In this episode, I spoke with Mendel Kurland, Evangelist at GoDaddy. We hear about his background, his first startup and the path to being an Evangelist (and what the heck that means). He traveled 76,858 miles to 37 cities and 6 countries in 2014 so his tips on how to balance that level of hustle with intentional slowness are very actionable. (hint: He likes to hike and drink coffee. Awesome header pic above is one taken on one of his most recent hikes.)
You’ll learn about:
- Mendel’s background growing up
- His college startup called UI life and how he got kicked out of college twice because of it
- How this led to a job at GoDaddy and the path to Evangelist at GoDaddy
- How a company their size can still be good at listening to their users and communicating their feedback to the rest of the company.
- GoDaddy using processes from the start-up community
- Scheduling personal time on your work calendar to make sure rest actually happens
- How to enjoy new experiences while on work travel
Links and Resources Mentioned
- Personal Site: mendel.me
- Twitter: @ifyouwillit
- Resource for GoDaddy users: garage.godaddy.com
- Information on agile as referenced at 21:38 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development
- Kickapoo Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee, Cartel Coffee, and Cuvee Coffee
- Turkey Creek Trail in Austin, Tx
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A BIG thanks to Mendel for taking the time!