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Balach
Founder at epek.app
Berlin, Germany
I’m working on epek.app - to make planning and collaboration super easy for people! While the marketing language focuses on product managers and tech engineering teams, epek is for #everyone! The idea is simple: you open epek and you see your next goal, the one after, and the long term goals. You and your team know exactly what you need to do to reach those goals. Oh and you can share this with anyone in your organization/group - the seamless and intuitive interface lets anyone make sense of what’s going on in seconds! I studied computer science and had various tech jobs going from project management to quality assurance to frontend development and then product management in the last 4 years. I switched to Product Management because I was always obsessed with thinking through our development tasks and figuring out how that contributed to the big product or business goals. Turns out my team saw that and told me I was pretty much doing two jobs and getting more joy out of the “product management” part. So I decided to make it my proper profession. I still love coding myself but see myself as much more useful as the product person. The official switch to product management showed me all the issues that product managers face, and the biggest of them all: proper strategic communication. I eventually quit my job and started working full time on Epek in October last year! Oh I would be building up epek.app, doing a lot of sports (I recently fell in love with Tennis), and travel the world! Mindfulness has truly transformed me, and it would not have been possible without the many amazing teachers I had along the way! I learnt about Mindfulness about 5 years ago while watching a TED talk. Since then I read up a few books about it, learnt proper mindfulness meditation with Buddhist teachers, started practicing yoga and so on. The best thing I got out of it was to do everything with attention and kindness. This truly changed me as a person, a team member, and as a leader. I have been able deal with plenty of otherwise stressful situations and help those around me, simply thanks to the bit of mindfulness I have been able to integrate in my life. Here’s one of the first videos that got the mindfulness ball rolling for me: Watch on Youtube It’s time to introduce Universal Basic Income to the entire world. I think it’s a viable alternative to existing state support systems and will lead to a less stressful and more creative world.
David
Frontend Engineer at Ultimate AI
Berlin, Germany
What does it mean to have friends? They contact you, you contact them, to engage in activities together, outside of work. In an ideal future, work is aligned with voluntary pursuits. You need a system of initiating and maintaining contact. https://medium.com/suomesta/philosophy-of-innovation-1ac6ff033e75 What makes friendship worthwhile is to have well developed hobbies – e.g. Kinopoli, not just to watch films, but have background and analyses ranging from narratives to cinematography – namely, sophistication. The quality in both is indispensably linked, and with what it means to become developed as a person, to achieve flourishing, to experience the most elevating aspects of living. What is epidemic is not just the symptoms of isolation and anguish, but a lack of skill to develop sophistication and to connect. Something is also missing from tools of facilitation. Mostly related to language tech… Also the many steps between physical phenomena that are available for analysis by machines and the mental life of psycholinguistics, from particles of air, to spectrograms, to phonemes, to lexicon, to structural semantics, to pragmatics, to thoughts, sentiments, and qualia computed by the electricity between neurons… Greater products and wealth are to be created by having original insight and understanding of the nature of things Kahneman has explained the experiencing and the remembering self. My opinion: the value of experiences is as good as making it available in cognitive processing – memory, as reconstructed is as good as the past – and what we experience through the senses is as good as real – it is living To connect at the level of the intellect, what is needed is a vehicle or stage, a facilitating setup of object that brings multiple minds to a shared topic. What is the act of sharing a link, writing or reading a message, having a seminar, a workshop – analogous to Werner Herzog’s idea that the world needs “adequate images”, what we lack are adequate “PowerPoints”, forthcoming, of substance, lucid, cogent, high-quality as if carefully handcrafted, on any of the millions of topics, appropriate to the one at hand. A meaningful discussion on a specific topic needs a good setup
Maximilian
Product Manager at MieterEngel
Berlin, Germany
I’m a product manager, massive analytics & growth nerd and a wannabe designer. I work full-time at MieterEngel and have a side project which is a meetup with which you can make money, unbundling AirBnB Experiences and a social discovery tool. My pitch is still horrible I know. Generally, I love marketplaces & platforms and more specifically in the passion economy & future of work domain. My background is super diverse. I started studying CS, then moved to the social sciences, taught myself design, freelanced, started building a startup, led a political innovation campaign, became a product manager & now I am super into growth & analytics and try to learn everything that is there on this topic. I would most likely volunteer in international development, help to build tech in Africa and work on EdTech & passion economy projects. My parents and the a16z blog. Lean startup is not a tool to build massive companies but rather an Indie Hacker philosophy. Design thinking is a buzzword for user-centered design. And the theory of disruption is misused by almost anyone. Fight me on that ;)
Joël
Senior TypeScript / Node.js Developer at prisma.io
Berlin, Germany
I have experience building products in early stage startups. I’m using TypeScript / JavaScript / Node.js What do you think about https://www.prisma.io/blog/announcing-prisma-2-zq1s745db8i5 ? Do you want to try it, any thoughts?
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