Fits + Starts

Fits + Starts
An ongoing conversation about work, internet culture, and what it means to be a mindful 20-something at the beginning of your career.

30: Meritocracy ++
Jul 25, 2018 • 53 min
We like Notion (sort of), Daniel hates Basecamp, and John is prototyping board games. Then Daniel lays out his unified field theory of software engineering and pounds the table for collective bargaining.
29: Ominous death clock
Feb 14, 2018 • 37 min
In our season finale, we talk about time and attention. Daniel takes John to task about whether or not time exists. And then we talk about ego. We’ll be back with Season 4 soon!
28: Heroic feats of workaholism (with Stephen Hackett)
Jan 24, 2018 • 45 min co-founder Stephen Hackett stops in to talk about the perils of finding personal identity in your work, whether or not it’s important to “love” what you do, and the weird experience of having an emotional relationship with a corporation.
27: Discipline December pt. 2 (with Caleb Porzio)
Jan 3, 2018 • 49 min
This week we recap Discipline December. We talk discipline as a tool, the downside of letting fear motivate your work, and using experiments to diagnose your problems. Then John loses his mind over how much he loves “Holy Hour”.
26: Ego depletion
Dec 20, 2017 • 31 min
We return to form with this old school episode with no guest. John is having a hard time getting things done, and Daniel has ideas for how to help. We discuss working from home, making good check lists, slowing your roll, and taking notes.
25: Discipline December (with Caleb Porzio)
Dec 6, 2017 • 45 min
Daniel is going to be disciplined for (almost) a whole month! This is a very meta episode: protestant work ethic, work habits, budgeting, food, exercise, checklists, tidying up, and more! Follow along with our progress in the link in the show notes. If…
24: Many a hustle (with Michael Johnson)
Nov 22, 2017 • 43 min
Long time friend Michael Johnson calls in for our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. We talk vlogging, managing multiple side hustles, unifying your life, finding identity, and living life without a calendar. Special Guest: Michael Johnson. Links: - [Patreon (Listener…
23: Total depravity (with Nancy French)
Nov 8, 2017 • 40 min
4-time NYT Best Selling Author Nancy French shares her thoughts on being a Conservative writer in the era of Trump. Nancy recently left the Republican party and faced harassment from the Alt-Right. We also get into the relationship between pop culture and…
22: I call it poetry, you call it content (with Aaron Belz)
Oct 25, 2017 • 49 min
John’s cousin Aaron Belz drops by to talk about how businesses use language, the difference between students and young employees, how social media can shape the way people make creative stuff online, baseball, and more! Aaron is a poet and essayist who…
21: Thinking in public (with Mike Rugnetta)
Oct 11, 2017 • 50 min
Mike Rugnetta drops some knowledge about how to improve internet discourse, maintaining a productive comment section, focusing on the right stuff, why people join internet communities, and what it means for something to “end” on the internet. Lastly, we…
20: Talking about the show on the show
Aug 2, 2017 • 34 min
We’re about to take a short break! This episode is about where the show has been and where it is going. John sings the praises of incrementalism. Our list of dream guests is getting long. Links: - [Fits + Starts Listener…
19: Idealogical Purity Ideas (with Brianna Wu)
Jul 19, 2017 • 55 min
Brianna is running for Congress! She stops by to share her insights about the work of running a campaign, seeking to support people you don’t agree with, and why Millennials need to take direct action instead of making symbolic political gestures. We also…
18: Eventually it sucks less (with Merlin Mann)
Jul 5, 2017 • 59 min
Merlin stops by to talk about finding a job that fits you, prototyping your future, and manufacturing care. Then we have a lot of rapid fire questions for him. Special Guest: Merlin Mann. Links: - [Independent Writer, Speaker, and Broadcaster - Merlin…
17: Make the Internet Better (with Anil Dash)
Jun 21, 2017 • 59 min
Anil Dash (Founder / Writer / Speaker / Blogger / Preeminent force on the Internet) argues for a new definition of “open” on the web. We ask for advice on how to be more inclusive as a non-manager. Daniel has some big ideas about infrastructure. Hit us up…
16: Six-month-ago You (with Adam Wathan)
Jun 7, 2017 • 31 min
Programmer, author, and teacher Adam Wathan stops by to talk about working in public, asking stupid questions, charting a weird career path, and dropping knowledge on your peers. Hit us up on Twitter: Fits and Starts: @fits\_and\_starts Daniel:…
15: Bottle Episode
May 24, 2017 • 36 min
We just saw each other in Chicago! John is a friend of The show is changing. John is afraid that his life is too comfortable. Daniel thinks it’s all about leaning into your fear. We think that Donald Trump and Smash Mouth are indications that…
