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David Spinks
Re: 11 Insights on Building a Startup - http://www.foodtechconnect.com/2013...
"Thanks Evelyne! Yea I think at some point when you're growing it makes sense to start to put a more formal structured culture together. But really early days is where you let things grow naturally. Those are the things that will eventually serve as the foundation for the more formal strategy." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: The Habits of Successful People: Be Inconsistent - http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-hab...
"Totally. You don't want to "cover up" your previous decision. You want to address it, explain what you've learned that caused the change, and move forward." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: The Habits of Successful People: Be Inconsistent - http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-hab...
"Another great post Joel. This is one I've thought a lot about with my writing. I catch myself avoiding writing about topics sometimes for fear that I might do the opposite in the future. It's tough in an internet world where everything will remain for the public to see forever. But I remind myself about this exact concept, that it's okay to be inconsistent as long as it's rooted in learning and adapting." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Why Great Leaders Take a Moment to Think Before they Respond - The Feast Blog - http://blog.letsfeast.com/post...
"woah that's fascinating. Know any amazing anthro speakers that focus on communities? (=" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Why Great Leaders Take a Moment to Think Before they Respond - The Feast Blog - http://blog.letsfeast.com/post...
"Super interesting. I hadn't really thought about that. I've seen both now that I think about it. I've had good mentors who both speak loudly and who speak softly. I wonder if it's just a personality thing or if they're purposeful about it. It seems though, that it's always the ones I consider to be a bit more collected and wiser that speak very calmly and aren't making an effort to be loud. Will have to think on that one some more. Thanks for the comment Jordan!" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: The psychology behind membership - http://socialfresh.com/sense-o...
"Thanks a lot Nate!" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Imperfect Practice Makes Perfect - The Feast Blog - http://blog.letsfeast.com/post...
"Thanks Anjali!" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Using Fear as a Guide for Personal Growth and Happiness - The Feast Blog - http://blog.letsfeast.com/post...
"Absolutely. But there's nothing better than taking something that feels difficult and making it easy through hard work (=" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Real Communities Require These 4 Underlining Factors - http://socialfresh.com/communi...
"Exactly. It's how you can turn an audience into a community." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Why clever and lazy leaders are more efficient - http://blog.bufferapp.com/why-cle...
"Super interesting stuff. Where I find it hard to get on board with is in the assumption that it's easy to prioritize and simplify. In most cases, I've found that it takes a lot more work to make something simple than it is to make it complicated. It takes a lot of effort to delegate properly. Maybe it's just the word lazy that I can't wrap my head around. Laziness is associated with sitting around and doing nothing but in this idea it talks about it being a trait of extreme focus and clear direction. I don't know what a better word would be." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: 10 Things To Stop Doing Today to Be Happier, Backed by Science - http://blog.bufferapp.com/10-thin...
"Amazing post. A lot of really good tips here, I learned a lot. Curious though, from what I've seen from mindless eating, I thought he said that if you eat alone you eat less food. See here: http://www.oprah.com/health/Mi..." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Getting Shit Done « techfounder - http://www.techfounder.net/2013...
"I would absolutely disagree that urgency and follow-through are personality traits. Everyone has the capacity to feel urgency and to follow-through when put in the right situation. I agree that if it's not possible to put them in right situation then you can't do much about it." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Getting Shit Done « techfounder - http://www.techfounder.net/2013...
"Is it really a mentality that a person just has? Or is it a mentality that everyone is capable of if put in the right situation?" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Getting Shit Done « techfounder - http://www.techfounder.net/2013...
"Love you. I hear what you're saying but my article wasn't saying that getting shit done is a bad thing. Obviously, the goal should always be to get shit done. Work hard, hustle...all that jazz. My article was focused on a trend where "get shit done" becomes the theme of the culture. That's like making your culture about "success" or "winning". They're vague goals that come as a result of a strong culture and team, they don't cause them. Your culture serves as a foundation for management, communication and priorities in your company. So while it's great to have "GSD" as a sort of cheer to energize people, it should not be engrained in the culture of your company because it can create management, communication and prioritization methodologies that will create a higher probability of failure. Your culture should focus on the things that will help them GSD, succeed, win, etc. And you should hire and work with people who believe in that culture. Then shit will get done, without you having..." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Nadia Eghbal : Seek the Pain - http://helloimnadia.com/post...
