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Postlight Podcast

What happens when software eats the world? Industry veterans Paul Ford and Rich Ziade chat with their friends about technology, design, and business from a distinctly East Coast point of view. Decades of experience inform their no-BS, quick-witted patter about what digital transformation really means. Created by Postlight, the digital product studio they co-founded in NYC.
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Mar 31, 2020

Specify like a caveman: This week on Track Changes, Paul and Rich are joined by Gina Trapani, a managing partner at Postlight, to talk about statements of work (SOWs). We chat about Postlight’s unique SOW process. We talk about why we base our approach on trust and relationships rather than just time and money. We also talk about managing risk, what to do when someone oversteps their original demands and Paul gives some tips on how to make the SOW writing process easier. Hint: write like a caveman. 

Links: 

Gina Trapani 

React Native 

Org Mode 

Google Analytics

Facebook

Twitter

Github 

LinkedIn 

Mar 24, 2020

Craft and Quality: This week on Track Changes, Paul and Rich chat with Vice President of Partnerships and Community at InVision, Mike Davidson. We chat about everything from tomato seeds, to shower heads to how to lead a remote team and the ups and downs of remote work. Mike shows us that the one thing these all have in common is they can help simplify your life to help you dig deeper into the things you love. 

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Typescript 

Sketch 

Figma 

Mike Davidson

InVision 

Twitter 

NBC News 

Newsvine 

ESPN

Clark Valberg - InVision 

Whole Foods

Slate Magazine 

This Is the Perfect Tomato - Slate 

Klee Lab Research - University of Florida 

Kohler FlipSide Showerhead 

Wirecutter 

Dribbble 

SimpleBits 

Educated by Tara Westover 

Duane Reade 

Screen Time 

Cold Turkey App 

Slack 

Mac MultiFinder

OmmWriter 

Roberta’s Pizza Dough - New York Times 

Li Ziqi - Youtube 

BKLYN Larder 

Mike Davidson Twitter

 

Mar 17, 2020

Work from home: This week on Track Changes, Paul and Rich chat with Postlight’s head of engineering Jeremy Mack about ways to improve your remote work setup. From basic tips like getting dressed in the morning and using wired headphones to tips on how to navigate remote meetings, Jeremy shares the best practices he’s developed after 6 years of working remotely. He also gives us some examples of non-verbal cues to show others that you’re busy and ways to unwind after a day working from home. 

Links: 

Jeremy Mack - Twitter 

IFTTT

Google Apps 

Shush

Google Meet 

Zoom 

AirPods 

Rust Programming Language

Apple TV Screensavers 

Slow TV - Bustle 

What You Need to Know About Treadmill Desks - Forbes 

 

Mar 10, 2020

Big thoughts: This week on Track Changes, Paul and Rich sit down to discuss how branding impacts product design. We chat about how branding is critical when designing products, and how helpful it is when the brand comes first. Of course, that’s not always the case. We talk about the challenges of developing brand and product simultaneously and ways to deal with the complexities that come with this type of agile development. 

Nike 

Craftsman 

Ford F-150  

Michael Bierut 

Jessica Helfand - Twitter 

A Conversation with Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand, Part 1 

A Conversation with Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand, Part 2 

Pentagram 

Wordpress 

National Geographic 

Vogue 

Economist 

Adam Smith 

IRS

Asana 

Monday.com

Basecamp 

Infospace 

Salesforce 

Peppa Pig 

Do the Brand First - Paul Ford 

Careers at Postlight 

Postlight

Mar 3, 2020

There’s no secret knowledge: This week on Track Changes, Paul and Rich are joined by Postlight managing partner Gina Trapani to do a follow up on our previous episode about intranets. Gina explains why she was annoyed that we didn't know we had an intranet. From there we discuss why management and employees often need different tools and talk about what makes a good leader. Protip: a good leader is someone who knows how to limit stress, not spread it.

 

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Gina Trapani 

The Private Network: Paul and Rich on Intranets 

Basecamp 

Slack 

Google Drive 

Clockwise 

Paper 

Away 

Warby Parker 

Emotional Baggage - The Verge 

The Verge 

Gawker 

Lifehacker 

Postlight - Twitter 

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