Speed of Collaboration in the Days of Email vs Teams/Slack

Email feels so old and slow, especially when compared to the teal-time multiplayer world of Teams and Slack.

It makes sense for transactional emails but conversations and project managing it sucks. But you can’t just add a client or external contact to your chat app.

Idea:

What if an initial email is sent and it operates as expected. You send something along the lines:

Hi Becky,
It’s great to meet you. I would love to work with you to get ______ completed by such and such a date. Please find attached a file that is required for this project.
Let me know if you have any question.
-Anthony

Made up by me

This is where it gets fun

Once the recipient replies or accepts the messages, the thread then morphs into more of a live style conversation. No more signatures repeated over and over or from: to: cc: fields creating noise to pour through or weird formatting problems. It’s becomes a chat with multiple players.

  • Participants From: and To:
  • Observers CC:

Attachments, links, and relative information could be pulled and listed to a special tab/space and possibly even anchored at the part of the conversation that was relevant

May you could see if someone was on Live for a short period of time.

It could be wild but it would maybe help or maybe things a lot shittier. But at least we’re trying.

Tune-Yards – Bizness

32 Doublings

If you live a long full life and we consider 1 second the base time interval of that life. You’ll double your life 32 times. The amazing part is 26 of those happen by the time you’re 1yr old.

Why do I care – is it significant?

No idea. However, my theory is that perceived time speeds up because of the lack of learning new things + the way that time doubles. For instance, the first time you drive somewhere can feel like forever but the 2nd time feels much faster. There are new sites, sounds, and traffic patterns. Can you extend your perceived life by learning new things? If you’re a radio listener then you need to seek new stations.

Maybe doublings are the wrong frame for this. Half-life may be an interesting approach https://mathinsight.org/doubling_time_half_life_discrete

To be continued…after I continue to pontificate and wonder if this matters at all.

Music that I can re-listen to over and over again: DeVotchka – All the Sand in All the Sea

But what does AI think about this concept?

Prompt:
Act as a writer for https://www.ant.cat. Write a blog post about how one perception of time is impacted by the rate at which their time alive is doubles.

Response from ChatGPT:
Time is a fascinating concept that has perplexed scientists, philosophers, and individuals alike for centuries. It is a fleeting and elusive concept that is ever-changing, with different perceptions and interpretations across cultures and individuals. One such perception of time is the impact of the rate at which our time alive is doubled, and how it affects our perception of time.

The concept of time dilation is one that has been extensively studied in physics and cosmology. According to this theory, time passes differently for objects moving at different speeds or in different gravitational fields. However, time dilation also has a significant impact on our perception of time, particularly in relation to the rate at which our time alive is doubled.

The idea of time doubling can be understood as the period it takes for an individual’s age to double. For instance, a person who is 20 years old would experience a doubling of time when they reach the age of 40, and so on. Studies have shown that our perception of time is heavily influenced by the rate at which our time alive is doubled.

When we are younger, time seems to pass much more slowly. This is because the rate at which our time alive is doubled is much slower in our younger years. As we grow older, this rate increases, and time appears to pass much more quickly. This is why many people often comment on how time seems to fly by as they grow older.

Furthermore, the rate at which time doubles also affects our perception of the future. For instance, if the rate at which our time alive is doubled is slow, we tend to think more about the future and plan for it accordingly. On the other hand, if the rate at which our time alive is doubled is fast, we tend to focus more on the present moment and live in the here and now.

In conclusion, our perception of time is a complex and multi-faceted concept that is heavily influenced by various factors, including the rate at which our time alive is doubled. Understanding this concept can help us make better sense of our perception of time and how it affects our lives. Whether time flies by or crawls along, we can use this knowledge to live in the moment and plan for the future accordingly.

Letters to Lu: Accepted and Letting Go

Good morning Lu,

It may not seem like a big deal. But, this morning we got an email that you moved from the waitlist to the “if you want it’s yours list” for early pre-school. My heart reached out and wanted to give you a hug to pull you in close. You’ve been home every day since you were born…just being our fun, smart, wild child.

Today it just got real for me that you are and will grow up. Made me sad and excited all at once.

This also kicked me in the ass to remember that today is the most important. I can’t wait to get out of work to go on a walk and dance in the living room.

Love,
Your dad

Music I hope we dance to later: Khruangbin – So We Won’t Forget

The Scheckles

There are people in life that fall in line, follow paths, and operate in the medium that stays between the lines.

Then there are people who know how to move through the world where it conforms to them. My good friend is the latter. When we rode bikes down 1st St to smoke cigars in Atlantic Beach, and he brought his speaker on the porch of the place we were hanging at… I said, “Whoa, you brought your own speaker?”

