A personal photo essay/walk down memory lane

small Ev on John Deer combine
small Ev on John Deer combine

I was raised on a farm in Nebraska. Obviously from the picture above, we were a John Deere family, not an International family. (Farm folks will understand.)

Several years ago, my wife and I found a shoebox full of old prints and negatives in the house I grew up in. She had them all digitized and put on CD-ROMs, which she gifted the family. There were hundreds of pictures, many I’d never seen before. It was a trip.

I’ve still never organized them all, but thanks to Google Photos I can now find myself and any family members in them…

Jason Fried on change:

“When you’ve been around 20 years, you’ve been through change. You’re used to it, and comfortable with it. These changes are part of a continuum in the experiment of independence that is Basecamp (and 37signals before that). We’ll eventually run headlong into big change again. This is what we’ve done, and this is what we’ll do — time guarantees it.”

I’m happy to announce that Mariam Naficy will be joining Medium’s board of directors for an 18-month appointment.

Mariam brings a wealth of company-building experience, having started the first major online retailer of cosmetics (eve.com) back in 1998, and having founded Minted in 2008, where she is still CEO. She has also served on the boards of Yelp and Polyvore and is currently on the board of the non-profit Every Mother Counts.

I’ve known Mariam for the last few years and have grown to highly respect her creativity, insight, and leadership. It was while talking to her about what she’s…

I remember distinctly the first time I saw Google Earth, which was called Keyhole at the time (pre acquisition). It was 2004, and I was in a conference room with Larry, Sergey, Eric, and other Google execs. Megan Smith was trying to make the Picasa acquisition happen, which I was a supporter of. It had been a few weeks without giving them a definitive offer, and we were feeling some urgency to get approval.

In the middle of that meeting, Sergey brought up Keyhole on the projector and said something like "I think for about the same amount of money…

“Writing is not what follows research, learning or studying, it is the medium of all this work.”

— Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes

I want to see your links.

We launched a new feature. It’s very old skool. If you’re on the desktop web, you can see it in the left-hand sidebar of ev.medium.com. If you go to your profile, you can turn yours on. It lists the people and/or publications you follow that have most recently posted. That’s it.

Have fun surfing around 🏄!


I’ve been carrying the secret for 25 years. Today, I’m coming clean. This is the untold true story of a corporate April Fools prank gone wrong.

Ev Williams

CEO of Medium, partner at Obvious Ventures, co-founder of Twitter, curious consumer of ideas

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