Zack Scott of Petaluma’s Scott Laboratories


No. 1 thing you want to accomplish by the time you turn 40: Build a self-sustaining company that is assisted by my presence but not hindered by my absence.



Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.

– Helen Keller

Travel: write or photograph?

ref: For creating travel memories, Russell Banks prefers words to images

When we are dislocated, not relocated, we think new thoughts, deal with unbidden strange emotions, reflect on our past in a freshened way, from a new perspective.

Enjoyed this on PBSNewhour last night – although I feel both have their unique place (photography and writing)


The Multi-tasking myth


1Rogers, R. & Monsell, S. (1995). The costs of a predictable switch between simple cognitive tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 124, 207-231.

2Rubinstein, Joshua S.; Meyer, David E.; Evans, Jeffrey E. (2001). Executive Control of Cognitive Processes in Task Switching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 27(4), 763-797.

Multitasking May Not Mean Higher Productivity. (2009). Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio. Found online at

In search of happiness

Your human-size life credit: found it on Matts’ blog

I think we all need a struggle, I think that’s where our creativity comes from. We need something that feels unattainable, but actually is not. But the struggle to rise above our humanity, that’s not going to happen for any of us. And the desire to have it robs your very human life of any value.

Joe had it right. Live a gentle human-size life. Go for a walk in your middle-class neighborhood and run into a friend of a friend and share what you see, and influence their life for the better. That’s the kind of thing a human can do. And it is, imho, where happiness comes from.

From Yotpo’s CEO

The only way to scale is to improve hiring while simultaneously retaining your best people. You can consistently hire top talent, but it’s impossible to build a good, long-lasting company when the bucket is leaky, and you’re losing good people all the time.

The way we measure this is employee churn (e-churn = the number of people who voluntarily left the company/the number of total employees). Our goal is to keep this metric really low.

A lot of companies put all the emphasis on recruitment and hiring. Hiring the best people is just one part of the equation, you need to also keep the best people and let them grow inside the company.

ref: How To Spot The Bot: An Interview With Yotpo’s CEO Tomer Tagrin

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