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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


049 Virtual Coworking for Being More Productive with Taylor Jacobson, Focusmate – ProductivityCast

In this episode of ProductivityCast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, we have the pleasure of bringing you our very first interview! They won’t be often, but sprinkled in, we think that hearing outside voices of productivity experts would be a valued addition to the personal productivity conversations we have. This week, we’re delighted we got to sit down with Taylor Jacobson, founder and CEO of Focusmate, a virtual coworking platform for personal productivity enthusiasts like you.

Listen in our conversation with Taylor about his story, what virtual coworking with Focusmate does for your productivity, and what the future holds for this unique productivity tool and virtual coworking community rolled into one.

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In this Cast | Virtual Coworking with Focusmate

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Taylor Jacobson, Focusmate

Taylor Jacobson is the founder of Focusmate, a behavioral technology company helping remote workers improve their productivity. He's a trained executive coach with clients like Yale, Cornell, and Wharton, a wannabe adventurer, and a recovering pizza addict-turned-holistic health aspirant. His work has been featured in CNN, GQ, The Huffington Post, Men's Health, and more.

Show Notes | Virtual Coworking with Focusmate

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Four Tendencies Quiz

The Four Tendencies - Productivity Book Group

Group versus individual performance on tasks requiring ideational proficiency (brainstorming): A review

Estimating the Difference Between Group Versus Individual Performance on Problem-Solving Tasks

7 Studies That Prove People Work Better in Teams

Implementation Intentions and Goal Achievement: A Meta‐analysis of Effects and Processes

Accredited investor (IRS)

B Corp


Raw Text Transcript | Virtual Coworking with Focusmate

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Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here your hosts Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17 Welcome everybody to productivity cast the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud 0:23 And I'm Augusto Pinaud.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:25 And we are back with an episode where we are doing something we have not done before here on productivity cast, we have not done an interview, we've not actually had a guest on the show outside of our normal contributors, Francis Wade, and our gal wicks. And so today on the show, we are going to be talking about virtual coworking for being more productive. And we thought, Well, why don't we have somebody on the show who can actually cover this topic in and with expertise. And so today we are really excited to have on the show, Taylor Jacobson, he is the founder of focus mate. It's a behavioral technology company, helping remote workers improve their productivity. He's a trained executive coach with clients like Yale, Cornell and the Wharton School of Business at Penn.

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