145 - Justin Gordon
Justin Gordon is the Director of Marketing at Vitalize Venture Capital (an early-stage fund and angel community with a founder-friendly approach) as well as a Founding Angel Investor at Vitalize Angels (angel investing for everyone).
I have personally found him to be one of my best Twitter follows as he consistently provides great insights and questions into the tech world.
- 13-inch MacBook Pro M1
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Amazon Basics mouse pad
- Amazon Basics yellow legal pad
- AmazonBasics Classic Lined Notebook - Ruled
- Blue Yeti Mic
- Logitech HD Pro webcam C920
- Hbada Office Task Desk Chair Swivel Home Comfort Chairs with Flip-up Arms and Adjustable Height, Black
- FEZIBO Height Adjustable Electric Standing Desk, 55 x 24 Inches Stand Up Desk Workstation, Full Sit Stand Home Office Table with Splice Board, Black Frame/Jet Black Top
- Philips 276E9QDSB 27" Frameless Monitor, Full HD IPS, 124% sRGB, FreeSync 75Hz, VESA, 4Yr Advance Replacement Warranty
- Apple Airpods
- The Startup Owner's Manual
- Jaanuu Masks
- Post-it notes
- Sharpie Highlighter
- Citizen Eco-Drive Watch
- Cosmos Bag (Wedding gift)
- SAMSUNG 50-Inch Class Crystal UHD AU8000 Series - 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (UN50AU8000FXZA, 2021 Model)
- Lots of books/magazines
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What is your favorite item in your workspace?
My Blue Yeti mic is my favorite workspace item. Podcasting opened so many doors for me and I've always done interviews with a Blue Yeti mic, so when I look at that every day I see a world of possibilities.
How do you spark creativity?
Creativity, for me, comes from a few activities - walking around my neighborhood, journaling, showering, and reading. When I go on walks I'll take notes about different ideas in the notes app on my iPhone. When I journal, I'll often do a big brain dump and come up with more ideas for whatever I'm working on. In the shower, I have time to process the different ideas bouncing around in my head. Finally, while reading, I always have a physical notebook nearby to capture any ideas that stem from what I'm reading.
How do you keep the work-life balance?
It's difficult to articulate my answer to this question. I don't focus on work-life balance as much as I focus on being very in tune with how I feel about the way I'm spending my time. Thankfully, I've gotten to a point in my career where I love the work I'm doing and the team I'm building with, so much of my time is spent "working," though in VC, networking is considered work, but it's also fun, so there's a blur between the work-life side of things. At a high level, I just make time for the people and activities I care about and work a lot because I enjoy it.