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Welcome Robert Lynde!

Gary, Ernesto, Alex, and Robert at a recent QS meetup in San Francisco

Running Quantified Self Labs, the organization that supports and coordinates fun QS events and communities around the world, takes funding. We’re very grateful to have generous sponsors that believe in the movement we’re nurturing and want to help make it blossom. And now we’re excited to announce that Robert Lynde is joining Gary, Ernesto, and I, to keep the magic going.

Robert is a long-time runner with a passion for self-tracking, a wonderful heart, and an inspiration to disrupt health care. He’s also the Deputy Director of the MiraiBio Group of Hitachi Solutions America. As our new Sponsorship Facilitator, Robert will be helping to support and recruit sponsors so that we can expand our QS activities worldwide and do some special things around the upcoming conference in September.

Welcome, Robert!

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Welcome Ernesto Ramirez!

Anyone who has presented their work at a Quantified Self conference will already know the amazing Ernesto Ramirez. Ernesto is a doctoral student at UC San Diego’s Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, a leader of the San Diego QS Show&Tell meetup group, a regular blogger here, and a positive force inspiring people to live healthy lives. We are excited to announce that Ernesto has agreed to join us at QS Labs to share his goodness.

As our new Community Organizer, Ernesto will be helping to support new and existing QS Show&Tell meetups around the world, exploring social media channels to engage and cross-pollinate the global QS community, writing a “QS 101″ series to guide people new to self-tracking, and generally helping to keep our collaborative, listening culture strong.

You can expect to see and hear more from Ernesto in the coming months. He is also @e_ramirez on Twitter and Ernesto Ramirez on Google+.

Welcome, Ernesto!

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Why you are not gonna reach our telephone

This is the first of a series of posts to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes at Quantified Self Labs, for a bit of flavor on how we work.

In case you’re thinking about it, it’s best not to try to reach us by phone or ask us to schedule a call. It’s nothing personal, and we’d love to hear from you! We just don’t use phones unless absolutely necessary (and I don’t use phones even then).

So how do we get things done? First of all, email and Google Docs can go a long way, and are usually sufficient to make progress on most things.

If a real-time conversation really needs to happen, Google chat works surprisingly well for 2-, 3-, or 4- person chats. It’s fast and clear, everyone can talk and think at the same time, and you have a helpful transcript of the chat when you’re done.

Phone calls are low-bandwidth, often hard to understand because of poor reception, and if there are more than 2 people involved, you can be pretty sure the others are checking Twitter instead of listening.

Chatting takes a bit of getting used to for some people, but they usually get the hang of it pretty quickly and are surprised to learn how much smoother it is. We’ve even converted some die-hard phone people to chatters! And we feel much more peaceful and happy working without phones. So if you ever send us a note and ask us when we can schedule a phone call, please don’t be upset or confused when we say: “we don’t use phones.” Consider yourself part of an experiment in making collaboration more effective and pleasurable.

(Thanks to Craigslist for partially inspiring this idea, and thanks to h_k_d for the beautiful picture.)

In future Lab Notes posts, I’ll write about how and why we minimize meetings and presentations, how we keep our finances super lean, and why we’re very gentle with ourselves. Anything else you want to know about QS Labs? Feel free to ask in the comments below.

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