B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak

Actor, director, stand-up comedian, and author

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON October 26, 2015

Discussion

Michael Drew
Michael Drew@imichaeldrew · Analytics and Growth Marketing
@bjnovak After working and acting in #TheOffice for all those years what did it feel like when it ended?
Zak Konarska
Zak Konarska@zkonarska · Project Manager, Quizzle
@imichaeldrew @bjnovak - Will you feel the same way when you move on to another tech idea?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@imichaeldrew It felt like I had always worked at Dunder-Mifflin and it would always be my formative work experience. Like "he used to work at..." no matter what else you do. And I felt proud of that.
Brent Summers
Brent Summers@brentsum · Founder, Code-Free Startup
Hey @bjnovak, thanks for doing this. 1. It seems like you're always trying out new things, whether building apps or writing children's books. Since you're a fan of lists, what's on your list of things you want to learn? 2. What's made you laugh recently?
Soliman
Soliman@solimanedu · Copywriter. I really do love words.
Hey B.J.! Very excited about the AMA. 1. It seems to me that you're either doing many things at once or regularly transitioning from an experience to another. What's your definition of work? And how do you manage to do many tasks at once? 2. You're definitely a creative person. Do you have a process when it comes to absorbing materials, getting inspired, and writing down your own ideas? Or is it just an uncontrollable flow that happens unconsciously?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@solimanedu thanks, Ahmed. I can answer part 2: I consciously divide my creative life into Ideas & Execution. When an idea comes to me, I don't question it at all, I just write it down and let my mind explore it. And when it's time to "work," in the morning with a cup of coffee, etc., I just go through my ideas and do my best with them. That's the best creative trick I have found. It take the pressure off both halves of the equation.
Tiffany Zhong
Tiffany Zhong@tzhongg · @ZebraIQ (gen z), ex Product Hunt
👋 Yo BJ! What do you envision The List app becoming / what's the bigger vision for all this? What skills have you learned from acting and directing that you have applied to your new startup? What have you learned from these past few weeks after publicly launching your app?
Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
A few weeks ago, you launched The List App with @devwastaken. Why'd you build it? What's your favorite list to date?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@rrhoover Thanks for the question and thanks for having me, Ryan! The inspiration for The List App came from keeping a lot of lists in my phone - favorite restaurants, movies I've been intending to watch, TV shows to DVR, etc. - and wishing I could see my friends' lists like this. People I trusted. I kept pitching this idea to people I knew in tech (I've always admired the field a lot) and they would generally react the way I would when someone from another field pitches me a not-bad idea for a TV show: "Yeah, that sounds like it could be good.... but I don't think you understand what it takes to actually MAKE a TV show." And they were right, I didn't. But I really believed in the idea, and in the challenge of trying to do it the way I saw it. I had just done a similar thing with a book and then a children's book, both things that I had never done before, but had an idea I was passionate about, and took a lot of time to learn the field and really do my homework and try to pair with great people and see if I can do it. I kept asking around until someone introduced me to Dev Flaherty, aka @devwastaken. Here was a guy who knew the things I didn't, who had experience, principles, integrity, aesthetic taste, a good sense of humor... it was an extremely lucky meeting. He's been an amazing co-founder, and we've spent a lot of time discussing and debating everything from the philosophy of lists to the microscopic difference between two shades of blue. Favorite list? I can't pick one but when Kiernan Shipka made a list of her favorite actors who played Bobby Draper, well, I thought, this is a special form.
Mall of Amanda
Mall of Amanda@mallofamanda · comedian in training
@bjnovak @rrhoover Here's a link to the "My Memories of the Bobby Drapers" list by Kieran https://li.st/l/f6287d2d-5e07-4d...
