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Swipe File #43: See you on Monday

"I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Hey All,

I'm writing this from Sydney, Australia where I'm spending a few weeks working with the Vero team. Time is tight, hence the shorter issue this week. But as always, quality over quantity.

Enjoy this week's articles and if you're feeling inspired, pass it on.

Most People Won’t via @bryce

This is a great little anecdote about how the Uber app came to be.

I saw the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, sitting at the bar. I was three whiskeys deep at this point and I walked up to him and said, “I use Uber all the time and I absolutely hate the app. I think you should bring me in to fix it.” He replied, “Oh, yeah? What are the three things you’d fix about it?” I said, “I’d redo the logo, redo the entire app, and change the rating system.”

And do you know what he said? He said, “Be at the Uber office at 9am on Monday.”

Spotify’s Design Lead on Why Side Projects Should Be Stupid via @firstround

A follow-up to last week's story on the value of side projects.

“The only way a side project will work is if people give themselves permission to think simple, to change their minds, to fail — basically, to not take them too seriously,” says van Schneider. “When you treat something like it’s stupid, you have fun with it, you don’t put too much structure around it. You can enjoy different types of success.”

Confirmation Bias via @davidmcraney

Some perspective from the great blog You Are Not So Smart.

The Misconception: Your opinions are the result of years of rational, objective analysis.

The Truth: Your opinions are the result of years of paying attention to information which confirmed what you believed while ignoring information which challenged your preconceived notions.

Have a great week!
Jimmy