Ok, internet. I want to support all of the small but mighty makers out there. Who runs an online shop with fun gift-y products that I could funnel some web-traffic to? pic.twitter.com/p6ShK7d2En
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) November 22, 2019
My name is Tina, and I have a phone problem.
One of my big goals for 2019 is to change my phone habits. I am an addict.
To help this problem, I am considering buying an Apple Watch, so that I can leave my phone behind, can still receive phone calls and texts from my kids and close family, but can’t get sucked into any apps. I have asked on Instagram story today if anyone had success with that method, and looks like a lot of folks did. (I know, it seems counter intuitive to solve a technology addiction problem with more technology.)
Do you have a healthy relationship with your phone? Do you have any advice?
One of my followers shared this helpful article on the topic: Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain
What companies have gone through massive changes (i.e. business model, rebranding, renaming, …) and have come out stronger on the other side? And have been able to successfully bring their customers/community along? Anyone come to mind?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) February 16, 2019
Some interesting answers on this thread. Do you have any examples I should put on my radar?
Favorite song to dance to?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) June 12, 2018
What’s your favorite song that you simply can not sit still to? Add in a comment below!
Searching for article and book recommendations on the topic of "friendship". Thank you in advance for any possible shares!
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) April 6, 2017
If I asked you to name one remarkable female founder of a NYC based company, who would you name?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) March 27, 2017
Hey world, where are you all marching tomorrow?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) January 20, 2017
Hey product tweeps: What software do you use for product/roadmap planning?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) June 17, 2016
Do you run a product company? What software do you use to plan your product roadmap? Care to share in a comment below or in a reply to the above Tweet? Thank you!
Hey Twitter World, do you use and like an app/web service for employee reviews? (currently looking at one called "Small Improvements")
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) January 19, 2016
Do you, or your company use employee review software that you think makes the entire process more efficient and useful? If so, would you mind to share your experience in a comment below or as a response in the Twitter feed?
I am researching nonprofit organizations that bring art education to children. Do you know of any you're fond of?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) May 28, 2015
What's the coolest swag you've ever received? What was it? What company gave it out?
— Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss) May 14, 2014
Ever gotten some swag that really made you go wow! And that you actually use? What was it? Who gave it to you? So many good replies already! Leave a comment below?
Let’s make better swag!
Impromptu dance parties are happening more frequently at casa swissmiss these days, with disco light and all. And I find myself constantly looking for new songs to add to my playlist.
What’s *the* song that will get you off your feet and onto the dance floor? Let’s start a YouTube-Link-Comment thread? YES?
Hiring. It’s a skill. One gets better at it the more you do it. I’ve hired around 20 people over the past 3 years. And just slowly but surely I keep getting a sense what works and what doesn’t.
I have realized that sitting down at a table for the interview is just plain awkward and so I’ve started going for ‘coffee run interviews’. I pay attention on how the candidate treats the barista, if he/she offers me the sugar etc. The little things. Also, when walking side by side, a conversation flows more naturally.
While I have the setting figured out, I am still working on my list of ideal interview questions. One of my all-time favorite one is “What’s your secret superpower?”
What’s your favorite interview question? If you’re not someone that is hiring, can you remember a question that made an impression?
Research in this space is quite overwhelming, especially, when you’re a small shop like me, but with ambitions to grow and eventually having multiple shipping locations around the globe. There are the big known systems like Netsuite, Sage or Microsoft Dynamics but I am hoping to stumble across a well designed system that is the Justworks equivalent of ERP systems.
It is our goal to have all facets of our operations in one place to handle our order, inventory and warehouse management. As well as function as our CRM system, help us track our financials and overall planning.
I was hoping that some of you, might have some insights and have gone through this decision process as well. If so, anything you’ve learned along the way? Any word of advice?
(Obviously, my over-ambitious maker gene just keeps thinking to build my own.)
Whenever I hear conference organizers talk about how hard it is to find interesting female speakers, I cringe. Would you mind to help me add to this list of female entrepreneurs?
