Three reasons why we’re pivoting to SkyNet

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 →

Scenes from The Boss Baby 2: More Bosses

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 →

The Uber for everything is here

Show of hands, how many of you here at @ccelrator Demo Day have ever searched for something, but found that there wasn’t an on-demand app that fit your precise need?

[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.

And that’s when we realized something: all of these on-demand apps were missing one critical element:

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Meet the one girl who uses every on-demand app

7:30 AM

The sounds of the Amazon rainforest gently rouse me from my slumber. No, I didn’t take a last-minute trip to Brazil, it’s the newest live alarm pack from Rise+Shine. Instead of canned, prerecorded tracks like some other apps, Rise+Shine pays people all over the developing world to install solar-powered microphones on their roofs so that we can get a little taste of what life is like with no indoor plumbing or electricity. And with the money Rise+Shine sends the villages each month, they’ll all soon be able to buy potable water from a non-profit water supplier that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife just set up through their charitable trust. It’s a win-win-win.  Continue reading →

The Grammening

Wednesday, March 21 started out like any other day for Jeff. He woke up at 3 AM, threw on some clothes, and ran downstairs to unlock his bike. The ride to the bakery in Bushwick was quick at this hour. Jeff waved to the other denizens on the block as he unlocked the shop, and the first employees trudged in about 15 minutes later. Within no time, the place was emitting its usual hum, the machines whirring while the employees worked to bake bread, bagels, and other confectionaries.

Then came a knock at the door.   Continue reading →