Podcast Guest One-Sheet


I help freelancers & entrepreneurs with time management, productivity, life planning & entrepreneurship


I am a serial entrepreneur whose mission is to help others live more fulfilling lives by reaching their potential. My superpower is creating mental models or frameworks that help people reason about the world to solve their problems.

With Day Optimizer, I help freelancers and entrepreneurs reduce procrastination, increase focus and gain a better work-life balance by converting their daily task list into a daily schedule.

While a common technique, I developed a unique 3-step process for building a daily schedule and other concepts like Jumpstarts and Done Today vs Done Forever that help people mindfully manage their time to accomplish more.

With Strategic Life Tools, the previous iteration of my current startup which is now free, I help people develop better life plans by thinking strategically about where they are, where they want to go and how to navigate that path.

With Lean Decisions, a side project, I help people learn how to make better decisions by creating a pattern language that helps them structure and talk about their decisions, and by teaching them tips and techniques that can improve how they make those decisions.

My previous startups have included Lab Escape, an enterprise data visualization company whose customers included Walmart, Dell and the U.S. Army that I sold in 2015; True Peers, a social network for professionals (before LInkedIn) that ran out of money after the DotCom crash of March 2000; and SlamBook!, a home page add-on service that I sold in 1999.

As an entrepreneur, I bring a mix of technical, marketing & business expertise to build unusual businesses across a range of different markets.

In my spare time, I mentor startups, swing dance and do barefoot-style running. I live part-time in Asheville, North Carolina and part-time in Berlin, Germany.

Topics I Can Discuss

– Why you should create a daily schedule & how to do it
– How to avoid procrastinations, limit distractions & improve focus
– 7 strategies for prioritizing your tasks
– How to maintain work-life balance
– The 3 ways to define your goals
– The 2 styles of work-life balance when working at home
– What is a Conveyor Belt Decision & why is important in dating, hiring and house buying
– [Technical] The unusual benefits of the Firebase Cloud platform
– Why I dropped out of college and what I learned from it
– How I sold my last company
– Strategies I use to effectively work from home
– What dance has taught me about the learning process

10 Interview Questions You Can Ask Me

– What’s the science behind why scheduling tasks helps make us more productive?
– What is your 100-year goal?
– What is a (Jumpstart / Rocket Booster / Eliminate Drag List) and how can it help you be more productive?
– What are some strategies for (avoiding procrastination / limiting distractions / improving focus)?
– How can you build your momentum to get more done?
– What are some strategies for maintaining a good work-life balance?
– Why should people invest $100 in themselves each month? How do you do this yourself?
– What mistakes to people make managing their time?
– Why is planning important if things rarely go according to plan?
– How can people make better decisions?

Previous Podcast and Media Appearances

Recent guest spots that I have recorded that are yet to be released include:

I also recently published Everything I’ve Learned About Being a Podcast Guest (So Far) detailing what I learned from recent workshops and events on learning to be a good podcast guest.

Earlier this year, I also presented The Top 7 Productivity Tips for Working at Home and did a text interview on IdeaMensch

Years ago, I briefly had a podcast for Lean Decisions where I interviewed Noah KaganChad Modad and John Knox about their decision-making processes.

How I’ll Promote Podcasts I’m On

– Share a link to the episode on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
– Include link to the episode with a blurb in email newsletter
– Review your podcast on Apple Podcasts