As a product manager at IBM, Anamita Guha works on bots, AR/VR technology and AI - including Watson, the most famous AI that doesn't come packaged on a phone. She also leads analytics for TEDxSanFrancisco and serve as a technical consultant to a clinical research lab at UCSF. We talked to her about her work habits, as general as deepening relationships and as specific as colour-coding notebooks.
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Rhett & Link, hosts of the show Good Mythical Morning and creators of viral videos such as "NOPE! Chuck Testa", are two of the most famous well-behaved grown adults on YouTube. They have been making funny, interesting videos for years, and now they run multiple YouTube channels with millions of subscribers each. We asked them how they work, and how they developed such dizzying careers.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Four years ago we talked to Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, about how she works. Since then we've had her on our podcast The Upgrade twice, first to talk about happiness, then to talk about personality types. Now, in a special video instalment of How I Work, we're in her home to learn more about her career, her process and her workspace.
Tony Xu grew up as the child of immigrants, working in his mum's restaurant before going onto Stanford and working at McKinsey, eBay and Square. In 2013 he started the food delivery service DoorDash, at first running the deliveries himself. Now his company employs 500 people, works with over 200,000 delivery people, and operates in 600 cities. We talked to Tony about how he runs it all.
Twenty-two years ago, Maribel Perez Wadsworth started at the Gannett-owned Rockford Register Star, covering Illinois agriculture. Now, as president of Gannett's USA Today Network and Associate Publisher of USA Today, she oversees a long roster of local and national papers. Along the way, she's worked as Gannett's chief strategy officer, and as vice president of audience development and engagement. We talked to her about her daily schedule, her to-do habits and how she measures success.
Chris Fleming first became famous as Gayle Waters-Waters, the high-strung mum on Fleming's YouTube show Gayle. Since then he's branched out with music videos such as I'm Afraid to Talk to Men and monologues such as Teens Who Drink Coffee, and he recently wrapped up a cross-country US live tour. We asked him about his evolving comedy career, and he answered us, and he was funny.
Brian Fox is a titan of open source software. As the first employee of Richard Stallman's Free Software Foundation, he wrote several core GNU components, including the GNU Bash shell. Now he's a board member of the National Association of Voting Officials and co-founder of Orchid Labs, which delivers uncensored and private internet access to users such as those behind China's firewall. We talked to him about his career and how he works.
Roxane Gay has published five books in the last seven years, all acclaimed, all incisively addressing social issues that define our society, such as feminism, race, body image, racial and sexual violence, and the immigrant experience. Three - her essay collection Bad Feminist, her short story collection Difficult Women, and her memoir Hunger - were US national bestsellers.
Here at Lifehacker, we're big fans of personal finance site NerdWallet and its suite of tools, such as its retirement calculator. We talked to Tim Chen, a former finance analyst who co-founded NerdWallet in 2009 and now oversees a team of 450, about how he works.
There are maybe 10 things in the world that deserve the title "best-kept secret", and one of them is comedian Nicole Drespel. A legendary improv coach and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Nicole has appeared in Broad City and 30 Rock, and written for The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix. She currently hosts the podcast InBox, where she and co-host Matt Stroup dig through their guests' email and chats.
The culture of Basecamp, the small company behind top-shelf project management software, is famously productive and unfrazzled. David Heinemeier Hansson, AKA DHH, is the developer behind Basecamp's eponymous flagship product. He's also the creator of Ruby on Rails, the framework underlying sites such as Hulu, Airbnb, GitHub, and early versions of Twitter. In his off hours, he's an international race car driver. We asked him how he works.
In his two and a half years at Fitbit, Jonah Becker has helped the company outrun (pun!) industry giant Apple. As VP of Design, he oversees UX and industrial design teams for Fitbit's line of health-tracking wearables. Before that, Becker spent 15 years running design studio One & Co., which HTC bought in 2013. We asked him how he works.
Since starting at Grubhub in 2014, Maria Belousova has served as VP of engineering, SVP of technology, and now as CTO, where she oversees Grubhub's technical infrastructure and product vision. Previously she's held tech leadership positions at Microsoft and Bluefly, and she founded the social media platform Davai. She told us about growing up in a family of software engineers, and how she gets her work done without a to-do list.
ScareHouse, one of Pittsburgh's most famous haunted house attractions, has earned national press, and praise from fantasy-horror director Guillermo del Toro. We talked to a leader at ScareHouse: Design manager Nicole Conniff, who started at the house in 2009 as a makeup artist and actor. She's also a longtime vendor at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, where she sells her own custom masquerade masks, terrariums and candles. We asked her how she works.
Nine years after winning four silvers and a gold in gymnastics at the Beijing Olympics, Shawn Johnson East is joining the investor team on CNBC's Adventure Capitalist. In the meantime, she's released a memoir and YA novel; won an ESPY and a Teen Choice Award; and competed in Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Apprentice, and a charity episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? We asked her how she gets it all done.
Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack, the leading workplace messaging platform, which Henderson's team invented while trying to build an online game called Glitch. That wasn't the first time Henderson and his Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield set out to build a game and ended up with a startup. In the early 2000s, Henderson joined Butterfield's team to build Game Neverending, which spawned the photo-sharing site Flickr. He's been programming (and blogging at iamcal.com) for 15 years.
Jet.com president Liza Landsman was recently promoted from her role as Jet's Chief Customer Officer. She previously worked in executive roles at Etrade, BlackRock and Citigroup. She's also on the board of directors of GO! Project, a New York City-based foundation that provides educational opportunities for children in need. We asked her how she gets her work done.
As editor-in-chief of 99U, Adobe's publication for creative professionals, Matt McCue oversees stories about topics such as client work, storytelling and productivity, and involving creatives from the worlds of art, design, advertising, music, tech and media. In addition to 99U, he's written for outlets such as Fortune, Fast Company, GQ and ESPN. We asked him about his own creative work.
In 2004, Orbitz alumnus Steve Hafner co-founded Kayak and fixed the aggravating process of shopping for aeroplane tickets. As Kayak's CEO, he managed the company through an IPO in 2012 and its $US2.1 billion ($2.7 billion) acquisition by The Priceline Group in 2013. We asked him how he gets his work done.
Matthew Glotzbach is the CEO of Quizlet, the learning app that uses flashcards, games and tests to teach thousands of subjects. He joined Quizlet from 12 years at Google, where he was most recently VP Product Management at YouTube. Prior to YouTube, he was on the founding team of Google Apps and lead product for Google Apps for Education. Matt studied mechanical engineering at Cornell and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We asked him how he runs his company and his life.