Process — Giving away your legos with Julien Smith of Breather

What being a VC-backed CEO is really like & how to manage it

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Marcella Chamorro
Marcella ChamorroMaker@marcinator · Maker, currently podcasting
@julien (CEO of Breather) is my guest on this episode #017 of Process. 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."
Marcella Chamorro
Marcella ChamorroMaker@marcinator · Maker, currently podcasting
PS. Sorry for some moments of bad connection. These are the downsides of living in the tropics! Nicaragua = bad wifi.