:focus state - a tech and productivity show

50 Book Challenge pt. 4: 2/3 of the way through. Big Takeaways, Richard Branson, and Auto Biographies

An episode of :focus state - a tech and productivity show

By :focus state
Technology, Productivity, Futurism, Big Ideas, Small Ideas.

Every Thursday, Ryan Bott, Mark Spirek and guests talk ideas in technology and personal productivity.

We discuss our thoughts and predictions to high level questions on the future and what the impact of tech is as well as our experiences with new tech.

We also have weekly challenges: everything from watching a 30+ year old movie we haven't seen to bullet journaling to reaching out to those outside of our league.

Our goal is to get out of the echo chamber and discuss the small things that make the biggest impact in our lives.
50 Books in 30 Days: End Game
The Challenge is finally over and was a success! We break down the biggest takeaways, some stats and numbers, and talk what it means to focus in on a big challenge.
24:53
May 16, 2019
Google I/O 2019, Microsoft Build, the rise of services and the mid-tier
Ryan just may pick up the Pixel 3a. We talk the state of Googles products, where Apple's upcoming services is juxtaposed to Microsoft's Enterprise play and how the future of tech software doesn't always look like it's feature rich, but the experience becomes better and better.
47:23
May 9, 2019
50 Book Challenge pt. 4: 2/3 of the way through. Big Takeaways, Richard Branson, and Auto Biographies
We're getting past the 2/3 point of the 50 Books in 30 Challenges and discuss the big takeaways and the inspiration that's been coming from taking this challenge.
18:16
April 29, 2019
Why are companies killing off their own services?
In this episode, we say RIP to Google Inbox and talk about the many apps and services that tech companies kill off.
38:12
April 22, 2019
Electric Vehicles
In this episode of :focus state, we talk Electric Vehicles, the if all cars should be required to be electric off the line in the next few years, are fully autonomous Uber fleets up and coming and more.  http://focusstate.com
37:03
April 18, 2019
Apple's Special Event - March 2019
In this Episode we are breaking down the Apple event, going through Apple's new gaming membership and the rest of their news, video and TV products. 
50:50
April 9, 2019
50 Books Challenge pt 3. Keeping pace with busy pace, talking iPads and e-ink readers
This episode I'm at 21 books in 13 days, but work life gets busy. We talk the challenges and what the second half of this challenge looks like. We also talk the platforms I'm reading on, mostly the Kindle app on iPad and talking Mark's new e-ink reader tablet. The first 25 books being read: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek How to Be Interesting (in 10 Simple steps) by Jessica Hagy Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely Smarter Faster Better: The transformative power of real productivity -- 5 Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath "It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done.": Motivation for Dreamers & Doers by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried -- 10 Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason The Irresistible Introvert: Harness the Power of Quiet Charisma in a Loud World by Michaela Chung Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Peter Mallouk and Tony Robbins -- 15 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg how to win friends and influence people in the digital age 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours by Robert Pozen What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles -- 20 Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink -- 25
20:38
April 4, 2019
Equipping a fully Solar house
Mark is prepping to go fully solar at his house. We talk the rational, how many panels, the costs and challenges in doing so and what the practicality of going mostly solar is for his future. http://focusstate.com
26:52
April 1, 2019
The Hardest Part of 50 Books in 30 Days
We deep dive into the books Ryan's read over the first part of his Challenge. The first five books are: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps) by Jessica Hagy Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg http://focusstate.com
35:00
March 28, 2019
Bonus: I'm about to read 50 productivity books in 30 days
This is the start of a 30 day challenge that Ryan is attempting: to read 50 self-help and productivity books in 30 days. In this Bonus episode (really the part of the last challenge that ran way long) we discuss why this is important, what Ryan's goal through all of this really is and how :focus state can play an important part during the challenge and after.
16:08
March 22, 2019
Watch: Twin Peaks and Star Trek: TNG, Comparing TV culture today to 30 years ago
Ryan watches Star Trek: TNG (and a new Episode of Discovery) as Mark watches Twin Peaks. Our thoughts on how those shows hold up and what has changed in the last 20 to 30 years. Twin Peaks Episodes: "Pilot", "Traces to Nowhere", "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer" Star Trek Episodes: The Next Generation -- s2e9 "The Measure of a Man", s5e17 "The Outcast", s6e15 "Tapestry", Discovery : s2e2 "New Eden".
52:33
March 21, 2019
Adobe Creative Cloud Alternatives
