Nathan Sykes

April 18, 2021

Basecamp 4 Feature Request: Voice Recordings

Happy Sunday! Short post today (there's a lot in a row because I'm on vacation). I'm a big fan of everything Basecamp does - they actually created the platform you're reading this on, HEY World, as a larger part of their new email client. Before I enjoyed HEY, I was a longtime user of their main product, Basecamp! It's a project manage...
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April 17, 2021

Speaking As If I'm An Actor

Happy Saturday! Short post today. I've struggled with stuttering for quite a bit of my life. It used to be worse, but it could be better. I've been attending speech therapy twice a week for half a decade now, with varying degrees of success. Something I've been focusing on that has been helpful quite recently is pretending I'm acting w...
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April 16, 2021

What is Gapingvoid up to?

Happy Friday! Short post today. If you're not familiar, Gapingvoid is a culture design consulting group that has some very interesting ideas about how culture should be created inside of a growing company. They first popped up on my radar in the land of Joe Polish - his office is full of their paintings, all custom commissioned as part...
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April 15, 2021

Todoist’s Interesting FOMO Marketing Play

Happy Thursday! Short post today. My productivity platform of choice is Todoist because of its simplicity. If you're interested in an in-depth walkthrough of how I get shit done, then head over to my April 8 blog post on my productivity workflow using Todoist. At the end of every day, when you're done with all of your tasks, it congrat...
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April 14, 2021

Business Plans Are Stupid

Unless you're trying to actively raise money, business plans are a waste of your time. Let's walk through what the process of a business plan looks like. You spend some time drafting the executive summary, and you start to go nitty gritty into the details. The products you'll offer. The customers you'll target. That's all well and fine...
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April 13, 2021

There's Lots Of Money Sloshing Around

This thing we call finance is quite a beast. $5,100,000,000,000 (that's $5 trillion dollars) is traded between folks each and every single day, according to the Bank of International Settlements. There's so much money sloshing around our systems each and every day, that we've had to create brand new asset classes to handle it all. And ...
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April 12, 2021

The Risk Of Having Big Clients

I read a lot of Jason Fried and DHH's writing, but one article I love in particular is their SvN classic, "Don't let anyone overpay you". It's part of what inspired our acquisition strategy at Howdy Interactive - we do our best to stay away from companies that have a single customer representing 2% or more of their global sales (statis...
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April 11, 2021

Happy birthday

Happy Sunday! Short post today. I turned 18 at 12:00am on April 11th, 2021. I happened to be watching SNL, which was perfect! I've received lots of birthday congrats and wishes, and a big thank you for those. Seth Godin has a great blog post on titled "Happy birthday" where he asks his readers to donate to charity. I'm not g...
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April 10, 2021

Digital Continuity Programs

Happy Saturday! Short post today. Recurring revenue is rightfully a huge deal when it comes to eventually selling or buying a company. Something like a SaaS company will fetch a larger price tag because of the cash flow it's producing on a monthly basis. That's why there are entire PE firms that solely exist to buy, manage, and eventua...
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April 9, 2021

Joe Polish's Sabbatical

I've had the pleasure of speaking and being in the company of Joe Polish a handful of times, usually at his mastermind group, Genius Network. I promise the community is better than what the name implies. Joe is an excellent connector, communicator, and host of events that connect high level entrepreneurs. His commitment to also hosting...
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