Thank you, London Grammar. Excited for the full return:
Gotta go to this U2 tour!
Cool job title: President of Playlists at Spotify
Oldie but a goodie: "Did you read it?"
Digging this new Foy Vance tune:
Baylor Sports Nerd Alert
- Google always blows me away with their yearly recap videos, and I loved seeing Invisible Children get some love in this one! Search on!
Lacey & I are working our way through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" with our couples study and loving it. One encouragement I'd love to share with anyone reading:
You should give your Christian friends "hunting licenses" to confront you if you are failing to live in line with your commitments (Galatians 6:1). (pg. 115)
Cool look at the impact of the Brooklyn Nets' new logo:
- Wow. This is pretty awesome:
New Mumford & Sons. Tuesday. Yes.
I came across this compilation of bloopers from The Office and I found it extraordinarily refreshing to see the people behind the characters who were developed to make viewers laugh to showing their true sense of humor.
- It is insane to think 5 years ago today that I popped down on my knee to ask Lacey to be my wife. I am so thankful to be her husband.
"Ignore this book at your own peril." -Seth Godin
This quote proudly sits on top of the cover and as far as business is concerned, I whole-heartedly agree. Recently while in Canada, I read "Rework" for the second time and it continues to infuse freshness into how I spend my time while working and how I think about building a product (currently ZenCash).
Jason Fried, founder of 37signals, has done a lot of things well. Aside from running an incredibly profitable business, the lens he sees business through is really fun to take a peek through.
A few thoughts I especially appreciated from the text:
Marketing is something everyone in your company is doing 24/7/265.
Press releases are spam ... your first introduction is this vague, generic note you also send to everyone else? Is that the impression you want to make? Is that really going to get you the story? Instead, call someone. Write a personal note ... Do something meaningful. Be remarkable. Stand out. Be unforgettable. That's how you'll get the best coverage.
Plans more than a few pages long just wind up as fossils in your file cabinet.
Figure out the next most important thing and do that.
These are only a few of several great points that stood out. I ask that if you are running and/or starting a business that you take a night or two to let this inspire you.
Get it here.
We don't usually have cable, but we like to have it just for the Olympics. We had a blast watching the Opening Ceremonies last night and I have an enormous amount of pride welling up inside of me for the United States athletes. Here are some inspiring Olympic commercials I love. I am pumped.
Foundry Collective just launched a fantastic new website. Check out their work. Now.
Several times this year in conversation I have referenced this Fast Company article on under-promising and over-delivering.
Lacey and I just got back from the most rewarding time away on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada. It was everything we needed in a vacation. I loved reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, Jason Fried's Rework and starting Bob Kauflin's Worship Matters.
Right after driving through the US/Canada border, we picked up the new Passion Pit record, Gossamer, to help us make it to the airport. I am really digging "Cry Like A Ghost".
And here are a few photos from the trip:
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