What viable alternatives are there to Creative Cloud. Is the Subscription model something more people will draw away from? Apps like Sketch replaced a lot of Web mocks done on Adobe Illustrator, but not much else has come since. Our next Challenge is for each of us to visit and watch parts of the other's favorite classic shows, Star Trek TNG and Twin Peaks
36:41
March 19, 2019
Challenge: Read a Newspaper
Topic: Read a Newspaper “The failing” New York Times What are these newspapers that end up in my front lawn? Online newspapers? ($2/week but charge $8?) What newspapers did we choose? Where do you find a newspaper? Have you ever bought one before?
41:01
March 14, 2019
Interview: Creating an Etherium Mining Business
 This episode, our Things I Got Wrong co-host, Stu Hopkins joins us to walk through the entire process of Etherium mining. The ups, downs and struggles of trying to scale a venture like this. The challenges and insights into the business that sprouted during the high times of the crypto bull run and the collapse.  We discuss what place crypto and the block chain even have in our society beyond a speculative gamble and what it was like to ride the waves of the craziness that came from the crypto scene. What is Crypto and the blockchain? Blockchain uses outside currency Speculations Mining and power consumption What is money? Chase Crypto https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/15/investing/jpmorgan-bitcoin-crypto-jamie-dimon/index.html https://cointelegraph.com/news/ripple-ceo-brad-garlinghouse-says-jpmorgan-coin-misses-the-point-of-crypto Ethereum v Bitcoin Monero?’ Ripple
1:11:45
March 11, 2019
Challenge: Keep a Bullet Journal
This episode our co-host on Things I Got Wrong, Rachel Miller, joins to talk Bullet Journaling, how it helps her keep track a busy life and how both Ryan and Mark derive their to-do and task keeping methods.  Origin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE254U0PNcA How-to https://youtu.be/fm15cmYU0IM Official site https://bulletjournal.com/ Medium https://medium.com/@melodywilding/bullet-journaling-for-beginners-and-impatient-unartistic-people-like-me-6efd7ee97f0e
35:49
March 7, 2019
Retail Wasteland: The Current State of Retail Stores
What was the last retail store you went to (not target/Walmart) and why? Angela Ahrendts leaves apple https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/5/18212657/apple-retail-chief-angela-ahrendts-leaving-replacement Sears liquidates? https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-sears-bankruptcy-small-stores-appliances-20190214-story.html Ron Johnson and JCP  https://www.forbes.com/sites/marketshare/2013/04/09/ron-johnson-ousted-as-jcpenney-ceo Amazon Go https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherwalton/2019/02/15/amazon-go-haters-please-stop-burying-your-heads-in-the-sand-like-ostriches/#4d93c03e11fd Best Buy Earnings https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/28/best-buy-earnings-q2-2018.html Alexa Shopping / Google Shopping / Instacart https://qz.com/1322124/amazon-is-capitalizing-on-the-demise-of-toys-r-us/ NYC transforms as businesses can’t survive: https://medium.com/futures-protocol/new-york-city-transforms-into-a-retail-wasteland-ea05dece2678 https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-10/new-york-city-transforms-retail-wastelend “”“Particularly hard hit are gentrifying areas in Brooklyn and many of Manhattan’s top retail strips in some of the world’s priciest shopping districts, from Broadway in SoHo to Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side. Soaring rents and competition from online shopping have forced out many beloved mom-and-pop shops, which many residents say decimates neighborhoods and threatens New York’s unique character. Then there is the blight that shuttered stores bring, including vagrants, graffiti and trash.””
31:22
March 6, 2019
Challenge: Meditate for 5 minutes a day
In this episode of :focus state, we try our hand at meditating and discuss what enlightened nirvana we found along the way. We go back through some of the apps we used in the past and how they hold up. https://focusstate.com
31:46
March 1, 2019
Watch: Fyre Festival Docs - Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu
Watch: Fyre Festival Docs - Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu
41:01
February 25, 2019
Remote Work Culture
Latest episode of :focus state
34:54
February 25, 2019
Using Trello
We discuss some of the unique ways we use Trello, how Ryan's yearly goals are tracked using Trello and other alternatives to to-do lists and calendars. Check out https://focusstate.com
46:08
February 18, 2019
Challenge: FiveThirtyEight's Personality Quiz
In our first challenge episode, we start by taking FiveThirtyEight's new "data backed" Personality Quiz "that doesn't suck": https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/personality-quiz/ Our Next Challenge is to watch the new Fyre Festival docs on Netflix and Hulu
29:34
February 14, 2019
Talking tech and what :focus state is
In our very first episode, we talk about our thoughts on tech podcasts and what we want to see out of a new show. We talk Mark's experience with his Tesla, our phones and what the format of the show will look like.
49:14
February 11, 2019
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