Learning from Tea with Strangers with Ankit Shah on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 10

You might not see the concept of spending an hour or so chatting with strangers over tea as a business opportunity, but maybe you will after you listen to Ankit Shah, Founder & CEO of Tea With Strangers, tell us how he discovered and recognized the real need for his unusual organization by accident. Ankit thoughtfully frames his perspective on the difference between a traditional business with company values posted on their “about us” page, and the truly values-driven structure that emerges when something the world needs attracts and supports the people who tend it and bring it into existence. You’ll hear how Ankit keeps himself motivated, how he measures the success of Tea With Strangers, and why he wouldn’t go back and try to change the mistakes he might have made along the way.

Where to find Ankit online

Tea With Strangers: http://www.teawithstrangers.com/

Twitter: @ankitshah

Resources Ankit Mentioned

Doodle Scheduler: http://doodle.com/

Paul Graham interview: http://www.themacro.com/articles/2016/02/paul-graham-startup-school-radio-interview/

Asana: http://asana.com/

Agile Management for the Unmanageable with Ron Lichty on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 9

In this episode we chat with Ron Lichty, who discovered his passion for technology early on, when he realized that programming in assembly language was easier for him than writing in English. And he knows the difference, because he’s also worked as a journalist and published several books with co-authors. His most recent book, Managing the Unmanageable, is about how effective management can help software engineers achieve the ecstatic state of flow that Ron says coding in a productive environment can produce. We ask Ron about how he gravitated toward management despite his enthusiasm for programming, how and why he took his career from full-time employee to independent consultant, and what his experiences writing with co-authors have taught him about collaboration.

Where to find Ron online:

Ron’s website: www.RonLichty.com

Managing the Unmanageable: http://www.managingtheunmanageable.net/

Managing Software People and Teams LiveLessons: https://www.safaribooksonline.com/library/view/managing-software-people/9780134507071/

Ron’s LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ronlichty

Resources Ron mentioned:

Agile Software Development: http://www.agilemanifesto.org/

Scrum: https://www.scrum.org/

Kent Beck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_Beck

Mindfully Taming Your Puppy Mind with Andrew Nance on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 8

Andrew Nance is a Mindful Practitioner who enjoys bringing the gift of using the breath to focus the mind and body to classrooms of students as young as four and five years old. And if you giggled just now trying to imagine a group of kindergarteners practicing mindfulness, you need to hear Andrew describe his experiences teaching children to breathe quietly, all the while thinking to themselves, “with this breath my mind grows stronger so I can focus a little longer.” Andrew relates the practice of mindfulness to his own experience with theater arts, and discusses pursuing his passion amid the practicalities of work in the nonprofit sector. He’ll also tell you a little about his upcoming line of children’s books, which might be able to teach all of us how to relate to our inner puppy minds.

Where to Find Andrew Online

Mindful Arts San Francisco: http://www.mindfulartssf.org/

Email: mindfulartssf@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.nance

Update: order a copy of Andrew’s Puppy Mind book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/541392/puppy-mind-by-andrew-jordan-nance/9781941529447/

Resources Mentioned by Andrew

The Science of Well-Being: http://www.cel.sfsu.edu/positivepsych/course.cfm?id=45309&subj=ce&term=fall

UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

Rick Hanson Buddha’s Brain: http://www.rickhanson.net/writings/books/buddhas-brain/

Mindful Schools: http://www.mindfulschools.org/

San Francisco Education Fund: http://www.sfedfund.org/

Parallax Press – Plum Blossom Books: http://www.parallax.org/shop/childrens/

Eline Snel Sitting Still Like a Frog: http://www.shambhala.com/sittingstilllikeafrog

Daniel Reichtschaffen The Way of Mindful Education: http://danielrechtschaffen.com/mindful-education/

Mindful Magazine: http://www.mindful.org/magazine/

Mindful Schools Community: http://www.mindfulschools.org/

The Mindful Life Project: http://mindfullifeproject.org/

From Student to Serial Entrepreneur with Alex De Simone on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 7

Alex De Simone is a serial entrepreneur who helped found the popular job search site Jobr, which is optimized to support both candidates and recruiters. He’s currently launching his second company, CallerZen, based on insights about how millennials expect customer support to work. And he’s still just in his second year of an MBA program at Stanford. Find out how this busy fellow uses his interests to strengthen his personal network, what his experiences have taught him about leveraging two-sided marketplaces, and his opinions about the relevance of business school in the current business climate. And you’ll have to check out the links and the video in the show notes below if you want to find out about Alex’s role as lead vocalist for 90’s cover band Cloning Dolly, which he says is run as a RaaS startup–and that’s rock-as-a-service!

Where to find Alex online

CallerZen: https://www.callerzen.com/

Jobr: http://www.jobrapp.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexdesimone

Startup Toolkit Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/AlexDeSimone/tech-4-nontech-series-stanford-gsb

Cloning Dolly (RaaS): http://cloningdolly.org/

Some resources Alex mentioned

The D School at Stanford: http://dschool.stanford.edu/

MoovWeb: http://www.moovweb.com/

Trello: http://trello.com/

Slack: https://slack.com/

Gymnast Lenika De Simone: http://www.intlgymnast.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=56:Spain&id=505

Elon Musk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

Iterating to Improve Your Workflows with Vinay Patankar on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 6

In this episode we hear from Vinay Patankar, the CEO of Process Street, an online service to help businesses set up intuitive training programs for tasks and processes using checklist-based workflows that can be sequenced, shared, and reproduced in parallel. Vinay tells us how Process Street works, and shares how the lessons he learned from earlier experiences starting companies helped guide him. He’ll tell us about launching his company through AngelPad, finding his cofounder in a hostel in Buenos Aires, and how he suspects that failing to do enough user testing might have helped bring down his last company.

Find Vinay Online at:

Process Street: http://process.st

Vinay’s Blog: http://www.abstract-living.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vinayp10

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vinay.patankar

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/vinayp10/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEW0QfK7Tfxo6dQRrQtLUXw

Some of the resources Vinay referenced:

Vinay’s article “Why Vitoto Failed” http://www.abstract-living.com/why-vitoto-failed/

Sean Ellis: https://growthhackers.com/members/sean

Growth Hackers: https://growthhackers.com/

Intercom: https://www.intercom.io/

SumoMe: https://sumome.com/

MailChimp: http://mailchimp.com/

Trello: http://trello.com/

Stripe: http://stripe.com/

Mandrill: https://www.mandrill.com/

AngelPad: http://angelpad.org/

Tim Ferriss: http://fourhourworkweek.com/