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Milosz Falinski
Milosz Falinski — Informed optimist. Says ‘product-market fit’ too much. Works with founders on better futures. http://miloszfalinski.com

This year has been a wild time to build my first business. In March 2020, the world changed forever. For many years, there’s been increasing talk about the new ‘remote working era’. This hypothetical future suddenly became reality for most people.

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As the world of working has become distributed, so has the world of connecting and exchanging knowledge and ideas. To adapt, we’ve all had to re-learn what building meaningful relationships means in a distributed world.

Despite all of the changes, what’s not changing is that building a business is still fundamentally about having a great network that can support…


Eliminate distractions and create an environment that supports your focus and productivity, while working from anywhere.

Over the last decade, I’ve spent many hours, days and weeks thinking and doing around the project of being more productive. I’ve read most major books on productivity (over 50), experimented with every major ‘productivity app’. I’ve read studies, took extensive courses and tried on whole new systems every 3–4 months. I even created my own productivity tools and systems.

At the end of last year, something shifted. I’ve found that the answer doesn’t lie in any new app, course or book. The perfect…


Moving beyond the rollercoaster of excitement and controversy Apple has been in for the last week, there was one thing in the WWDC keynote that stood out for me. One thing I really appreciated seeing. There is something special about Apple’s commitment to privacy.

Despite the amount of articles, podcasts and controversies around privacy in the last five to ten years, it feels like little of importance has been said or done. With a few exceptions nothing really moved, we are just deeper in the trenches, more resigned towards change. The only meaningful adaptation we’ve seen from the Big Tech…


“So, are you making a painkiller or a vitamin?” I hear this question asked often in discussion, when people share their product or idea they’ve been working on. It’s become something of a Startup 101. Supposedly, your painkiller product provides relief to an immediate problem, while your vitamin gives you long-term benefits and could become part of your customers lives for good. Google ‘painkiller vs vitamin’ and you’ll see hundreds of articles and videos discussing the topic and repeating this idea.

This isn’t one of those posts. I’m here to tell you that this metaphor is flawed and misleading. In…


How we use technology changes drastically every year — is design keeping up?

Our work, as digital designers, now touches billions of people every day. Each of those people spending on average 4 hours a day using just their phone. This means that our industry shapes at least 25% of most people’s waking lives — contributing to how we all feel, how we act. What needs we fulfil and in what order.

How often do you think about it? I thought I did, but these changes are happening quick, and to be honest, I am not keeping up. I got…


Workshops.. In the best of times they can bring clarity and next-level collaboration and point teams to solutions to most complex and difficult problems. And yet most of people I know have a trauma about them, seeing them as a big waste of time. I can see why — few workshop meetings I’ve been to were ran effectively. Instead, they turn into long winded discussions about problems different from the one we were supposed to solve in the first place.

In this post, I’ll go over the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of problem-solving workshops. You’ll see how to use them in…


Those of us leading remote teams in tech companies are in an unusual position. Majority of us got to lead teams not because we were good at leading people, but because we were good at making things. We don’t have many models of what works in tech leadership, and even less in the remote version — when your team is distributed around the country or globe. Our companies, particularly those built with the scrappy mindset of the startup scene, often lack the traditional people-management structures and knowhow that support budding managers. We all basically wing it.

And yet, despite the…


Why we need rules when working from home? My top five favourite work-from-home rules after six years of trial-and-error.

My work-from-home adventure started in 2013, when I wanted to move while keeping my job. To my surprise, my boss at the time agreed (thanks Bob)! I was thrilled. Until then remote work was only something I read about, a ‘maybe one day’ thing. Two months later, I was in the new city starting my remote career and all I had to do, was ask.

Six years on, I am leading a remote design team and have worked from home and…


Listening to music has become a bit of a frustrating affair for me ever since the fall of Rdio in 2015. The few years we had with Rdio I remember as blissful — that app had a perfect balance of social, discovery and management features and it worked. After that came chaos with my collection distributed across iTunes, Spotify, Youtube and various new services.

But.. it’s now been four years maybe it’s time to move on?

Fast forward to January 2019, someone mentioned an iPod Classic in a group conversation at work. …


I love the feeling of doing deep focused work. Chipping away on a meaningful project for an hour or two can feel magical. It’s empowering, rewarding and calming all at the same time.

But the rareness with which we experience deep work masks a nasty truth: We spend most of our time reacting to priorities of others, sacrificing what’s important to us. To make things worse, our devices are not designed to protect us from doing it. They make it easier to stay up to date in the constant stream of information, rather than focus for an extended period of…

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