John F.

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Member since:

May 2, 2012

We are highly selective with admitting new members (~20% admit rate), so fully completed profile questions will get priority. What is your full name and LinkedIn profile URL?

I'm an executive at Netpulse, a company that creates media and technology solutions for the many touch-screens that are popping up on treadmills in health clubs these days. My job is to create features that will help people make fitness a habit in their lives. We have long-term, exclusive distribution agreements with 4 of the top 5 largest commercial cardio equipment makers, but are in the early stages of product development and we'll only make the impact we should if the product is great. I feel responsible for creating a habit forming experience for our users and am always looking to learn from and share with others.

What is the nature of your interest in designing experiences for personal habit development?

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Can you share a 5-minute personal story about a successful habit practice that's lasted longer than 100 days? If so, please give us just a quick synopsis!

One of my most important personal habits is that I run at least 4 miles every weekday (rarely miss it). I got here after quite a bit of experimenting. I knew that no matter how little I wanted to run, I always felt much better afterward. Still, not being a morning person, I would try to fit in my runs after work at times when I was often tired or would have things get in the way. At one point a couple of years ago, I couldn't sleep one morning and went for a jog. It was a total breakthrough for me... the benefits were amplified because I felt great all day (rather than a few hours before bedtime when I ran at night) and I realized there was no way that my schedule could get in the way at that time. From there I worked on making everything easy for myself, i.e. leaving the armband with my playlist loaded up and ready to go for when I woke up. It's simple to the point of silliness, but I learned that small details can tip the scales in the world of motivation.

Which (if any) relevant guest speaker(s) could you contact to speak at a future meetup with whom you already have a personal relationship?

Unfortunately I'm not sure I'd be capable of delivering a guest speaker.

Which specific host locations (if any) could you contact to host/sponsor a future meetup?

I'm also short on connections to event venues. Hope to contribute in other ways...

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