Thirty years ago, Guy Kawasaki was the chief evangelist for a little company called Apple. As he explains it, "When I saw what Macintosh could do, the clouds parted and the angels started singing." Since leaving Apple, Guy has founded several companies (including software developers ACIUS and Fog City Software, venture capital fund Garage, and online magazine rack Alltop), established a career in consulting and public speaking, and written ten books. He even played the role of publisher with his most recent book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entreprenuer. We wanted to find out how Guy manages it all, so we stole a few minutes out of his schedule to talk about apps, gadgets, workspaces, and more. Did we miss something? Guy is chatting live for the next hour, so you can ask him yourself!
"I was 35 years old and miserable and the only thing that made me happy was this dumb little fantasy sports website that I had started on the side." Fast forward nearly a decade later, and Matthew Berry's side gig is a thriving full-time dream job. As the Senior Fantasy Analyst at ESPN, Matthew is a leading voice on all things fantasy football and baseball. He's a regular figure on ESPN TV, a columnist and podcaster at ESPN.com, and now a published author—his book Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It came out just last week. We stole a few minutes of Matthew's crazy schedule to talk about workspaces, apps, inspirations, and more.
We talk a lot about willpower here at Lifehacker—why it's important, the science behind it, and how to boost it. Kelly McGonigal's career is dedicated to researching these things. As a psychologist and lecturer at Stanford, her work (and most recent book, The Willpower Instinct) focuses on self-control, motivation, procrastination, and how to overcome challenges to create healthier habits. When Kelly's not in the classroom (or on stage at TED), she's a founding member of the Yoga Service Council and group fitness instructor. We stole a few minutes of Kelly's very busy schedule (she did this interview via email on a plane!) to find out her best time-saving tricks, favorite playlists, and most inspiring advice.
If you're at all interested in the science and psychology of motivation, chances are you've read Daniel Pink's bestseller Drive. In it, he argues that three simple things propel us: autonomy (wanting to direct our own lives), mastery (wanting to be good at something), and purpose (wanting to make a difference). Now, Daniel is tackling the art of persuasion in his newest book, To Sell Is Human. We caught up with the author (and Al Gore's former chief speechwriter!) to find out his favorite apps, time-savers, and inspirations.
"I recommend everyone either fix your job or quit it." No one is better suited to dish out this wisdom than Brian Lam. In 2011, after running the show at our sister site Gizmodo for five years, Brian started The Wirecutter. It's not a blog and it's not a news site—it's simply a guide to the world's best gadgets. The Wirecutter publishes 10 or so posts each month, giving Brian time to do other stuff he's passionate about (including surfing and writing about the ocean). If he wasn't such a genuinely awesome human, I'd hate his guts out of sheer jealousy. Here's what Brian had to say about workspaces, favorite gadgets, and more.
It's hard to go online without seeing a product or project Tina Roth Eisenberg has had a hand in. Your friend Instagrammed an arm full of temporary Tattly ink? Tina. A colleague checked into the coworking space Studiomates? Tina. You discovered an incredibly cool new artist on the design blog Swissmiss? That's right—Tina. She's also the force behind the minimalist calendar app TeuxDeux and the monthly breakfast lecture series Creative Mornings. How does she do it all? And more importantly, how does she do it all and remain so genuinely happy and inspired? We caught up with her to find out.