “fight or flight” response kicks in at times it shouldn’t. It’s also a condition that’s often misunderstood by those that don’…

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I'm walking away from the product I spent a year building

Derrick Reimer shares the story of his last year. He had left Drip and started working on Level, an alternative to Slack (reminds me a lot of Twist), before choosing to walk away. His desire to build a calmer chat tool is laudable and the story is interesting. But one point leapt off the (web)page and grabbed my attention. After building an early prototype and sharing with interested users, the results were not what he had hoped: The response did not live up to my expectations. Only a subset of people who paid booked an onboarding session. Of those…

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GitHub is Microsoft’s $7.5 billion undo button

On the topic of tech companies with money to spend, Microsoft’s purchase of GitHub was interesting! Paul Ford had some things to say about this. GitHub rode the wave of git adoption to become the central repository for decentralized code archives. As a result, 27 million users maintain 80 million projects on it—some private and closed off, some open sourced, many abandoned after a weekend of inspiration. That’s a significant portion of the software in the world.The article is a bit of an explanation for business folks who may not understand Git and GitHub itself. But,…

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Recovering entrepreneurs

My teammate Garrett Dimon shared some thoughts earlier this year on employment vs. self-employment. One part stuck out for me: Being self-employed is great. And it’s not so great. Like anything, there are tradeoffs. For you, the tradeoffs may be worth it. Or, they might not. Or, they may not be the right tradeoffs at this point in your life. Just don’t put self-employment on a pedestal. There are plenty of other options that are darn near self-employment without the burdens.There has been so much hustle and propaganda about “doing what you love” and life hacks and…

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Diversification

There’s a reason email is so addicting. Like a roulette wheel or a slot machine, there’s always a chance of something exciting coming your way. On the other hand, there’s also an equal chance that terrible news is coming your way in any given piece of electronic mail. The kind of email that makes it hard to sleep at night as your heart races and anxiety kicks into high gear. That was the kind of email we received from Loren Brichter when he had decided to sell his company to Twitter. In an interview with Indie.vc…

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A family friendly culture

Here’s a nice look at how several companies are learning to be family friendly. I’m especially happy with this one as the first two pictures are of the Wildbit office. One of our founders, Natalie, shares some of the thinking behind the space and the importance of children being welcomed in the space. She followed up with an expanded post on our site. The paragraphs of mine were written weeks ago, but it's telling how my thoughts below match the outline of Natalie's post.) What’s more, this is important for the remote team as well. How do…

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