Dom Leca

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Zen CEO

I visited Square offices last week. Met with Jack Dorsey and asked him how he manages to run both Twitter and Square at the same time.
He told me that it required a lot of discipline, a very tight schedule and he gave me a book suggesting part of the answer to my question could be found there.

The book is Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
by Leonard Koren.

Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience.

It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
It is a beauty of things modest and humble.
It is a beauty of things unconventional.

At one point in the book, Koren compares Wabi-Sabi to Modernism.
It helps grasp the concept.

Modernism is:

  • absolute
  • implies a rational worldview
  • believes in the control of nature, mass-production, everlasting things
  • function and utility...

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Foundation

17 interviews of tech entrepreneurs by Kevin Rose.
The 1st one with Jack Dorsey is great.

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Earthlings

Great documentary on how society treats animal narrated by J.Phoenix.
Have a look. It’s free.

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Proud dad of a generation

Great interview of Loren Brichter by Ellis Hamburger on The Verge.

From the widely adopted pull-to-refresh to the Tweetie sidebar and stacked panels, Loren Brichter has indeed given birth to a new generation of applications.

Sparrow would not exist if it wasn’t for him.
We’re now lucky enough to have him as an advisor.

I can’t wait to see his secret projects.

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But does it float

My favorite place on the Internet.
Edited by @atleykins, @folkertgorter and @50wattsdotcom.

The blog runs on Cargo which goal is to dramatically increase the accessibility and exposure of creative individuals on the Internet.

A job perfectly done.

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Restroom state of mind

It’s difficult to evaluate the general mood in a company.
From the few experiences I had (6), the restroom rule proved to be right every time.

The rule is quite simple.
There is a direct relationship between the level of ‘happiness’ and the restroom cleanliness.
The happier, the cleaner.

I was once working in a merger & acquisition firm in London and the restroom were worst than in a nursery. People were obviously either fascinated by wall pee patterns or just deliberately urinating in a way that let them express their anger in the most stupid way.

If your office toilets are dirty, don’t blame the cleaning lady, you’re the one doing it wrong.

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Magic Ink

Bret Victor’s Magic Ink is without any doubt the best thing I have read on UI/UX design since I started designing applications.
Do yourself a favor and read it (twice).

I also strongly recommend Bret’s video presentation at CUSEC 2012: Inventing on Principle

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