At Opendoor, there’s a healthy default towards transparency. While we are a Slack-heavy company, we still use email a good amount--especially for communicating with external parties. However, email and transparency aren’t something that goes hand-in-hand, unless you’re Stripe I II. Luckily, BCC can be used to build openness and keeping relevant internal parties in the loop… Continue reading BCC Protection
The first companies that come to mind as one thinks about users as the gateway into an organization are Dropbox and Slack. While their individual mechanics are different, they’re very good at getting users to join orgs that then pay. In addition to building a 10x better product, they have the strong brand & community… Continue reading DBX’s S-1: Bottom’s Up SaaS
iMessage is a default messaging service on top of SMS on the iPhone where your messages to a sender appear in blue bubbles as long as the other person has an iPhone (yes, even if you don’t sign into your iCloud). If you message a sender who doesn’t have one, DISASTER occurs--your messages are now in… Continue reading Keyboard Shortcuts: The Blue Bubbles of Apps & Websites
One of the hardest things for me to do is playing catch up. This doesn’t refer to something new that I am curious about or want to become good at--it’s about catching up on things that I used to be good at or something I have lost momentum on. I have always felt a… Continue reading Catching Up Doesn’t Have To Suck
A few weeks ago, I saw an interesting billboard by Wells Fargo near one of the first few exit ramps of the freeway after crossing into San Francisco via the Bay Bridge. The billboard illustrated Wells Fargo's latest consumer experience/offering - Card Free ATM Access. I was excited because this was one of those product ideas… Continue reading Experience of the Week: Wells Fargo Card-Free ATM
I could barely sleep last night so I decided to head to my desk and do a fun project: How much money would you have today if you had purchased the $AAPL stock instead of buying the Apple Product? I do recognize the bias of picking the company that has generated the more shareholder value… Continue reading What If You Had Bought $AAPL instead of Apple?
Congratulations to some startup at Battery and Pine on the new round. — Parker Thompson (@pt) September 3, 2016 There were some really fun/good replies to this tweet that was referring to how recently funded startups but super expensive chairs. The one reply that stood out to me was a link to this post written by Tren… Continue reading Experiment: Personal Finance