Management lessons from Instagram and Twitter

Instagram unlocks lots of powerful images and metaphors. Recently, a couple of images there really resonated with things I’ve been thinking about relative to how Racery creates new features. The first image is a reminder about the importance of saying no. We’re all rushing forward to certainty and completion, and …

On running, writing and inspiration

Interweaving ideas from many writers, Nick Ripatrazone has a gorgeous meditation on the co-mingling among writing, running, meditation, innovation and inspiration. Called “Why Writers Run,” the Atlantic Magazine article might just as well be called “why runners write.” Or, for that matter, “why everyone who needs inspiration should run.” Here’s a taste, …

How to learn what people want (but don’t yet know they want)

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them,” Steve Jobs famously said about the importance of not depending on customers for new product cues. Obviously, most of the time, people do know what they want — a bigger pair of pants, a hotter bowl …

Startups are from Mars

Is The Martian, the hit movie about an astronaut stranded on Mars, actually an allegory of life in a tech startup? There is not much biographical narrative online about Andy Weir, who wrote the book the movie is based on, but we do know Weir has worked as an Android developer at a number …

How does a community virtual fitness challenge and race boost wellness?

We recently surveyed racers in the Triangle Tech Challenge, a multiweek virtual race between 43 teams from tech companies in North Carolina. According to survey respondents, the race had significant positive effects on both individual habits and people’s social networks. Individual results Racers reported broad positive effects of the virtual race …