He shared some advice from his mentor that I’m going to screw up here but it was essentially: if you can bring your own vibe to something, not be too rude, and have fun…why wouldn’t you do it?

This guy has given me so much more energy and food for thought in the last year. From our maddening camping trip with our other buddy, to him sharing that the good stuff with your kids is in the bike rides and the time singing/reading to them for bedtime. To him sharing that you should squeeze the joy out of life. During Lucile’s 2nd bday at a trampoline park, he brought his own socks to jump in…and a huge smile. It’s inspiring.

When he started trying to find his new career he went about it by being a “Go-Giver” and I forgot what that was like. There are times that I feel like Robin Williams in ‘Hook’ – and feel like my friend has glimmers of Pockets.

Thank you.

Letters to Lu: Today You Played

To our sweet, amazing, universe of a person;

Today you played. You’ve been playing since we met you. Your legs would kick, always looking for a ball to toss, test boundaries, climb, swing, jump, run, peekaboo, and interact with the world around you by mimicking what you saw. But today, you played.

It started with these two felt finger puppets you had since your 1yr birthday (nearly a year ago). A blue elephant and a brown monkey with a long tail. Today, you asked for them, we put them on your fingers, and you made them start talking. It was amazing. You started creating your own world.

Then it happened again an hour later. During bath time you stopped doing your typical: fill a cup with water and dump it on your face to see how much you could drink. Instead, you started arranging your Moana characters in specific patterns. You would put them in a row and stand back to see how they looked. Then, you would rearrange and often would pick two of the dolls up and get them to interact with each other. Full conversations between the characters were started

It was a big day for us as your parents to see you take another step on this journey. We hope you are always Lucile (Lu, Lucy, Lulu, Lu-squeal), and we hope you always keep the space to play in your life.

Love,
Mom and Dad

Sia – Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler

Letters to Lu: Luca

Dear Lu,

I’m writing this a while after I originally had this thought. It’s probably in my physical notebooks somewhere, but posting here anyway.

Your mom and I were watching Luca. Great little flick about bravery and becoming who you want to be. Whenever I would go to the movies, my favorite part was the escape into the main character’s world. But even more than that was I would try and feel like the main character. When the movie was over I think about how I could overcome a similar challenge the character did or “be brave” or “stand-up for myself” or whatever. Movies make me cry…I think because they push me to think about things I’m scared of and know I need to step into to conquer them. This happens all the time…

Except for ‘Luca’. There was a moment early on in the where Luca’s parents are being very cautious and not wanting Luca to get hurt or get into trouble etc. Then it hit me.

I’m no longer the main character, I’m the worried parent. Now I’m crying for other reasons but mostly because I want you to be the most confident and strong person in the world. And want nothing more for you to be safe and never get hurt. Super weird feelings.

Anyways, love you very much,
Your Dad

The Blaze – Heaven

East to West One Year Later

En Power and Light, Tyson Family, and the Cats

While going through some old emails today, I found the last newsletter that I sent to my old meetup group, #StartupJax. Coincidently, it happens to be almost the 1 year anniversary that I sent it announcing my wife and I would be moving from Jacksonville, FL to Denver, CO.

This was a big deal for us. We’ve never lived anywhere else, not for college or some whim of a thing in our twenties. We had a very easy stable life…but we weren’t growing towards our goals so we kicked ourselves in the ass to stir things up.

Finding this old newsletter reminded me of the excitement, energy, and gusto that we came to Colorado with. It reminded me that we shouldn’t get complacent.

It reminded me that every moment is an opportunity, and every opportunity is a gift.

My hope is that I find this post the next time I need to get my head on straight.

Thanks past Anthony for helping out present Anthony. (yeah I just appreciated myself…so what)

#StartupJax Newsletter – April 28th, 2017
Let’s get it on with your TOP 3 things for May!

Howdy howdy howdy!

1. Early RSVPs open for our next event  (official announcement next week). We are joining the JaxTech crew at “Main Event” to explore how two local companies are leveraging gamification to make their business awesome. Also…if you haven’t been to Main Event yet, holy cow…go.

