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Month: November 2015

Meaning in Work

I’m reading a biography on Jim Henson. He loved his work and described how work is a crucial part of our lives. Accomplishing something is a more fulfilling feeling than the money you earn for doing it.¬† Of course, most of us wouldn’t work at our jobs without being paid. However, if you look at the reasons most people leave their jobs, money typically isn’t it. Poor relationship with your boss and coworkers is usually at the top of the list. I believe that finding meaning (or lackthereof) in your work is crucial to productivity and happiness in the workplace.…

Who I Follow and Connect

Twitter and LinkedIn have very different algorithms for me. Who I follow on Twitter Hardly anyone. The stream gets to be too much for me. I can’t follow it. So I end up following just the accounts I really care about. It’s just 5. Codrops – I am in love with the effects on this site and want to see any new ones right away. Panda – This is basically a Design article aggregator. I could use their browser plugins, but I find Twitter to be the perfect vehicle for looking at them. Icons8 – This is my new Icons…

Information Architecture FTW

I crushed it today. Yes, I’m not humble about this. No apologies. Let me rewind. I’ve been working on the information architecture for the Engagio application over the past couple of weeks. This means that I am wrapping my head around the various objects you need to do Account Based Marketing. Think about a random big company, like General Motors. How are the different departments and people organized? It can be very complicated. The goal of information architecture is to create a structure that make sense to users. A structure that allows you to accomplish your goals and remember where…

My Designer Software Kit

It’s fun to set up a new computer. I have the new Dell XPS 13 running Windows 10 (insider fast track). The resolution is a ridiculous 3200×1800. If a program doesn’t have proper scaling it looks itty bitty. So anyway, I set up my new machine. Here is a list of my desktop software: (doesn’t include any web software like WordPress, Trello, etc) Google Drive Desktop App – Great service Slack Desktop App – No more email! Photoshop Microsoft Office 2016 Icons8 – my new favorite icon system Firefox – Chrome is great, but I am trying Firefox these days…

Slack: Life without Email

I often told people that Eloqua had more functionality than Marketo. I also said it didn’t matter. Marketo beat Eloqua for a different reason. It wasn’t what you could do, but HOW you could do it. UX Rule #12: It’s not how many things you can do, it’s HOW you can get them done. It’s the experience. A couple of years ago Salesforce released Chatter as a company-wide messaging and collaboration tool. I hated it. The experience sucked. The technology sucked. It ended up that very few people outside of sales used it. It didn’t replace email or even instant…

New Adventure: Engagio

I had alot of choices of what to do next. I could have managed a large team of designers in New York, Boston, Washington DC or San Francisco. I could have pursued possibilities¬†at large (yet exciting) companies like Google. I could have joined a new startup again. The Bay Area is just so awesome, I couldn’t imagine leaving. A guy at Google was actually very helpful in this process. In talking with him, I realized that what I missed the most was making something awesome with a small group of great engineers. I had grown tired of the 900 person…

Farewell Marketo

This is the second time that I am blogging that I am leaving Marketo. I joined the company, as the first non-founding employee, in 2007. Then, in 2009 I left to try a different company and progress my career. After nine months, I realized that I missed Marketo and they missed me. So I rejoined in May of 2010. During my time at Marketo, I have invented and designed wonderful products and features, made hundreds of long-lasting relationships with excellent professionals, and led people towards an exciting and prosperous vision. I have been in charge (at various times) of product…