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.

💼 ✅ 16 years of Nozbe

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 /nozbe16/

Today marks the “sweet sixteen” birthday 🎂 of Nozbe - a to-do app that I launched on my own way back on February 1, 2007 from my small rented apartment in Warsaw, Poland.

16 years of Nozbe

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💼 ✅ Nozbe is now a Limited Liability Company: Nozbe sp. z o.o.

Thursday, December 15, 2022 /llc/

As today is December 15, it would actually be 19th birthday of my entrepreneurship. Back in 2003 on this day I formally started my company called initially as a web and Internet Marketing consultancy. Later as I launched Nozbe in 2007, I changed the company name to reflect that. However, there is no celebration today. My email, which I sent to all of Nozbe users earlier this week explains that my company has transitioned from sole proprietorship to a limited liability company. I also touched on our #NoOffice culture, why I believe it was this change was badly-needed as the company grew and why I procrastinated on it. I hope you’ll find it interesting:

Nozbe is now a Limited Liability Company: Nozbe sp. z o.o.

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🗯 💼 What’s a broken keycard moment in your business?

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 /keycard/

Recently I mentioned on this blog a cup holder effect, which is this situation that one small thing can ruin the whole experience for you. This one is similar, but from a business perspective. I call a keycard moment a glitch in your business, that causes a disproportionate harm to all of your other efforts. You might be doing everything well and your customers are happy, until they stumble upon a malfunctioning keycard which destroys that experience which you so carefully built. And the worst part is that you might not notice it, because it’s just a keycard. Let me explain:

What’s a broken keycard moment in your business?

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💼 🎬 Trust is better than control and… performance!

Friday, December 9, 2022 /trust-sinek/

On our Nozbe page about trust I write that control is better than trust should be inverted to: control is good, but trust to do the work is so much better. However, it’s also about performance. As Simon Sinek points out in the video below, we all want to have people on our team who are both great performers and trustworthy, but when push comes to shove… teams choose trust over performance:

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💼 ✅ Aulery - how I won my first startup award

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 /aulery/

In a few days the Polish startup community will be awarding new startups Aulery - an annual award for innovation and global ambition. The funny thing is that the history of this award aligns with my history of starting and running Nozbe - because I was one of the first winners! Here’s how it went down:

Aulery - how I won my first startup award

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💼 ✔️ ✏️ How to check if you’re working on the right thing - intersection of joy, skill and what your company needs

Friday, November 18, 2022 /work/

Today is Friday so it’s time for my weekly review and personal development time. I spent it watching some videos from SaaStr YouTube Channel and I found a video by Jason Cohen, the founder of WP Engine where he talked about his journey to $100M. The last part of the video was particularly interesting as he talked about how to find out if you and everyone on your team are working on the right thing. It’s the intersection of JOY, SKILL and NEED of the company and it looks like this:

How to check if you’re working on the right thing - intersection of joy, skill and what your company needs

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💼 🙁 How Elon Musk decimated twitter in less than a month!

Thursday, November 17, 2022 /elon/

Before the Elon Musk took over Twitter I held him in pretty high esteem. After all he’s the guy who re-invented car with Tesla and made all the carmakers change the way they operate and forced them to go electric! He’s also the guy who, with SpaceX, made rockets 🚀 go to space and back, and then again! However, now his true colors are shining through as I can see how in less than a month he destroyed a social media company I really like - Twitter - and now I don’t look up to Elon anymore. What he’s doing is really bad! Below are my thoughts (and below that a video by my buddy Rene Ritchie):

How Elon Musk decimated twitter in less than a month!

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🗯 💼 STOP working on day-to-day stuff on a Friday. Make it a Mighty Friday!

Friday, November 4, 2022 /friday/

Seriously. Just STOP 🛑. Work on day-to-day stuff from Monday to Thursday and on Friday make it a #MightyFriday (formerly known as TGIF). You need this Friday as a space to think, plan, review and focus on yourself. Your own personal development. Just follow these 3 steps:

STOP working on day-to-day stuff on a Friday. Make it a Mighty Friday!

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🗯 💼 🙁 Elon Musk owns Twitter - what’s with escorting executives using security?

Friday, October 28, 2022 /escorting/

The day has come. Twitter is now being owned by it’s most prominent shitposter - Elon Musk. He sealed the deal yesterday and as per reports, he fired Twittter’s top executives. OK, I get it, he wants to make changes. However, what’s with all this escorting executives by security stunt? Why do that? For show? To humiliate someone? Aren’t we supposed to treat people we work with as adults? It’s not like these people were criminals. Up until yesterday they were running the thing!

Elon Musk owns Twitter - what’s with escorting executives using security?

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🗯 💼 🏝 Meeting by walking around is the healthiest way to do meetings!

Thursday, October 6, 2022 /walk/

There’s a management technique “old-school office managers” use which is called “management by walking around”. As a “#NoOffice company” I cannot do that, but what I can do and what I recommend you to start doing is this: “meeting by walking around”. Basically, when you’re having a meeting, go out for a walk and have it while walking around:

Meeting by walking around is the healthiest way to do meetings!

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 /norussia/

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

Thursday, February 3, 2022 /clarity/

💼 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/

💼 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/

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

Thursday, March 4, 2021 /pricing/

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

Thursday, December 10, 2020 /idea/

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020 /17c/

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 /wunderlist/

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

Friday, August 23, 2019 /investors/

💼 ✏️ 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/

💼 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/