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These are some of our favorite books, movies, music, articles and audios. You’re likely to hear them referenced in conversations around the office, on slack or at lunch. Want to discuss any of these below, drop us a line.

Books

Films

Playlists

Podcasts

  • 3.24.20 Daily Action Call by Greensboro Chamber
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, two remote work experts share how to best work and lead from home. Listen
  • Across the Pond by The Allusionist
    The two languages of English. Listen
  • After Hours by Youngme Moon, Mihir A. Desai, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee
    Harvard professors discuss news at the crossroads of business and culture. Listen
  • Akimbo by Seth Godin
    Akimbo's a podcast about our culture and about how we can change it. About seeing what's happening and choosing to do something. Listen
  • Business Model Sandbox by Business Innovation Factory
    Where leaders come to explore and test entire new business models. Listen
  • Digital Planet by Gareth Mitchell
    A podcast that delivers technological and digital news from around the world. Listen
  • Episode 70: Weezer by Song Exploder
    Rivers Cuomo breaks down the meticulous process of making the song “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori”. Listen
  • HBR IdeaCast by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch
    A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management. Listen
  • Hidden Brain by NPR
    Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships. Listen
  • High Resolution by Bobby Ghoshal and Jared Erondu
    High Resolution is a limited video series on product design and design thinking. Listen
  • How I Built This by NPR
    A podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists and their stories about the movements they built. Listen
  • Leadership and Loyalty by Dov Baron
    This podcast covers why building loyalty with millennial employees and customers is different from previous generations. Listen
  • Marketing Over Coffee by John J. Wall and Christopher S. Penn
    Marketing Over Coffee is a marketing podcast, audio on demand that covers both classic and new marketing. Listen
  • On Writing Well by Dorm Room Tycoon
    In this interview, Malcolm Gladwell explains his writing process and where good ideas come from. Listen
  • Opt In Profit by Vanessa Ryan
    The Opt In Profit Podcast is where female entrepreneurs will find actionable, simple tips to turn strangers into fast friends, future clients and customers using an opt in. Listen
  • Raw Milk by Beth Kirby
    The Creative Business Podcast about social media, marketing, branding and blogging. Listen
  • Reply All by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman
    A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it. Listen
  • Safe For Work by Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano
    In every episode, Liz and Rico talks with callers, business leaders and noted know-it-alls who share their hard-earned wisdom from the trenches. Listen
  • Something You Should Know by OmniCast Media
    In each episode, host Mike Carruthers interviews top experts in their field to bring you fascinating information and advice to help you save time and money, advance in your career, become wealthy, improve your relationships and help you simply get more out of life. Listen
  • StartUp by Alex Blumberg
    A show about what it’s really like to start a business. Listen
  • The 10 Commandments of Startup Success by Reid Hoffman
    Actionable lessons from every episode of Masters of Scale. Listen
  • The Anxious Achiever by Morra Aarons-Mele
    Rethink mental health and work, with candid stories from leaders who’ve been there. Listen
  • The Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish
    Get ready to learn from some of the smartest people alive. These long-form interviews will help expand your mind and give you the tools you need to solve problems. Listen
  • The Next Big Idea by Wondery
    Hosted by Rufus Griscom, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think. Listen
  • The Pool and the Stream by 99% Invisible
    The origin story for one Skateboarding's greatest rides Listen
  • The Power of Great Feedback by Jeff Hunter
    Ever wonder what great feedback looks like? In this clip, Jeff Hunter, the CEO of Talentism, teaches us how to give clear feedback to others in order to unleash their potential. Listen
  • The Standard Case by Revisionist History
    A deep dive into a 500-year-old problem-solving approach. Listen
  • The Story of a Brand by Ramon Vela
    The Story of a Brand Podcast is a show focused on e-commerce brands and the entrepreneurs, products, and customers that make up the brand. Listen
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Articles

  • 10 Digital Miscommunications — and How to Avoid Them by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
    In light of this global shift, it’s crucial to take steps to avoid miscommunication when working as part of a virtual team. Learn More
  • 100 Questions Designers Always Ask by Jon Moore
