Life Stack

This is a list of the apps and tools I am using to run my life as a publicly traded person. This is a work in progress and is updated sporadically (shareholders Aaron Parecki and Lillian Karabaic have also shared their stack) but will hopefully give you sense of my process, inputs, and outputs.

Last updated August 29, 2019

KmikeyM

changemap – Public roadmap of features for KmikeyM, but falling a bit out of date.

Gumroad – Ecommerce platform for selling goods.

Highcharts – A tool for making interactive charts.

KmikeyM.com – Custom designed decision-making engine based on the idea of a stock market. Originally developed by Greg Borenstein with subsequent versions and updates developed by Aaron Parecki.

WordPress – In 2019 I returned to WordPress as the CMS to store public facing documents.

weejee.io – A new decision making engine software platform with new features based on learnings from the limitations of KmikeyM.com. Currently experimenting with smaller votes here.

Shareholder Community

Slack – Used as the hub of live shareholder activity. Anyone can join.

Campaign Monitor – Mailing list software for official updates. All shareholders and those interested in the project should be on the list.

Social Media

Twitter is my primary social media site. I have a number of accounts for various projects, but @kmikeym is the one I use daily.

There is less participation but I have a business page and a personal page on LinkedIn. I like the career focus.

I have two Instagram accounts. An “official” account and a “personal” account. I am still working out what goes where.

I don’t use Facebook very much, but I have an official page for KmikeyM and a personal page.

I’ve made accounts for Snapchat, TikTok, Orkut and many others, but I do not use them regularly.

Software

πŸ“±πŸ’» Airtable – This is my cornerstone. It’s like three dimensional spreadsheets. They have a totally great free version you should check out, but I pay for the pro version because I love it so much.

πŸ“±πŸ’» Mail.app – On both my laptop and phone I used Apple’s Mail app. I’ve tried pretty much every email client out there but I keep coming back to Mail.

πŸ“±πŸ’» Todoist – I’ve also tried every to do app and currently am using Todoist. I like it, I pay for the extra features of the pro account, but I am sure I’ll try something else in a few weeks.

πŸ“±πŸ’» Exist.io – I collect a lot of information into Exist but I have stopped inputing data directly.

πŸ“±πŸ’» Bear – My default notetaking app.

πŸ“±πŸ’» Evernote – I hate when I save a website and then later it’s gone, so I save to Evernote. I also forward emails to it and then I tag the shit out of everything. Evernote is a mess, a monster of my own creation, but I love it.

πŸ“± Stoop – I love email lists and Stoop manages email newsletter outside your mailbox, which is amazing. Thank you Stoop.

πŸ“± Fitbod – I’ve used so many fitness apps but this is the best one. It tells me what to do, and how to do it, plus is tracks what I do. That’s exactly what I need.

πŸ“±Timehop – I love Timehop, such a weird way to quickly see old ideas and places and events.

Current iPhone Homescreen:

Hardware

MacBook Pro – I have a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro and while I have no use at all for the little touchbar I really love it. I carry this beast with me everywhere in a Minaal Daily Bag, which is the best backpack I’ve ever had.

iPhone 8 Plus – I’m on my phone SO MUCH I thought I should get the bigger screen. I regret it now, I should have bought the iPhone X.

Apple Watch Series 4 – I love it. I have a weird tanline from wearing it all the time.

Certificates/Awards/Memberships

Finances

  • Primary banking at First Tech Credit Union
  • Credit cards from Amazon, Apple, and Alaska Airlines
  • Robinhood trading account
  • Vanguard retirement account
  • Betterment retirement account
  • Wealthfront savings account (for high savings interest)

Media

Recent Games:

  • Spinnortality – A cyberpunk capitalist simulation
  • Strategery – Simple iOS game, also Macworld’s 2009 App Gems Award winner for Best Strategy Game
  • XCOM 2 – I love this game

Music:

By shareholder mandate I do not use Spotify, so I take recommendations from shareholders and share my listening habits on last.fm.

I also listen to this 3 hour Binaural Beats YouTube pretty often.

Movies and Television in 2019:

Recent Books

All These Worlds
Power Moves: Lessons from Davos
Beastie Boys Book
On the Road
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Zero G
The Dispatcher
The Emissary
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager
Long Way Down
The Content Trap
Lock In
Have a Nice Day
The Practical Pocket Guide to Account Planning
Chief Marketing Officers at Work
It Will Be Exhilarating: Indie Capitalism and Design Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
New York 2140
Andrew W.K.'s I Get Wet


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Retired

Hotjar – Tracks user behavior and generates heatmaps based on visitor activity. It’s interesting but I haven’t made any changes based on the information yet.

Intercom – This is a Customer Messaging Platform I started using in 2019 but has already been less effective than Drip.com in engagement. Drip is a more passive interaction (email) than Intercom (chat) so the social barrier is lower.

Sorted – I love Sorted. It’s a very weird idea that combines calendar events and to do items together. Because I share a lot of calendars it’s hard to know what is happening in a day, so I use Sorted as my “current day” look at what is going on.