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HackMentalHealth: 9 Lessons From The World’s Largest Mental Health Hackathon

Lessons from planning the world’s largest mental health hackathon in six months I was recently part of an amazing team of individuals to plan what now appears to be the world’s largest mental health hackathon, HackMentalHealth(our blog recap here). It was an incredible and inspiring event: not only did we have over 350+ attendees and 30+ sponsors but… Continue reading HackMentalHealth: 9 Lessons From The World’s Largest Mental Health Hackathon

HackMentalHealth 2018: “The Movement Has Begun”

In the upcoming century, mental health is one of the biggest challenges our nation faces. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness in a given year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for people aged 15–24. 46% of homeless adults live with… Continue reading HackMentalHealth 2018: “The Movement Has Begun”

Technology and the Mind: An Existential Psychotherapist’s Thoughts on the Meaning of Tech

With many in the technology sector inspired by Facebook’s 2018 mission to make its platform more meaningful, there’s been a greater conversation about the influence of technology on our mental health. To investigate this phenomenon further, I interview Dr. Nicolle Zapien, PhD, Dean, School of Professional Psychology and Health, California Institute of Integral Studies about technology and… Continue reading Technology and the Mind: An Existential Psychotherapist’s Thoughts on the Meaning of Tech

Shit Programmers Say, Translated

We all know that product managers speak the same lingo to explain what they actually mean. But software engineers are just as culpable of a common dialect with hidden meaning. Here are eight of the most common programmer sayings, translated. Disclaimer: I’m a former PM. But with the help of Google SWE Pragya Bajoria, these shouldn’t be… Continue reading Shit Programmers Say, Translated

3 Tech Tools For Meaningful Interactions

Social media FOMO. Video game addiction. Notification spam. When was the last time you caught up with someone who didn’t check their phone at all during the conversation? Admirably, Mark Zuckerberg’s latest post addresses the lack of meaningful online connection to be Facebook’s biggest challenge of 2018 — signaling an important change necessary for the technology industry as a whole.… Continue reading 3 Tech Tools For Meaningful Interactions

Shit Product Managers Say, Translated

“Hey, let’s close the loop offline. I’ll block some biweekly time for us to sync. Gentle ping to submit your AI.” What the heck are these PMs saying, and how did they all end up speaking the same language? Here are nine of the most classic phrases that product managers use, and what they actually mean. 1. Block… Continue reading Shit Product Managers Say, Translated

Announcing HackMentalHealth — Silicon Valley’s Mental Health Hackathon

In the upcoming century, mental health is one of the biggest challenges our nation faces. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health: 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness in a given year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. for people aged 15–24. 46% of homeless adults live… Continue reading Announcing HackMentalHealth — Silicon Valley’s Mental Health Hackathon

I Hacked HQ Trivia But Here’s How They Can Stop Me

Cross-posted on Medium.com/@stervy.  Interested in breaking into product management? Reach out here. HQ Trivia, one of the hottest apps of 2017, is reinventing what game shows look like in the 21st century. On HQ, you can tune in live every day to answer trivia questions for the chance to win thousands of dollars. However, as… Continue reading I Hacked HQ Trivia But Here’s How They Can Stop Me

Virtual Moon Land — the Next CryptoKitties?

Cryptocurrency is skyrocketing. Bitcoin is approaching a record $20,000, and Ethereum and Litecoin are ballooning in price (or “mooning” in blockchain parlance). As these cryptocurrencies rise in popularity, we’ve seen incredible projects that leverage blockchain technology, including the popular social media site Steemit and OpenBazaar, a peer-to-peer online marketplace. Most recently, a website allowing users to trade and breed… Continue reading Virtual Moon Land — the Next CryptoKitties?

Why I Send Annual Friendship Feedback Emails

For the past three years, I’ve sent out “friendship feedback” emails to some of my closest friends. Here’s why. Friendships are essential Friendship is like peeing in your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warm feeling inside. Friendship is one of the most critical, beautiful types of relationships. As C.S. Lewis puts… Continue reading Why I Send Annual Friendship Feedback Emails