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Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

Fitness/life guru Tim Ferriss just posted my guest article on ff Venture Capital's approach to building a fitness office. (Thanks Tim!) I've attached below my original, much more detailed blog post about the details of how we've designed our office to help people stay healthy and be as productive as [...continue reading]

The Ultimate Office for Athletes and People Seeking a Healthier Lifestyle

When Arnold Schwarzenegger first came to America and started becoming the world's most successful bodybuilder, he and fellow bodybuilder Franco Columbu worked during the day as bricklayers. Effectively, their work was their workout. Plus, of course, they hit the gym hard and heavy. Unfortunately, [...continue reading]

Seeking template project plan for a startup business

(jurvetson image via Flickr) I'm currently advising two startup businesses, and on their behalf my colleague Corentin Roux dit Buisson and I set out looking for a detailed template project plan for starting a new company. However, we haven't yet succeeded. Do any readers have ideas? Whilst [...continue reading]

Invitation to NYC July 14 Private Dinner: How Operating CEOs Can Work with Private Equity Funds

How Operating CEOs Can Work with Private Equity Funds Gain insight into how you can work with private equity funds at a private dinner. Sponsors: Castle Harlan (leading private equity fund, with $3 billion in cumulative assets managed) CEO Trust (invitation-only group for CEOs of [...continue reading]

The Art of Email Writing

  A constant complaint we hear around the office is that emails we receive (and sometimes send) are poorly written or unclear.  According to "How to Write a Perfect Email", when writing an email that warrants a reply, there are four key components to get a quick and valid response:   1. Brevity- [...continue reading]

Best Practices in Writing Emails–Policy for a Multinational Corporation

Our new parent company, Evalueserve, is highly dependent on email for internal and external communications. They also hire every year hundreds of recent graduates (particularly in India, China, and Chile) who are usually not familiar with the protocols of business communication via email. The [...continue reading]

Bit Literacy

I'm a longtime fan of the design philosophy and work of CreativeGood. Every time I've written a web design spec, I've required the designers to look at that site. Mark Hurst, founder of Creative Good and Good Experience, and host of the Gel conference (Good Experience Live), has just released his [...continue reading]

RetailMeNot: Retail coupons for online stores

The creator of BugMeNot.com has launched http://www.retailmenot.com/, which provides coupon codes for retail stores, without the privacy-infringing registration requirements. A very useful tool. Many online stores allow for a "coupon" or "promotion" code when you order to automatically assign [...continue reading]