    Design smarter by asking the right questions. Learn More
  • 2 Writing Tips I Apply Every Day by Darius Foroux
    In today’s age, we’re all writers. And here are two writing tips that will make your writing more effective. Learn More
  • 3 Blogging Trends to Get a Jump on Before 2018 by Neil Patel
    Blogging is crucial for bringing in cheaper inbound leads at a higher rate. Here are three blogging trends to get a jump on before 2018. Learn More
  • 3 Ways to Improve Collaboration Between Designers and Developers by Megan Kluttz
    The importance of design in the tech industry has grown tremendously—with a greater appreciation for designers who know how to work within development constraints. Learn More
  • 5 Best Practices For Managing Your Email Marketing List by Tim Asimos
    List maintenance has become a necessary best practice for email marketing success. Learn More
  • 5 Leadership Principles That Inspire Loyalty And Productivity by Jolene Risch
    Are you a leader worth following? Learn More
  • 50+ Places To Repurpose Your Content: The Ultimate Guide by Garrett Moon
    By repurposing our content for a new site or medium, we give it new life and expose it to more new readers. Learn More
  • 8 Habits of Super-Productive People Who Work From Home by Thomas Oppong
    How to keep yourself accountable, collaborative, and productive — even when working from home. Learn More
  • 8 Proven Leadership Ways to Build High-Performing Teams by ProofHub
    You can build a high-performing team just by following the steps mentioned below. Learn More
  • 8 UI design trends for 2020 by Dawid Tomczyk
    The rapid growth of technology influences design trends every year. Learn More
  • A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It’s a Process by Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman
    It’s the same story again and again. First, a team comes up with an idea. Learn More
  • A New Way to Read, Not See, Maps by Mark Tosczak
    The map-navigation software, dubbed Blind Audio Tactile Mapping System (BATS), takes digital map information and provides nonvisual feedback as a user moves a cursor across the map. Learn More
  • A Product Mindset Epiphany by Brian Anderson
    A product mindset includes focusing on achieving desired outcomes. Scope, time, and budget are all flexible and impacted by these outcomes! Learn More
  • A Simple Brand Style Guide: 3 Examples of Easy-to-Use Brand Style Guides by Cassie Green
    A brand style guide, which also may be referred to as a brand manual, brand standards, or brand guidelines, is key to the success of your growing business. Learn More
  • A Strategy Reboot for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs by Christopher D. Connors
    Uncertain times demand that you tweak your business strategy. Learn More
  • Adidas: We over-invested in digital advertising by Sarah Vizard
    Adidas admits that a focus on efficiency rather than effectiveness led it to over-focus on ROI and over-invest in performance and digital at the expense of brand building. Learn More
  • All the Public Startup Pitch Decks in One Place by Andy Sparks
    Part of what’s so cool about our guides is that the community helps build them. Learn More
  • Are You Leading Through the Crisis … or Managing the Response? by Eric J. McNulty and Leonard Marcus
    The actions of executives and their teams now, in the midst of this crisis, will significantly determine their fate. Learn More
  • Before you add another thing to your To Do list, read this. by Ginger Zumaeta
    A framework for doing the things that will move you forward. Learn More
  • Behance Cofounder’s Design Secret: Ignore the Internet by Belinda Lanks
    Adobe acquisition, the beauty of analog inspiration, and why designers need to stop scrolling. Learn More
  • Best Practices: Key Content Tips for Creating Email Content by Kevin Gao
    Here are some key content tips for creating your emails. Learn More
  • Building a company culture of innovation by Emma Woollacott
    In a fast-changing business environment, increasingly reliant on digital technology, leaders must nurture innovative thinking to survive. Learn More
  • Calm also has a coefficient by Seth Godin
    We have to expend effort to create environments of calm, because calm has a coefficient that can’t compete with panic when it comes to spreading. Learn More
  • Can You Define that for Me? by David Horne
    Communication is vital for successful relationships and business. Aligning definitions is one the best activities your teams can do. Learn More
  • Cash flow tactics for microbusinesses by Mark Tosczak
    First, arm yourself with information. Learn More
  • Collaborative Bake Off by David Horne
    A simple process to develop winning creative concepts. Learn More
  • Content Mapping for the Sales Cycle by Nicole Letendre
    Content has to serve a purpose for the business, the audience, or both. Learn More
  • Crash Course: UI Design by Jeff Wang
    UX design is what makes an interface useful, and UI design is what makes an interface beautiful. Learn More
  • Creating Personas by Ben Ralph
    User research should inform the layout — don’t let the layout constrain the research. Learn More