2. May 12th, Anthony Catanese is moving to Denver. Yep :(**It’s weird to address myself in the 3rd person**

But it’s true…May 12th is my last day in Jax and I’ll be stepping down as leader of #StartupJax, but this group will be stronger than ever with 2 new organizers joining Philip O’Donnell to run this thing. I couldn’t be more excited to announce that Selina Pagan and Stu Green have accepted leadership roles in #StartupJax! Welcome homies 

  • Selina and I have known each other for some time. She grew up in Jax and moved to the west coast for 17 years. She’s back and is ready to keep the fire alive here.
  • Stu moved here from London right when OneSpark and downtown were buzzing with activity. He met a lot of us at Cowork and has been building startups in the San Marco area the last few years. You may have met him at the last meetup since he was one of our panelists.
  • Read more about the leadership crew: www.startupjax.co/who-we-are.html – reach out to them via the links to their Twitter or LinkedIn and say Hi 
  • If you want to grab a beer with Anthony before he leaves – May 12th:  4pm – who knows @ Dos Gatos in downtown Jax (123 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202) My wife and I are hanging out for happy hour. We’ve literally invited everyone we know to join us…that includes you…come grab a beer. You’re the reason I started this group.

3. Another HUGE announcement – Community First Credit Union has agreed to be the official #StartupJax sponsor for the YEAR. That’s awesome and makes it amazing for putting together programs over the next 12 months. Community First has always come through in supporting local entrepreneurs, and this takes it to another level. Thank you thank you thank you Community First. Without them, I’m not sure we would be around, and some of our biggest events would never have happened.

May is going to be nuts!

=======Now Sappy Anthony Monologue=======

Back in 2013, there was a group of 25 people that met one random evening in downtown Jax. We had no clear goal other than being around great people. Now there are over 1,200 of us and we’re about to hit year 4…WOW… that blows me away.

A lot of people asked me “What was your vision” for the group…and I can honestly say there wasn’t one other than “be around entrepreneurs”…but there were principles. 1) Be Kind  2) Connect everyone we can  3) Give everyone a voice. When someone would reach out and ask to speak, I always thought…does their story inspire, were they giving, and did it match our principles. We’ve now had over 80 speakers and 34 events all across Jacksonville. And couldn’t be more proud, not of what Philip and I have been running, but what you guys did with what we created.

Philip…you rock. Thank you for all your support and connecting so many people here. I truly couldn’t appreciate you more as a co-organizer and as a friend. Selina, Stu and you are great people and can’t wait to see what you guys do!

Thank you all for taking the time help each other and #StartupJax.

Damn Stoked

Dawn meditation in Jacksonville Beach

Kicking off the year with a new domain!!! Welcome to Ant.Cat 

So damn stoked for 2018! For our family, 2017 was all about new beginnings…

Despite all the sad news that 2017 brought into the world, the Catanese household had a super cool year.

  • We moved from Florida to Colorado
  • My wife graduated top 1% of her class and has the job of her dreams #SoProud!
  • I started a new gig at Cognizant Accelerator (f.k.a. QuickLeft) in Boulder
  • We both started working with the VR art collective DenVR
  • Spoke at conferences
  • Successfully transitioned the entrepreneur group #StartupJax to new leadership
  • Explored proper Europe for the first time in Portugal

We’re now ready to dig in….and we couldn’t be more stoked about it. Of course, we’re always willing to be wiggly if the world needs us to be.

Huge thank you to our families, Ben, Morgan, Lauren, Amy, Erin, Jordyn, Shawn, the Jacksons, Philip/Alexandra, Stu, Selina, Bob/Celeste, and all the amazing people in our lives that pushed us forward. Love you all!


Keeping up with the tradition of adding a music video to each post. This time though, we had a hand in creating it  😀

DENVR ARTIST BEN TYSON’S REMIX OF GEOGRAPHER — KITES USING LYRA:

This World Is A Great Wiggly Affair – V2.2017

This post is and always will be a work in progress...
and each version will have its own space.
- Version 1 - 2014
Alan Watts by Kristen Taylor Wright: http://wp.me/P1eLdD-2
Alan Watts by Kristen Taylor Wright: http://wp.me/P1eLdD-2

“This world is a great wiggly affair. The clouds are wiggling. The waters are wiggling. The clouds are wiggling, bouncing.

People- but people are always trying to straighten things out. You see we live in a rectangular box, all the time; everything is straightened out.

Wherever you look around in nature you find things often straightened out. They’re always trying to put things in boxes. Those boxes are classified. Words are made from some boxes.

But the real world is wiggly, if you can believe it.

Now when you have a wiggle like a cloud, how much wiggle is a wiggle? Well you have to draw the line somewhere, so people come to sorts of agreements about, ah, how much wiggle is a wiggle, that is to say a thing. One wiggle- always reduce one wiggle to a sub wiggles. Or see it as a subordinate wiggle of a bigger wiggle. But there’s no fixed rule about it.”

