A lot of people know that most parts of a startup including a lot of the ideas change quite significantly, especially in the first years of business. However, often times there’s a core idea or vision that always stays the same. This vision is what guides the startup through the ups and downs of the real world and what keeps it on track, while dynamically iterating on and validating its business model.
As some of you might have already seen, we’ve made some startup videos in Chinese recently. It all started when I came back from China in February and Ali of Zoomm.me had the crazy idea to use the fact that we have a striving startup scene here in Cologne together with my Chinese language skills to try a new video format. After some convincing from Ali and beers at Startplatz I agreed to his crazy idea. However, we didn’t find the time and I was gladly postponing embarrassing myself on the net. Then, at one of the Startup BBQ events, right before I was jumping on my next plane to China again, he nailed me down to it and used the pressure of getting Shangxin on board for the project to make me finally agree to meet one night and do it.
Nearly a year ago I published a post called Knowledge Worker Productivity (read it if you haven’t, yet). Over the last year a lot of friends told me how they especially liked this one post and looking back at what I wrote last year I decided to post an update as to what has changed in my routine since then.
First, note that I’m still kind of an information addict and read a lot for work and also in my “free time”. The information I consume might be a bit too much for many of you. However, this doesn’t mean the tools and methods I use won’t be helpful for your purposes.
So again, like in my last post, I’ll go into a bit more detail on the tools and methods I use and how I usually use them.
More and more of us are deeply dependent on information for our jobs or just out of interest. Even if we don’t call ourselves information workers or knowledge workers, some might say most of us already are. Even if not really dependent on it we get addicted to information consumption. This goes so far that people treat this addiction like obesity and recommend “information diets” or even “information fasting”. To be clear I’m a total information addict so far that my former advisor and good friend would say “Puja has two brains, one for normal life and one for all the information he consumes”. I have to say I was deeply addicted and most of it was because of RSS and that big bad number next to “unread” (similar to “Notification Badge Anxiety Disorder”). Still, I don’t (want to) believe RSS is dead (just yet). And based on the lack of good discovery and aggregation tools I didn’t want to give up all my feeds. With time, new services, and especially with the purchase of my iPad (with retina display “for better reading”) this has completely changed. Now I use a pletora of apps and tools that make my information consumption a lot lighter and more efficient. It might still be a bit too much for many of you, but then I’m an information freak. This doesn’t mean the tools and methods I use won’t be helpful for your purposes.
In the remainder of this post I’ll go into a bit more detail on the tools and methods I use (and their alternatives) and how I usually use them.
As some of you might have seen I made several changes to my blog throughout the last weeks.
The most obvious change is the new design of my blog. I put away with the silly header image and switched to a responsive design. I was nearly going for the Svbtle theme for Wordpress, but that was a bit too minimal and confusing for me, so I ended up with the awesome and free Origin theme by DevPress. To stay true to the more minimalistic design I removed the social media buttons from the excerpts and switched the Twitter widjet in the sidebar from Juiz Last Tweet Widget, which is very nice I have to add, to the official Twitter widget, which is lighter and nicer to integrate with the theme.
So I decided to start a new blog. I’ve been thinking for a long time, if I should finally start a tech blog. I’ve been regularly blogging on martial arts related stuff over at gongfu brother and will still continue to do so, but I needed a new outlet to write down some thoughts going through my head from time to time. This blog will be mainly about tech, web, and mobile. I will also try to write a bit about the German or specifically Cologne startup scene. Don’t expect a lot of regularity here, but I’ll try to keep it up. In the mean time you can get in contact on either social network through the icons in the side bar.