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Using fear as a compass

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared the story of how I accidentally produced a feature-length documentary this summer. This past week, that documentary aired to a sold out audience at the Film Festival of Columbus, following press from two of the largest business publications in town and a share from the Mayor himself. It was one of the most …

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from total bust to #1 on Hacker News in under 24 hours

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This past week, Eric and I released the second issue of our digital publication, the update. The update is a quarterly publication of editorials, trends, and stories happening outside of Silicon Valley — following in the same vein as our podcast, upside. It takes quite a bit of work to produce. We source and edit editorials from guest contributors, write …

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recapping SXSW 2019

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Last week I flew to Austin, Texas, for my fourth SXSW Festival. If you’ve never been to South-By before, it’s described on their website as “The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.” All things considered, it’s one of my favorite events. For a few days, Austin becomes a center …

the art of receiving feedback

In building a business, creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, motivation, product management, upside by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

Last week when Eric and I were about to launch our podcast, upside, I told him to bundle up for “feedback winter.” This is something I’ve come to accept: when you put your baby out to the world, people are going to call your baby ugly. They don’t even mean to, but inevitably you’ll be deeply hurt by what is meant …