We are all involved in different interests, careers, and aspirations. Keeping informed is an important part of evolving your perspective, but also staying up-to-date. How I’m Informed is a look into the reading and learning habits of people from all walks of life. Tweet me @kaviguppta if you know someone interesting who should be featured.
Danielle Morrill is co-founder and CEO of Mattermark–a “deal intelligence” startup that aims to make investing in private companies more efficient.
What is your daily reading habit?
We have a newsletter here at Mattermark, so a lot of what I’m reading is being curated for that. I do very little reading during the middle of the day, and in the mornings I get a variety of newsletters relevant to what I’m doing—for example Strictly VC.
During the day I suppose most of my reading consumption is coming from links on Twitter. And in the evening I’m digesting the newsletter—which use to be the output of my daily reading from RSS feeds.
As far as periodicals go, I probably spend about 2-3 hours on those. I also read books in the morning, before I start my day while I’m having my coffee.
How do you learn?
Reading is a big part of it. I probably learn more by doing things. People here in our office are always learning, and often times when executing I’ll say, “you should be doing this”, but then I’ll realize that I should be learning it too.
Where do you go for inspiration?
It’s all really little bits of inspiration everywhere.
null —if you talk to a writer about their process you learn a lot of similar traits that take place in product development.
Another example is storeowners; when I talk to them I learn they face the same challenge with customers as I do with startups.
Any advice for someone who wants to do what you do?
Everyone always thinks they have to learn something else, read something else, or check some kind of box—but the reality is you learn best from just doing. Especially people in big companies. It’s just teaching you how to work in big companies and it’s not teaching you what you need to know on how to start or what you need to start.