What would a more humane calendar look like? What is the role of a calendar or a journal in my life?

I spent part of this holiday break building a prototype of an idea I find myself returning to over the years, which is trying to imagine a new type of calendar or journal that feels more malleable, and more aligned with the way that I want to experience my time. At some point this year, the question formulated itself for me as “What would a more humane calendar look like?”

The prototype is not much at this point…


The original design aim of the World Wide Web was to make a interlinked document sharing system, where people could access web “pages” — i.e. a giant, inter-networked (primarily read-only) Microsoft Word.

While the web has evolved a fair bit beyond this, in some ways, we’re still very much in the era of putting up web pages. …


I’ve been thinking about a stark bet to take, which is that the major tech companies of today: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple, will be far less significant, or even inconsequential players 10 years from now. I believe blockchain networks will change the fundamental paradigm of how businesses operate and that they will undermine the current mechanisms that the dominant tech companies of today use to sustain their competitive advantages.

Consider that in 2000, most people wouldn’t have believed that within 10 years Blockbuster would be completely bankrupt. Blockbuster, along with many other businesses of its generation, was blindsided by…


If you need any help getting setup, or you’re not as familiar with code but want to have this type of auto-enriching CRM, just send us a ping on Clay’s Intercom chat http://clay.run or join our Slack at http://slack.clay.run and we’ll help you get setup!

Typeform is a great way to quickly setup a lightweight form to capture user signups, event invites, contact forms, surveys & more. …


One of the top posts on Hacker News right now is an announcement from the CDC that 70.7% of US adults are overweight.

Reading the comments, one user (3pt14159) mentioned that the issue is American city design:

“This is directly related to the way American cities are designed. It’s a car centric culture where big houses are far away from each other. That means driving everywhere. That means long commutes. That means TV over communal activity. That means big grocery runs with shelf stable food.

Then pile on hyper sweet drinks and nutritional misinformation campaigns, and of course Americans are…


TLDR: Once you go fast, you don’t go back.

I’ve been using the term Chrome Strategy lately to refer to the design/UX strategy which Google Chrome employed of stripping back all features to create a much faster product.

Once you used Chrome, using any other browser felt like wading through mud in comparison. Microsoft is doing this now with Visual Studio Code — they’re regaining developer mindshare by building a code editor that loads and performs the essential actions faster than comparable IDEs of choice such as Atom (yes.. I know… VIM is still faster). …


The Open Product Curriculum is an open, community-editable list of great reads & tools various product managers, designers and entrepreneurs have found useful their careers:

I started the list along with Kareem (Kareem Amin), as we often have people ask us what the best way to learn the essential skills needed for product roles. Rather than just send them lists of links via email, we wanted to centralize the list of resources we’ve collected over the years and open it up to the community to add to it, and provide a better framework for how to approach learning about product.


Last week Big Human was kind enough to host Clay, and have Kareem Amin & I present our thoughts on the future of voice. Here’s the presentation:

We’re working on more than Voice @ Clay, but we have been thinking a lot about the space so we thought it would be helpful to share what we’ve learned / observed so far.

Hope you find it helpful & please hit the ❤️ ⬇️ if you find it useful :)


Mr.Mom, 15 lbs, 6oz, not a Female.

I spent a few minutes making a microservice in Clay that wraps the awesome Github Repo written by Lexi Ross which crawls websites of pet adoption websites in SF to find the fattest cat you can adopt . Here’s the resulting microservice, just hit “Run Function” and get back the URL and info of the fattest cat: 😺 https://clay.run/services/nicoslepicos/fattest-cat-info

I saw Lexi’s repo this morning and loved the concept, she took a moment to make a heart-warming and lovely piece of code :). The thing is, that as a Github repo hosting a shell script, that functionality is only accessible…


In this walkthrough, I’ll guide you through everything you need to know in order to build your first Alexa Skill using Clay (full-disclosure I’m a cofounder). Clay is a layer on top of AWS Lambda & other micro-services platform that makes it much easier to get APIs & Lambda functions up and running. The goal at Clay is to take the frustrating parts out of software development (installation, configuration, debugging poorly documented errors), and make it as fluid & fun as it should be.

If you need help following this walkthrough — join our Gitter chat room and our community…

Nicolae Rusan

Product focused entrepreneur based in Brooklyn. Co-Founder @ Clay / Previously Co-Founder @ Frame

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