Books seem to be making a comeback these days. Everywhere you look on the Internet, people are touting books as the greatest things ever. It’s like the week after Gutenberg invented the printing press all over again. And people aren’t just reading books and then keeping their identities secret, oh no. They are out there recommending them to other people for free! Continue reading →
A lot of advice for would-be writers focuses on the first chapter and how to hook your potential agent and publisher so they don’t throw your manuscript in the garbage. As a budding writer, I’ve taken in a lot of such advice over the past few years, so I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to look at the first chapter of A Game of Thrones, and see how a world-renowned author such as George R.R. Martin crafts his opening chapter: Continue reading →
Dear Jarvis team,
It’s hard to believe that just 18 months ago, Jarvis was just a pipe dream drawn on a napkin that was then taped to another napkin because the idea was just so big. What started as Jeff and me working 23 hours a day servicing every apartment in our Reed Street building for free has morphed into a multi-city network of hard-working Jarvi. And we couldn’t be prouder of the work you guys and gals have done, with literally no training other than a couple of YouTube videos we “suggested” you watch. Our members are more organized, more efficient, and just plain happier than they ever could have achieved on their own, and that’s all thanks to you.
So that’s what makes today’s announcement so difficult. After many late nights of contemplation on the beach during our executive off-site in Monterey, we’ve decided to take Jarvis in another direction. Continue reading →
KIDS 1 AND 2 SLOWLY OPEN DOOR. KID 3, A BABY, IS SLEEPING IN A CRIB INSIDE THE ROOM. KIDS 1 AND 2 WALK OVER AND PEER OVER TOP OF CRIB, LOOKING MENACINGLY AT KID 3.
KID 1: Sup.
KID 2: Hi.
KID 1: So, you’re new here. That’s cool. We thought we would stop by to, you know, give you a proper welcome.
KID 3 WAKES UP AND STARES UP AT KIDS 1 AND 2, THEN TURNS HEAD AND GOES BACK TO SLEEP.Continue reading →
[Entire room raises their hands]
That’s exactly the problem that we set out to solve when my three co-founders and I got together one night at the Market Street Philz Coffee after trying (and failing) to find a person who could Feng Shui our office while we were out kitesurfing.