354 - Jesse Ekkerd
Jesse Ekkerd is a commercial pilot turned business owner
Jesse Ekkerd is a commercial pilot turned business owner and the founder of Drang Digital, a content marketing agency for aviation training institutes.
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Inside Jesse's Workspace
- MacBook Air M1 8GB
- Twelve South BookArc Vertical MacBook Stand
- Magic Keyboard
- Logitech MX Master 3S
- Shure MV7 Mounted on a RØDE PSA1 Boom Arm
- Dell 27” U2723QE 4K USB-C Monitor
- Elgato Key Light Air x 2
- Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Mac Desktops and Displays
- iPhone XS as a Webcam via Camo
- Herman Miller Aeron
- AirPods Pro (1st Generation)
What is the most useful item in your workspace?
While many things come to mind, my MacBook Air M1 takes the crown.
It felt expensive when I was a broke pilot, but I had a hunch that the new M1 chip was great value. I was right.
My MacBook has paid for itself hundreds of times over and can handle anything I throw at it. I could not have built my business without it.
How do you spark creativity?
I like sparking creativity through constraints.
This applies to many scenarios.
In business, I like creating creative solutions through financial and time constraints.
In writing, I spark creativity by niching down on my reader. Writing for the whole world is complicated; writing for a 19-year-old student pilot in the US dealing with a specific problem is easier.
How do you manage work-life balance?
I often receive judgment from people who believe that I have no "work-life balance."
I like my work. I like business.
I don't have hobbies outside of work. I spend time with my girlfriend if I'm not working or working out. I love my life, and my work is a significant part of it!
What is there to balance?
What do you think is the main benefit of remote work?
Freedom! Location freedom allows me to decide where I want to live (and for how long).
The ability to live in a low cost of living area is a significant advantage when running a bootstrapped business.
With a fully remote team, I can utilize talent in the US and Europe while keeping my personal expenses low - a nice "profit hack," so to speak.
148 - Austen Allred
Austen Allred is the co-founder and CEO of BloomTech (Bloom Institute of Technology), formerly known as Lambda School