Alex Medick

Head of INSIDE.COM, peace, love, punk rock, surfing, essentialism, indie tech, startups, and Bitcoin. 🤙

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November 15, 2022

Beyond Zero to One (Once a hacker, always a hacker)

Consider me king of the unpolished. I go for the “glue it together and make shit work” method more than I probably should. But hey, that’s how I was brought up in this world of business. I’ve always been the one that wants to try new things and prove a thesis. With this, especially in my early-young-loud-snotty days, I would be up agai...
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November 11, 2022

Is Twitter really imploding? Here's my quick take.

With all of the doom and gloom that you see across Twitter about the internal imploding of the company, I think it's time for someone to show an alternative viewpoint other than "Elon is ruining this and everyone is quitting. blah blah blah." I think what we're hearing on the outside is greatly exaggerated on the doom and gloom side of...
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October 31, 2022

What's In My Bag: 2022 Edition

Can you believe it’s that time of year again already? That’s right – it’s time for 2022’s edition of What’s In My Bag. Okay, I kinda jacked this idea from Matt Mullenweg. But it’s a rad concept, so whatever. I’ve really got into minimalism / essentialism this year, so what I have are the things I use on the regular (although it feels l...
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October 18, 2022

Does this really need to be synchronous?

Before you ask someone to jump in Slack for 5 minutes, ask yourself “does this really need to be synchronous?” I’ve always heard about and admired those that work asynchronously (I’m giving a tip of the hat to you here Cal.com, 37signals, Automattic, and Buffer). I love the concept, but always thought it wasn’t for me. Common excuses I...
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October 13, 2022

Stay scrappy.

I dig the scrappy entrepreneurs. Yeah, of course there’s a stage in life and business where you don’t need to hack your way through everything. I get that and think that’s awesome. But in all honesty, you probably don’t need the top shelf shiny toy to make magic happen. Most times, you just need to have the drive and ability to think q...
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October 5, 2022

We're all just winging it.

Have you ever looked at successful individuals, or just older folks than you in general, and said to yourself, “damn, they seem to just have it all figured out?” Well, Buckle your seatbelts, because I’m about to unlock one of the greatest secrets of humankind on you. No one has it all figured out. We’re all just winging it. So please k...
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September 29, 2022

Nothing personal, it's just business.

I used to take everything in business so personally. If an idea was shot down, it was an attack on me. If I was passed up for a special project, it must’ve been because the manager didn’t like me. If I didn’t get a pay raise or bonus, the only answer was clearly that the boss wasn’t my biggest fan. I was such a damn child. I can’t beli...
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September 21, 2022

Reminding myself to zoom out

Zoom out. You’re doing better than you realize. That’s what I’m trying to tell myself at least. It’s hard to see the full magnitude of where you are in life and the progress you’re making towards your goals. Like most, I’m assuming, it’s a tall ask to get out of your head, take a breath, and zoom out – see the macro over the micro. Per...
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September 1, 2022

Remove decisions from your life

35,000 – that’s the number of decisions the average person makes in a single day. That’s 127,750,000 decisions a year… at minimum. That’s a hell of a lot of brain power needed, especially when the majority of decision you need to make are so damn tedious. It’s no wonder people are getting decision fatigue left and right. I mean, why ad...
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August 29, 2022

Minimalist Phone Wallpaper Pack (Download Now)

I normally don't do the whole "digital download" pitch to folks, but wanted to share this one because it was a fun little project. I made a few minimalist phone wallpapers for personal use and figured others might dig them too. Download now and get your minimalism on 🤙 GET THEM NOW -Alex Medick
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August 26, 2022

How I'm Forming New Habits

Every December was the same – I’d sit down and write my list of habits that I wants to change in the new year. Did I keep 99.9% of them? Of course I fucking didn’t. But why? Why would I want to form a new habit but not keep it? We all do this. Everyone reading this knows what I’m talking about. After all, approximately 91% of people th...
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August 15, 2022

How to mass-delete Instagram posts

Have you ever wanted to completely wipe out all of your old IG posts? You know, do the Beyonce thing where you have a blank IG page before a random midnight tonight album drop occurs? Well if you do it the promoted way, it's tedious and a pain in the ass. Here's the back-end way to do it that saves a whole bunch on time and is super si...
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August 2, 2022

Tips For Asynchronous Remote Work: A Conversation With Spot

I recently did a Spot Meeting with the awesome team at Spot to discuss my views on remote work. I also share some tips about what we do at Inside.com to maximize our fully-distributed team without being insane micro-managers. ----- When teams are distributed, it can be hard to juggle time zones and finding ways to stay on task with var...
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August 1, 2022

Sometimes you have to do hard things.