-Alan Watts


This quote has sat with me for some time. At first, I enjoyed it because of the fun rantiness of it. One long deep thought about the world around us, which I often have, but never share.

We are compelled to try and order everything in our life. Nature is opposing this at all times: always changing, moving forward… being wiggly.

A large part of my early career was in the accounting and home building space while going through college. Both of these industries are heavily reliant on well-thought-out processes to squeeze as many dollars as possible. I LOVED it. Nothing felt more amazing than getting your numbers to align, or for zero change-orders to come in. But there was something inherently wrong with the way I was working on a day to day basis. My thinking became automated.

Having a set process of what you do every day is lovely, but it typically doesn’t change to take in the nuances that day brings. The process typically doesn’t try to learn how it can serve the client better. It offers the user an escape to zone out, but while the user is zoned out the world has wiggled out of sync with the purpose of the process.

And that, to me, is how businesses are lost.

We can overcome this, not by less process but by building guiding frameworks that are broad enough to give us a path forward without detailing everything out. The framework helps point out what to watch for. You build something, check it against your framework, and move on.


Here’s how Jeff Bezos of Amazon puts it in his annual shareholder’s letter, posted April 12, 2017, when asked, “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?”

As companies get larger and more complex, there’s a tendency to manage to proxies. This comes in many shapes and sizes, and it’s dangerous, subtle, and very Day 2.

A common example is process as proxy. Good process serves you so you can serve customers. But if you’re not watchful, the process can become the thing. This can happen very easily in large organizations. The process becomes the proxy for the result you want. You stop looking at outcomes and just make sure you’re doing the process right. Gulp.

It’s not that rare to hear a junior leader defend a bad outcome with something like, “Well, we followed the process.” A more experienced leader will use it as an opportunity to investigate and improve the process. The process is not the thing. It’s always worth asking, do we own the process or does the process own us?

What excites me is that some of the top companies in the world are letting go of control…and getting wiggly:

  • Amazon is taking over the world, not by setting the company in concrete, but by flowing with the tides.
  • Toyota dominated the car industry by marrying the traditional assembly line with the freedom of their workers to make changes however they saw fit.
  • Tesla has built some of the best cars in the world using “Flexible Automation”.

This is the perfect place to play Will Smith — Get Jiggy With It, but I have to play the song that introduced me to the original quote…

STRFKR — Florida

This World Is A Great Wiggly Affair – V1.2014

This post is and always will be a work in progress...
and each version will have its own space.
- Version 2 - 2017
Alan Watts by Kristen Taylor Wright: http://wp.me/P1eLdD-2
Alan Watts by Kristen Taylor Wright: http://wp.me/P1eLdD-2

“This world is a great wiggly affair. The clouds are wiggling. The waters are wiggling. The clouds are wiggling, bouncing.

People- but people are always trying to straighten things out. You see we live in a rectangular box, all the time; everything is straightened out.

Wherever you look around in nature you find things often straightened out. They’re always trying to put things in boxes. Those boxes are classified. Words are made from some boxes.

But the real world is wiggly, if you can believe it.

Now when you have a wiggle like a cloud, how much wiggle is a wiggle? Well you have to draw the line somewhere, so people come to sorts of agreements about, ah, how much wiggle is a wiggle, that is to say a thing. One wiggle- always reduce one wiggle to a sub wiggles. Or see it as a subordinate wiggle of a bigger wiggle. But there’s no fixed rule about it.”

-Alan Watts

This quote has sat with me for some time. At first, I enjoyed it because of the fun rantiness of it. One long deep thought about the world around us, which I often have, but never share.

As time has moved on I’ve begun to understand it more and more. We are always trying to straighten out nature. This is particularly true with the way we develop process and go about working every day. Having a set process of what you do every day is lovely, but it typically doesn’t change to take in the nuances that the day brings. The process typically doesn’t try to learn how it can serve the client better. It offers the user an escape to zone out, but while the user is zoned out the world has wiggled out of sync with the purpose of the process. And that to me is how businesses are lost.

We can overcome this, not by less process but by building guiding frameworks that are broad enough to give us a path forward without detailing everything out. It helps to point out what to watch for. You build something, check it against your framework, and move on.

I work with teams on innovation which sounds super tech, but most of the time it’s the opposite. Most of the time it’s following a set of principles that help us understand what we’re trying to solve. Not by adding tech or adding more process, but by getting in the groove of the wiggly. Which is my new mantra.

This is the perfect place to play Will Smith – Get Jiggy With It, but I have to play the song that introduced me to the original quote…

STRFKR – Florida