Life Stack

This is a rough guide of the apps and tools I am using to run my life as a publicly traded person.

Last updated March 28, 2021

On The Internet on the web

@KmikeyM on Twitter on Tumblr

KmikeyM on Instagram 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


Gumroad – Ecommerce platform for selling goods.

Highcharts – A tool for making interactive charts. – 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. – A new decision making engine software platform with new features based on learnings from the limitations of 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.

Substack – A paid daily email Monday to Friday and a free weekly update.

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 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.


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. – 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.

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.

Roam – I’ve been slowly migrating to Roam for notetaking.

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

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.

Trello – I have been using Trello as a tool in building out my “agile resolutions.”

Current iPhone Homescreen:


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.

iPad Pro – Since getting an external monitor and keyboard 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 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. Now my iPhone is cracked but it still works, so I haven’t felt like I need to get a new one.

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



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


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


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

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

Movies and Television:

Currently Reading:


Bear – My default notetaking app.

changemap – Public roadmap of features for KmikeyM, but falling a bit out of date.

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. – 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.

Intercom – This is a Customer Messaging Platform I started using in 2019 but has already been less effective than 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.