The haunting music of Sierra Ferrell and Casper Allen
In honor of Bandcamp waiving their feeds for indie artists and motivated by my friend Tom Critchlow [https://tomcritchlow.com/2020/03/20/bandcamp-blogging-bandwagon/], I’d like to recommend two artists that stopped me in my tracks the moment I heard them: Sierra Ferrell [https://sierraferrell.bandcamp.com/] and Casper
It's about the people, stupid: Lessons from 1 year of Pilcrow House
Pilcrow House [https://pilcrow.house/] is an event series that aims to foster candid conversation over some delicious food. At least, that’s what it is today. A year in, Allison [https://twitter.com/allisonblanda] and I are still figuring it out. Since the first Pilcrow House event with Adobe
What I wish I knew five years ago about building a career in "content"
As of this writing, there are more than 1,000 content marketing positions on AngelList. It’s not only startups. A recent Axios story [https://www.axios.com/job-of-the-future-editor-in-chief-1dde0e58-4dc3-4dfc-8a07-41494f5c635f.html] highlights how Netflix, Airbnb, Blackrock, Robinhood, Stripe and other large orgs are launching new content ventures. In 2019, it’s
How to take a sabbatical
This won’t be like every other blog post about travel. Your narrator won’t be casually doing something awesome when suddenly there is a life-changing revelation. That’s not how life actually works. This, instead, is an essay about something harder than sitting on a beach and Instagramming about
My dead dad’s journal: How I finally met a man I knew for my entire life
For some reason, when my brother told me our dad was dead, I immediately went and listened to my voicemails. He left me silly voicemails often and I wanted to hear his voice. I came across the last voicemail he ever left me, a month before. This one wasn’t
I work for the site with the funny name (A year in review)
A year ago I flew to Austin, Texas and started my tenure as the Editor in Chief of the personal finance website I Will Teach You To Be Rich [http://iwillteachyoutoberich.com/] and the entrepreneur community GrowthLab [https://growthlab.com/]. It’s a fully remote company, one of the properties
Why We Should Fight to Keep Our President Tweeting
On Sept. 23rd, the President of the United States tweeted the following: > Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 [https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/911789314169823232?
Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore.
In January, Medium founder Ev Williams [https://medium.com/u/268314bb7e7e?source=post_page-----c98068fec3f8----------------------] announced [https://blog.medium.com/renewing-mediums-focus-98f374a960be#.jug64hi59] that despite his company’s efforts to better the news industry, it would refocus. The reason? > We believe there are millions of thinking people who want to deepen their
The Tyranny of Facts: Being “Right” is Not Enough
Most philosophical and political disagreements don’t take place in courtrooms, they take place using a series of text boxes levied against an often-anonymous opponent. Or, if in person, in a setting where you don’t exactly have a notebook full of facts you’ve vetted and researched for your
The Creative World’s Bullshit Industrial Complex
As editor of 99U, my inbox is (thankfully) filled with pitches of all kinds. Mainly, writers who’d like to contribute to this site and speakers who’d like to throw their hat in the ring for our yearly 99U Conference. And most times, when we dig deeper into a
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 99U Refresh
2016 marked the seventh anniversary of 99U: a website, magazine, conference and book series dedicated to helping people make their ideas happen—and the publication I’ve worked on in various roles since September 2012. In that time, the website has amounted an impressive resume: About 650k uniques a month,
The Most Defensible Thing You Can Do for Your Career: Build an Audience
Tell me if this has ever happened to you: A well-known person in your field loses their job with impressive company X. Deep, deep inside you feel a vague sense of guilty satisfaction. They weren’t that talented anyway, you tell yourself. This will clear room for more up-and-coming talent,
The Greatest Millennial Actor in the Universe is Justin Long
One of the great parts about being a millennial is that everyone else likes to tell you what you are and aren’t like and what does and doesn’t represent you. It’s the best. It’s American tradition to anoint pop culture figures as being totally representative of
The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb.
[Note: this post was originally published on Medium [https://humanparts.medium.com/the-other-side-is-not-dumb-2670c1294063], where it received more than 3.5 million reads and selected as one of the best Medium posts of the decade [https://humanparts.medium.com/internet-time-machine/home].] There’s a fun game I like to play in
The Era of The RFE Publication
Last year, Tyler the Creator changes the way I looked at my job.It was then, by all accounts, his group Odd Future spent the day running around the Buzzfeed offices “terrorizing” the group of writers and editors plugging away on everyone’s favorite content machine. He ran around in
Bevel’s Tristan Walker: The Best Ideas Are Brewed out of Authenticity
At 18, Tristan Walker had never even heard of Silicon Valley. By the time he turned 30, the New York City-native could boast of successful stints at cornerstones like Twitter, Foursquare, and as an entrepreneur in residence with the legendary venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. It was there, after working