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    How To Engineer AppStore Downloads on Day One

    If you just want the numbers, skip to the bottom. This post will cover the history of the project, how we engineered scalability, optimizations, usability and the launch day itself.   I embarked upon building Aftermath just a couple months after my startup failed. The pain of knowing that I had not succeeded at creating a […]

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    Mindhacks to Increase Happiness using Science

    Much of the latest psychological research is yielding surprising, even counter-intuitive insights into how the mind works (which is why we have wonderful books like Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational). A common thread underlying much of this research is that the mind can be easily “tricked.” This has led to new fields, like neuromarketing, but also a variety […]

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    Is Sleeping 6 Hours per Night a Good Idea?

    I’ve written a lot about sleep optimization, from falling asleep in 2 minutes to waking up without alarm clocks. I must admit to a dirty little secret, though: I belong to the group of people who does not need much sleep to begin with. For me, 6 hours feels great and 7 hours is too […]

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    What is a Lifeflow?

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   A “lifeflow” is like a workflow, except it applies to every aspect of life. It leverages synergy and the […]

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    How To Increase Your Software’s User Engagement by 10x

    Recently, I finally realized that piling on new features day after day is not the most effective way to improve software. As a programmer, it’s tempting to just keep building… but this approach does not leave room for data-based improvement.   “Growth Hacking” is a (relatively) new term in startupland. I’ve been aware of the […]

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