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Graphic Designer



BetterTouchTool– increase trackpad speed
Rescue Time– track time spent on applications
Fantastical2– awesome calendar app

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Co-founder, CEO

Budi Voogt

Master the fundamental keyboard shortcuts
Learn the essentials of your operating system.

Accelerate your typing speed (aText)
Set it up to abbreviate all the phrases and words you use regularly. My settings below.

Never struggle with not being able to copy-paste multiple items at once. This app allows you to store 10 items, including images, in your ‘copy’ backlog at all times. I’ve bound my paste to “shift + cmd + v” for ease of use.

Google Drive
Always backup all your files to a cloud hosted solution and regularly back these up on normal HDDs. Then store these in separate places.

I’m always running Google Drive, which hosts all the files I use. It’s cheap and you’re an idiot if you don’t use this or a similar solution.

Stop sending attachments and simplify file-sharing.
If people are still attaching files to emails in a year or two, I may have to start a foundation against this.

Use the link-sharing capabilities of your cloud-hosting app (Drive or Dropbox) to share files to people. The best thing about it is that if you link to a folder, or to a specific file, it’ll update when you move it around or add files in there.

PS: If you want real street cred, train yourself to embed links in your text, instead of pasting it in your emails or writing. “cmd + K” is the shortcut.

You will become a much better communicator when you learn to use the power of screenshots or short videos to explain something We’ve tried a bunch of apps and Jumpshare is the best. It allows you to take quick screenshots with “cmd + 5” or videos with “cmd + 6” to explain things. When you pair this up with only sharing files with links, you’ll be a smooth operator.

Take OSX’s Spotlight to the next level by installing Alfred. Then learn all the shortcuts.

I ask Alfred a bunch of queries every day, including:

– # USD to # EUR

For currency conversion rates.

– Define x

For word definitions or thesaurus queries.

– “space” filename

To quickly find items on my computer.

Create peace of mind
This is a cross-app piece of advice. Train yourself to become non-reactive. I understand that email and chat (Whatsapp / Slack / FB messenger / Fleep) are a necessary part of life and business, but you need to stop these from disrupting your attention span.

– On your phone, turn on the “do not disturb” feature. This’ll turn off any buzzing or noises, and sends callers straight to voicemail. On iOS, you can configure selected favorite contacts who are able to get through.

– Turn off notifications for all applications except those required. For me, this is Fleep and iMessage. They never buzz, though.

– On OSX, disable all notifications. Badges are the hovering “2 new notification” messages that make it unable for you to finish a coherent thought. And the slide-ins are terrible too.

– 100% do this for your email and chat clients. It will change your life. Just wait until you set this up and uncomfortably notice yourself wanting to open the email or chat app, or check your phone, while there’s no notification. You’re conditioned to interact. Now that you’re free, use your time on your priorities.

If you’re on OSX, download Paws for Trello

My rote memory sucks, so I work around it. I always dump everything I have to do into a system, that I look at throughout the whole day.

My system is a variation of “Kanban”. I have a few lists:

– Not important
– Important & not urgent
– Important & urgent
– Budi sprint (max 3)
– Waiting (internal)
– Waiting (external)

All my tasks go in either one of the first three lists. If they don’t fit, they get discarded immediately.

At any point in time, I am only allowed to put three tasks in my ‘Budi sprint” list. I choose these by asking myself “what’s the most important thing I could be doing right now?”. I am then only allowed to act on those. This means that I try to never do anything that isn’t on my sprint list. I want to always consider everything I have to do and make sure that how I’m prioritizing reflects what will get me the closest to my goals.

Whenever a task is actioned, but requires action from someone else, or needs to be waited on, I move them to the “waiting” list. The internal one requires action from our team, the external one from people outside it.

Intra-team email is inefficient and a thing of the past. If you’re working in a 2+ people team and rooted in your old habits, I strongly urge you to reconsider. We host our artists in our team chat and because of that, Slack was unaffordable. Fleep is an amazing and free alternative.

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Marketing Manager

Chris Schwartze


Trello– is Goku
Paws for Trello– transform Goku to Super Saiyan
Evernote– this is my second brain
Dropbox Paper– for writing articles
Mercury Ready – distraction free reading
Capto – screen recording
X Theme – best WordPress theme

Marketing – find anyone’s email
Mailshake – email outreach
Mangools – keywords & SERP checker
MailerLite – dead simple email campaigns
Reddit converter – convert blogs to Reddit formatting
MassPlanner x Amazon AWS – automate your Instagram
BuiltWith – research competitors
LongTailSuggest – long tail keywords suggestions – host contests, sweepstakes etc.

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Graphic Designer



Slate Digital VBC
Slate Digital Mix Rack – even just the free plugins in there
Sample packs from BOOM Library – Focused more on use in movies and such, but super high quality and unique stuff.

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Editorial Staff, Artist Manager

Jeffrey Yau


F.lux – reduce eye strain during night-time

Marketing – find anyone’s email
Streak CFM – CRM in your Inbox

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Co-founder, COO

Tim van Doorne


BetterTouchTool – increase trackpad speed
ClipMenu – work faster when copy pasting multiple times.
Trello – task manager
Zapier – automate anything
F.lux – reduce eye strain during night-time§
HelloSign – most convenient way to do contracts
Ulysses – super minimal writing app
Evernote – best place to save notes and thoughts
DabbleMe – online diary via email.
Soundcleod – mac desktop app for Soundcloud
Franz – FB messenger, WhatsApp and Slack in one app
ScreenFlow – easy way to make screen recordings
xACT – sound file converter


iZotope Ozone 7 – all-round mastering plugin
Fabfilter Pro Q2 – equalizer
Fabfilter Pro C – compressor
Fabfilter Timeless 2 – delay

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Label Manager, Head of A&R



Clipmenu – work faster when copy pasting multiple times.
LastPass – easy password management


Voila Norbert – find anyone’s email

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