Episode 9: We're all going to be stardust

This week, the pros and cons of growing an organization and our philosophical blatherings about choosing work that is meaningful vs. doing what you love vs. finding meaning in your work.

The Name of the Wind - So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.

The Proto Board is back! -


The Seven Things You're Not Supposed To Talk About - Producer Sarah Koenig's mother lives by a set of rules about conversation. She has an actual list of off-limits topics, including how you slept, your period, your health, your diet and more. You don't talk about these things, she says, because nobody cares. This week we try to find stories on these exact topics that will prove her wrong.

In the Name of Love - Elites embrace the “do what you love” mantra. But it devalues work and hurts workers.

Mans Search for Meaning - Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

Spoiler alert: In this episode, we touch on communication, process, and required overhead. Marcia just wants to point out that in the two weeks since recording, there have been multiple communication blips that required "getting back onto the same page". But we filled in the spaces between teams and are better than ever before!