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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for teams. I write essays, books, work on projects and I podcast for you using #iPadOnly in #NoOffice as I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do. More…

💼 Business

Capitalism, online business, startups, money and my struggles as an Internet entrepreneur. No, I don’t really own a briefcase.


💼 ☹️ Businesses is business - which companies have no moral compass and still actively operate in Russia

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 /norussia/

When the war in Ukraine hit I was shocked and sad. As Russian attacks continued I took a stand personally and as Nozbe and stopped all our business with Russia. I couldn’t with clear conscience continue doing “business as usual” when Russian/Putin regime is killing my Ukrainian sisters and brothers. Yale University is actively updating a comprehensive list of businesses that left Russia where we are also featured. However, this list also shows businesses that seem to not care that they’re supporting a terrorist regime of Putin. Here are the ones that stand out for me personally:

Businesses is business - which companies have no moral compass and still actively operate in Russia

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💼 ✅ 🎬 Clarity - why our new message that Nozbe Teams becomes the new Nozbe resonates with people

Thursday, February 3, 2022 /clarity/

As we celebrated 15 years of Nozbe we made a big announcement that our latest product that we launched less than 2 years ago, became the new Nozbe. In the same time we explained that our Nozbe Personal users are taken care of, and we’ve got options for them. Apart from the birthday announcement, we also improved the “Compare” page that explains the differences between both apps in detail and I recorded a special video for this: More info ℹ️ at nozbe.com/compare

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💼 The fundamental difference between how I run Nozbe and how they run Basecamp - the owner doesn’t need to call all the shots!

Monday, May 10, 2021 /owner/

As I’m pondering more on the Basecamp saga, I see that despite me paying so much attention to all of their advice of running a business all these years, there’s one very important thing I did differently. As far as I understand, at Basecamp both David and Jason make all the important decisions. At Nozbe I don’t make these decisions alone - we have a “Braintrust”, or actually two of them. Let me explain:

The fundamental difference between how I run Nozbe and how they run Basecamp - the owner doesn’t need to call all the shots!

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💼 I’m sad, because people I looked up to - Basecamp leaders JF and DHH - lost their way. In a big way.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 /basecamp/

Recently there was quite a controversy around the tech company Basecamp. Their CEO announced a new policy forbidding employees talk politics and societal issues in the company. As a result 30% of their workforce left. In this post I’ll unpack why this wasn’t really just about politics. Why it was a much bigger deal than it sounds. And ultimately why I took it very personally and this whole situation makes me really sad and disappointed in them.

I’m sad, because people I looked up to - Basecamp leaders JF and DHH - lost their way. In a big way.

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💼 🎥 🎬 The big “why” of pricing a product or service - Team Productivity Show #11

Thursday, March 4, 2021 /pricing/

Pricing is an art. It’s not just slapping a number on a service or product. Pricing conveys what the product stands for. It shows the positioning and the value of what you’re offering and conveys the kind of relationship you want to build with your customers. Here’s me explaining in detail the pricing of Nozbe Teams and why we believe that our prices must be: Affordable, Predictable and Transparent.

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💼 ✅ How an idea is born… and what happens with it next?

Thursday, December 10, 2020 /idea/

Yesterday I had an idea. One of many this week. I’m an entrepreneur after all so I have ideas all the time. But this was different, because in a span of one day it went the full circle from inception, through development and it’ll most probably be implemented pretty soon. And the best part is that this idea wasn’t completely new. It was more of an intersection of several ideas that came before it. But finally it all clicked together. Here’s how it went down.

How an idea is born… and what happens with it next?

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💼 ✅ 17 commandments of work - my VISION for Nozbe team and Nozbe Teams product.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 /17/

I’m still in the process of writing the #NoOffice book and I’m at 66% done so far. In the meantime I’m preparing next week’s Nozbe Teams productivity webinar in which I’ll be quoting parts of my Nozbe vision which I mentioned in one of the last team productivity vlogs. Today I’d like to show you the draft of the entire vision of Nozbe in very abbreviated form.

