Alright, I'm super excited to make this announcement.
Over at Ultraworking, we had a lot of success with the Pentathlon and various free offerings we put out, but the biggest question we kept getting was, "This is great but I want more of it."
So I'm very pleased to now announce The Work Gym —
At that link, you can read about our long-term plan to make it the best resource on the internet for hitting peak performance if you're interested, but the big relevant thing is we're starting with two rounds of live Work Cycles every single week, on Saturday and Sunday at 4PM Eastern Standard Time (1PM Pacific).
Work Cycles is of course marvelous for both getting in peak performance and for spending time working alongside smart, driven, excellence-oriented people. It's been one of the most popular things we created to date, and we're constantly asked for more Work Cycles — so, that's the first thing we're bringing out at the Work Gym.
Launch pricing is only $29/month billed quarterly, which we think is a really good value. We used to charge $140 for a single weekend of Work Cycles alone, and people happily attended at that rate, gave it rave reviews, and came back repeatedly. At $29/month, we think it makes sense to join even if you just come to Cycles once a month — of course, if you want to come a full 8x/month, the more peak performance the merrier.
We've got 50 spots available at launch price, and everyone at that rate will be grandfathered in as the price rises in the future as we get more feature-complete. It should be outstanding for getting more peak performance.
If you're interested, you can get all the details and join up here —
Here's hoping to see you at The Work Gym, cheers,
PS: I know the timezones are ugly for Europe/Asia — if you're interested in TWG but in an area where the timezones don't work great for you, you can let us know the good times for you here. We'll be adding more Cycles in different timezones once there's a solid group in that region that wants it.
So, this is pretty cool.
At Ultraworking, we developed a "Work Cycles Generator" to automatically create fresh templates of our work cycles spreadsheets -- a little useful if you're doing Cycles solo, incredibly useful if you're doing Cycles with friends.
Well, Gordon Yoon was a participant on Ultraworking Pentathlon IV, and he started using Work Cycles for coding work at Google. He said, "I'm getting tons of mileage out of the Work Cycles on the daily! Using work cycles at work, for coding… it's been awesome. It's such a powerful tool."
Gordon then coded up automatic graphing into a new cycles template that displays how your energy and morale changes throughout a work session.
Gordon was very kind to share his template, and it's really cool and useful. If you click this link, you can get a copy of Gordon's energy/morale-graphing version of the spreadsheet. Instead of entering high/medium/low as before, you enter how you're feeling on both of those from 1-100, and on the second tab, you'll get a graph of how your energy and morale change over a work session.
I was recently approached by a friend in the venture capital industry who asked me to write about my experience as an entrepreneur and transplant to Silicon Valley. Here's the resulting transcript of our discussion. I'm publishing it in the hopes that it helps other entrepreneurs, as well as those who haven't yet taken the leap but want to.
Can you tell me about the fundraising cycles your company has gone through?
We began in Washington D.C. in 2008 in a townhouse on Capitol Hill. It was a terrible time to fundraise due to the financial crisis, so we self-funded a mobile consulting firm called PointAbout which built mobile apps for large brands, including Disney, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Cars.com and many others. That firm quickly grew to over 30 employees (and a much nicer space in DC -- although still a townhouse!)