  • Customer Service + Marketing = Improved Customer Experience by Josh Brown
    A look into three steps that will help to improve customer service via your marketing initiatives. Learn More
  • Design the Beginning: Introduction by Julie Zhuo
    The “beginning” is how you introduce something new to a person, and how you will get them to understand its value such that they incorporate it into their lives Learn More
  • Design Thinking: Empathy Maps by Matthew Weprin
    Empathy Maps help to rapidly put your team in the user’s shoes and align on pains and gains — whether at the beginning of a project or mid-stream when you need to re-focus on your user. Learn More
  • Designing for Edge Cases by Jon Moore
    Ever wonder how long you can make a photo caption on Medium? Learn More
  • Do not procrastinate by Tony Walford
    This is the time to focus on nurturing the client relationships you have and to revisit lapsed clients too. Strengthen those relationships. Learn More
  • Email Etiquette: How to Ask for Things and Get a Response by Jocelyn Glei
    When composing an email, this means being clear, concise, and actionable. Learn how you can achieve this with a few simple strategies. Learn More
  • Essential Project Management Skills by Daniel Pasco
    Most people these days wouldn’t fly without an altimeter, speedometer, radar, or aircraft controllers. Working on a project without a competent project manager falls into the same vein. Learn More
  • Fast by Patrick Collison
    Patient doesn’t mean slow. Here is are some examples of collaborations that came together fast to accomplish ambitious things. Learn More
  • Five Topics that Lead Software Projects to Business Success by Augusto Digital
    Building custom software is easy - if you know what the right things to develop are, have skilled resources and you are willing to invest the time and dollars. Learn More
  • Five Unusual Success Tips For Creative Entrepreneurs by Sam Bennett
    Here's a look at unconventional wisdom and unusual success tips to help creative minds get there (wherever there is) faster. Learn More
  • Free shipping is quietly changing the design of your favorite products by Jasper Dekker
    The rise of e-commerce has not only rewritten the rules of shipping and delivery; it has also changed how packaging and products themselves are designed. Learn More
  • Future reading by Craig Mod
    Digital books stagnate in closed, dull systems, while printed books are shareable, lovely and enduring. What comes next? Learn More
  • Give it five minutes by Jason Fried
    Learning to think first rather than react quick is a lifelong pursuit. Learn More
  • Good Leadership Hinges on “Organizational Intelligence” by George Yip and Nelson Phillips
    What it takes to get to the top of an organization. Learn More
  • Google in 2020: From Everyone’s Search Engine to Everyone’s Competitor by Rand Fishkin
    How Google is changing the web's landscape and how marketers can respond. Learn More
  • Great PMs don’t spend their time on solutions by Paul Adams
    Dive into your Project Management skills and learn how to prioritize problems at work. Learn More
  • Habit vs. Goals by Farnam Street
    Habits are algorithms operating in the background that power our lives. Good habits help us reach our goals more effectively and efficiently. Learn More
  • High-Touch Marketing by David Horne
    Everyday a new channel, application or social network is launched with a mission to make it “easier or better” for us to consume content of all types. Learn More
  • How bad features are born by James Gill
    Spot bad features before they make it to your customers. Learn More
  • How Tech Can Build by Ben Thompson
    It was, at first glance, hard to understand how anyone could be upset at the idea that "It’s Time to Build". Learn More
  • How to Build a Core Team That Can Scale as the Product Grows by Marty Balkema
    Continuing on in our series about the real software investment, I’d like to share some advice on how to put together a core team that can scale as the product grows. Learn More
  • How to Build and Operate a Content Marketing Machine by Toby Murdock
    This post will provide a guide on how to build and operate a Content Marketing Machine. Learn More
  • How to communicate effectively as a leader by Joseph Gefroh
    Tips on how to avoid dysfunction in your team Learn More
  • How To Create A Simple Brand Style Guide by Natsumi Nishizumi
    A brand style guide is a document that contains the specifics of your brand visuals. Learn More
  • How to create an innovative culture by Alexandra Leonards
    Bold leadership and a positive approach to taking risks could see corporates transform from the disrupted to the disruptors Learn More
  • How To Identify Problems In Your Workflow? by Jenna Puckett
    Nearly half of all businesses experience a project failure each year. The story is familiar: over budget, missed deadlines, out of scope. It’s never a good feeling. Learn More
  • How to Reach Generation Z With These 5 Marketing Strategies by Justin Dunwiddie
    We know how much you’ve loved marketing to Millennials, but now it’s time to start marketing to the next generation: Generation Z. Learn More
