Essays

  • Transparency vs. Infotainment

    … In the world of startups, few topics have garnered as much buzz as transparency—the act of sharing previously private company information with the inquisitive public. You can now find dozens if not hundreds of companies sharing, well, nearly everything. It’s an exciting development. After all, does anyone want more secrecy from the businesses…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 13 readers -
  • Written First On Medium. Discuss.

    … Image Credit Arch Cape Inn So I had a thought about the state of the publishing world, specifically that part of it that we’d call blogging(1). And it struck me. Why haven’t we made our own Medium? No, wait, that doesn’t quite sound right. Medium is awesome, and in fact I am writing this post in (on?!) Medium. Historical note: This may well…

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  • 50 Must-Read Psychology Books

    … Reading is the supreme “lifehack” — distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours. And the more you know about social psychology and human behavior, the better. At Help Scout we have learning stipend (here’s why) for our teammates so you can buy as many books as you need. You’re probably not surprised…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 14 readers -
  • Giving the Gift of Encouragement

    … Just as important as the work you do is the person you bring to work. Your mood, outlook, and actions echo out to those around you. One of the best ways to contribute to your surroundings to give the gift of encouragement. I’ve written—on multiple occasions—about the dangers of making “Great work!” an expected platitude. Let’s be clear: when…

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  • Information Transparency & The “True Cost” Calculator

    … The view from Bolinas It’s been so long since I’ve written here, and I’ve missed it terribly. As startups tend to do, NewCo has taken over most of my waking hours. So I thought I’d just sit and write for a spell, even if what comes out isn’t fully baked. I’m on vacation in Bolinas, an intentionally scruffy sidebar of a town 25 miles north of San…

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  • The Creative Cringe

    … Creative work is rarely kind enough to grant the oh-so satisfying feeling of unquestionable completion. There is no right, there is no wrong. There’s just you and your ideas. Compare that to an assembly task, one with a defined outcome. When assembling a kitchen table, if you end up with three legs, you screwed up. Oh well. At least there’s…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 16 readers -
  • Should You Compare Yourself to Others?

    … A common, tired parlance in the world of personal development is to never compare yourself to others. The intent is honorable; the advice is terrible. There is a self-aggrandizing belief that you never need “suffer” from viewing your work next to someone else’s. This thinking stems from the fact that it is difficult to recognize what makes…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 12 readers -
  • App Stores Must Go

    … 2014 was the year the industry woke up to the power of mobile app installs, and the advertising platforms that drive them. Facebook’s impressive mobile revenue numbers – 66% of its Q3 2014 revenue and growing – are a proxy for the mobile economy at large, and while the company doesn’t divulge what percentage of that revenue is app install…

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  • The Under-appreciated Benefits of Consistency

    … stumbled into many of the pitfalls above. My writing at SparringMind.com slowed to a snail’s pace, and I published less than ten essays. To be fair on myself, I was creating very consistently at Help Scout. But everything I’ve mentioned impeded my ability to write personal essays: I felt pressure to always publish a “big one,” I had no schedule…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 13 readers -
  • The Web Will Kill Apps

    … Lots of the “apps are killing the web” meme going around these days, with the latest batch of casket sealant come from no greater validator of commonly agreed upon wisdom than the Wall St. Journal. “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It” argues Christopher Mims, and it’s hard to argue with him given the preponderance of current evidence. I…

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  • Habits > Hacks

    … Compounding interest produces the most meaningful results, not individual swings. Why then, has the world become obsessed with “lifehacks?” Partly because a small selection of shortcuts are useful and meaningful. But also because businesses know that we are drawn to the illusion of progress. I’ve often joked that Men’s Health has given up…

    Gregory Ciotti/ Sparring Mind- 15 readers -
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