17 commandments of work - my VISION for Nozbe team and Nozbe Teams product.

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✅ 💼 RIP Wunderlist - an app that changed the course of Nozbe for the better

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 /wunderlist/

One of Nozbe’s main competitors - Wunderlist - is going away in a few months - Microsoft is shutting it down after they acquired it years ago. At Nozbe we’ll be offering a way to migrate from Wunderlist to Nozbe or Nozbe Teams soon, but this post is not about that - it’s about how this app, when launched in 2011, gave me a strong kick in the butt to make Nozbe much better. Here goes:

RIP Wunderlist - an app that changed the course of Nozbe for the better

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💼 Nozbe will not take any outside investment… nor will we build an office…

Friday, August 23, 2019 /investors/

Every now and then I get an email from an investor, thinking about investing in Nozbe. We even had some serious acquisition offers in the past. Especially now that our main competitors like Asana or Monday are valued at more than $1B. This is really flattering but our answer has always been:

Nozbe will not take any outside investment… nor will we build an office…

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💼 ✏️ Emotions in business are too often getting in the way of rational thinking… so keep giving yourself time to cool off… and read between the lines!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 /emotions/

We’re humans and we’re emotional. Apparently the notion is that women are more emotional then men, but by watching male fans react to what’s happening on a football stadium I have my doubts. Regardless, we’re driven by emotions and I think too often we get the emotion get the better of us… and we don’t take enough time to consult our rational part of brain.

Emotions in business are too often getting in the way of rational thinking… so keep giving yourself time to cool off… and read between the lines!

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💼 How to get rid of Zoom server from your Mac and why we need a non-SV video conferencing alternative

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 /zoom/

✈️ ✅ 💼 MindBlower - un-official Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference symbol I’m giving away for free at the event

Monday, June 3, 2019 /mindblower/

☑️ 💼 How I learned JavaScript by studying source code of Basecamp… and how I keep learning programming by studying code written by others…

Monday, February 4, 2019 /source/

😎 💼 Nobody’s perfect from the beginning

Monday, January 21, 2019 /perfect/

💼 ✅ Having Nozbe featured as “App of the day” on the Apple App Store is great!

Friday, January 4, 2019 /appoftheday/

🍎 💼 Stock market doesn’t make any sense to me as Microsoft is more valuable than Apple…

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 /stock-market/

💼 Why I find joy in programming even though I don’t get to code much these days

Thursday, November 29, 2018 /code/

☑️ 💼 Would you pay 20 cents per day for increased productivity?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 /20cents/

💼 Fake exhaust pipes in cars… or how brands undermine their stories…

Friday, July 27, 2018 /audi/

✅ 💼 Ten years feels like one day – Nozbe’s 10th birthday

Monday, February 13, 2017 /nozbe10/

😎 💼 Optimism pays. Why optimistic people are successful and get more done

Monday, July 18, 2016 /optimism/

💼 😎 Wow, you’re so successful! What’s next for you?

Monday, January 25, 2016 /next/

🌎 ✅ 💼 Why Black Friday sale is perfect timing for Nozbe users… [on: Nozbe blog]

Monday, November 30, 2015 /blackfriday/

💼 Finding my social media mix with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Medium…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 /social-media-mix/

✅ 💼 Why it’s so great to be in a “good” business and what it means to me, my team and you

Thursday, October 15, 2015 /good-business/

💼 🎾 It takes a team to win. How Poland got to Euro 2016 finals

Monday, October 12, 2015 /team11/

💼 ☑️ It’s all your fault! Even when it isn’t!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 /blame-yourself/

💼 My main competitor: non-consumption. That’s why I want to teach productivity rather than just sell Nozbe

Thursday, September 17, 2015 /teaching/

💼 Nozbe’s BACKTOWORK promo - why are we doing promotions anyway? (Hint: to motivate!)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 /promo/