Tiffany Zhong
Tiffany Zhong@tzhongg · @ZebraIQ (gen z), ex Product Hunt
@bjnovak @rrhoover "an idea I was passionate about, and took a lot of time to learn the field and really do my homework and try to pair with great people and see if I can do it" love this approach. and this is how I'm learning more about different fields (DJing and film production)
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@tzhongg @rrhoover that's awesome. You're so young, you have time to really master anything you set your mind to
Tiffany Zhong
Tiffany Zhong@tzhongg · @ZebraIQ (gen z), ex Product Hunt
@bjnovak @rrhoover So, can I shadow you for a day? ;)
Craig Stanford
Craig Stanford@craigstanford · Co-Founder & VP of BizDev @ StageHound
@bjnovak Anything you can share with us about your book you are writing with Mindy Kaling?
Jarod Stewart
Jarod Stewart@stewartjarod · Sr. Software Engineer, Yonomi
@craigstanford @bjnovak Loved you last books, I can't wait to hear more about your upcoming one! :D
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
Do you think wuphf.com could be a viable product if redone in the future (by a team that might not consist of Michael Scott and Ryan?)
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
what's something you used to fervently believe but now see as fundamentally misguided?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@eriktorenberg pure libertarianism.
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@bjnovak @eriktorenberg elaborate pls!!
Marko Islamovic
Marko Islamovic@marko_is · Founder @ Gigrove
@bjnovak Why did you stop believing in "pure libertarianism"? :) Are your political views dramatically changed now?
Adam Muller
Adam Muller@muller_adam · Co-founder ADHD Collective, MullerCast
What would you consider your greatest skill, and what's an example of a time you've used it to improve something (i.e. yourself, a situation, an outcome) in a meaningful way?
Corley
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
@bjnovak thanks for joining us! I'd be curious to know more about what excites you most about tech? What was the driving force behind you shifting some of your time from acting to building?
sarah gorman
sarah gorman@thesarahgorman · UX/UI Designer, Curiosity.com
Hi @BJnovak, I am in love with your product and use it prolifically. As someone who works in the tech industry and in the comedy world, I would love to know how your two creative passions inform each other. How did your writing and performing background help you come up with your product and how has creating such a product impacted you in your other creative pursuits?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@thesarahgorman Thanks, Sarah! Actually, there is one piece of advice I find extremely relatable to both fields. "Never blame the audience." I heard that when I started doing standup. Whenever I would have a bad set, I would always ask myself, "what could I have done to entertain them better? What did they want?" I think that is a crucial way to orient yourself. And it's extremely important in this field, too. Never say "well, they couldn't figure out how to retrieve their password, we made it clear, so that's on them." You have to ask what you could have done better. Always.
Renee DeCoskey
Renee DeCoskey@writingrenee · Managing Editor, Business 2 Community
Recognizing that it wouldn't necessarily be an "app," then, but any plans for the List App to have a web-based version? Working in media, I find it easier to curate from the web versus on my phone since I'm usually working at my computer. Would love to know how other publishers manage their list-building like this.
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@writingrenee yes, I think web will inevitably be big for us and we are in the early stages of it.
Renee DeCoskey
Renee DeCoskey@writingrenee · Managing Editor, Business 2 Community
@bjnovak Excellent. Thank you!
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
All right, everyone, thank you so much! I admire this community a great deal and I am very happy to have gotten the chance to interact with you. See you on Wuphf I mean The List App!
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@bjnovak thanks so much for joining us all! You've been amazing and we all appreciate you taking the time out to be with us today. 😘
Tom Charde
Tom Charde@tomcharde · Brand + UX + Web Strategist
@bjnovak You can pick three people (alive or deceased) to start a company with. Who are they and why?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@tomcharde Leonardo Da Vinci, Ben Franklin, and Walter Isaacson. I'd have Walter Isaacson translate the other two guys to me.
Mall of Amanda
Mall of Amanda@mallofamanda · comedian in training
@bjnovak How did the List App beta community help shape the now public List App?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@mallofamanda Hi, Amanda! Beta users really gave the community its character. It was originally conceived as a place more for recommendations -- utility, defined by the character of the people you knew. In the beta, it emerged that people's minds are already ordered in lists, and character of the app became personal, comedic, honest, undefinable... Personal being the operative word. There are still a lot of recommendations but the community aspect is what really emerged.
