40 minutes | Feb 18, 2021

Ep. 109: Translating Complex Tech Through Design—with Daniel Scrivner of Flow

Design is about much more than just making things look good. Design is valuable because it translates the complexities of technology to us mere mortals. It serves as a way to educate the market and make tech easy for everyday people to use. But what is the design process that gets us to that end? Daniel Scrivner is the CEO & Chief Design Officer at Flow, the project management software used by teams at Apple, Shopify and TED. A leader in the fields of design and investing, he has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most innovative organizations, including Andreesen Horowitz and Designer Fund. Daniel has 15 years of design experience, serving as Head of Design at both Digit and Square and working on teams at Apple, Nike and Disney. On this episode of Boost VC, Daniel joins us to share his take on what makes design valuable, explaining how the design process gets you to an end product the average person can use. He offers insight on what makes most crypto design hostile to everyday people, discussing what we can do to improve the user experience and give crypto mass appeal. Listen in to understand Daniel’s agnostic approach to investing and find out how he applies concepts learned in one discipline to other areas in his skill stack. Topics Covered What Daniel has built that he’s most proud ofRedesign of Flow over last two yearsGrowing investment portfolio Daniel’s agnostic approach to investingQualitative vs. quantitative (early-stage companies)Broad interest in investing in entrepreneurs at all stages What inspired Daniel to start his own podcastConversations with people in top 1% across industriesDecode what they’ve mastered, what propelled to top How Daniel thinks about optimizing his learningLearn things and apply in other areasLean into growth curve in all areas Daniel’s take on what makes design valuableInterface between complexity of tech and humansFastest way to educate given market Daniel’s insight around the design of cryptoHostile to average peopleIncompatible with being ‘future of money’ How to improve the crypto user experienceSimple explanation of termsGet input from everyday people What inspired Daniel to invest in BitcoinBet on things probable to play outInvest in multiple ways to win What’s behind the rise of the operator-investorHerding creaturesLowering barriers to entry in all areas Daniel’s definition of successWork in service of othersGrow into best version of self Connect with Daniel Flow https://www.getflow.com/Flow on Twitter https://twitter.com/flowappFlow on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/FlowAppDaniel on Twitter https://twitter.com/danielscrivner  Outliers with Daniel Scrivner https://link.chtbl.com/_Ygn_FIY Resources Good Egg https://www.goodegg.io/Stripe https://stripe.com/Gusto https://gusto.com/Superhuman https://superhuman.com/Notion https://www.notion.so/Bison Trails https://bisontrails.co/Filecoin https://filecoin.io/Verlyn Klinkenborg on Outliers https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/verlyn-klinkenborg-outliers-show-notesSeveral Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn KlinkenborgScott Adams https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSaysScott Adams on Talent Stacking https://www.scottadamssays.com/2016/12/27/the-kristina-talent-stack/Listen Notes https://www.listennotes.com/Kevin Kelly https://kk.org/Kevin Kelly on Outliers https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/kevin-kelly-outliers-transcriptCasa https://keys.casa/Coinbase https://www.coinbase.com/CoinList https://coinlist.co/TrustToken https://www.trusttoken.com/TruFi https://truefi.io/Robinhood https://robinhood.com/us/en/Oculus https://www.oculus.com/AngelList https://angellist.com/EquityZen https://equityzen.com/Fortnite https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/homeRoblox https://www.roblox.com/Unreal Tournament https://www.epicgames.com/unrealtournament/en-US/Endel https://endel.io/Tony Anderson https://www.tonyandersonmusic.com/Focus on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/genre/focus-pageRichard Feynman http://www.feynman.com/Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman https://www.amazon.com/Surely-Feynman-Adventures-Curious-Character/dp/0393316041Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by It’s Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard P. Feynman https://www.amazon.com/Six-Easy-Pieces-Essentials-Explained/dp/0465025277Henry Ford’s Rouge https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/ford-rouge-factory-tour/history-and-timeline/fords-rouge/Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow https://www.amazon.com/Titan-Life-John-Rockefeller-Sr-ebook/dp/B000XUDGHG Connect with Boost VC Boost VC Website https://www.boost.vc/Boost VC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/boostvc/Boost VC on Twitter https://twitter.com/BoostVCBoost VC on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/boost_vc/
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