Design is a profession where people learn by doing.  The best designers are making all the time.  They have personal side projects; they’re constantly inventing and reinventing.  They cultivate a practice of self-reflection and iterate tirelessly. As an outcome of this practice, they become good designers because they’ve taught themselves how to be good.  At […]

“One Hundred and Eighty Degrees” by Federico Moramarco Have you considered the possibility that everything you believe is wrong, not merely off a bit, but totally wrong, nothing like things as they really are? If you’ve done this, you know how durably fragile those phantoms we hold in our heads are, those wisps of thought […]

I frequently get asked for recommendations for books on UX.  Here is my short list of favorites: The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman This seminal book on human factors and engineering psychology changed my life and set me off in a direction that changed the course of my education and career. The Elements of […]

On Childrenby Kahlil Gibran Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.They come through you but not from you,And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts,For they have their own thoughts.You may house […]

About the company: Lumiata wants to change how we manage our health – as individuals and as a population. Imagine a world where your physician is able to determine care plans not only for the conditions you currently have, but conditions you may be at high risk of in the near future. A place where […]

I came across this lovely poem by Tara Sophia Mohr, called “In the End”: In the endyou won’t be knownfor the things you did,or what you built,or what you said. You won’t even be knownfor the love givenor the hearts saved, because in the end you won’t be known. You won’t be asked, by a […]

ThoughtSpot is a startup that is revolutionizing the way companies do business intelligence.  They received $30 million in Series B funding led by Khosla Ventures, with partner Keith Rabois on the board. Among all the companies I’ve seen working on business intelligence, I am most impressed by ThoughtSpot.  I know from years of working at […]

As a yoga teacher I’m often asked for advice on how to start a yoga practice.  Here are a few tips: Try different styles of yoga. The variety of yoga styles that exist (Bikram, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, power yoga, restorative, yin, Iyengar, etc) can be staggering and difficult to navigate.  Try a variety of styles […]

I got an interesting question from someone this week: How you handle jealousy? There is only this one person that makes me jealous. She seems to have amazing luck and everything lines up for her so easily.  I work just as hard as she does, and I know for a fact that she is no […]


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