💼 How to build a DIY teleprompter in 5 minutes + tips on using it when recording videos

Friday, August 28, 2015 /teleprompter/

💼 How to recognize the difference between “hate” and “constructive feedback”

Thursday, August 13, 2015 /feedback/

💼 Begin again: why starting my second company (Remag) is scary, exciting and humbling…

Friday, March 20, 2015 /begin-again/

✅ 💼 ✏️ Nozbe story - interview with me for “Stories of the best Polish apps”

Monday, March 2, 2015 /nozbe-story/

🚀 💼 Why I’m starting Remag? To reinvent digital mobile publishing!

Thursday, February 12, 2015 /why-remag/

✅ 💼 ✏️ Nozbe celebrates 8 years in business! Going stronger than ever!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 /8nozbe/

✅ 💼 ⌨️ Why my Nozbe team has the highest priority… and how I want to serve you better with this site

Friday, October 24, 2014 /site/

🎾 💼 Rolling the dice while winning volleyball world championships

Monday, September 22, 2014 /volleyball/

✅ 💼 👨🏼‍💻 How to design a productivity app? Our Nozbe 2.0 design process

Monday, June 2, 2014 /design/

✈️ 💼 ✅ Back in Japan! Why it’s Nozbe’s second home.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 /big-in-japan/

📙 💼 ✏️ Productive! Magazine going regular, global and local

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 /productiveglobal/

✅ 💼 ✏️ 7 years running Nozbe… and just getting started!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 /7nozbe/

💼 ✏️ 5 things I love about my work and why it gets me excited every day

Monday, January 27, 2014 /5-loves/

💼 ✏️ I’m officially a decade-long entrepreneur and loving it!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 /biz/

📲 💼 ✏️ I, NO robot. Android or iPhone or iPad? It’s beyond specs, let’s talk privacy.

Friday, November 22, 2013 /no-android/

💼 ✏️ Luck is what ultimately matters… but you can help it!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 /luck/

💼 ✏️ Control is good but trust is better

Friday, September 27, 2013 /trust/

💼 ✏️ Why I hate email and what I’m planning to do about it

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 /email/

💼 ✏️ Growing the team and creating our very first V2MOM documents

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 /v2mom/

💼 ✏️ Why peer support is critical to your success

Monday, April 8, 2013 /peers/

💼 🎬 GoPro story - a decade-long “overnight” success

Monday, April 8, 2013 /gopro/

🌎 💼 Totally agree: Why Every Company Needs A ‘No Bozos’ Policy

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 /bozos/

✅ 💼 ☑️ ✏️ A definitive interview with me - Michael Sliwinski’s story - it’s all about passion!

Thursday, February 7, 2013 /interview/

☑️ 💼 ✏️ Can you “give” productivity? Or is productivity a feature of character?

Monday, January 28, 2013 /give-productivity/

📱 💼 ✏️ Who can do their day job effectively on the iPad?

Friday, January 11, 2013 /ipadonly-jobs/

💼 ✏️ Real praise, long haul and delivering customer happiness

Monday, November 26, 2012 /real-praise-long-haul-and-delivering-customer/

💼 ✏️ Why after almost 6 years I’m more excited about Nozbe than ever

Monday, November 5, 2012 /why-after-almost-6-years-im-more-excited-abou/

💼 ✏️ Build a passionate startup!… or 7 types of passion

Monday, August 13, 2012 /build-a-passionate-startup-or-7-types-of-pass/

💼 ✏️ How to handle a crisis situation in a startup?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 /how-to-handle-a-crisis-situation-in-a-startup/

💼 ✏️ Wearing many hats while running a business

Friday, June 29, 2012 /wearing-many-hats-while-running-a-business/

💼 ✏️ Your biggest competitor? You!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 /your-biggest-competitor-you/

💼 ☹️ That which does not kill us makes us stronger

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 /that-which-does-not-kill-us-makes-us-stronger/

