About
First, master fundamentals. Then, play infinite games.
— James Stuber

Julian.com

I use this site to deconstruct how things work:

  1. I pick a skill I want to be good at.
  2. I research and experiment to uncover its principles. I question assumptions behind its conventional teaching. Best practices are often suboptimal.
  3. I get my hands dirty. Because the "difference between knowledge and wisdom is experience,” and I need experience to teach others.
  4. I rewrite until I have a handbook that is interesting, effective, and concise.
  5. I release the handbook for free. Each takes around 1,000 hours.

I release online handbooks instead of books. Books are actually worse for learning:

  1. Books become outdated, whereas I update handbooks a few times per year.
  2. Books lack audio and video, which are at times critical for effective teaching.
  3. Books contain boring filler to reach page count requirements.
  4. Book excerpts can't be linked. So, people rarely return to re-read.

Career

I founded Demand Curve, a Y Combinator startup that helps companies grow. We train teams in marketing, we help them hire marketers, and we run an ads agency. Clients include Microsoft, Segment, Imperfect, Basecamp, and Zendesk.

I also write TechCrunch's growth marketing column and occasionally appear on podcasts to chat about growth, including Indie Hackers, The Hustle, and Mixergy.

In my free time, I write handbooks and blog posts on Julian.com. They're read by 1.5 million+ people per year.

Before Demand Curve, I started NameLayer, a domain name inventory that sold domains to startups and Fortune 500's. After our launch, I wrote the guide that many startups consult when choosing a name. NameLayer was acquired by Techstars.

I also created Velocity, a popular animation library used by Samsung, Uber, WhatsApp, and thousands more. I published a book on it via Pearson. Velocity was awarded the Stripe Open Source Grant. I was interviewed about my open source work on Forbes.

Yes

Critical thinking
Podcasting
Wagyu steak
Growth marketing
Piano
Webflow
Powerboats
Web design
UFC
Armageddon
Rick and Morty
Apple
SF Bay
Microbiome
Interior design
Filmmaking
More...

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Say hello

Say hello on Twitter: @Julian.

I tweet about writing, critical thinking, and audience growth.

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