Wanting to work in tech is like wanting to live in Texas. It's a big place. So I'm getting a little bit closer to my street address. Here's my TILLL:
1) Companies you admire.
List 5-10 of them and WHY you admire them. Be specific.
- Pinterest. Pinterest brought mood boards and image curation to the mainstream. I admire the scrappy early days of the company, the continuous release of features, and the way the product enables users to take personal projects into their own hands.
- AirBnB. In my experience, using AirBnB is an absolute pleasure. With the right timing and right execution, the company built a trustworthy brand that achieved what other companies have been trying to do for ten years.
- FitBit. Personally, I don't use FitBit--but damn, do I respect the company. Like AirBnB, FitBit is poised on the crest of a wave of wearables. FitBit harnesses people's desire to grow, improve, and measure their success.
- DropBox. Here's another player that come out on top in the midst of a market brawl. Dropbox succeeded based on execution and clever referral marketing. By adopting standard file practices, DropBox reduces friction.
- Twitter. I love the future-gazing vision behind Twitter. It's still manifesting itself. It's also a great example of a really good, easy to execute idea that took off.
2) Digital products you use a lot
- Facebook. I use Facebook to keep tabs on everyone I know, find out about people I don't know, and share articles. It's the standard, and the only place where I can find everyone at once. Mobile, laptop.
- Instagram. I open Instagram every day, and take a couple of pictures a week. I use it to follow fashion designers, editors, and bloggers to get ideas for what to wear. Mobile.
- Mint. Mint gives me a complete view of my finances, and I check it every day. It allows me to keep track of small expenses and card charges that I might otherwise forget. Now, if only it could stop me from spending money... Mobile.
- Gmail. I rely on Gmail for a huge chunk of my daily communication. While I could use another provider, none have the power of Google's network effect. Mobile, laptop.
- Netflix. I'm a bit of a TV junkie. I love cartoons, 90's sitcoms, and new shows. I use Netflix to stream them all to my TV at home. Mobile, smartTV.
- Trello. I use Trello every day for task management. I chose Trello more for what it doesn't let me do: fall down the rabbit hole of customization. Mobile, laptop.
3) Digital products you admire or like (whether or not you use them a lot) List 5-7 of them and what they do for you that you can't do without them. Note the name, the company that makes it and the platform(s) you use it on.
- Feedly. I just started using Feedly to read Angellist and Crunchbase. Like Trello, it helps me stay focused and on task by offering fewer distractions that other content curation apps. Mobile, laptop.
- ZocDoc. I go to the doctor more than most, but still that's only about once a month. The ZocDoc experience is great across the board--from booking to customer service. I love being able to book an appointment when I think of it, even if that's after hours or during a movie. Mobile.
- Twitter. I can't wait to love Twitter. When I first made my account, I followed my friends. Bored, I ditched the app. However, there's no doubt that Twitter is a powerful tool. I'm excited to use it to stay up to date on the industry and reach out to potential mentors. Mobile.
- Slack. Slack completely transformed the workflow at my last job, and allowed our remote team to successfully collaborate on a series of large projects. Since I was acting project manager, it made my life easier in a way that no other PM program did. Mobile, laptop.
- IFTTT: I read about this, downloaded it, and forgot about it. "If This Then That" is a really cool app that allows you to "program" automated processes on your phone. For example, if I add an article to my bookmarks, then Twitter will automatically send off a corresponding Tweet. Mobile.
4) Topics or ideas you're really interested in.
I get super excited about "power to the people" products that allow users to bypass the middleman. I love bringing order to chaos and making processes simpler.
- Healthcare (personal health, quantified self,
- IoT (quantified self, manufacturing & logistics)
- Business Analytics
- Politics and Campaigning
- Innovations in Digital Entertainment
- Targeted Marketing Tools
- Government/Social/Environmental Innovation
- Knowledge Management