:focus state - a tech and productivity show

:focus state - a tech and productivity show

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Technology, Productivity, Futurism, Big Ideas, Small Ideas. Every Thursday, Ryan Bott, Mark Spirek and guests talk ideas in technology and personal productivity. We discuss our thoughts and predictions to high level questions on the future and what the impact of tech is as well as our experiences with new tech. We also have weekly challenges: everything from watching a 30+ year old movie we haven’t seen to bullet journaling to reaching out to those outside of our league. Our goal is to get out of the echo chamber and discuss the small things that make the biggest impact in our lives. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support


E3 2019 - Gaming and Next Gen Consoles
Jun 13 • 138 min
This week Ryan is joined by Nathan Drake (@MelonHawk on Twitch) to talk all about E3 2019. We run through all the shows, including Google Stadia and their price point and discuss how Stadia will not really shine until 2020, although Ryan immediately…
Apple’s WWDC 2019
Jun 6 • 70 min
This episode, Ryan and Mark talk all about Apples WWDC 2019 keynote, run down why WatchOS still doesn’t feel all the way there. Ryan’s excitement for the new privacy features like ‘only once’ location sharing, Sign in with Apple, and Unknown calls to…
Eat: Impossible Burgers
May 30 • 28 min
In this episode, we talk our experience eating Impossible burgers. Mark’s commitment to eliminating meat and the future of bio-created and plant based meat. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
Privacy in Tech, GDPR, and consumer data rights
May 23 • 54 min
Privacy in Tech, GDPR, and consumer data rights —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
50 Books in 30 Days: End Game
May 16 • 24 min
The Challenge is finally over and was a success! We break down the biggest takeaways, some stats and numbers, and talk what it means to focus in on a big challenge. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
Google I/O 2019, Microsoft Build, the rise of services and the mid-tier
May 9 • 47 min
Ryan just may pick up the Pixel 3a. We talk the state of Googles products, where Apple’s upcoming services is juxtaposed to Microsoft’s Enterprise play and how the future of tech software doesn’t always look like it’s feature rich, but the experience…
50 Book Challenge pt. 4: 2/3 of the way through. Big Takeaways, Richard Branson, and Auto Biographies
Apr 29 • 18 min
We’re getting past the 2/3 point of the 50 Books in 30 Challenges and discuss the big takeaways and the inspiration that’s been coming from taking this challenge. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
Why are companies killing off their own services?
Apr 22 • 38 min
In this episode, we say RIP to Google Inbox and talk about the many apps and services that tech companies kill off. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
Electric Vehicles
Apr 18 • 37 min
In this episode of :focus state, we talk Electric Vehicles, the if all cars should be required to be electric off the line in the next few years, are fully autonomous Uber fleets up and coming and more. http://focusstate.com —- Support this podcast:…
Apple’s Special Event - March 2019
Apr 9 • 50 min
In this Episode we are breaking down the Apple event, going through Apple’s new gaming membership and the rest of their news, video and TV products. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
50 Books Challenge pt 3. Keeping pace with busy pace, talking iPads and e-ink readers
Apr 4 • 20 min
This episode I’m at 21 books in 13 days, but work life gets busy. We talk the challenges and what the second half of this challenge looks like. We also talk the platforms I’m reading on, mostly the Kindle app on iPad and talking Mark’s new e-ink reader…
Equipping a fully Solar house
Apr 1 • 26 min
Mark is prepping to go fully solar at his house. We talk the rational, how many panels, the costs and challenges in doing so and what the practicality of going mostly solar is for his future. http://focusstate.com —- Support this podcast:…
The Hardest Part of 50 Books in 30 Days
Mar 28 • 35 min
We deep dive into the books Ryan’s read over the first part of his Challenge. The first five books are: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon…
Bonus: I’m about to read 50 productivity books in 30 days
Mar 22 • 16 min
This is the start of a 30 day challenge that Ryan is attempting: to read 50 self-help and productivity books in 30 days. In this Bonus episode (really the part of the last challenge that ran way long) we discuss why this is important, what Ryan’s goal…
Watch: Twin Peaks and Star Trek: TNG, Comparing TV culture today to 30 years ago
Mar 21 • 52 min
Ryan watches Star Trek: TNG (and a new Episode of Discovery) as Mark watches Twin Peaks. Our thoughts on how those shows hold up and what has changed in the last 20 to 30 years. Twin Peaks Episodes: “Pilot”, “Traces to Nowhere”, “Zen, or the Skill to…
Adobe Creative Cloud Alternatives
Mar 19 • 36 min
What viable alternatives are there to Creative Cloud. Is the Subscription model something more people will draw away from? Apps like Sketch replaced a lot of Web mocks done on Adobe Illustrator, but not much else has come since. Our next Challenge is for…
Challenge: Read a Newspaper
Mar 14 • 41 min
Topic: Read a Newspaper “The failing” New York Times What are these newspapers that end up in my front lawn? Online newspapers? ($2/week but charge $8?) What newspapers did we choose? Where do you find a newspaper? Have you ever bought one before? —-…
Interview: Creating an Etherium Mining Business
Mar 11 • 71 min
This episode, our Things I Got Wrong co-host, Stu Hopkins joins us to walk through the entire process of Etherium mining. The ups, downs and struggles of trying to scale a venture like this. The challenges and insights into the business that sprouted…
Challenge: Keep a Bullet Journal
Mar 7 • 35 min
This episode our co-host on Things I Got Wrong, Rachel Miller, joins to talk Bullet Journaling, how it helps her keep track a busy life and how both Ryan and Mark derive their to-do and task keeping methods. Origin…
Retail Wasteland: The Current State of Retail Stores
Mar 6 • 31 min
What was the last retail store you went to (not target/Walmart) and why? Angela Ahrendts leaves apple https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/5/18212657/apple-retail-chief-angela-ahrendts-leaving-replacement Sears liquidates?…
Challenge: Meditate for 5 minutes a day
Mar 1 • 31 min
In this episode of :focus state, we try our hand at meditating and discuss what enlightened nirvana we found along the way. We go back through some of the apps we used in the past and how they hold up. https://focusstate.com —- Support this podcast:…
Watch: Fyre Festival Docs - Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu
Feb 25 • 41 min
Watch: Fyre Festival Docs - Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
Remote Work Culture
Feb 25 • 34 min
Latest episode of :focus state —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
Using Trello
Feb 18 • 46 min
We discuss some of the unique ways we use Trello, how Ryan’s yearly goals are tracked using Trello and other alternatives to to-do lists and calendars. Check out https://focusstate.com —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/focusstate/support
Challenge: FiveThirtyEight’s Personality Quiz
Feb 14 • 29 min
In our first challenge episode, we start by taking FiveThirtyEight’s new “data backed” Personality Quiz “that doesn’t suck”: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/personality-quiz/ Our Next Challenge is to watch the new Fyre Festival docs on Netflix and…
Talking tech and what :focus state is
Feb 11 • 49 min
In our very first episode, we talk about our thoughts on tech podcasts and what we want to see out of a new show. We talk Mark’s experience with his Tesla, our phones and what the format of the show will look like. —- Support this podcast:…