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[Video] Team Vsnap: What’s your favorite pie?

Hey vsnappers, 
 
In this series, we’ve covered all the big topics: What inspires you? What gets you psyched to come to work every day? Who would love to get a vsnap from? It was just a matter of time before I got to the big question: Team Vsnap - What’s your favorite pie? It may be a simple question, but I love how you can really get a glimpse of everyone’s personality by their answer. 
 
Feel free to send in some vsnap questions for the team or for an individual. You may see it pop up on the blog or a newsletter. And as always, please get in touch if you have any questions/feedback by emailing us or sending us a tweet
 
Hope you’re having a great weekend! 
 
Vsnap ya later,
 
Trish Fontanilla, Community Manager at Vsnap
 

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[Video] Team Vsnap: What gets you psyched to come to work every day?

Hey vsnappers, 

If you checked out our latest newsletter, you saw how we’re really trying to highlight the team a little more. I may be biased, but they’re incredible people and we’re all around (some more than others depending on the day, of course) to help you get to know Vsnap and build relationships with your customers, clients, and prospects. Besides the newsletter, I’m going to be doing a series of videos with the team, asking them questions I’d like to know and even some questions that have been sent in from you vsnappers out there. Here’s the first video in the series and if you have any questions/feedback/suggestions, we’re here for ya: email/Twitter/Facebook! And you can comment below. 

Hope y’all have a great weekend and happy vsnapping (no really, how many times can I say Vsnap)!

Trish Fontanilla, Community Manager at Vsnap

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4 Columns: My GPS for Startup Land

by Dave McLaughlin, CEO & Cofounder of Vsnap

Early-stage startup life is complex and fast-moving, and I’m always looking for simplifying paradigms to help me organize and manage the chaos. Right now the one I use every day is the idea that at Vsnap there are only four columns of activity, and everything fits into one of the four. Or it doesn’t fit. 

I think — actually I obsess — about Team, Product, Users, and Financing. Every day we’re trying to move the ball downfield in those four areas. Some days it’s a foot or two, some days you find a hole in the line and make them move the chains. 

The last few weeks saw big progress on Team and Product, and now we have another job description out there for a Java developer with 5 years experience. With that progress under way, I now get to start putting a little more time and energy into Users and Financing.

This simple system does three things for me. Externally, it helps me organize inputs and outputs. Internally, it helps me focus. 

Inputs

Startup Land is outrageously fertile, creative country. Seems like every day some brilliant person is offering insightful, provocative, dreamy twists on your strategy and your vision. I need a little system to take those ideas in and see where they fit - or don’t. 

I often felt this way when I was making films and plays. The designers, the actors, the producers, the craft services kid - ideas come from everywhere. Some of them can seriously amplify your work. Others can totally kill it. It’s really hard to distinguish between the two — unless you have some simple filters that you run these suggestions through. 

Outputs

At a startup you are always communicating your ideas, always educating some prospective partner, investor, hire, whatever.  Especially in these super early days, when both feet are planted firmly in mid-air, we need constructs that create coherence. Because without comprehension, there can be no oomph. 

"Dave, what’s happening with Vsnap?"

"A lot. Let me tell you about four things. Team, Product, Users, Financing. That’s my world right now."

Internal

Lastly, I use this little system to orient myself at different points during the day. There’s lots and lots of research about how much time it takes people to get back to a task once they are interrupted. Well my world is full of interruptions — often good ones, often urgent ones (not always the same) — and I can’t tell you how many times I finish a phone call or hit send on a time-sensitive email response and I think…what is the highest value thing for me to focus on now?  On my white board I see a hundred things. On a piece of scrap paper, I scribble four simple words. Team, Product, Users, Financing.  

And I move the ball. 

I know it’s so simple. I just find there’s so much power in simplicity. 

I can’t remember where I heard this but somebody defined power as the ability to turn your dreams into reality. 

Simplicity helps with that. But we live in a complex world. So I think of simplicity as the navigation system.  

We’re a three-person company with a big, audacious mission to reinvent the way that people share moments and messages, the way they exchange ideas and advance their dreams, the way they come to feel closer and more connected with family and friends and all the other folks who matter in their lives. We need simple systems to help us navigate and move fast. 

What about you — how do you navigate it all? Consider sharing a little of your hard-earned wisdom here — maybe we can transform this post into a resource for all the other crazy people who, like us, want to change the world! 

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