Andrew Kemendo shares how to find balance between doing well and doing good.
He is the founder and CEO of Pair, a furniture augmented reality app that lets you try furniture out before you buy by placing an image of the furniture into an image of your space.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- What the app economy teaches us about adapting to economic change.
- The ethics of giving consumers more and more of what they want versus what they need.
- What Andrew learned about making behavior predictions from the Air Force.
- How he fell in love with reinforcement learning.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Reframe your mindset
- Practice self-awareness
- Align your habits
- Embrace discomfort
How Andrew Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 7:30 am
- Ideal work environment: Between 11:00 pm and 2:00 am; get up around 11:00 am, read for 4-5 hours, and work until 2:00 – 3:00 am.
- Regains focus by: Typically the framework he’s built for himself and making sure he has accountability.
- 90-day goal: Working through the process with a couple of buyers.
“You do need to measure if the product that you’re putting out is exactly what the consumers want.”
“If you’re really passionate about changing the world and shaping the world, you should be doing that and building the systems that bring more people into that.”
“If it’s not terrifying, then that means we’ve tread this path before.”
To have a productive existential crisis, Andrew had this advice:
1) Dig as deep as you can into it and embrace the nothing.
2) Figure out what the light is that’s pulling you out.