14: Obvious Questions Without Obvious Answers (with Estelle Caswell)
May 10, 2017 • 32 min
Along with our guest Estelle Caswell, we discuss Twitter, YouTube comments, and how to handle negative feedback (especially in public). Then we talk about that magical moment when your work becomes less scary to you. Finally, we talk about Kanye West,…
13: Motivating an Animal (with Matt Stauffer)
Apr 26, 2017 • 57 min
Matt enumerates the differences between venture-backed and bootstrapped businesses. We discuss the difference between “useful” and “good” traits. Matt has some advice on how to talk about your strengths without sounding like a jerk, and then John meets a…
12: Clearing Up Mindspace (with Jake Thomsen)
Apr 12, 2017 • 44 min
Guest host Jake Thomsen explains the real meaning of great operations / processes. John tries (and fails) to apply economic ideas to his personal life. Daniel blows everyone’s mind with some mysticism. And then Jake settles a long-standing debate about…
11: Everybody’s My Boss (with Kelly Walker)
Mar 29, 2017 • 40 min
We discuss the very gross, but very real idea of personal brands. Kelly and Daniel talk about the exhausting plight of the freelancer. We also discuss turning your passion into your career, and mindfulness practices. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts…
10: Strapped to the Mast (with Zay Smallman)
Mar 15, 2017 • 52 min
Along with our inaugural guest host Zay Smallman, we discuss who should and shouldn’t take venture capital money, misadventures in Human Resources, and John takes Zay to task on strategy in the film industry. Zay is a co-founder at Fancy Rhino and Mama…
9: Expectations You’re Not Entitled To
Feb 22, 2017 • 41 min
We discus where the show is and where it’s headed. John wonders about when the right time is to change careers. Daniel thinks it’s important to check your entitlement. Then Daniel has some personal finance tips, and John buys a SodaStream! Hit us up on…
8: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Goals
Feb 8, 2017 • 41 min
We talk about growing out of being a slug-like process person. John claims erroneously to be a Californian. What does it take to claim that you’ve been to a state? John was late to recording this episode because he has disabled all notifications on his…
7: Fix Your Pet Bug
Jan 25, 2017 • 51 min
We talk about personality tests, and how they can guide your career path. Daniel is taken in by John wonders how to solve for his many shortcomings, and wonders if Daniel will be promoted to the level of his own incompetency. AND THEN…
6: Too Proud to Touch the Monolith
Jan 11, 2017 • 42 min
Daniel lays siege to Nevada. John has some existential dread about Apple. We discuss how to know when a project is working, and how to measure success. John has a great scam for Black Friday. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts - @fits\_and\_starts…
5: Closing the Gap
Dec 28, 2016 • 41 min
The Greyhound bus system is a loosely held anarchy. Travel is insanity. It’s hard to learn anything more from geniuses than how to hide your work. John moves back to the USA. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts - @fits\_and\_starts Daniel - @dcoulbourne…
4: Internet Civics
Dec 14, 2016 • 41 min
We talk about working remotely, being a good citizen on the internet, and John’s fridge. We appeal to your kind sensibilities to subscribe. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts - @fits\_and\_starts Daniel - @dcoulbourne John - @johnrudolphdrex Links: -…
3: Five Jobs and a Bunch of Dogwhistles
Dec 3, 2016 • 49 min
We talk about the theoretical idea of a job and knowing what a job is like, our process of making the show. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts - @fits\_and\_starts Daniel - @dcoulbourne John - @johnrudolphdrex Links: - [Reserve…
2: Ducks in a Row
Nov 26, 2016 • 37 min
We discuss getting your ducks in a row, the connection between mental hygiene and corporate culture, and the phenomenology of dogs. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts - @fits\_and\_starts Daniel - @dcoulbourne John - @johnrudolphdrex Links: - [have…
1: Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires
Nov 22, 2016 • 33 min
We discuss the phenomenon of visionary bro culture. Daniel wonders about why helpful people are helpful. We get an unexpected update from a college friend. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts - @fits\_and\_starts Daniel - @dcoulbourne John -…
0: Episode Zero
Nov 22, 2016 • 30 min
We figure out what the show is about. Daniel takes John to task on the Protestant Work Ethic. We reminisce about a DIY shelf, and we have two very different takes on how it was built. Hit us up on Twitter! Fits and Starts - @fits\_and\_starts Daniel -…