💼 Giving benefit of a doubt to everyone!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 /giving-benefit-of-a-doubt-to-everyone/

✅ 💼 5 years helping folks get things done

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 /5nozbe/

💼 Being mentored while mentoring

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 /being-mentored-while-mentoring/

💼 My 3 Words for 2012: Build, Ship, Disrupt

Monday, January 2, 2012 /my-3-words-for-2012-build-ship-disrupt/

💼 Leading a startup should be like driving a modern car

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 /leading-a-startup-should-be-like-driving-a-mo/

💼 Subscribification

Monday, November 21, 2011 /subscribification/

💼 Why a fallback option is your best bet

Monday, November 14, 2011 /why-a-fallback-option-is-your-best-bet/

✈️ 💼 Enjoying business of software

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 /enjoying-business-of-software/

💼 Bootstrapped - My European Pirate Summit Talk

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 /bootstrapped-my-european-pirate-summit-talk/

😎 💼 Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

Monday, September 26, 2011 /just-because-you-can-doesnt-mean-you-should/

💼 😎 Feed your curiosity. Try things out. Learn. Grow

Thursday, September 22, 2011 /feed-your-curiosity-try-things-out-learn-grow/

💼 Unfollowing everyone and starting fresh

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 /unfollowing-everyone-and-starting-fresh/

🍎 💼 How Steve Jobs inspired me as an entrepreneur

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 /how-steve-jobs-inspired-me-as-an-entrepreneur/

💼 Manual gearboxes - why one-upping doesn’t work

Friday, August 19, 2011 /manual-gearboxes-why-one-upping-doesnt-work/

✈️ 💼 Actively talk to people when traveling… and socializing

Friday, July 29, 2011 /actively-talk-to-people-when-traveling-and-so/

💼 Leaders need to push people more

Monday, July 11, 2011 /leaders-need-to-push-people-more/

✈️ 💼 Passion attracts Passion

Monday, July 4, 2011 /passion-attracts-passion/

💼 Google Plus - I ain’t bothered

Thursday, June 30, 2011 /google-plus-i-aint-bothered/

✈️ 💼 Usabilidade = destroy silos - notes from UXLX Conference in Lisbon

Monday, May 16, 2011 /usabilidade-destroy-silos-notes-from-uxlx-con/

✈️ 💼 My visit to 37signals Masterclass in Chicago

Friday, May 6, 2011 /my-visit-to-37signals-masterclass-in-chicago/

✈️ 💼 Up-in-the-air style business trip packing

Monday, March 28, 2011 /up-in-the-air-style-business-trip-packing/

🍎 💼 Your New Affiliate Partner is Apple thanks to Subscriptions

Thursday, February 17, 2011 /your-new-affiliate-partner-is-apple-thanks-to/

💼 Playing where the puck is going to be

Monday, February 7, 2011 /playing-where-the-puck-is-going-to-be/

💼 😎 Why college education is still very relevant

Monday, January 24, 2011 /why-college-education-is-still-very-relevant/

✅ 💼 Forget Crunchies. Let people vote with money.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 /forget-crunchies-let-people-vote-with-money/

💼 Eliminate negativity pro-actively

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 /eliminate-negativity-pro-actively/

🍎 💼 3 lessons learned from Steve Jobs coming back to Apple

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 /3-lessons-learned-from-steve-jobs-coming-back/

💼 You can lose your face only once… so don’t!

Thursday, October 7, 2010 /you-can-lose-your-face-only-once-so-dont/

😎 💼 Get a Degree and Change the World!

Thursday, September 30, 2010 /get-a-degree-and-change-the-world/

💼 Product Guys succeed and inspire

Friday, September 17, 2010 /product-guys-succeed-and-inspire/

💼 Pecha-Kucha Style Presentations Rock!