Adam Kazwell
Adam Kazwell@kaz · Product manager/observer
Hi @bjnovak, great job with the List App! It seems like the app was in beta for a long time (which is good! it stood out from the many not-fully-baked apps launching these days) what were some of the key moments in the app's evolution? How did you determine when you were ready to launch?
Melissa Joy Kong
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
Hi BJ! Of all the roles you've played as an actor, which did you enjoy most and why?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@melissajoykong I'm in a movie that comes out next fall that I really enjoyed filming. It's called "The Founder" and it's about the early days of McDonald's. It stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, and Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the McDonald's brothers. Really interesting story, great script, great experience filming it.
Russ Frushtick
Russ Frushtick@russfrushtick
@bjnovak What is your least-favorite list of things?
Alladin El Akhrass
Alladin El Akhrass@alaaelakhrass · Developer
Will List App come to android?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@alaaelakhrass Yes, of course! We're working on it now.
Charlie Cheever
Charlie Cheever@ccheever · Programmer
You've had a lot of success across a few different creative fields (acting, writing, producing, now making an app). What's your process for approaching a creative undertaking in a way that delivers consistent results while still allowing for creative freedom?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@ccheever my approach is to wait until you're obsessed with an idea... and then test it obsessively. "Am I crazy or....?" is my favorite question to investigate.
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@bjnovak @ccheever btw BJ, Charlie cofounded Quora (you may have already known that...!)
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
And last thing especially relevant to the Product Hunt community: we are hiring someone excellent on the engineering side for our office in L.A. It's a good vibe and it could be really exciting. Email support@li.st if you want to talk more about it.
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
Hi everyone! I'm honored and excited to talk with the Product Hunt community about anything you might be interested in, from my troubled tenure at wuphf.com to the hopefully better constructed The List App. Please join and ask away!
Dev Aujla
Dev Aujla@devaujla
What question would you want to spend three weeks exploring? What is your learning edge right now?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@devaujla "Effective Altruism," as it is called.
JJ
JJ@outdreamer · Web Developer/Writer/Idea-generator
@bjnovak That's a good way to put it - I think of this as 'being selfish in a way that benefits other people', like watching TV bc I know it'll inspire me to write.
Tyler Alterman
Tyler Alterman@tyleralterman
@bjnovak @devaujla Happy to provide info. (I run Effective Altruism Global and a couple other EA-related things.) tyleralterman@gmail.com
ryan kulp
ryan kulp@ryanckulp · retired
@bjnovak big fan, esp of The Office. Question-- what was the experience like working w/ Tarantino on Inglorious Basterds?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@ryanckulp unbelievable. dream come true. I tried to remember everything he ever said, because in my opinion, it was a historical figure talking just to me
darby
darby@drawby · creative director, RedTape
In the last couple weeks I've realized 'B.J. Novak' is in the credits behind the scenes of almost everything I watch. 1) Do you ever sleep? and.. 2) how important is it for the modern creative to be both consumer facing (actors, singers,etc) as well as working behind the scenes (producer, entrepreneur, writer, etc)
Harper Elizabeth
Harper Elizabeth@harper173 · Librarian
You've done stand up, written for TV, acted in TV and movies, written an adult book, a children's book, and now created an app. Jeez! What are you up to next? A young adult book would be my choice!
Graham Kinsinger
Graham Kinsinger@grahamkins · Digital Marketing Coordinator
@harper173 rumor has it he's taking his talents to South Beach
Neetu
Neetu@neetucalbear
@bjnovak, cool app, loved the crisp design! What are your Top 3 FAV iOS APPS (besides Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify)? While creating The List App, which tech entrepreneurs or creators did you look to for inspiration?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@neetucalbear I love simple apps done really well. The ones you mentioned. Shazam. Twitter. There's an app called Trimmer that lets you fake out someone that you are trimming their hair. It's so stupid, but it's perfect.
