Five years ago I was living in a small town in Niedersachsen working for a German audio company writing installers and automated test suites for an audio conferencing system. Not the most glamorous work, but I had great colleagues and during my time there I developed a knowledge of sausage that would rival even the most astute charcutier. If you asked me then what I’d be doing in five years, it most certainly wouldn’t have been founding a startup of 20+ people working on tools for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, raising venture capital, and dealing with the ups and downs of startup life.
But somehow, that’s where I am. In June of 2012 I co-founded Flux with three amazing colleagues from Google X. We started with four people, grew to seven, dropped to three within six months of starting out, and now have surpassed the 20 person mark. We hope to be 30 people by the end of 2014. We’ve raised two rounds of venture capital from top tier firms totalling over $10M, and are working hard to change how people think about and construct the built environment.
Being a master of machines is one thing, but if you want to get anything done, you need to understand how people work just as well.
Lime Top, 12x12.
Last month my first project at Facebook was publicly announced at F8. I’m happy to say that the new Facebook Login is the result of much simplification, clearer messaging and a straightforward effort to give more control to back people using our tools.
Product video here: http://vimeo.com/93314940
Money only buys you two things, lavish self-deception and comfortable suffering.
Square glass and tiny oranges
The Hostess With the Toastess | This American Life -
The nutritional completeness of coconuts, a mental illness and where The Mill got the idea for $4 toast.
An indicator has value when it’s indicating something. But if it’s not indicating something it shouldn’t be there, it’s one of those funny things, you spend so much more time to make it less conspicuous… And if you think about it, so many of the products we’re surrounded by, they want you to be very aware of just how clever the solution was. When the indicator comes on, I wouldn’t expect anyone to point to that as a feature, but at some level I think you’re aware of a calm and considered solution that speaks about how you’re going to use it, and not the terrible struggles that we as designers and engineers had in trying to solve some of the problems. — Jonathan Ives
I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. — Steve Jobs
Blues on Shotwell Street
Lemon, Empty Jar and Off Switch
A Wellesley Thanksgiving
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern. — Annie Dillard