March 22nd, 2012

Lessons from a 40 year old (and the founder of MetaFilter)


Lessons from a 40 year old (and the founder of MetaFilter)

One of my favorite “Did you know…?” things about the Portland area is the fact that the founder of MetaFilter—arguably the first blog to reach a mass audience—lives here. He’s a relatively unassuming guy named Matt Haughey.

And like a lot of people around here, he’s got this heaping dose of aggressive humility. Which means we don’t get to hear from him as often as we should. But every once in a while, he shares some of his knowledge publicly. And when he does? It’s always well worth your time to listen.

Matt’s recent talk at Webstock is definitely one of those occasions.

I feel like this might be one of my best talks that I happened to deliver poorly. If you have the patience to put up with my “aw shucks” foot shuffling delivery, I swear it’ll have some insights into how to run a web business in this day and age.

Matt will cover a bunch of lessons he’s learned in the past decade of life as he embarks on turning 40. They eschew much of the Techcrunch/ReadWriteWeb/Mashable world by focusing on taking a longer term view of your work and focusing on life/work balance and having a happy life as well as a fulfilling career.

(Image courtesy Gary Barber. Used under Creative Commons.)

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