☁️ The Original iPad and icloud.com

I bought the original iPad from the Apple Store on the Upper West Side in New York City. I waited in line and remember how goofy it was to high-five the staff as I picked mine up.

That OG iPad is still in my bag - it's my go-to reading device. Instapaper and iBooks still work great and because the software is so old, I can't really use Twitter or Mail or other productivity tools. So, minimal distractions while I read.

But every now and then, I'll try.

Like this afternoon, when I thought I'd try to get on icloud.com. The result was odd/cool/interesting:

icloud.com on the OG iPad

🏗 Are Founders Leaders?

A growing body of research backs this up. According to a new Harvard Business Review analysis, “the best leaders know a lot about the domain in which they are leading, and part of what makes them successful in a management role is technical competence.” A newly published study of hundreds of companies showed the startups most likely to succeed have technical founders who quickly hire business people.

I really wanted to like this article, and I think I do even though I'm struggling with the central premise (at least the central premise in my mind).

I certainly agree with the premise that 'leaders' need to know a lot about that which they are leading along with an ability to empathize and motivate.

Where I got hung up was in the idea that founders = leaders. As a founder of a company, I don't think being a leader is a prerequisite, or is even a natural ability of most founders.

When I worked with an investment bank, we met with a ton of founders. I'd say 20% of those founders we met with were considered leaders. Certainly not that they weren't able to become leaders but they weren't leaders when we met with them (usually at the early stage, with less than 6 employees).

Leadership is one of those missing skills (like finance, or marketing, or sales, etc.) that founders need to work on.

If that's the direction they want to go in.

(Who says being a leader is for everyone?)


✈️ Guns and Planes

I have heard from many of you over the last few days. Our people and our customers have a wide range of views on how to increase safety in our schools and public places, and we are not taking sides. Our objective in removing any implied affiliation with the NRA was to remove Delta from this debate.

Another point on how tough this debate seems to be.


🗞 Consuming The News

I love to read. One of my first bosses taught me that being a "voracious reader" will bring untold success. I don't know how to quantify that statement but I do feel smarter after I've consumed reading materials.

My boss' statement was focused on reading - books, journals, etc. Times have changed a bit since then and while I still enjoy getting into a good book (here's a recent review of Fire and Fury) and watch the news on TV now and then, podcasts have been my go-to source for news, ideas and insights.

I use Overcast as my podcast player and I've set up a few lists. The one below is my "newsy" playlist, which I listen to each weekday and catch up on any I missed during the weekends.


To help me get through all these episodes every day, I speed up the audio to a comfortable level. This can be tricky since different speakers have naturally different speeds they speak at. In general, I found the following setting to be good for me:


I used the two other settings (Smart Speed, Voice Boost) to keep the pace of the episodes peppy. Of course, when I get in the car and an episode picks up over the interior speakers, have an Australian host speak at a quick speed can startle some folks.

In addition to podcasts, I subscribe to a lot of email newsletters. Recently, the emails started to drag me down - I knew they were important but I realized there were more urgent items that were being pushed down the inbox.

As a big fan of Instapaper, I decided to forward any important/non-urgent emails to my Instapaper account to read later. I've only had this in place for a week and it's been super helpful. There are a few hiccups (I can't always get to specific email links) but nothing that outweighs the benefits. I've also started using the Apple News app a lot more. It's helpful to get a quick rundown of top news stories.

The last place where I get news from is YouTube. I recently started a channel (click here!) and am finding a ton of great educational and insightful videos.

You'll notice none of these sources are live - Ie, how do I follow happens where there's breaking news? I still turn to Twitter. I don't use it as often as I once did, but it's still a great source for live/near-live news.

I've been trying to do a better job about reading more into recent/relevant/important topics to get a more full understanding of the related issues (on both sides). The above has been incredibly helpful in keeping me updated on news.

👓 "At a shooting range, targets do not fire back"

But these efforts to create warriors out of teachers as a means of addressing school shootings are wrongheaded. I used to be in the Marines, and now I’m a classroom teacher. From these experiences, there is one thing I know to be true: Responding effectively to an active-shooter situation is one of the toughest challenges for a marksman out there. To train teachers for this role would be an enormous task—and policymakers who think otherwise aren’t being realistic.

I don't know whether it's nostalgia (earthquakes were our biggest threat in high school) or picturing a teacher put in the position of shooting at a potential active shooter, but I just can't believe more guns is the long-term solution.

We've had a gun pulled on us. It's terrifying. I can't imagine being in the same situation and not being terrified again. I'm pretty sure if either one of us had a gun, that situation would have turned out much different (and much worse for us).

While we recently moved to a gun state, either of us have ever pulled the trigger of a firearm. Living here makes us realize there are good people who respect guns.

I hope the high school students today continue their push towards common sense gun laws. And good luck to those organizations reducing the influence the NRA has over them.


🍺 Growlers

The first patent using the word “growler,” for a “beer cooler,” was registered in the U.S. in 1901. But as early as the 1800s, beer was taken home from local taverns by the pail, often a chore carried out by children.
— https://vinepair.com/articles/history-growler/

We weren't big growler fans or knowledgable about growlers until we moved west.

Now we have a handful of them in all different sizes from all different states.