Fits + Starts

Fits + Starts

An ongoing conversation about work, internet culture, and what it means to be a mindful 20-something at the beginning of your career.

  1. Thumb 1518401447 artwork

    29: Ominous death clock

    In our season finale, we talk about time and attention. Daniel takes John to task about whether or not time exists. And then we talk about ego. We'll be back with Season 4 soon!

  2. Thumb 1516753967 artwork

    28: Heroic feats of workaholism (with Stephen Hackett)

    Relay.fm co-founder Stephen Hackett stops in to talk about the perils of finding personal identity in your work, whether or not it's important to "love" what you do, and the weird experience of having an emotional relationship with a corporation.

  3. Thumb 1514848122 artwork

    27: Discipline December pt. 2 (with Caleb Porzio)

    This week we recap Discipline December. We talk discipline as a tool, the downside of letting fear motivate your work, and using experiments to diagnose your problems. Then John loses his mind over how much he loves “Holy Hour”.

  4. Thumb 1513663702 artwork

    26: Ego depletion

    We return to form with this old school episode with no guest. John is having a hard time getting things done, and Daniel has ideas for how to help. We discuss working from home, making good check lists, slowing your roll, and taking notes.

  5. Thumb 1513617630 artwork

    25: Discipline December (with Caleb Porzio)

    Daniel is going to be disciplined for (almost) a whole month! This is a very meta episode: protestant work ethic, work habits, budgeting, food, exercise, checklists, tidying up, and more! Follow along with our progress in the link in the show notes. If you want to join along, shoot us a tweet.

    Special Guest: Caleb Porzio.

    Links:

  6. Thumb 1513617545 artwork

    24: Many a hustle (with Michael Johnson)

    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.

    Special Guest: Michael Johnson.

    Links:

  7. Thumb 1513617602 artwork

    23: Total depravity (with Nancy French)

    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!

    Special Guest: Nancy French.

    Links:

  8. Thumb 1513617398 artwork

    22: I call it poetry, you call it content (with Aaron Belz)

    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!

    Aaron is a poet and essayist who works in marketing.

    Special Guest: Aaron Belz.

    Links:

  9. Thumb 1513617616 artwork

    21: Thinking in public (with Mike Rugnetta)

    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.

    Special Guest: Mike Rugnetta.

    Links:

  10. Thumb 1513617445 artwork

    20: Talking about the show on the show

  11. Thumb 1513617386 artwork

    19: Idealogical Purity Ideas (with Brianna Wu)

    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.

    We really hate asking, but your reviews on Apple Podcasts really do make a difference. Please consider rating and reviewing us there, sharing the show with friends, and subscribing! Also, hit us up on Twitter! We’d love to chat:

    Fits + Starts: @fits_and_starts
    Daniel: @DCoulbourne
    John: @johnrudolphdrex

    Special Guest: Brianna Wu.

    Links:

  12. Thumb 1513617561 artwork

    18: Eventually it sucks less (with Merlin Mann)

    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.

    Special Guest: Merlin Mann.

    Links:

  13. Thumb 1513617374 artwork

    17: Make the Internet Better (with Anil Dash)

    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.

    Hit us up on Twitter:

    John: @johnrudolphdrex
    Daniel: @dcoulbourne
    Fits and Starts: @fits_and_starts

    Special Guest: Anil Dash.

    Links:

  14. Thumb 1513617432 artwork

    16: Six-month-ago You (with Adam Wathan)

  15. Thumb 1513617364 artwork

    15: Bottle Episode

    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.

    Hit us up on Twitter:

    John Drexler: @johnrudolphdrex
    Daniel Coulbourne: @DCoulbourne
    Fits and Starts: @fits_and_starts

    Links:

  16. Thumb 1513617360 artwork

    14: Obvious Questions Without Obvious Answers (with Estelle Caswell)

    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.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex

    Special Guest: Estelle Caswell.

    Links:

  17. Thumb 1513617417 artwork

    13: Motivating an Animal (with Matt Stauffer)

    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.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex

    Special Guest: Matt Stauffer.

    Links:

  18. Thumb 1513617414 artwork

    12: Clearing Up Mindspace (with Jake Thomsen)

  19. Thumb 1513617332 artwork

    11: Everybody's My Boss (with Kelly Walker)

  20. Thumb 1513617334 artwork

    10: Strapped to the Mast (with Zay Smallman)

  21. Thumb 1513617300 artwork

    9: Expectations You're Not Entitled To

  22. Thumb 1513617298 artwork

    8: Maslow's Hierarchy of Goals

  23. Thumb 1513617376 artwork

    7: Fix Your Pet Bug

    We talk about personality tests, and how they can guide your career path. Daniel is taken in by 16personalities.com. John wonders how to solve for his many shortcomings, and wonders if Daniel will be promoted to the level of his own incompetency. AND THEN DANIEL GETS ENGAGED.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex

    Links:

  24. Thumb 1513617365 artwork

    6: Too Proud to Touch the Monolith

  25. Thumb 1513617273 artwork

    5: Closing the Gap

  26. Thumb 1513617269 artwork

    4: Internet Civics

  27. Thumb 1513617238 artwork

    3: Five Jobs and a Bunch of Dogwhistles

  28. Thumb 1513617237 artwork

    2: Ducks in a Row

  29. Thumb 1513617310 artwork

    1: Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires

    We discuss the phenomenon of visionary bro culture. Daniel wonders about why helpful people are helpful. We get an unexpected update from a college friend.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex

    Links:

  30. Thumb 1513617322 artwork

    0: Episode Zero

    We figure out what the show is about. Daniel takes John to task on the Protestant Work Ethic. We reminisce about a DIY shelf, and we have two very different takes on how it was built.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex

    Links:

Back Home