What do you do?
I’m a CEO/co-founder to MyLocal, a husband to Amina, a father to Zain.
How do you stay up to date with trends in your industry/field?
Tech, Startups, Products Websites: Techmeme, Launch.co, Product Hunt, Launching Next, The Verge, StreetFightMag Podcasts: ThisWeekInTech (Leo Laporte), Foundation.kr (Kevin Rose), The Random Show (Kevin Rose + Tim Ferris)
Restaurant Industry Restaurant News, Restaurants Canada, Rare Republic, too many LinkedIn Groups
Best way to stay on top of email?
Defer to later or reply now as soon as the email arrives. Mailbox is great for this.
Top five applications and programs?
Mailbox – Not sure how email existed before Mailbox.
Slack – Almost everything that happens in the company gets pushed into Slack. Its our company newsfeed.
Sunrise – I’ll try anything to get away from Google for Work’s calendar. Sunrise makes it tolerable and then some.
Dropbox – Hands down the best way to backup. Dropbox for Business sweetens the deal.
Rdio – Because sometimes I want to listen to Offspring from 1999, but not enough to have it take space on a hard drive.
Notable mentions … IA Writer, Instapaper, Sublime Text, Adobe Fireworks, Microsoft Excel
What is your best time-saving trick?
Grabbing my Rhodia notebook and a pencil and unplugging from the Internet. I get a lot more done when I can physically write it all down, circle things, regroup, sketch, etc without being interrupted.
One non-tech thing you can't live without?
My family and Super Pekoe tea from Distinctly Tea.