James Altucher is all over the place, and I mean that in the best way. He’s not only an investor, hedge fund manager and entrepreneur several times over (to the tune of founding 20 companies), but his writing on business, family, health and creativity shows up everywhere from the Financial Times to Thought Catalog.
It’s no secret that we’ve loved Mac email client Sparrow since the beginning. Its minimalist design and ability to play so well with Gmail immediately won us over. Google acquired Sparrow last year, taking co-founder Dominique Leca with it. We stole a few minutes out of Dom’s schedule to find out his favourite gadgets, best workday tunes and most-loved inspirations.
I lose count of my “jobs” these days: my literary writing (that theoretically pays, or had better one day or else), a nonprofit board on which I serve as president, and the magazine I started last year. While I certainly put the same intensity into everything, I can definitely say that I work more hours for free than I do for pay.
If you’re at all interested in the science and psychology of motivation, chances are you’ve read Daniel Pink’s bestseller Drive. In it, he argues that three simple things propel us: autonomy (wanting to direct our own lives), mastery (wanting to be good at something) and purpose (wanting to make a difference).
You can’t talk about tech legends without including Nolan Bushnell. Best known for founding Atari, Nolan has several other companies in his decades-strong portfolio. A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” his projects include Etak, the first car navigation system; Androbot, maker of personal robotics; and ByVideo, an online ordering system. Nolan’s current focus is Brainrush, an online education platform that uses fast-paced games to teach subjects such as vocabulary, maths and science. We caught up with the pioneer to talk about workspaces, audiobooks, sleep routines and more.
“I recommend everyone either fix your job or quit it.” No one is better suited to dish out this wisdom than Brian Lam. In 2011, after running the show at our sister site Gizmodo for five years, Brian started The Wirecutter. It’s not a blog, and it’s not a news site — it’s simply a guide to the world’s best gadgets.