A quick ask: I'm looking for great, off-the-radar marketing blogs. Intercom and Moz are excellent, but don't qualify. If there's a great blog you love that more people should read, let me know.
Hope your week is off to a great start. Enjoy today's issue!
This is a mini-series from the podcast Note to Self that tells the story of two working moms trying launch a business. It's a great listen for everyone—dudes included.
Their journey illustrates how tough it can be for women to reconcile their professional identities with their caretaking identities. The series also brings up so many broader questions: Can women find a place in the tech economy? Is society ready to radically redefine gender roles in the home? What has to change in our culture to get more women into the C-Suite?
Technology makes communication so easy. And that's a problem. When we don't need to be good communicators, we default to Slack and email. Technology is replacing good communication.
Ironically, it's less stressful to wait two days for a response than it is to wait five minutes—assuming you have good processes in place.
Finally, my poor grades in college have been validated.
C students don’t spend enormous amounts of energy trying to impress their superiors. They respect and love their teachers, but they don’t worship them and obey their every request. They don’t see their teachers the guardians of their success.
I just love this analogy. Many thanks to my friend Ira Chaleff for writing this post.
Challenge your own tendency to become an authority figure, who expects obedience. When your people challenge your thinking on a subject, resist defensiveness, and adopt a genuinely curious attitude about what they are saying.
Realize that your own sight may be impaired and that they, like the guide dog, are helping you avoid pitfalls you do not see, and discover new paths that lead to your goals.
5. Random links
- How tennis balls are made via Boing Boing
- How we generated $712,076.64 in revenue with two people in a little over two years via Know Your Company
- How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit via NYT
- Is full-time work bad for our brains? via BBC
- Dear Music Fans... (Season 3, Episode 4) via Gimlet Media
- I never want to own a company (PS: we started a company!) via Paul Jarvis
- 27 books every startup ought to read via Hiten Shah
- Yahoo 1996 - 2016 via WSJ
Have a great week!