Today was the first day of the last Brooklyn Beta.
I got to hang with lovely humans and learn some things.
So I thought I would share:
John Maeda shared the things he’s learned over the years.
He met the (former?) president of Tufts shared with him 2 awesome nuggets;
1. Manage by your outbox not your inbox
2. Trust is like a reservoir
John’s addition: Make sure you focus what you put in and make sure it’s not leaking out
Loss avoidance by Daniel Kahneman is the real deal when managing people: If you cause negative to someone you need to create 10x positive in order to have them not hate you.
it’s important to learn about Fink’s Crisis Management framework It’s good to know which stage you are at.
Inspired by the word of Paul Rand he shared:
Make $ so you can do what you love
If you want to learn about leadership read Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
David Lowery thinks startups and bands have a lot in common, they both are really good at sucking and still getting up in the morning.
If you want to understand the current state of music and the tech space from the eyes of a musician and technologist highly recommend reading his blog for perspective.
Also I’ve added his piece on how the New Boss is worse than the old boss is to my reading list
Kristen Wentrcek + Andrew Zebulon of Wintercheck Factory
Talked about the process of creating physical products and the process of making leather bags for their upcoming collection.
A subtle takeaway: Iterate on smaller things and learn the craft before going after bigger things so as not to waste time and money
Also leather guys on the easy coast are the worst to deal with
Talked about the 10 years of Squarespace and how to iterate on spending money to make money. He started off spending $100 on Google ad words 10 years ago and last year spent money on this super bowl ad that cost 160k a second.