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Ten financial tips for tech professionals

From Troy Hunt's "Personal Finance Lessons for Technology Professionals":

  1. Money buys choices
  2. Money you earn young = most valuable money you'll ever earn
  3. Invest in financial literacy
  4. Learn the tax system
  5. Know good debt from bad debt
  6. Diversify earning potential and risk
  7. Prepare for luck
  8. Put a price on your time - and family
  9. Have a goal
  10. Financial prosperity is a partnership

Keeping these in mind as I figure my shit out.

"If you're working in tech, you're working in one of the most well-paid industries with the greatest growth potential and career prospects out there. Your financial potential almost certainly exceeds that of almost everyone else around you. You're already winning just by being here and my hope is that whilst the first tweet in this post might have provided motivation, the post itself helps provide inspiration."

HubSpot launched a free tool, drove stellar growth

"So, working on those rough numbers, the email signature generator has generated approximately $64 million in net-new customer revenue for HubSpot since it's inception."

Source: The world's most effective B2B marketing campaign (via

...dunno if that really counts as a campaign, but hey, splitting hairs.

Practical content design

Digital 2019: Global Digital Overview (via DataReportal)

One of my favourite examples of practical content design. Long-form written content with embedded slides. Slide design matches page design. Feels like a cohesive whole rather than a bunch of images embedded within an article.

Consistency builds relationships

"One great experience rarely creates trust or loyalty. You need consistency across channels and interactions (digital and personal) to develop real relationships with customers."

A good read from Help Scout on the value of customer relations.

Work like a banker

“Do you ever feel like no matter how much work you do, you can or should be doing more?"

"If you get into that productivity trap, there’s always going to be more work to do, you know?

Like, you can always make more. I think that’s why I’m a time-based worker. I try to go at my work like a banker. I just have hours. I show up to the office and whatever gets done gets done."

(Austin Kleon is my spirit animal.)

Twitter + Highly = Sharing quotables

"Quotes from articles are much more eye-catching than links on Twitter, so the social giant is scooping up the team behind highlight-sharing app Highly. This talent could help Twitter build its own version of Highly or develop other ways to excerpt the best content from websites and get it into the timeline."

As a highlight-collector and excerpt-sharer, I agree.


See also:

(+ Just added Highly to Chrome. Prepare thyself, Twitter.)

(++ Update: The extension sucks. C'est la vie.)

Make time management a habit

"No matter what time management method you choose, you have to continue it until it becomes a habit. Only then, when you do it without even thinking about it and by focusing on your work, can you start experiencing all of the benefits of managing your time."

Personal routines make all the difference.

Links welcomed back to the Facebook feed

The FB feed was all about links. Then it wasn't. Now it is again:

"Last month we explained that as a part of our continued effort to show people relevant posts, we were surveying people to ask what posts they thought were worth their time. Based on these surveys, we are updating News Feed to show people links we predict they will find worthwhile."

We'll see how long this lasts.

Storytelling with intention

"It’s important to begin any storytelling project with intention. Before you start making things, you should have a clear sense of who you’re trying to reach, what you’re trying to say and the scope of your project on all platforms."