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OurPangea As A Team

OurPangea is built by people. And transforming an idea into reality is a process, a fun one. What I’ve learned is that it’s a process best done by a team.

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Teams are interesting. Everyone brings their strengths, but also their weaknesses. It’s a matter of figuring out how to motivate everyone towards a single goal and helping each member apply themselves in that direction. Celebrate strengths and help with weaknesses.

Networking around Austin has opened my eyes to the wonderful diversity of people, but what strikes me most is that everyone has something that makes them happy. It’s incredible how diverse these things can be, and it makes me wonder how many people out there share the same interests with me? If only we had OurPangea to help.

While networking around Austin has opened my eyes to the granularity of people, the granularity of people has opened my eyes to the similarities. Austin is a weird place. So weird they probably take that as a compliment… There are so many people here, but at the root of everyone lies the same hopes and fears. It’s kind of wonderful.

At the root of OurPangea, we hope that each user finds a similar experience. That of difference and acceptance. When everyone is working towards the same goal, in this case representing culture we will have to accept the differences along with the similarities, both strengths and weaknesses.

Teams are interesting because of their diversity. United toward a single goal we learn from the strengths of others and hope to improve our weaknesses. It’s an interesting experience where we learn the value of others, but most importantly we learn how to value others.

One Question That Will Prepare You To Change The World

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‘How people have changed the world’ was the initial prompt I was working with for this article. It’s a fascinating topic and one that can be approached and expounded from almost any angle, but I realized what I was more interested in exploring – and hopefully what you’ll be more interested in reading – is the human desire to innovate. Why do people want to make an impact and what pushes some to extraordinary lengths to be impactful while others are content not doing so?

This not a new question and in fact it’s something that’s been explored philosophically, psychologically, and scientifically for decades. Referred to by many thought leaders including Dale Carnegie, Tony Robbins and Abraham Maslow, this exploration topic is intrinsically linked to core concepts behind Hierarchy of Needs, Six Universal Human Needs, and the philosophy of Self Significance. After doing some research I find I agree to a large extent that a large part of the underlying motivation to impact is based around selfish reasons of upping your own self significance (which, in the right hands, is definitely not a bad thing). There’s no question that everyone – even the most innovative and impactful thinkers throughout history like Newton, Galileo, Franklin, etc.—is aware and driven to an extent by what we think the outcome of our pursuits will do for our personal reputation and legacy.  That, after all, is a part of one of the most basic and powerful human desires of all: to belong.

But I think there’s much more to this than simply being self-fulfilling.  Being out to improve yourself can only take you so far. Once things stop going smoothly, you might realize that that initial selfish motivation isn’t enough to make you really care and bring you through the finish line. And when talking about making world-spanning change, not caring is not good.

I’m young and still have (hopefully) most of my life lessons to learn, but here’s my take: To really change the world, whether it be as an individual, a company, or whatever, you need to be driven not just by something that will preserve your legacy, not just by something you think will improve the world. Not even by something you think is critically important to the future of ‘us.’  You need to be driven by energy that cannot be contained short of a nuclear meltdown.  And there’s only one question you need to know if you’re ready or not.

Is this one of the most exciting things happening in the entire world? 

Don’t ask your parents that. Don’t ask your investors that.  Don’t even ask your business partners that. It matters exactly zero percent what they think because at the end of the day, they aren’t the ones pursuing the change you are.

The reason I think an unquenchable driving energy is more important than anything else is because to many world-changers, burnout is a constant.  Will doing something important get you feeling excited again? Does the legacy you would create by changing the world push you through frustration and exhaustion? I think not.

Truly answering ‘yes’ to the question this does a few things.

  1. Eliminates Alternatives. The possibility of quitting is negated because you know nothing will be more exciting.
  2. Makes the Journey the Destination. This makes your pursuit about the journey itself, not about where you end up with it. You are no longer as discouraged by denials and rejection. It’s not  a matter of making money or being recognized.  The energy and excitement you feel ultimately becomes a reward. Getting burnt out no longer seems as bad because you’re so jacked up about what you’re doing.
  3. Spreads Your Excitement. From personal experience I’ve started great professional relationships simply by exuding a lot of energy and passion.  You become someone people want to be around and hear from. Suddenly what you’re working on is never boring, no matter what.

Not thinking what you’re doing is the most exciting thing is not the end all be all, of course (although I think you’d be hard-pressed to find people out to change the world that are not excited about their work).  You’re still going to get burned out and still need to backtrack, sidestep and crawl over obstacles that get in your way. But being completely propelled by your excitement certainly helps and gives you a step up.  When it comes down to just you and that one other person who really really wants to get rich, you’ll come out ahead 9 times out of 10.

Hail to Überpong!

Many years ago, a fortune-teller spoke of the coming of a powerful movement. This vision saw many disparate, disconnected designers coming together to fulfill a powerful destiny involving prophets, paddles, and ping pong.

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The ping pong prophet has finally arrived in David Lowe and his company Überpong. Some say the idea came to him in a dream with paddles shaped like scimitars.  Others say he just thinks a little flair will help people will enjoy the game as much as he does.

Imagine a Grand Slam tournament for Ping Pong, right here in Austin. “Andre Agassi changed the way tennis was perceived when he wore crazy outfits on his way to winning Grand Slam tournaments,” says Lowe. “We want to do a similar thing with ping pong. The Uberpong ping pong paddle designs are an extension of your personality. We want you to play with style.”

Want to play with style and be a part of the legendary revolution? Überpong has just launched a project on Kickstarter and is asking for your support! Go contribute to their project here!

Überpong has already gained a healthy following and become a welcome player in the Austin social scene.  On a typical Überpong night you’ll get people of all ages, neighborhoods, and professions coming together to share a passion for ping pong.  And for that we say Hail to David and Überpong!

Join Überpong on Kickstarter!

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Hail to Briggo Coffee, a New Coffee Experience in Austin!

briggo coffee app ipad technologyAre people ready for something different when it comes to getting coffee? Briggo Coffee, a new take on the coffee experience created in Austin, TX, thinks so.

In a world of dark-roast inundated coffee swilling connoisseurs, Briggo has found a way to make things better for the people buying the product. They thought, ‘hey, we shouldn’t make our community wait for 15 minutes just to get a good cup of joe, and getting coffee between classes shouldn’t be a nightmare for students.’ So Briggo has eased the entire process for getting caffeinated. Here’s how it works:

1. Download the Briggo App
2. Customize the perfect coffee right from your phone, and order it through the App
3. The Briggo Coffee Robot receives your order and goes to work for you, before you even get there.
4. Pick up your order at the Robot

Because of the Briggo App, you never have to wait in line for coffee again. Go check out what they’re brewing at the Flawn Academic Center on the UT campus. You can just stop by to pick up coffee and if you have a few minutes take a second to make friends with the attendants and founders themselves!  They’ve got a good story to tell and are bringing culture, convenience and the beginnings of a new community to Austin.

Hail to Briggo!

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