Blake Ross
Blake Ross@deleted-283100
What has surprised you about working in tech?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@blakeross I've been surprised by how similar it is to other things I've done. Creativity, execution, collaboration, the contradiction of being hard on yourself and yet believing in yourself... it's a lot like creative writing. I wonder if you've found the same thing?
darby
darby@drawby · creative director, RedTape
@bjnovak @blakeross last night i realized even coding 'scripts' and writing a screenplay 'script' share a lot of fundamentals after looking at https://www.episodeinteractive.com/
Pierre-Marie Galite
Pierre-Marie Galite@tsunaze · mobile developer & advice giver
Hey @bjnovak, for "The List App" did the idea came from wanting to solve a problem of yours or was it just for fun ?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@tsunaze I know the trend is to justify everything in tech as solving a problem, but I think that unfairly nudges "desire" into the realm of "problem." I had a strong desire to share lists in this form. I wouldn't quite call it a problem, but I know some would describe it that way. "You intend to start a marriage. What problem are you trying to solve?" "Loneliness and the frustration of not spending enough time with this person I am in love with."
darby
darby@drawby · creative director, RedTape
@bjnovak @tsunaze very true lol
Alladin El Akhrass
Alladin El Akhrass@alaaelakhrass · Developer
Are you interested in learning code?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@alaaelakhrass I have to finish this AMA first
Sophia Rivka Rossi
Sophia Rivka Rossi@sofifii · CEO HelloGiggles
What's the difference between being an actor and being a tech co-founder?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@sofifii I know where this is heading... I'm going to set you up with classes at Lesley Kahn. I know you can make it as an actress, Sophia!
Javier Torrez
Javier Torrez@jactorrez
Hey B.J, thanks for the doing the AMA! You're an interesting and talented guy; you've had a successful show, two books, and now your own app. That can't all be a result of luck. Is there any guiding principle/piece of advice you continuously remind yourself of and follow that drives you to do things you've in the past never thought about even being involved in?
Javier Torrez
Javier Torrez@jactorrez
What's one thing you wish you did/knew earlier in your career that you regret learning later on?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@jactorrez that agents, producers, executives, etc. are just guessing. They're just trying to interpret YOU. You need to listen to yourself more than anyone else. It's depressing when it takes me years to realize a cliche.
Graham Kinsinger
Graham Kinsinger@grahamkins · Digital Marketing Coordinator
Which generation (and/or its stereotypes) do you identify with?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@grahamkins This is an awesome question and I have to think about it more.
Mall of Amanda
Mall of Amanda@mallofamanda · comedian in training
@bjnovak @grahamkins Or maybe you should write a list about it...
Graham Kinsinger
Graham Kinsinger@grahamkins · Digital Marketing Coordinator
@bjnovak @grahamkins I'm on the edge of my seat..!
Joe Iles
Joe Iles@joeiles · Circulate
What does the future hold for Keough Novak?
Graham Paterson
Graham Paterson@gpat_uk · Product person, Deliveroo
@bjnovak what is the most Ryan Howard company or product that you've seen?
Jeff Needles
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
@bjnovak What's your favorite board game?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@jsneedles Trivial Pursuit. Yours?
Jeff Needles
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
@bjnovak Monopoly. Forever.
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@jsneedles that should bode well for Meerkat
Jeff Needles
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
@bjnovak LOLz 😻
Andrew Torba
Andrew Torba@torbahax · CEO, Gab.ai #SpeakFreely
@bjnovak Scranton native here, born and raised. Thanks for many years of laughs! Are there any tech entrepreneurs that you really look up to and admire?
Gerald Sacca
Gerald Sacca@thekooze
@bjnovak Did your long marriage to Edie Adams give you inspiration for your app?
ryan kulp
ryan kulp@ryanckulp · retired
Thanks for answering my question! Here's another :) What's it like to be friends with Mindy Kaling?
Charlie Cheever
Charlie Cheever@ccheever · Programmer
Who are your favorite standup comics that might not be well known?
Zack Shapiro
Zack Shapiro@zackshapiro · Director of Engineering at BUMP (YC W18)
Didn't Path start as li.st?