"Fucking loved this. You always talk about "pain" but I don't think I ever fully understood what you meant. This post is a really well thought out breakdown of the concept and it helped me understand you that much better. The first concept where you say "the level of fear I felt was the same, despite each situation increasing in level of advancedness" is really powerful and speaks to the idea that you should take one step at a time. If you're trying to accomplish something enormous that comes with a lot of fear, a lot of pain, that you wouldn't be able to handle all at once. But if you build up your tolerance to that pain over time, with small steps, by the time you've accomplished the larger goal you'll wonder what you were so afraid of in the first place. Keep writing (=" - David Spinks
David Spinks
"This totally resonated with me. I imagine it will with other people too. We all have those weeks. Love the realization that a routine is what helps you know when things aren't going right. The routine is your baseline, and it's okay to stray from it, but you have that baseline there so you know exactly how far you're straying. I'm going to keep that in mind for myself. Curious, sounds like you had a point of reflection where you identified all of these smaller issues, saw how they added up to something bigger and made a conscious decision to fix it. How did you arrive at that point of reflection? What made you take a step back?" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: What no one talks about when building a team: letting people go - http://joel.is/post...
"Very special to see someone talk about a tough subject like this so openly. Well done, as always. Some questions that came up as I was reading: 1) How soon do you think startups should focus on being specific about their culture? 2) How long does it usually take you to figure out if they're a good fit or not? 3) Did you develop your on-boarding experience from scratch or did you find influence from other companies? If so, which ones?" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Nadia Eghbal : Why I Wore The Same Outfit Every Day for a Year - http://helloimnadia.com/post...
"This response was amazing. Thank you." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Strip Club Sues Oracle For Dodging $33,000 Tab - http://www.wired.com/wireden...
""Club Dollars" sounds an awful lot like Paddy's Dollars... it's a self-sustaining economy." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Nadia Eghbal : Why I Wore The Same Outfit Every Day for a Year - http://helloimnadia.com/post...
"Loved this Nadia. I've heard your perspectives before but it's cool to read the whole story laid out here. It's cool that you've experienced the extremes and found a happy medium that works for you. In the end that tends to be the moral of most stories, the healthy answer is found in moderation. I've asked the question before about food, but why is it that we naturally feel this urge for variety? Why is it hard to eat the same thing so many times in a row (assuming you're getting all your nutrients and what not). Is it just boredom? Why do we need to run a different route every time we go running? Why do we need to go to a different bar every time we go out? Obviously those are all blanket statements that aren't true for everyone, but it has been consistent for me and most of the people in my life. Just interesting to think about." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: It's dawn: Now we ride. | Tim Stiffler-Dean's Blog - http://anotherguy.us/post...
"Thanks a lot for reading the post Tim. Glad it inspired something for you. I should add that some of my biggest successes have come from advice that someone gave me. But that only tends to happen when: 1. I was very specific about the advice I was looking for. If you have a clear and specific problem, then asking someone who has experience solving those kinds of problems can be very beneficial. 2. I still didn't take the advice as a matter of a fact. I used it as inspiration and applied it where it made sense. Good luck. Doing > Talking, every time." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Lesson 3: How to Cook Everything - http://blog.letsfeast.com/post...
"True. What I like to do is blanch and then throw it in a frying pan for a super quick sauté." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Lesson 3: How to Cook Everything - http://blog.letsfeast.com/post...
"That's awesome! Next you should try sautee'ing with different oils. Pretty cool how olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil all have slightly different flavors." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Lesson 3: How to Cook Everything - http://blog.letsfeast.com/post...
"Totally. For thicker veggies you'll need to cook them a bit more after blanching if you want them softer. Thanks Suzanne!" - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: These five things will get you nowhere fast - http://fullstart.com/knowled...
"Good stuff. Also, the best networking opportunities rarely happen at networking events." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: What I learned bootstrapping a 6-figure business from school - http://danshipper.com/what-i-...
"Very astute observations. Many I've learned for myself, mostly in the same hard way. Will definitely share this around." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Yes, The Community Managers Are Taking Over - http://socialfresh.com/yes-the...
"Just want to note that this article is specifically referencing the Tech and Startup space. Spending all of my time in both SF and NYC, I have a pretty good feel for the community scene and that's where I'm seeing this trend." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Yes, The Community Managers Are Taking Over - http://socialfresh.com/yes-the...
"I wouldn't say it *can't* be outsourced. I've seen at least some aspects be outsourced successfully. But it is difficult. I've helped companies build their community strategies and rethink their products with community in mind. That stuff is easier to outsource, but I'll usually end up training someone to take over the implementation and day to day, which is harder to outsource." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Yes, The Community Managers Are Taking Over - http://socialfresh.com/yes-the...
"Keep in mind, I'm not talking about social media marketing here. I'm talking specifically about community management. Though these CMs are often also asked to do social media." - David Spinks
David Spinks
Re: Weekly Digest Emails as an Effective Engagement Mechanic | Sachin Rekhi - http://www.sachinrekhi.com/blog...
"Yup, great tool for content driven platforms. If you don't have content that needs to be digested in this format, email is still an extremely powerful tool. We send daily cooking lessons/tips to our users and get insanely high engagement out of it. Much higher than social media. Email is still gold." - David Spinks
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