For a while now, I’ve always been conflicted with my relationship with tech, as well as my place in it. I love marketing and design, but also am fascinated with web development and coding… I’m better at the marketing and design half, that’s for sure. I’m also a wild advocate of data privacy, but to operate to maximum marketing levels and be at the world standard, you have to use the tools of the people. And those tools, well they’re not exactly data privacy focused.
This has always left me a wee bit torn with my actions versus my beliefs. So the other day, I poured myself a glass of whiskey and wrote down my beliefs going into 2021.
Keep in mind, they’re in no particular order. Alright, let’s go:
I believe in…
- Digital privacy
- Open source
- Freedom of the internet
- Asynchronous, distributed work
- Calm and strategic work
- Using the incredible tools we have to be better
- Being aware of digital privacy, but not letting that hinder using tools that will benefit you and your work
- Supporting small business
- Supporting independent tech
- Companies with a cause / belief system are far too rare and we need more of it
- Punk rock is the best
- Enjoy nature
- My work is digital, so let life be as analog as possible (it’s hard)
- Give back
- Protect the earth, dammit!
- Education matters, but college is wrong for most
- Bitcoin and decentralized banking
- Not every company has to have a “blitzscaling” period
- The power of equity crowdfunding
- Minimalist Software
Congratulations! If you made it this far, you have read a random stream of of my beliefs drunkenly put into my SimpleNote app.