Melissa Miranda, Tiny Post
Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr
Jen Bekman, 20×200
Alisa Volkman, Babble
Soraya Darabi, Foodspotting
Stacey Ferreira, co-founder of My Social Cloud
Debbie Millman, Sterling Brand
Julia Hartz, co-founder Eventbrite
Robin Chase, co-founder of Zip Car
Lauren Bush, Feed
Jennifer Hyman & Jenny Fleiss, Rent the Runway
Alexa Hirschfeld, co-founder Paperless Post
Jessica Jackley, Kiva
Cindy Gallop, If We Ran The World
Jerri Chou, The Feast
Grace Bonney, Design Sponge
Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki, Co-Founders 23andme
Ping Fu, Geomagic
Leah Busque, Task Rabbit
Louise Fili, Louise Fili
Paula Scher, Pentagram
Jessica Hische, Hische Empire
Lexy Funk, co-founder Brooklyn Industries
Obviously this list is just a start. Help me grow it by adding a comment below with female entrepreneur names and the company they started! Thank you!
Team Tattly is currently researching packaging and POS system ideas. I just stumbled upon iStockPack, a site that lets you to download vector files of packaging templates.
Question for my readers: Are there other similar resources out there that you can think of? Thank you!
During an interview last week I was asked a question that had me stumped: “What are some tools for people who want to project a strong personal brand but can’t afford to hire a graphic designer?” Is there a tool out there? Did anyone ever write a basic DIY post on this that could be used somewhat universally? Any suggestions anyone? I find it an interesting problem!
Kevin and I are researching songs with catchy lyrics entailing the word “Morning”. Any songs that come to mind and we should add to our list? Would you mind to share them in a comment below? Thank you so much!
As I have expressed before, I am quite frustrated with how we use email. I know, I am not alone. I have declared email bankruptcy and explained in another post how email has become my primary source of guilt. I currently have an auto-responder set up that has the sole purpose of setting expectations low. Here’s what it says:
This autoresponder is an attempt in setting expectations right. Fact is: I get too much email and can’t keep up. My inbox has become my primary source of guilt.
I promise I will try my best to get back to you as soon as I can. If your email is super-crazy important, meaning the internet might implode if I don’t write back, then please resend your email in a day or so, if you don’t hear back.
Waving from Brooklyn!
Tina – ready to change the way we use email
The overall response to the auto-responder has been positive. Of course, I get an annoyed comment here and there, but it has helped me feel less guilty. Also, people have proven to be more understanding, less annoyed with my late or lack of reply. It’s obviously not an ideal solution, but better than nothing.
G and I bought a new apartment (yay!) that we now have to renovate. We are in total researching mode and I am obsessed with the idea of white-ish wooden floors. And this is where I am reaching out to you, my readers: Would you be able to direct us to pre-finished white-ish looking wooden floors similar to the ones pictured above? I am sure lots of my Scandinavian readers will have tips. I hope to find a wooden floor manufacturer that carries a similar type of flooring here in the US.
I am researching side projects for an upcoming talk and was wondering if you can think of any personal side projects of fellow designers and developers that I might forget:
I am thinking of projects like my CreativeMornings or Teuxdeux. Then there’s Coudal’s The Deck, JewelBoxing and Fieldnotes. And then there’s Frank Chimero’s The Shape of Design, or Jessica Hische’s Daily Dropcap, Squared Eye’s Patterntap and so on.
What side projects would you add to the list?
Has anyone of you ever had a custom lapel pin made? If so, is there a company/service you could recommend? I am thinking about having one made for CreativeMornings. Please add your recommendations in a comment below. Thank you!
Based on my question from two days ago, I would like take the conversation a step further by asking the following:
What tools do you use (or know of) that help us in the quest to go digital and say goodbye to paper?
Here are some of the ones I use on a daily basis:
JotNot iPhone App, basically a scanner in your pocket. Email your photos as a PDF, back them up with various different services like Evernote or fax them. Fantastic app, highly recommend it to turn that receipt, that you might otherwise lose, into a pdf and store it in your files.
Don’t own one yet, but it’s on my wishlist: Neat Receipts Scanner and Filing Software.
Online based Project Management Tool Basecamp keeps me from printing out documents, knowing they are all up there in the cloud, always accessible.
Dropbox. Best $10 I spend every month. All my files, always synced on my various computers, at all times. As well always accessible on my iPhone and iPad. I have all my files on me at all times, at a click of a button. No need to print anything. Ever.
Google Docs. I used to bring a print out of my Class Rooster to class every week to keep track of attending students. No longer. I now log onto my Google Docs account while in class, check the boxes and save. Voila. Done.
What services do you use? Or dream of? What services does your company use to help you go digital?