Yoshi
Yoshi@dnxx28 · Freerance Engineer
Hi @bjnovak! I'm Japanese and managed to watch "The Internship". So have you been to office except for Google and what do you think about atmosphere of Google HQ ?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@dreadnoughtxx Hi Yoshi! I visited once out of curiosity, and was very impressed. This was about 7-8 years ago. The Internship was fun to make but my part was shot in Atlanta.
jack rometty
jack rometty@rometty_ · student
I love The List App. I keep coming back to it every day because of the simple and familiar framework it lends me. Discoverability is the only area with friction. I want to discover new listers (list makers?) but It's not as easy as I'd like. How do you fell about current discoverability within The List App?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@rometty_ thanks. Yes, one key thing is that there is an overwhelming amount of stuff to discover, and it is too easy to miss key things. It's something we're thinking a lot about and have a few possible strategies for.
neeharika sinha
neeharika sinha@neeeharika · Google, Threadchannel
@bjnovak Thanks for doing this.1) Why did you think of making an App? How did the list app idea come up? 2) Any new upcoming TV show or book of yours which we can look forward to ?
Joshua Voydik
Joshua Voydik@joshvoydik · Founder, Mindful Makers
Hey B.J.! Tell Nicky Kraft hello for me. We're long time friends. What are some of the most exciting trends you see that will allow for future opportunities?
Joe Iles
Joe Iles@joeiles · Circulate
I love List App - you got some great creators on there from the start, and it feels like a different and valuable addition to the many social platforms our there. Can you share any of the plans for the app? For the people who have worked on it, there must be a lot of pressure/expectation for it to be the 'next big thing', or is there an understanding that it might be a network that values quality over quantity?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@joeiles thanks Joe. I think people should always be ambitious on behalf of things they think are quality, so priority one is always quality and then the bigger that something quality is, the wider it spreads, the more proud I would be.
Darshil Patel
Darshil Patel@darshilpatel53 · Software @Shopify X-Deloitte
Would you encourage someone as young as 15 years old to start a startup?
Mary Green
Mary Green@marygreenim · online marketing strategist
@bjnovak Love your book B.J. what inspired it?
Jeff Umbro
Jeff Umbro@jeffumbro · CEO of The podglomerate
@bjnovak How do you drink your coffee? Also who are your favorite short story writers?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@jeffumbro I drink my coffee black and to excess. My favorite short story authors: https://li.st/l/31333430-3100-00...
darby
darby@drawby · creative director, RedTape
I am currently singing "taco tiiime!" to the melody of 'Holy Night' as I prepare lunch by myself in my apt. Do I have what it takes to be a great entertainer?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@drawby the way I picture it, yes
Elena Migunova
Elena Migunova@hellenmigunova · Visual UI Designer @ Credit Karma
@bjnovak If Ryan was to found a Startup, what would it be? :)
David Vasquez
David Vasquez@baskelos · Co-Founder @tusionapp
Hi @Bjnovak, do you practice in your daily work Growth Marketing strategies? If yes, what is the best practice for you?
Kristofer™
Kristofer™@kristofertm · #6 Product Hunter. E-Skateboard fanatic
@bjnovak What's the weirdest app you have on your phone?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@kristofertm Ham Horn. It just plays that loud hiphop air horn. That's it. I love it.
Zak Konarska
Zak Konarska@zkonarska · Project Manager, Quizzle
@bjnovak @kristofertm Ham Horn is about to have their best download day ever.
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@bjnovak that's @shaunmodi's favorite app, too.
Jason Meeks
Jason Meeks@jasonkristofor · Making vision a reality @ISMConnect
@bjnovak On a scale of "I use Facebook" to "I write code for Facebook", how technical are you? What's been the most difficult challenge for you entering the tech industry as a maker?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@jasonkristofor I'm on the scale of "lucky to know guys who have written code for Facebook"
Joshua Scott
Joshua Scott@startupjoshua · Director of Product @ CyberSponse
@bjnovak I'd love to see a list of actors involved in startups. It seems to be a big trend now. Any insight as to why? And what's more fun? Acting or entrepreneurship?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@startupjoshua please make that list for The List App! tag me!
