Often, the best way to approach self-improvement is to look to those you admire and seek out advice. That’s why we regularly feature interesting and accomplished people to share their favourite work habits, tools, and tips for staying productive. Here are our most popular interviews of 2016.
Adam Steltzner is on a hunt for the truth. The engineer led the Entry, Descent, and Landing team on the Mars Curiosity Rover project, and tasked with delivering a rover the size of a small car safely to the Martian surface, decided that the best solution for final descent was a flying rocket crane. It seems crazy, but it was the right kind of crazy.
Marc Guggenheim is an accomplished showrunner and television producer, but he is, more than anything, a writer. His work spans many media — from television to film to novels and comic books. He’s even written for video games.
Mary Roach wants to you to be uncomfortable, but intrigued. Her books examine the unexpected, curious minutiae of managing the human body and the science of how we deal with our own limitations.
It should come as little surprise that the creator of Asana, a popular project management tool, dutifully tracks his own work with eager intent. Every little detail matters to Justin Rosenstein, from the minutiae of how his product works to the five glasses of water carefully lined in a row on his desk in preparation for the day.
Natalie Amrossi’s future is up in the air. She left a burgeoning a career in finance to pursue her interest in photography, and now spends most of her time photographing city skylines from rooftops and copters.
If you don’t follow the daily workings of Silicon Valley you might not realise that Google doesn’t just acquire startups — they’re also deeply involved with venture capital investments. GV is the venture capital arm of Alphabet Inc., and they have put over $US2 ($3) billion into promising companies since their inception.
There’s nothing easy about live television news. It’s a blend of quick-thought improvisation and journalistic research done in concert with complex technical systems, all done in an effort to relay the news. And it doesn’t get any easier during an election year.
Dusty Welch is a gamer. He’s the COO of Respawn Entertainment, the independent game development studio behind Titanfall. But he got his start creating another popular franchise that you’ve likely heard of: Call of Duty.
If you’ve recently seen a video of a robot elegantly doing something dumb, chances are it was the work of Simone Giertz. She has quickly become, as some put it, the queen of shitty robots.
Technology may come first in Silicon Valley but it’s no easy task creating the infrastructure in which people can do their best work. Arden Hoffman has been creating that framework at Dropbox, where she leads their human resources team in guiding the company’s internal workings and recruiting new talent.
Photography, more than being a purely literal portrayal of reality, often requires the hand of an artist to blend the truth with their own vision. That’s what Mike Kelley does with his popular ‘Airportraits‘ series.
There is a lot more to being a private investigator than just sitting in a car with a long camera lens. Many investigators work with companies to conduct thorough background and legal investigations, often before large business transactions. Searching for the Maltese Falcon they aren’t.
Want to read some more about how interesting people get things done? Check out our best interviews from 2015.