  • How to Repurpose Your Content Again and Again by Michael Peggs
    Fortunately for you, the process of repurposing can make those older blog posts relevant, valuable, and (with a little luck) profitable. Learn More
  • How To Take Smart Notes by Tiago Forte
    10 Principles to Revolutionize Your Note-Taking and Writing Learn More
  • How to Work From Home: 20 Tips From People Who Do It Successfully by Erik Devaney
    For many modern professionals, here are a bunch of great work-at-home tips and tricks from some of my awesome coworkers. Learn More
  • How Your Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Behavior by James Clear
    There are many reasons why it can be hard to stick to good habits or develop new skills. But more often than not, the biggest challenge is sitting between your two ears. Learn More
  • Hundreds of thousands of people read novels on Instagram. They may be the future. by Katharine Schwab
    Last year, the New York Public Library released an experiment to put the full text of novels in its Instagram Stories. Today, an estimated 300,000 people are reading books this way. Learn More
  • In Defense of Design Thinking, Which Is Terrible by Khoi Vinh
    Spot on assessment of the state of design and an idea for where it could go. Learn More
  • Information Architecture: The Scaffold of Good UX by Linn Vizard
    Information architecture is fundamentally about organizing information and providing structure in a way that makes sense. Learn More
  • Leader Vulnerability and Proactive Actions During Crisis by John Vermeesch
    In these moments of volatility and complexity, leadership can be especially daunting and terribly lonely. Learn More
  • Management Is (Still) Not Leadership by John P. Kotter
    That’s not leadership, I explained. That’s management — and the two are radically different. Learn More
  • Most Common UX Design Methods and Techniques by Nick Babich
    The list below contains the most common methods and techniques used by UX Designers as they create great experiences for users. Learn More
  • Outcomes Over Deliverables by David Horne
    A recurring theme this year is helping our collaborators and clients think less about deliverables and more about outcomes. Learn More
  • Personas: The Foundation of a Great User Experience by Kevin O’Connor
    A primer on personas and how businesses can get the most from them. Learn More
  • PR Support: How to Make the Media Talk About You by BDCenter Digital
    What can a small company do to attract attention? Learn More
  • Product People, Mind the Gap! by Samuel Hulick
    Ask yourself a simple question and create a product that people love. Learn More
  • Purpose At Work: How Brands Lead With Their Purpose To Combat the Coronavirus by Simon Mainwaring
    Now more than ever, brands must put their purpose to work to employee and consumer confidence. Learn More
  • Questions To Ask Developers Before You Start Designing by Kevin Tomasso
    In this post, we’ll go over 4 specific questions you can ask your development team before you fire up your layout software to ensure you’re all on the same page. Learn More
  • Remove the stress, pick a deadline by DHH
    The purpose of a self-imposed deadline is to sharpen the edge of your prioritization sword and stake a flag of coordination for the team. Learn More
  • Shipping vs. Learning by Mike Davidson
    What if launching things became the byproduct of learning? Learn More
  • Social Media Essentials for 2020 by Harry Clark
    Social media in 2020 will be returning directly to its roots — gone will be the days of mass-marketing, over-promotional material and heavy branding. Learn More
  • Status meetings are the scourge by Jason Fried
    Status meetings are the worst kinds of meetings. Eliminate them and you’ll actually know more, save a pile of money, and regain dozens of hours a month. Learn More
  • Structuring Design Teams to Maximize Cross-Team Collaboration by Nick Schaden
    This week’s design leadership prompt asked, “How do you structure your design team?” Learn More
  • Successful Strategies to Improve Your Companies Reputation by Aleksey Weyman
    In the competitive business landscape of our world, where everyone can broadcast their negative opinions, the pressure is higher than ever to maintain good relations with the consumers. Learn More
  • Team Collaboration And Closing Efficiency Gaps In Responsive Design by Brian Krall
    Responsive design ushers in complexities that require a more involved design and implementation process. Learn More
  • Telling stories in UX is important, Pixar can teach us a lot by Matt Gramcko
    8 of Pixar’s creative storytelling rules can help communicate user findings and solutions. Learn More
  • The 19 Channels You Can Use to Get Traction by Gabriel Weinberg
    Here we have enumerated all 19 traction channels and some of the people we interviewed for each, so that you can have an easy traction channel list to use when brainstorming marketing test ideas. Learn More
  • The 2 Hour Rule by Zat Rana on iamwire
    The power of reflective thinking used by some of histories brightest minds. Learn More
