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mikekarnj newsletter - March '19

mikekarnj newsletter - March '19
By Michael Karnjanaprakorn • Issue #59 • View online

✍️ Tweets
Michael Karnjanaprakorn
"Most people want to be accepted, so they won't take risks that could make them look crazy."

Be crazy.
Michael Karnjanaprakorn
My favorite routine is spending 30 minutes every morning journaling.

I prioritize my day and write out everything I need to get done.

Then I brain dump every idea I'm thinking through. This ritual has led to some of my best ideas.
Michael Karnjanaprakorn
One of our investors asked me about what I learned from Skillshare that I’ll apply to Otis. Here’s what I wrote:

1. Build an experienced team as early as possible
2. Get feedback on big strategic decisions early
3. Play to my strengths and hire around my weaknesses (back to #1)
Michael Karnjanaprakorn
1) We're committed to working with the best and today we launch the Otis Network! Anyone can work with us on a part-time basis from anywhere in the world. Join our team with the full flexibility of your own schedule:
Erik Torenberg
One of my favorite things is finding people who are great and unknown -- high aptitude, low credential -- and amplifying, connecting, and working with them.
You don't hire talented people to tell them what to do. You hire talented people to tell you what to do.
David Frankel
We spend a lot of time trying to figure out what makes startups explode out of the gates, and not nearly enough on what drives the “overnight successes, a decade in the making.” e.g. Lynda/MailChimp/Olo

Some quick thoughts on what powers that type of entrepreneur:

Gary Chou
New podcast idea: I drink two beers and try to tell you how to run your company.
Michael Seibel
When I was young I thought management was about distribution/delegation of responsibilities. I now realize it is truly about the maintenance of morale and motivation. Morale and motivation are moving targets that require consistent and proactive effort to maintain.
Ways to get lucky:

• Hope luck finds you.

• Hustle until you stumble into it.

• Prepare the mind and be sensitive to chances others miss.

• Become the best at what you do. Refine what you do until this is true. Opportunity will seek you out. Luck becomes your destiny.
🔖 Articles
Feeling Good: Justin's Program
How SoftBank ate the world | WIRED UK
How Swizz Beatz Bridged the Worlds of Hip-Hop and Contemporary Art - The New York Times
📼 Video
Steve Stewart-Williams
Amazing time-lapse footage of a day in the life of a pair of pot plants. Plants are so much more active than we usually imagine! We don't notice, though, because they move in slow motion (or, from the plant's point of view, we move in crazy fast motion).
Bay Tu'ihalangingie
I’m not emotionally, physically, or financially prepared to have a 1 year old this obsessed with hoop 😅
Tony Hawk
My daughter overcoming her fear in real time (wait for it). I might have been more nervous than she was.
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Michael Karnjanaprakorn

I'm the founder of Otis. Every month, I share my favorite links from the web and share an inside look of our company.

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