The Calvin Show Episode 015: Nicole Holland

In this episode, I interview the amazing, the incredible Nicole Holland.

Nicole is a Simplero customer, and she interviewed me for her podcast, after which I immediately hired her. We’ve been working together since, and she is amazing.

In this interview, Nicole shares her journey from prison guard to successful entrepreneur, and shares some of her social media marketing genius with us all.

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Why I quit using Backblaze

When I heard about Backblaze, I was excited. Full offsite backup for just $5/month.

I’ve been using Time Machine with a Time Capsule for years, but it’s not going to back you up when you’re traveling, and Apple’s Time Capsules are expensive and don’t work terribly well.

When I recently switched to an eero wifi system, I decided to drop Time Machine and go with just Backblaze. I’d been using them together for a while, but doing both seemed unnecessary. That was, until I actually needed my backup.

Three weeks ago today, I dropped my Mac off with Apple to fix a stuck space bar. It took them a week to fix with no communications, and when I got it back, it was completely wiped.

Backblaze to the rescue!

Or so I thought.

Turns out, it took Backblaze a full 14 days, two weeks, to get a USB hard drive shipped to me with my data.

Gathering my backup data from their storage pods and getting it into a form that they can get to me: Two full weeks.

Being an engineer, I’ve been thinking about how I would go about designing a storage system that has this kind of latency on retrieving data. Mind you, they’re using hard drives, not tapes. I can’t think of how I’d do that, other than inserting “sleep(2 days)” statements all over the code.

What good is a backup solution if it takes several weeks to get your data back?

Okay, I guess it’s better than losing those precious photos forever, but if you’r actually using your data to get work done, it’s worthless. It’s going to be almost a month from I dropped off my laptop till I’m going to have all my data back.

Needless to say, I’ve now canceled Backblaze and I’m looking into alternatives.

I’ve restarted Time Machine backups. I’ve attached the old Time Capsule to one of my eeros and am backing up to that. I’m doing a full clone onto an external HD using the fantastic SuperDuper! And I’m using Arq.

I really like the idea behind Arq, that you can backup to your own Amazon S3 or Amazon CloudDrive or Google Cloud account, and it’s stored in an open format. But the execution of the Arq client leaves a lot to be desired in terms of usability.

Backup is super important. How come in 2017 it’s still not a problem that anyone’s solved?

If Backblaze was able to actually get our data back within a reasonable period, that would be close to perfect in my book. Anything longer than 12 hours to prepare a full restore and get it shipped to me seems too long to me.

Anyone got any good leads? Anyone want to tackle this with me?

The Calvin Show Episode 014: What I learned from the Krug and the Z4

We’re back with another episode of The Calvin Show.

This one’s about what I learned from buying a BMW Z4 and a case of Krug champagne.

Yeah. I learned a ton from my Z4. And the Krug.

Follow along right here.

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Dreams do come true

A little over ten years ago, around 2006 or so, I was working with my co-founder Christina Wodtke on a product startup centered around PublicSquare, a collaborative publishing platform, a product, business, and relationship that didn’t go anywhere. At the time I was on a Tony Robbins binge. I was reading his books, listening to his audio programs, and implementing his advice. Fun fact: I’ve actually never been to any of his live events.

One thing that really resonated with me, and has stayed with me ever since, was a story about Stephen Spielberg, and how he worked. I’m going to paraphrase from memory here, because even if it turns out I got the whole thing wrong, it’s the story that stayed in my head that mattered. As I recall it, Tony described Spielberg’s way of working as going around sprinkling magic fairy dust on things. His businesses and productions were all running smoothly without him, so he’d just go around, almost unnoticed, and see where he felt called to add his special little extra something. Immediately I knew, this is how I want to work.

A few years later, around 2010, I read an interview in Inc. magazine with Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMs Shoes. No, his name is not Tom. He talked about living on a yacht on the water ouside Los Angeles, and starting each day by meditating, journaling, and doing his spiritual practice. The company staffed with talented people who know what they’re doing, he was free to ruminate on the bigger picture, and he’d just stay in touch with his team daily by phone. Again, I knew, this is how I want to work.

Fast-forward to today, it’s March 2017, and I just relaized, holy shit, this is my reality now! I have a software company generating money and happiness for myself and our many customers all over the world, and a wonderful, talented, committed team doing great work, and I get to start each day meditating, journaling, and doing my spiritual practice.

I just spent 10 days in Austin for SXSW, and I went in with the intention of connecting with a manager for my music career, and came back with something much deeper and more profound: A complete reorientation of how I live my life and how I do my art. And I’m realizing, this is exactly what I do best, and this is exactly what I always dreamt of.

I don’t fancy myself a traditional business leader or CEO. I see myself more as a spiritual leader, like Richard Branson, or perhaps Steve Jobs. I can’t do the day-to-day managerial stuff. I can’t even show up in an office each day. It would never work for me, I’d hate it, and I’d end up creating way too much chaos.

What I can do is exactly what I’m doing. Allow myself the freedom to experince, learn, grow, discover, download, envision, and then take that and create art from it, in the form of businesses, products, strategies, paintings, music, writing, food, events, and everything else.

That’s what I always wanted to do, and now I’m doing it. And I didn’t even notice it.

That’s the power of visions, of dreams, of knowing what you want. One day you might wake up and realize, you created it, and you weren’t even consciously trying.

What do you dream of?

When you want to help someone who is suffering

I see a lot of big-hearted, spiritual, healers, and helpers, who really want to help other people and alleviate their pain.

Here’s how most people go about that in a way that doesn’t work, and how to do it in a way that does…

What’s been your experience? Have you tried this where it worked? Where it didn’t? Let me know in the comments.

The Calvin Show Episode 007: Friend or Foe?

Today’s Calvin Show Episode is … “Friend or Foe?”.

We talk about:

  • Do you have enemies in business?
  • Getting legal threats from Zendesk
  • When to fire someone
  • Is the Universe really your friend? Really?

 

 

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The Calvin Show Episode 004: No News is Good News

In this episode:

  • Why it’s a great idea to stop consuming news
  • What is the actual objective of most mainstream media content?
  • Why comedy can sometimes keep us better informed than normal media
  • How Lady Gaga got famous
  • And we end with … the key to life

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The Calvin Show Episode 003: Going Home

It’s the holidays, and a lot of us are going home to spend time with the family. Light Ram Dass said: “If you think you’re so enlightened, try spending a week with your family”.

Today you will learn:

  • My commitment to you on this show
  • How to handle the uneasiness of holiday family gatherings
  • How to make a living from passive income
  • What my life was like pre- Simplero
  • The best way to learn a new skill or hobby
  • How to make a delicious holiday cocktail (try this!)

 

Happy Holidays, see you again soon.