Archive | December, 2015

SJ22 – Closing Out 2015

It’s our last show of the year!

A few topics covered in this episode: why good managers are so hard to find, podcasts about podcasts, what we learned about StartupJab this year, and, of course, Fallout 4.

Originally aired on December 28 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

Links and Highlights:

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game

Why good managers are so rare

  • They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.

Q from the audience: If management is a discipline unto itself, how do you feel about teachers/coaches/managers/advisors who “haven’t done it before” themselves?

  • “It’s so weird we promote managers out of functional disciplines to be a manager of that discipline – you don’t need your manager to be a great developer, you need them to be a great manager.”

Making Your Agency a Priority Client

Q from our hosts: Why are there so many people making blogs about blogging and podcasts about podcasts?

  • “It’s a buyer’s market – far more people doing it than who will be successful.”

Q from the audience: What do you think about hiring an agency for your agency?

  • “You don’t want to outsource your own core competency. You might pay someone to advise you on it.”


SJ21 – The Business of Design with the team at Rocketkoi

The husband-and-wife team Rocketkoi joins us to talk about how they’ve built a people-focused design business, how to work with creative people, and what to look for when hiring your next designer.

Originally aired December 23 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.


  • Sarah Meskin and Mal Jones, founders of Rocketkoi


  • “The connotation that print design is old school is gone. Doing a nice print designs adds a lot of credence and a human element.”
  • “To get the right design feedback, a designer should not just say, ‘yes.’ They should always ask ‘why?'”
  • “Buzzword bingo is not a good way to design. With the industry we work in, it’s become a common vernacular: We love using buzzwords to sound really smart at talks.”
  • “We’ve lost continuity in the move to the gig economy… It reminds me of having a plumber come to do efficient work, who charges a fair wage – you’re going to call him again. You’re not going to say, ‘I’m going to disrupt my plumbing.’ We are a service-based industry; we should be striving to be that kickass plumber or mechanic.”


SJ20 – Data & Digital Nomads with Andrew Conklin

We are joined by Andrew Conklin, founder of DC Nightowls, now DC2 Digital Nomads, a part of Data Community DC. We’ll also talk about ‘being a people person’, radical candor, and mindfulness in the workplace.

Originally aired December 15 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.


  • Andrew Conklin, Founder of Routeam and DC Nightowls



SJ19 – Man, It’s Cold Outside

Join us for a weekly roundup episode, and bring your questions for our open office hours format. Got a question you want answered, but can’t make it to the live show, or want to remain anonymous? Send us a letter for the mailbag.

A few topics covered in this episode: updates from our hosts, Apple’s design evolution, a new way to create addresses for anywhere in the world, employee engagement archetypes, and a deep dive into customer interviews thanks to a great user question.

Originally aired on December 8 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.


Apple is giving good design a bad name

3-word addresses for anywhere in the world

The Two Sides of Employee Engagement



SJ18 – Social Entrepreneurship with Kate Glantz of

Happy December! As we round out the end of the year, we’re speaking with Kate Glantz, founder of enables couples getting married to set up charitable wedding registries that fund specific goodwill ventures, like new playgrounds for kids in Brazil or training healthcare workers in Tanzania. She will talk to us about about developing the project (through her time in the Peace Corps, pitching at Startup Weekend, incubation, etc.), how she thinks her business will evolve in the future, and the lessons she’s learned in the last year of building to her site launch.

Originally Aired on December 3, 2015.


  • Kate Glantz, Founder of