Fits + Starts
About the Show
An ongoing conversation about work, internet culture, and what it means to be a mindful 20-something at the beginning of your career.
24: Many a hustle (with Michael Johnson)
November 22nd, 2017 | Season 3 | 43 mins 2 secs
Long time friend Michael Johnson calls in for our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. We talk vlogging, managing multiple side hustles, unifying your life, finding identity, and living life without a calendar.
23: Total depravity (with Nancy French)
November 8th, 2017 | Season 3 | 40 mins 31 secs
4-time NYT Best Selling Author Nancy French shares her thoughts on being a Conservative writer in the era of Trump. Nancy recently left the Republican party and faced harassment from the Alt-Right. We also get into the relationship between pop culture and politics, and why Nancy pays more attention to Judd Apatow than Mike Pence!
22: I call it poetry, you call it content (with Aaron Belz)
October 25th, 2017 | Season 3 | 49 mins 42 secs
John's cousin Aaron Belz drops by to talk about how businesses use language, the difference between students and young employees, how social media can shape the way people make creative stuff online, baseball, and more!
21: Thinking in public (with Mike Rugnetta)
October 11th, 2017 | Season 3 | 50 mins 28 secs
Mike Rugnetta drops some knowledge about how to improve internet discourse, maintaining a productive comment section, focusing on the right stuff, why people join internet communities, and what it means for something to "end" on the internet. Lastly, we get into a discussion of video games that feel like work, and why we love them.
20: Talking about the show on the show
August 2nd, 2017 | Season 2 | 34 mins 28 secs
We're about to take a short break! This episode is about where the show has been and where it is going. John sings the praises of incrementalism. Our list of dream guests is getting long.
19: Idealogical Purity Ideas (with Brianna Wu)
July 19th, 2017 | Season 2 | 55 mins 57 secs
Brianna is running for Congress! She stops by to share her insights about the work of running a campaign, seeking to support people you don't agree with, and why Millennials need to take direct action instead of making symbolic political gestures. We also get into info security, online harassment, and then some inside-baseball talk about Apple and the future of gaming.
18: Eventually it sucks less (with Merlin Mann)
July 5th, 2017
59 mins 48 secs
attention, merlin mann, procrastination, time
Merlin stops by to talk about finding a job that fits you, prototyping your future, and manufacturing care. Then we have a lot of rapid fire questions for him.
17: Make the Internet Better (with Anil Dash)
June 21st, 2017
59 mins 6 secs
diversity, infrastructure, open source
Anil Dash (Founder / Writer / Speaker / Blogger / Preeminent force on the Internet) argues for a new definition of "open" on the web. We ask for advice on how to be more inclusive as a non-manager. Daniel has some big ideas about infrastructure.
16: Six-month-ago You (with Adam Wathan)
June 7th, 2017 | Season 2 | 31 mins
Programmer, author, and teacher Adam Wathan stops by to talk about working in public, asking stupid questions, charting a weird career path, and dropping knowledge on your peers.
15: Bottle Episode
May 24th, 2017
36 mins 26 secs
all-star, chattanooga, chicago, coffee, comfort, complacency, indonesia, new orleans, smashmouth, talking about the show on the show, tighten, trump
We just saw each other in Chicago! John is a friend of Tighten.co. The show is changing. John is afraid that his life is too comfortable. Daniel thinks it's all about leaning into your fear. We think that Donald Trump and Smash Mouth are indications that we are indeed living in a simulation.
14: Obvious Questions Without Obvious Answers (with Estelle Caswell)
May 10th, 2017
32 mins 31 secs
comments, kanye west, kendrick lamar, lil wayne, trolls, twitter, video, vox, youtube
Along with our guest Estelle Caswell, we discuss Twitter, YouTube comments, and how to handle negative feedback (especially in public). Then we talk about that magical moment when your work becomes less scary to you. Finally, we talk about Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar.
13: Motivating an Animal (with Matt Stauffer)
April 26th, 2017
57 mins 27 secs
bootstrap, fundraising, integrity, mindfulness, non-profits, programming, tighten, titan, venture capital, wellness, workaholism
Matt enumerates the differences between venture-backed and bootstrapped businesses. We discuss the difference between “useful” and “good” traits. Matt has some advice on how to talk about your strengths without sounding like a jerk, and then John meets a Titan of Industry.
12: Clearing Up Mindspace (with Jake Thomsen)
April 12th, 2017
44 mins 39 secs
arrested development, operations, opportunity cost, process, protestant work ethic, time management
Guest host Jake Thomsen explains the real meaning of great operations / processes. John tries (and fails) to apply economic ideas to his personal life. Daniel blows everyone's mind with some mysticism. And then Jake settles a long-standing debate about the Protestant Work Ethic!
11: Everybody's My Boss (with Kelly Walker)
March 29th, 2017
40 mins 20 secs
art, baltimore, coffee naps, freelancing, interior design, meditation, mindfulness, personal brand
We discuss the very gross, but very real idea of personal brands. Kelly and Daniel talk about the exhausting plight of the freelancer. We also discuss turning your passion into your career, and mindfulness practices.
10: Strapped to the Mast (with Zay Smallman)
March 15th, 2017
52 mins 17 secs
5 forces, film, hiring, human resources, michael porter, movies, strategy, venture capital, vertical integration
Along with our inaugural guest host Zay Smallman, we discuss who should and shouldn't take venture capital money, misadventures in Human Resources, and John takes Zay to task on strategy in the film industry.
Zay is a co-founder at Fancy Rhino and Mama Bear Studios.