Joshua Scott
Joshua Scott@startupjoshua · Director of Product @ CyberSponse
@bjnovak @startupjoshua Awesome! Will do
Joshua Scott
Joshua Scott@startupjoshua · Director of Product @ CyberSponse
@bjnovak @startupjoshua Hey, I've made the list. I added your handle in the list, but not sure if it tagged you or not. Here it is: https://li.st/l/ab34f62a-9c6d-4c...
Marko Islamovic
Marko Islamovic@marko_is · Founder @ Gigrove
@bjnovak What made you stop believing in "pure libertarianism"? :) Are your political views dramatically changed now?
Javier Torrez
Javier Torrez@jactorrez
You mentioned you paired up with people in the tech industry before going out and creating the List app; as someone who's been involved in Hollywood, what's one of the things that stood out to you about the tech industry/Sillicon Valley that differed or strangely resembled Hollywood and the film industry?
JJ
JJ@outdreamer · Web Developer/Writer/Idea-generator
@bjnovak Are you considering expanding the List app into basic Graphs & flow diagrams for visual learners?
Indraneel Purohit
Indraneel Purohit@indraneel24
Hey @bjnovak! I run the account HipHopInbox on the List app and I love it—everything from the design to the media partners on it at launch is really well thought out. The current thinking with social apps is they either a) go viral or b) fail to hit escape velocity and die. But there's a third class of mobile apps that seem to be emerging that capture an engaged, fairly-sizable niche (Yik Yak is the other one I can think of, maybe things like @kevinrose's Hodinkee count too), but aren't ever going to be Facebook-scale (not that they should be)—though it remains to be seen if these are sustainable. What are your ambitions for the List app? Where do you think it fits in the mobile app landscape?
Javier Torrez
Javier Torrez@jactorrez
Outside of tech/comedy/acting/directing/writing (Jesus christ you do a lot!), what's one thing you enjoy that very few people know you enjoy doing?
neeharika sinha
neeharika sinha@neeeharika · Google, Threadchannel
@bjnovak What are your Go to Apps which you use everyday.. other than the List App?
Susan Ng
Susan Ng@shalalasusan
Hi @bjnovak! How do you push past a creative burnout?
Phuc Nguyen
Phuc Nguyen@runphucrun · Digital Marketing Manager
hi @bjnovak! what apps or products do you look at for inspiration when building your own?
Graham Paterson
Graham Paterson@gpat_uk · Product person, Deliveroo
@bjnovak what is the most Ryan company or product that you've ever seen?
Adam Muller
Adam Muller@muller_adam · Co-founder ADHD Collective, MullerCast
What's a movie that always makes you laugh? What's a movie that always makes you cry?
JJ
JJ@outdreamer · Web Developer/Writer/Idea-generator
@bjnovak Are you intending to integrate the List App with other app items, like favorite games, songs, contacts & similar objects?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@outdreamer one thing I love about The List App is that it is so, so simple in its execution that in success, it can / will expand in infinite directions. So, yes.
JJ
JJ@outdreamer · Web Developer/Writer/Idea-generator
@bjnovak What's the most successful method you know of to market a book/script without Hollywood connections?
Javier Torrez
Javier Torrez@jactorrez
What's something you think is true that very few people agree with you on?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@jactorrez that LAX is in the top 10% of all major airports in America.
Ben Nesvig
Ben Nesvig@bennesvig
@bjnovak What type of lists do you create? Or how do you use lists? What's currently your longest list? Is this too many questions?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@bennesvig all kinds of lists. I realize that we all are thinking in lists all the time, so they tumble out easily.
JJ
JJ@outdreamer · Web Developer/Writer/Idea-generator
How much of TV scripts are writers projecting their own experiences & how much is imagination? Do you have a favorite new TV show?
B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak@bjnovak
@outdreamer I actually really enjoy Silicon Valley, on HBO; I'm also into The Grinder on Fox and Nathan For You on Comedy Central. I haven't made a list of favorite TV shows in a while, I should update that.
Inspiring to read the reason for why you built the app. Thanks ! Have you ever thought what kind of marketing strategies you would have implemented for the list app if you were not an actor/famous person.