  • The 2020 State of SaaS Product Onboarding by Userpilot
    In 2020, your onboarding is going to be one of the most important things you can invest in. It has a direct impact on product activation and adoption. It improves retention and decreases churn. Essentially, it can make or break your SaaS product. Learn More
  • The Anatomy of a Decision: An Introduction to Decision Making by Farnam Street
    A good decision-making process can literally change the world. Learn More
  • The Art of Async: The Remote Guide to Team Communication by Twist
    The tools, systems, & policies remote teams use to collaborate effectively. Learn More
  • The Art of Corporate Innovation by The AI LAB
    What if you could unlock a better answer to your most challenging problem, simply by changing the question. Learn More
  • The Art of Growing Your Audience in 2020 by Cristian Mihai
    The most common question I get from fellow bloggers is, “How do I get more readers?” Learn More
  • The Art of Repositioning by David Horne
    A look at what repositioning is, why it's hard and how to do it (if you dare). Learn More
  • The Basecamp Guide to Internal Communication by Jason Fried
    How do we keep everyone in the loop without everyone getting tangled in everyone else's business? It's all in here. Learn More
  • The Complete Guide to Effective Reading by Maarten van Doorn
    This article breaks down how to win with effective communication. Learn More
  • The Complete Guide to Making Sure Your Business Thrives During Hard Times by George J. Ziogas
    Get closer than ever to your customers Learn More
  • The Engagement Triangle by Tobias Dahlberg
    The purpose of The Engagement Triangle is to provide a planning framework for anyone who wants to design engagement programs and kick-start their culture. Learn More
  • The Magic Email by Blair Enns
    I think together we can make a few million dollars this week, quickly, simply. Let me show you how. Learn More
  • The Most Effective Way To Network: Building Business Relationships 101 by Nicolas Cole
    There is an art to building strong relationships in business. Learn More
  • The Other Side of Inertia by David Horne
    Momentum is the only thing that matters when deadlines are tight and expectations are high. Learn More
  • The Power Of Two Way Doors by David Horne
    Never use a one-size-fits-all decision-making process. Many decisions are reversible, two-way doors. Those decisions can use a light-weight process. Learn More
  • The Race For Online Publishing Disruption by David Horne
    What’s your take on the crop of recent online publishing platforms? Learn More
  • The Role of Project Manager by ProofHub
    For those aspiring project managers, this post brings an insight to the roles and responsibilities that a manager needs to perform. Learn More
  • The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever by Josh Spector
    Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing. Learn More
  • The worst volume control UI in the world by Fabricio Teixeira
    A group of bored developers and designers has decided to start a thread on reddit to figure out who can come up with the worst volume control interface in the world. Learn More
  • There’s Too Much Damn Content and Slick UX Design is Making it Worse by Chappell Ellison
    Over the past decade, everyone—and I mean everyone—with an online presence felt the pressure to become a content publisher. Learn More
  • Things I Wish I Knew About Project Management A Couple Of Years Ago by Vartika
    Take a look at the stuff I wish I knew when I first started out in project management. Learn More
  • Twitter to Expand Tweet’s 140-Character Limit to 10,000 by Yoree Koh
    One of Twitter’s most beloved features is set to change. Learn More
  • Understanding Product/Market Fit: From Start to Finish by Rafayel Mkrtchyan
    It doesn’t matter how sophisticated your idea is or how good you think your product is. It’s about whether anyone needs it and whether anyone is eager to pay for it. Learn More
  • User Research —  What’s Tomato Ketchup Got to Do With It? by Lisa Jewell
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  • UX Design Methods & Deliverables by UX Collective
    In this article, UX Collective covers everything you need to know about UX Design. Learn More
  • Want Proof That Patience Pays Off? by Maria Aspan
    Ben Chestnut and his team at MailChimp built an amazing business and became Inc.'s Company of the Year. It only took them 17 years. Learn More
  • What Small Businesses Need to Survive the Coronavirus Crisis by Catherine Monson
    It’s important that small businesses across America weather the pandemic. Here are three ways entrepreneurs can protect themselves. Learn More
  • When a Man Took a Joke in a Pepsi Ad Seriously, Chaos Ensued by Matt Parker
    Matt Parker on the Time Someone Tried to Buy a Jet Plane Using Pepsi Points Learn More
  • With cookies on the way out, advertisers turn to old-school measurement methods by Seb Joseph
    With third-party cookies on the way out, some advertisers are resuming their use of methods they once considered expendable. Learn More
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