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We’re very excited to announce that Sherpaa has partnered with Dr. Jason Jaramillo, an internist here in NYC who has a housecall/officecall practice. Now, when you as a Sherpaa client send us a message or give us a call and we determine that you need to be seen by a physician, one of your options is to have Dr. Jaramillo come to your office or home.
Our mission at Sherpaa is to make healthcare as accessible and affordable as possible and to make your experience absolutely awesome. Partnering with Jason is one just one of the ways we’re doing that.
You can quickly imagine that as the number of clients goes up, the more we can have a “Geek Squad” of doctors traveling to offices here in NYC taking care of problems in real time as they arrive. Give us some time, but that’s where we’re likely headed. Exciting times indeed.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak with my friend Mike Del Ponte, who resembles the character of Joe. Today he launches a Kickstarter campaign for his company Soma, which aims to revolutionize the water industry using sustainable design. (It’s awesome. Check it out.) Surprised by how cool, calm, and collected Mike was so close to launch, I asked him what his secret is.
“Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way,” Mike said. “Self-care is the secret to performing at the highest level.”
Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. A glass of water when you wake helps start your day fresh. When do you drink your first glass of water each day?
2. Define your top 3. Every morning Mike asks himself, “What are the top three most important tasks that I will complete today?” He prioritizes his day accordingly and doesn’t sleep until the Top 3 are complete. What’s your “Top 3” today?
3. The 50/10 Rule. Solo-task and do more faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task with 10 minute breaks in between. Mike spends his 10 minutes getting away from his desk, going outside, calling friends, meditating, or grabbing a glass of water. What’s your most important task for the next 50 minutes?
4. Move and sweat daily. Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood, and relieves stress. Most mornings you’ll find Mike in a CrossFit or a yoga class. How will you sweat today?
5. Express gratitude. Gratitude fosters happiness, which is why Mike keeps a gratitude journal. Every morning, he writes out at least five things he’s thankful for. In times of stress, he’ll pause and reflect on 10 things he’s grateful for. What are you grateful for today?
6. Reflect daily. Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection. Mike asks himself, “What went well?” and “What needs improvement?” So… what went well today? How can you do more of it?
Do you have any other tips or practices?
Almost every day some one asks me if I’ve seen anything interesting lately.
To which I will sometimes cite some of our recent announced investments and why we got excited about it.
If the product exists in the world and the other person I’m talking to has tried it, we have tend to have an…
When I turned 25 a few months ago, I wrote down some of the things I’ve learned over my short time on earth. The last year has been a crazy roller-coaster ride which has enabled me…
We can use capital with abandon now, because it’s abundant and cheap. But we can no longer waste education, subsidizing fields that offer few jobs. Optimizing return on capital will generate less growth than optimizing return on education.
I am not going to lie to you, though. The trade was hard for me at first. This is where my heart was, where I wanted to be, where I lived out a story of redemption and felt that every one of you shared it with me in some form or fashion. I loved pitching for you. I loved your passion, the way you embraced me from the start, and the way you seemed to appreciate the effort I was putting forth. Every time I’d walk off the mound after an outing, I’d look in your faces, the people behind the dugout, and felt as if all your energy and support was pouring right into me — even when I was lousy. It gives me chill bumps thinking about it even now.
I especially like badinage and grawlix
- box tent : the plastic table-like item found in pizza boxes
- jamais vu : that feeling of seeing something for the first time, even though there’s nothing new about it
- paresthesia : that tingling sensation when your foot falls asleep
- grawlix : the string of typographical symbols comic strips use to indicate profanity (“$%@!”)
- caruncula : the small, triangular pink bump on the inside corner of each eye
- badinage : another word for playful banter
- rhumba : a group of rattlesnakes
- dringle : to waste time by being lazy
- agraffe : the wire cage that keeps the cork in a bottle of champagne
- wings : those back flaps on a bra
- rasher : a single slice of bacon
- purlicue : the web between your thumb and forefinger
“I’m not looking to fund startups that rely on advertising”
I heard this from another investor yesterday.
There is no question that building a company around an advertising business requires significant scale. Fred has a great post highlighting the facts about CPM rates over time.