I came to NYC today to take part in a discussion held by Axios and Dell regarding the future of work. Surrounding me were some brilliant founders, educators, and thought leaders sharing their different ideas and perspectives with one another. The topic was a full throttle exploration of the future of work with topics covering our education system, artificial intelligence, automation, remote work, and the increasingly clear reality that workplaces, cities, and individuals are in a state of disruption. Critically, the velocity of disruption is increasing, and many are taking note. The future is amazing, but it’s clear that it will be a crazy path to get there as we reorient ourselves to this new world where cyber and physical realities coexist in a single dimension. Humbled, it’s a huge honor that @teemforwork has a seat at the table in that conversation. Excited for what’s next . . .
“I think that one of these days,” he said, “you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute. Not you.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Pushed out @teemforwork’s TENTH weekly workplace mixtape! It started as a result of giving tours of our office, and getting asked about the music playing over the @sonos speakers littered through Teem HQ. I firmly believe music is a way to create an experience, and to reinforce a company’s culture. More importantly, it‘s a starting point to building connection. Follow our playlist on @spotify, by search or scanning the Spotify Code OR follow WX Weekly on Medium! Enjoy!
I was asked today for an article, "What is your "backstory"?
It's funny to re-trace and attempt to cobble together all the things that made you - You. There isn't a singular moment where I was bitten by a spider, landed as an alien on another planet, or drank some concoction to be me. Instead, my backstory is full of late nights, Diet Coke, hustle, risk, failure, and a whole lot of crying ( sorry Mom ). More than my own doing, a strong circle of individuals stood by pointing the way, encouraging me to take the road less travelled, to create rather than consume, to dare to dream the impossible, and to understand that we each have a purpose. This group of mentors acted with urgency, despite my fears and hesitations, understanding that *now* is the time to get moving. My backstory, in many ways are their stories and my "success" is relative. It's funny because something like Teem can erase my graveyard of terrible ideas I've had over the years. But as I've met so many amazing people, I've realized their success is a lot like mine. That is to say, it is hard to find without a lot of failure first, a ton of self-doubt, and the courage to try, try, try again. I'm grateful for all the amazing outcomes, connections and opportunities that have flowed out over the years as I have been pushed and continually challenged to find my edge by those who knew and believed I could fly long before I ever did. To all of you who have stood by and pushed . . . thank you.
Photo credit @micah.scholes
😍😍😍 this kid though . . .
Getting lost in my kids viewpoint has been one of the greatest gifts of parenthood. I love being with them and trying to imagine what they are thinking. How big the world must seem, how bizarre and strange it must be, and how in every moment they are present and full of curiosity.
Since many have asked through various channels . . . iPhone X.
Some context . . . I bought the original iPhone in 2007 ( check out my sweet low-res selfie action above ), it made no sense from an economics standpoint - but for me, and the things I am passionate about, it was an obvious choice.
The iPhone X is a new era, it is the modern equivalent of iPhone 1.0 in 2007. It unlocks new interactions, and lays a foundation that further blurs the lines between cyberspace and reality. It is the most "human" phone Apple has ever made, and that is a future I believe in.
Should you buy it? Maybe. If you like new gadgets and have the means - do it. .
Otherwise, wait. I imagine the timeline equivalent to compare to is that of the iPhone 3GS for the iPhone X. In 2019 or so is probably where the vision of humanity intertwined with 1's and 0's will click for most - maybe sooner. In my mind, 2009 was when ( regardless of platform ) the masses began to see the profound implications of sensor loaded handheld devices with ubiquitous internet connections. Then, 2010 became the "gold rush". Fast forward today and in hindsight the iPhone 1.0 was ridiculous, but I still have zero regrets on my purchase. At the time it was clear mark towards the future of computing, and opened my imagination to possibilities that I never could get to without that glass canvas waiting for me to create and explore new ideas on it.
I say it all the time, the future is amazing.
Soccer, well sports in general this time last year were incredibly difficult. Divorce had made me and my co-parent bitter enemies and we stood at odds with one another at opposite sides of the field fueled by our anger and frustration towards one another. Our kids helplessly having to pick a side or a parent to run to at each break. Fast forward to today and we stand together as parents cheering for their success. With us on the sidelines is the massive village of friends and family talking, laughing and most importantly supporting them in that moment. I’m so grateful for everyone in that village, each of us loving our kids in our own way and each showing them different ways of being that will contribute to their core self, their happiness and their success. Divorce sucks, but divorce is a moment in time and isn’t something to keep carrying forward. As parents we are moving beyond that tragedy, unified in our goal to raise happy, healthy and successful children is the greatest gift we can give to them. We are still learning and growing, but I’m so grateful to have three kids who will never doubt if they are loved by so many incredible people who show up and cheer for them on and off the field. ❤️
A trip with no plans isn’t easy. It takes a special someone to road trip with no destination in mind and to trust it’ll all work out. A coin flip. Heads takes you North, tails South. Plans fall apart, new plans arise. We schemed, laughed, trusted and wandered. As we crossed through a few states towards the West coast we met a camel named Wednesday, toured Brigham Young’s Winter House, mingled with a pack of Elvis impersonators, visited a Magic Kingdom, saw artifacts from the Titanic and mused about life as we scorched across the desert road. I’m so grateful for someone in my life who loves adventure, embraces the chaos, and dances in the moonlight. Thank you Katie for being a bright light throughout one of the best adventures of my life! Cheers to many more, onward.
VIVA LAS VEGAS! My only Vegas regret is not asking them what you call a group of Elvis impersonators moving around? An Elvi?!?? 🕺 🕺 🕺