Saturday, August 21, 2010 /pecha-kucha-style-presentations-rock/

💼 ✈️ 😎 Enjoying Lifestyle Business

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 /enjoying-lifestyle-business/

🎾 💼 To keep on winning, you need to keep on pushing it. In business, life… and football (soccer)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 /to-keep-on-winning-you-need-to-keep-on-pushin/

🍎 📲 💼 Thoughts on iPhone 4 - Apple simply ships

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 /thoughts-on-iphone-4-apple-simply-ships/

🌎 💼 🎬 Friday Readership: Seth Godin says we should ship now, ship often

Friday, June 4, 2010 /friday-readership-seth-godin-says-we-should-s/

✅ 💼 5 Tips on Creating Subscription Plans in a Startup - Nozbe case

Monday, May 10, 2010 /5-tips-on-creating-subscription-plans-in-a-st/

💼 Zen Home-Working Environment - a cool business idea

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 /zen-home-working-environment-a-cool-business/

☹️ 📖 💼 Digital content - people don’t want to steal. Unless you want them to.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 /digital-content-people-dont-want-to-steal-unl/

💼 TEDx event - passion is all around us… and so the feeling grows

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 /tedx-event-passion-is-all-around-us-and-so-th/

✅ 💼 ☑️ CEO of a small company needs to eat his dogfood. It’s yummy!

Thursday, February 25, 2010 /ceo-of-a-small-company-needs-to-eat-his-dogfo/

💼 Why are so many smart people re-inventing the wheel?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 /why-are-so-many-smart-people-re-inventing-the/

💼 Serious Corporations use “serious business language”. They don’t speak English

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 /serious-corporations-use-serious-business-lan/

💼 URL shortening services just in time for short-cial media

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 /url-shortening-services-just-in-time-for-shor/

💼 Y-Combinator vs Seedcamp - Paul Graham nailed it?

Monday, December 14, 2009 /y-combinator-vs-seedcamp-paul-graham-nailed-i/

🌎 💼 Friday Readership - Business Motivational Quotes, eBook readers and Meetings

Saturday, December 12, 2009 /friday-readership-business-motivational-quote/

💼 Open ID is for geeks… Facebook and Twitter are not… and win!

Thursday, December 10, 2009 /open-id-is-for-geeks-facebook-and-twitter-are/

💼 LeWeb discussions - where are multimillionaire startup owners in Europe?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 /leweb-discussions-where-are-multimillionaire/

💼 Money back guarantee - risk free shopping is good for you

Monday, November 30, 2009 /money-back-guarantee-risk-free-shopping-is-go/

💼 Ikea is good enough - power of instant furniture and relatively few choices

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 /ikea-is-good-enough-power-of-instant-furnitur/

💼 There is no such thing as customer support department

Monday, November 16, 2009 /there-is-no-such-thing-as-customer-support-de/

🌎 💼 How I work series on Inc. - how my guru CEO’s love their work

Monday, November 9, 2009 /how-i-work-series-on-inc-how-my-guru-ceos-lov/

🌎 💼 This week’s stories - be prepared when speaking, make sure you can handle trolls and go for a rapid growth

Saturday, November 7, 2009 /this-weeks-stories-be-prepared-when-speaking/

💼 Steady profits of a startup are not sexy, zillions of users are.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 /steady-profits-of-a-startup-are-not-sexy-zill/

🎾 💼 F1 Pit Lane - Iterate Quickly and Focus on the Essential

Monday, November 2, 2009 /f1-pit-lane-iterate-quickly-and-focus-on-the/

✈️ 💼 Meet the Editor and Nozbe 2.0 at the GTD Summit in San Francisco

Thursday, March 5, 2009 /meet-the-editor-and-nozbe-20-at-the-gtd-summit-in-san-francisco/

💼 Celebrating 5 years of online entrepreneurship

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 /celebrating-5-years-of-online-entrepreneurshi/

🌎 💼 🎬 Harmony, Cubism of Picasso and Nike of Samothrace

Monday, July 7, 2008 /harmony-cubism-of-picasso-and-nike-of-samothr/