Chris Messina
Chris Messina
Chris Messina
Hashtag inventor, speaker, product designer, technologist
Chris Messina is best known for inventing the hashtag, but he's also designed products and experiences for Google and Uber and founded startups. He was also instrumental in the coworking movement, and currently works as a product consultant.
What's on your homescreen?
My homescreen still has vestiges of a pre-pandemic era when I would bike and walk around using Citymapper, often listening to podcasts. I actually switch between Breaker and Google Podcasts, depending on whether I’m looking to discover new episodes or am listening to my go-to shows.
Breaker is an app that makes listening to podcasts more social.
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I listen to music exclusively on Spotify. I listen to audiobooks on Audible, and I get in naps with Pzizz, journal with Day One, and capture all my tasks in Things.
An advanced sleep and power nap system to fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed.
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I use Bear to jot down notes and ideas. 1Password is the key to my life. Picsew lets me stitch together tall screenshots of my screen life, and I bounce between Chrome and Safari.
Picsew can automatically merge multiple screenshots to a long screenshot
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I keep in touch with international friends primarily on WhatsApp and while I was nomadic last year, would send voice memos to my partner with Otter. I’d maintain my fitness with Nike Training Club.
Superhuman is my central nervous center (clearly Inbox Zero is not a thing for me — sorry if you’re still waiting to hear from me!), Fantastical tells me what I’m doing from one hour to the next, Instagram is how I stay connected to the world and my interests, and Messages is where all my closest friends and conversations live. Welcome to my Homescreen.
You're on a deserted island and you can only bring one product that you own. Which product will you bring and why?
Probably my wooden salt box from Heartwood Creations. I’m a bit of a hedonist and a foodie, and if I’m stuck on a desert island — I’m going to want to really taste my last meals as I waste away!
What beverage do you most enjoy on a Friday evening?
I just moved into a more permanent spot in the East Bay and reconstituted my bar, so it’s less “which beverage” and more “which cocktail” am I enjoying? And in that case, it’s whatever fits my mood — a Monkey 47 dirty martini, a Boulevardier, a glass of pinot… or something random that I threw together.
Is there any product, app, or gadget that you couldn’t go a day without? Why that one?
I love breakfast and I make coffee, eggs, bacon, avocado, and an English muffin for myself every day (see above!). And I swear, in my travels around the world and everywhere else, I’ve always brought a red spatula from GIR with me. Having a sub-par spatula ruins my meals. I just can’t compromise on this.
GIR Flip
A handy silicone spatula
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Which podcasts are you listening to right now? What do you like about them?
I didn’t think I was a creature of habit, but every day, if they’re available, I listen to: The Daily, Good News Ride Home, Techmeme Ride Home, Pivot, and Recode Decode. I feel like they help me get a little smarter, a little better informed, and challenge my thinking on what’s going on in the world.
The Daily Podcast
A daily news podcast and radio show by the NYT
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The Daily Podcast
What book has had the most impact on your career or life? How so?
Passionate Marriage — because it introduced me to the concept of “interdependence” in a relationship when I most needed to learn about it. I’ve read a lot of books about relationships since then, but that one has had the deepest impact on me because I was ripe to hear what it had to say.
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