29. Startup

Everything'll be ok, kid. They're just stairs.Photo by Mikito Tateisi

Starting this adventure up! I’ve been journaling in a mood diary app for the last 6 weeks, and I’m finding it quite cathartic to get things out into the world. So each week, I’m going to share the awesome things I’ve found.

This week I was studying for an industry certification (PRINCE2, which is a method of project management). It’s been a while since I’ve studied, but it was kinda nice.

I’ve also spent time with friends & family in the evening and during the day. I’m reacquainting myself with folks that I haven’t properly seen in a long time. Not through any lack of love; geography has been the problem.


Lately I’ve been reading up on product design and management. I’m interested in the why of products, since the why relates so directly to the problem being solved (or the opportunity being taken).

Three steps to deliver the best product experience, Dropbox.

Making things people want, Intercom.

Product manager vs product marketing manager, HuffPo. I liked this delineation.


Currently reading The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. It explores the reasons why we gather — to acknowledge, to learn, to challenge, to change — and how to organise gatherings to be more relevant and memorable. We all hate bad meetings, or boring birthday parties – so why not try something new?

The Network Man, The New Yorker. (8500w, 43min) The article is an old one (2015) that explores Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn. It’s still a fascinating read about how his brain works, and what’s next.

Why most people will never be successful, HuffPo. “Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate. So why won’t most people be successful? Why don’t most people evolve?” Since I’m currently going through an identity rediscovery process, this article struck a chord.

Comic: Buffy Season 12, Issue 2, Dark Horse Comics. This is the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it went to comics after the TV show ended. Looking forward to seeing how the story wraps entirely. <3 u SMG.

Listening to

Accelerando, Vijay Iyer Trio (Google Play / Spotify). I was in a classical/jazz mood this week, and Vijay Iyer is a modern marvel.

A16Z podcast. Andreessen Horowitz (big Silicon Valley VC) have a podcast that has really smart guests. It teaches me different perspectives on business topics, so I’ve been binging through a few older episodes. Recommended:
The Case Against Education. Something I’ve thought about a lot this week as I studied. Do we get an education because we’re actually learning, or because we’re signalling to employers that we have a piece of paper that says ‘we are educated’?
– The Internet of Taste, Streaming Content to Culture. The chief content officer of Netflix talks about their business and the role streaming content plays in the entertainment industry (spoiler: it’s a bit of a shakeup).
The Business of Continual Change. Charles Koch talks through Koch Industries and their approach to continuous change over the last 50 years. It’s pretty interesting stuff, if like me you’re into understanding people & innovation.

Running the Game, Matt Colville. I just love Matt’s explanations of how to be a dungeon master for D&D. His guides were my gateway into enjoying being a DM. I’m re-listening for the sheer pleasure of hearing his mellifluous voice.


These cheap colourful socks from Uniqlo.

Simple cord wraps from Officeworks for sorting out the mess that is my laptop cable management.

This site that reviews all the macOS/iOS apps, and tells you which app is brilliant for what purpose.

Roll20, an online virtual tabletop site for people to gather and play old school pen & paper roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. The hardest thing about playing D&D is finding a group to play with that you also gel with. Roll20 makes the first part (finding a group) waaay easier. I’m currently playing a human monk in D&D: Storm King’s Thunder. The group isn’t quite what I’m looking for; they’re a bit young (age wise, they’re mostly college students in the US) and the maturity isn’t where I’d like it to be, so I may swap groups next week if this group doesn’t work out.

Best life

Cauliflower pizza is my new jam.

This article on how to recover from burnout seemed appropriate, since I’m in the final stages of recovering from burnout!

The week ahead…

I’m heading down to Melbourne for five days to eat all the things and see all the friends!


Full tip of the hat to Rachel Miller over at The REWM whose format and candor I am readily applying to this adventure. You’re my #inspo.