coffee noir: chap's daily blog RSS

Building in public is a beautiful thing. Conceptually, I am infatuated with it. Feedback is gospel. There is nothing worth more than direct input from the people using the platform. In order to receive good feedback (and more importantly embrace transparency & trust), you have to communicate effectively the decisions we are making. The nuances of tech escape me. I don’t quite understand the depth of each project or the risk of each decision. The root of the issue is that we share what we’re excited about. We’re over the moon excited about our new technology, but the minor choices...

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There are so many people out there that care about meaningless statistics. We are a data centered culture nowaday - but, it’s wicked easy to get lead astray from what’s really important. Let’s use Twitter as an example.  People often say things like - let’s do a follow for follow! Or, I am 100 short of 1k total followers, help me get there. It’s easy to rationalize the value of raw reach. However, how much of what we follow is just noise to be ignored. Is follower count that important? Are impressions?  Honestly, the number shouldn’t matter if the content...

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We get trapped by habits. We fall into routine. Biologically, our natural human response is to take the path of least resistance. To seek fun & simplicity. That’s why it’s easier to watch Monday Night Football instead of listening to Ted Talks. One satiates the primal sense to zone out & react. While, one demands consideration, reflection & growth.  One is easy. One takes work. While making dinner, we can get stuck listening to our favorite true crime pods that are trash & create visceral reactions but not growth. Or, we can catch up on the latest developments in the...

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I got asked if I was a business coach the other day. I was absolutely flattered. Obviously, I am super focused on this project and unable to find more time to work with others - let alone feed myself appropriately. I am far from qualified to be an executive coach - but I have learned a few things over the years. Her comments made me think about why my words had such an impact on her. I am constantly aware of two things as a leader. I like to get help & I like to be proven wrong. These are...

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This is a super interesting thing that happened when RGB died. I saw on twitter that this hashtag was trending. This is a fascinating concept. However, I project that this is a simple phrase that encapsulates the behavior patterns of humans.  Often, it feels like people react the strongest when they are angry. Inspiration comes from many directions. Motivation is hard to come by and it takes significant energy to channel it. I’d argue that most important things happened because a group of people got angry. It’s not apples to apples by any means - yet the reason I started...

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