Sometimes in startup land, you have to do hard things. A lot of folks out there think startups are on some linear growth path where you have an idea, you build it, and you stay the course. False. In startups, you have to get used to the culture of experimentation. Sometimes what you start out building is thrown to the wayside while you...
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July 21, 2022

Why I'm Saying "Aloha" Nowadays

I recently watched a documentary about Duke Kahanamoku called Waterman. First off, the documentary is killer! I highly recommend it. I’ll drop a link to the trailer lower in this post Secondly, in the documentary, they really dove into the meaning behind the word Aloha. Like most folks, I just assumed that it was a way of saying hello ...
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July 18, 2022

The 5 Most Important Skills You Need As An Entrepreneur

I was recently cruising Reddit to do research for a growth experimentation idea. In my scrolling, I came across this question in r/entrepreneur: There were tons of responses, but I could tell they all came from early-in-their career entrepreneurs. It was basic shit like learn sales, learn to code, blah blah blah. Like I said, basic. Yo...
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July 14, 2022

AA and the 12 Steps

You know the old saying, “you never really know what someone is going through?” I’m probably one of the greatest case studies for this quote. On the outside, I have a great family, killer job, and we’re all healthy with a roof over our heads. Internally though, I face a lot of struggles with depression, anxiety, self-doubt, and just lo...
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July 13, 2022

10 Lessons From 35 Years Of Life

July 15th marks my 35th birthday. Yep, 35 years around the sun, as the trendy people on social media say. Since I’m “seasoned” now, I feel like I should share 10 lessons I’ve learned in my 35 years of life. Hope you get something from this and give some of these a shot. 10 Lessons From 35 Years Of Life 1. When you find happiness at hom...
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June 29, 2022

Fuck therapy… but you should totally do it

Let me tell you… therapy is a double edged sword. On one hand, fuck it sucks. On the other, damn it’s good for the soul. I resisted therapy for an incredibly long time. I didn’t want to sit there and pour my soul out to someone. No one needs to see what’s going on in my head. I don’t want to drive them insane with my insanity. Also, ta...
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June 22, 2022

Push Publish On That Lazy Blog Post

I came across a tweet earlier that was in defense of lazy blog posts 👇 I couldn’t agree more! The world is so indoctrinated in the ways of the almighty Google search algorithm that they forget what blogging is all about… (aka – they’re scared AF of the algorithm… dun dun dun) Sharing the shit that is on your mind and seeing if it conne...
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June 20, 2022

On the wagon, off the wagon, back on the wagon.

I’ve always loved a good drink. Red wine and tequila are my jam. But sometimes in life, you have to realize when things aren’t serving you anymore and have to sever the connection cord. Here's a glimpse into why I stopped drinking: Read Post Here If you like this post, I can definitely dive deeper and get way more personal. . Let me kn...
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June 17, 2022

7 Growth Marketing Skills To Have In Your Arsenal

So you want to be a growth marketer. Dope! I support this. I love marketing and passing on some of my knowledge…. And by knowledge, I mean all of the craziness that my brain has absorbed over the years. If you want to be a growth marketer, here are some basic skills you need to lock down. I’d like to preface this by saying you don’t ne...
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June 16, 2022

Kuppy Has Finally Arrived

The time has come, ladies and germs. Kuppy is finally available. After a global pandemic and manufacturing issues that were just beyond bananas, the Kuppy team and I are so stoked to finally have this product in the hands of our customers. What is Kuppy? Kuppy is a modern drying rack that keeps your drying mat tidy and your drinkware d...
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June 15, 2022

The Morning Checklist (plus 2 habits that need to stop)

The sun is rising. Birds are chirping. The wonder and glory of a new day is happening all around you. Yet you’re still groggy eyed and hitting snooze begging the universe for just 15 more minutes of sleep. After the snooze alarm goes off, you drag your ass out of bed and sluggishly go off into the world… you know, to enjoy that amazing...
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June 8, 2022

Two Work Modes: Get ‘Em or Zen ‘Em

Welcome to the duality of me when it comes to work… hell, probably life too. But I’m going to focus on work here. I have two modes when it comes to working… Get ‘Em or Zen ‘Em. Both modes are complete opposites, and an internal battle, with how I feel that the workplace should be. On the zen side of life… I believe in calm, asynchronou...
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June 7, 2022

So I stopped consulting, I think...

Okay, so I stopped being a consultant. I think… In 2014, I needed to make some extra cash, so I started TNS. It was a solo consulting shop where I worked with SMBs in website dev, SEO, paid digital ads, and funnel design. Over the years, my side-hustle was getting way too big and I made it my main thing. It was fun, but then I started ...
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June 1, 2022

Would you return to the office? 🤷‍♂️

Elon Musk announced that he is ending work from home and that all executives must return to the corporate headquarters or resign. Needless to say, tech Twitter is blowing up about this. Me on the other hand… I get it. I get the need to return to the office – the need to make the in-person magic return. For some companies, it’s good for...
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May 25, 2022

The Startup Marketers Tech Stack (12 Tools To Use) 🧰

So you’re a marketer at a startup. Rad. I am too. That is neat. If there’s two things to know at a startup it’s that cash is precious and growth is king! Now, you’re probably racking your brain trying to help you find the right tools that can help you maximize performance without breaking the bank. I’ve been there. The problem when you...
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May 23, 2022

Build products with a stance and point of view 🎭

The other day, my flight from LAX to LAS was delayed a few hours. To kill some time, I took to twitter and opened up an AMA. That’s when this great question came my way: Product before branding or visa versa? As someone that does both marketing and product, I thought this was a particularly interesting question. To me, it’s not a matte...
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May 16, 2022

I’m An Accidental Product Manager 🛠

I accidentally became a product manager. As most of you know, my official professional title in life has typically been Growth Marketer or Chief Marketing Officer. I never once thought of myself as a Product Manager. That changed in 2021. Inside.com began working on a social network of sorts. Someone internally had to take charge (we’r...
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