:focus state - a tech and productivity show

26 EpisodesProduced by :focus state

Technology, Productivity, Futurism, Big Ideas, Small Ideas. Every Thursday, Ryan Bott, Mark Spirek and guests talk ideas in technology and personal productivity.We discuss our thoughts and predictions to high level questions on the future and what the impact of tech is as well as our experiences wit… read more

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E3 2019 - Gaming and Next Gen Consoles

June 13th, 2019


This week Ryan is joined by Nathan Drake (@MelonHawk on Twitch) to talk all about E3 2019.

We run through all the shows, including Google Stadia and their price point and discuss how Stadia will not really shine until …

Apple's WWDC 2019

June 6th, 2019


This episode, Ryan and Mark talk all about Apples WWDC 2019 keynote, run down why WatchOS still doesn't feel all the way there. Ryan's excitement for the new privacy features like 'only once' location sharing, Sign in …

Eat: Impossible Burgers

May 30th, 2019


In this episode, we talk our experience eating Impossible burgers. Mark's commitment to eliminating meat and the future of bio-created and plant based meat.

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Privacy in Tech, GDPR, and consumer data rights

May 23rd, 2019


Privacy in Tech, GDPR, and consumer data rights

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50 Books in 30 Days: End Game

May 16th, 2019


The Challenge is finally over and was a success! We break down the biggest takeaways, some stats and numbers, and talk what it means to focus in on a big challenge.

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Google I/O 2019, Microsoft Build, the rise of services and the mid-tier

May 9th, 2019


Ryan just may pick up the Pixel 3a. We talk the state of Googles products, where Apple's upcoming services is juxtaposed to Microsoft's Enterprise play and how the future of tech software doesn't always look like it's …

50 Book Challenge pt. 4: 2/3 of the way through. Big Takeaways, Richard Branson, and Auto Biographies

April 29th, 2019


We're getting past the 2/3 point of the 50 Books in 30 Challenges and discuss the big takeaways and the inspiration that's been coming from taking this challenge.

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Why are companies killing off their own services?

April 22nd, 2019


In this episode, we say RIP to Google Inbox and talk about the many apps and services that tech companies kill off.

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Electric Vehicles

April 18th, 2019


In this episode of :focus state, we talk Electric Vehicles, the if all cars should be required to be electric off the line in the next few years, are …

Apple's Special Event - March 2019

April 9th, 2019


In this Episode we are breaking down the Apple event, going through Apple's new gaming membership and the rest of their news, video and TV products. 

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50 Books Challenge pt 3. Keeping pace with busy pace, talking iPads and e-ink readers

April 4th, 2019


This episode I'm at 21 books in 13 days, but work life gets busy. We talk the challenges and what the second half of this challenge looks like. We also talk the platforms I'm reading on, mostly the Kindle app on iPad …

Equipping a fully Solar house

April 1st, 2019


Mark is prepping to go fully solar at his house. We talk the rational, how many panels, the costs and challenges in doing so and what the …

The Hardest Part of 50 Books in 30 Days

March 28th, 2019


We deep dive into the books Ryan's read over the first part of his Challenge.

The first five books are:

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire …

Bonus: I'm about to read 50 productivity books in 30 days

March 22nd, 2019


This is the start of a 30 day challenge that Ryan is attempting: to read 50 self-help and productivity books in 30 days. In this Bonus episode (really the part of the last challenge that ran way long) we discuss why …

Watch: Twin Peaks and Star Trek: TNG, Comparing TV culture today to 30 years ago

March 21st, 2019


Ryan watches Star Trek: TNG (and a new Episode of Discovery) as Mark watches Twin Peaks. Our thoughts on how those shows hold up and what has changed …

Adobe Creative Cloud Alternatives

March 19th, 2019


What viable alternatives are there to Creative Cloud.

Is the Subscription model something more people will draw away from? Apps like Sketch replaced a lot of Web mocks done on Adobe Illustrator, but not much else has …

Challenge: Read a Newspaper

March 14th, 2019

Topic: Read a Newspaper

“The failing” New York Times

What are these newspapers that end up in my front lawn?

Online newspapers? ($2/week but charge $8?)

What newspapers did we choose?

Where do you find a newspaper?

Have …

Interview: Creating an Etherium Mining Business

March 11th, 2019


 This episode, our Things I Got Wrong co-host, Stu Hopkins joins us to walk through the entire process of Etherium mining. The ups, downs and struggles of trying to scale a venture like this. The challenges and insights …

Challenge: Keep a Bullet Journal

March 7th, 2019


This episode our co-host on Things I Got Wrong, Rachel Miller, joins to talk Bullet Journaling, how it helps her keep track a busy life and how both …

Retail Wasteland: The Current State of Retail Stores

March 6th, 2019


What was the last retail store you went to (not target/Walmart) and why?

Angela Ahrendts leaves apple


Sears liquidates?

Challenge: Meditate for 5 minutes a day

March 1st, 2019


In this episode of :focus state, we try our hand at meditating and discuss what enlightened nirvana we found along the way. We go back through some …

Watch: Fyre Festival Docs - Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu

February 25th, 2019


Watch: Fyre Festival Docs - Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened on Netflix and Fyre Fraud on Hulu

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Remote Work Culture

February 25th, 2019


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Using Trello

February 18th, 2019


We discuss some of the unique ways we use Trello, how Ryan's yearly goals are tracked using Trello and other alternatives to to-do lists and calendars.

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Challenge: FiveThirtyEight's Personality Quiz

February 14th, 2019


In our first challenge episode, we start by taking FiveThirtyEight's new "data backed" Personality Quiz "that doesn't suck": https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/personality-quiz/

Our Next Challenge is to watch the new …

Talking tech and what :focus state is

February 11th, 2019


In our very first episode, we talk about our thoughts on tech podcasts and what we want to see out of a new show. We talk Mark's experience with his Tesla, our phones and what the format of the show will look like.

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