This is a perpetually out of date guide to the apps and tools I am using to run my life as a publicly traded person.
Last updated January 13th, 2023
On The Internet
KmikeyM.com on the web
@KmikeyM on Twitter
K5M.today on Tumblr
KmikeyM on Instagram
Mike-Merrill.com on Squarespace
kmikeym on Kickstarter
Mike Merrill on Republic
Mike Merrill on Goodreads
Mike Merrill on Strava
u/kmikeym and r/KmikeyM on Reddit
kmikeym on Hacker News
Mike Merrill and KmikeyM on Facebook
KmikeyM on AngelList
changemap – Public roadmap of features for KmikeyM, but falling a bit out of date.
Gumroad – An ecommerce platform for selling goods which is used to make deposits into KmikeyM accounts. The fees are too high and an alternative needs to be found.
Highcharts – A tool for making the interactive charts on KmikeyM.
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.
Google Workspace – Mostly for drafts of votes, planning docs, and work in progress stuff.
Slack – Used as the hub of live shareholder activity. Anyone can join.
Substack – Official updates on the free plan with and a paid Insider Info edition.
Twitter was my primary social media site. I have a number of accounts for various projects, but @kmikeym is the one I use most. The recent Twitter turmoil makes me less enthusiastic about Twitter specifically and social media in general.
There is less participation but I have a business page and a personal page on LinkedIn. I like the career focus and maybe LinkedIn is the best social media platform?
I have two Instagram accounts. An “official” account and a “personal” account but the personal was for my 2020 project of taking a selfie every day.
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.
Anchor – Quick podcast app for 3 Minute Review.
Airtable – This was 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. I haven’t been using it as much in the past year.
Bear – Use for quick notes on the computer and iPhone.
Day One – Quick daily journal updates.
Evernote – I gave up on Evernote for a while but it’s just too easy to use as a place to store old things. It’s essentially my digital archive.
Fantastical – I just wanted a few of the features, like seeing two timezones at once, but I’m not sure it’s better than the built in cal app.
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.
NYTimes – I scan the news and then save anything interesting to
Reader – From the Readwise team, a better place to save articles to read later.
Readwise – Saves notes taken from books and elsewhere and gives me 10 of them each day to review.
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 and this is both a todolist and also a place I save links and ideas to file later.
Roam – I use Roam as a daily log of my computer activity. I tried to learn the power features but it’s too much for me. I should probably migrate off it.
Stoop – I love email lists and Stoop manages email newsletter outside your mailbox, which is amazing. Thank you Stoop.
Sunsama – Daily planning app. This lives on my side monitor and helps keep me on task throughout the day.
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.
Timehop – I love Timehop, such a weird way to quickly see old ideas and places and events. A great replacement for social media.
Trello – I use Trello occasionally to manage my backlog of projects and ideas.
Current iPhone Homescreen:
MacBook Pro – I use a 14″ 2021 MacBook Pro as my daily machine. I have an LG Ultrawide and an HP X34 set up as external monitors. Next to this I have my old 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro on a stand and on the other side is a Mac Mini with a vertical monitor and my iPad on a stand.
iPad Pro – Since my external monitors are all plugged in I tend to have my MacBook Pro stay at my desk and I drag my iPad around with me all day. What’s a computer?
iPhone 12 Mini – I had a big phone, and it was too big, so I went small, but I didn’t realize that would mean less battery. I use the Quad Lock system for biking and have the case on most of the time.
Apple Watch Series 4 – I love it. I have a weird tan line from wearing it all the time.
- Minister w/ Universal Life Church
- Member of the Los Angeles Athletic Club
- Member of the Los Angeles Public Library
- Member of the Democratic Socialists of America
- Primary banking at First Tech Credit Union
- Credit cards from Amazon, Apple, and Alaska Airlines
- Robinhood and Coinbase for Crypto
- YNAB for budgeting
- Betterment retirement account
- Copilot for expense tracking
- Credit Karma for monitoring my credit score (803/804)
- Venmo, Apple, or Square Cash for repaying friends
- Republic, WeFunder, Otis, Rally and more for alt investments
- Sudoku – No idea why I like this so much.
- Chess.com – I had a pro account but now I don’t.
- XCOM – I love this game too much.
By shareholder mandate I do not use Spotify, but I do use Apple Music.
I also take recommendations from shareholders.
I listen to this 3 hour Binaural Beats YouTube pretty often.
Movies and Television:
Letterboxd – For tracking movies.
Mike’s bookshelf: currently-reading
Pocket – still on my front page, but migrating to Reader. iPad Mini – It finally died. Campaign Monitor – Mailing list software for official updates. All shareholders and those interested in the project should be on the list. 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. Exist.io – I collect a lot of information into Exist but I have stopped inputing data directly. 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.
tercom – 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. Wealthfront savings account (for high savings interest) Vanguard retirement account
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