Author Archives: David Spinks

11 Simple Things I Did to Improve my Productivity

I’m constantly experimenting with different ways to improve my productivity. For a long time in my career I was consistently, horribly distracted. I didn’t have any systems in place to keep myself on track and my productivity ebbed and flowed from week-to-week and even hour-to-hour. I can’t say I have it all figured out. I…

10 Hard Startup Lessons from Year One of Building CMX

It’s been almost one full year since we started CMX. It feels like it was yesterday, and yet when I look at where we’re at, I can’t believe how much we’ve accomplished in just a year. This is my third business, and the most successful so far both financially and in terms of clarity of…

The Biggest Mistake Founders Make when Building an MVP

We just started inviting people into the alpha for a community product we’re developing called Groop. It didn’t solve any of their problems. It wasn’t supposed to. The product is a community platform so it needed a decent amount of features even for an MVP, but we did the absolute bare minimum. We kept it…

The State of CMX, a Letter to Our Community

Today we shared an update with the CMX community on everything that’s happening behind the scenes at CMX. I wanted to share it here as well for anyone who’s been following along with our story. We want everything with CMX to be transparent, especially within our community, and we’re excited to hear any and all…

Stop Asking “Am I Happy?”, That’s Not How it Works

I’ve always had this vague idea in my head that happiness is this point in life that I can reach. If I work hard enough, make lots of friends, make money, travel, check off all the boxes…then I’ll be a “happy person”. Other people seem to think the same way because I’ve been asked many…