Giving away your legos with Julien Smith of Breather 
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Julien Smith is my guest on this episode #017 of Process!
Back when I met Julien at SxSW a few years ago, he was a popular blogger and a New York Times bestselling author. Fast forward to today, and he's added a new title to his repertoire: CEO of a venture-backed startup. Today, running that startup, called Breather, is his #1 priority. Very quickly, Breather is growing its team, the cities it operates in, and the number of people that use its spaces.
But being a CEO of a startup is no easy feat. I talk to Julien about how he makes it all happen without impending doom levels of stress.
During our conversation, we cover:
- How past ventures (writing and podcasting) led him to Breather
- What being a startup CEO is really like
- Why he focuses on getting the most amazing collaborators possible
- How he integrated design from the beginning of the project
- What company he considers Breather's biggest competitor—and how he addresses that "threat"
- "Software eats the world" and how that changed his first concept of Breather
- How his disabilities force him to stay healthy
- His favorite activities for disconnecting and staying in the present moment
- What he's currently reading and writing
My favorite moment is when Julien talks about the creative rollercoaster:
"The ups are great, the downs are great, but if you manage to be somewhere in the middle, it's the most productive place to be."
Thanks for listening! And a huge thanks to Julien for joining me on this episode #017 of Process.
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