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Beginning Balance

Nov 25, 2022

Mark and Jesse answer a listener's questions about whether Jesse knew that he was onto an idea that would positively impact so many people when he started YNAB. They also discuss what new projects -- in business and in life -- they have on the horizon for the coming years.

 

Mark Butler, Virtual CFO


Nov 11, 2022

Mark and Jesse ponder the question: what makes (and keeps) employees happy? While Jesse doesn't like the term "happy," there are definitely some strategies to keeping employee morale high and making jobs more fulfilling. Jesse references Dan Pink's book "Drive" and his concept of AMP -- autonomy, mastery, and...


Oct 28, 2022

Mark and Jesse discuss the idea that all businesses really transact in information. Whether the business sells goods or services, no matter the field or industry, ultimately there is information behind all products -- how to make the product, how to market and sell it, how to support it, etc. With that revelation, the...


Oct 14, 2022

Mark and Jesse discuss the importance of preserving institutional knowledge when employees inevitably leave and new ones join, and how that can (and should!) be baked into the normal functions of the business. As Jesse puts it, nothing in business is ever "one and done." Every process requires regular updating lest it...


Sep 30, 2022

Mark and Jesse discuss a new term that is making the rounds on social media, and recently got the Wall Street Journal treatment as well. "Quiet quitting" is the so-called trend of dissatisfied and disillusioned workers exerting bare minimum effort and working as little as possible to keep their jobs, without actually...