Chris Castillo

Designer @ Eventbrite

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Leaving iOS For The First Time In 7 Years


I made one of the biggest decisions in probably the last 7 years today…leaving the iPhone and all its shortcomings (aside from the camera) behind. I’ve had just about every single iPhone model since they were released in 2007 and I just switched carriers to Google Fi and picked up the Nexus 5x.


This may not seem like a big decision but taking into account the extent that phones are intertwined with our daily lives – especially mine – it’s huge. I’ll talk a bit about my reason for being reluctant to stay on iOS.

My argument for the longest time was that leaving the App Store and whole Apple ecosystem would be too much to bare. I know, how many times have you heard that argument? What a first world problem. I took stock of all the apps I use heavily on a daily basis and could only find 2 that weren’t on Android. These are in no particular order:

Evernote / Instagram / Messenger /...

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The Year I Tracked Everything (almost)

This is my first ever year in review. 2015 was a really transformative year for me and it was one of the first times in my life I made tangible goals I wanted to accomplish and not just empty resolutions that I’d end up forgetting about 3 months in. So, here’s a breakdown of how I spent my year.


I decided to try the whole quantified self thing out which I explained in this post. My intention with this report was to be inspired by
Nicholas Felton but I’m not as talented as he is with data visualization and I wanted to tell a bit more of a story with my words with just visual accents whereas his are sort of the opposite.

I started out strong at the beginning of the year tracking but then some of the things I was trying to keep a record of just got too overwhelming to track because some of the things required manual input by me and no one enjoys doing enormous amounts of data...

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Acronyms and Buzzwords Are Killing Your Communication


I saw a tweet recently that quoted an Elon Musk email. The email addressed the dangers of letting people within SpaceX use and make up acronyms and how that negatively effects communication. As if communication needed anything else to complicate it. This hit pretty close to home.

Not too long ago I worked for a CEO who made using completely made-up acronyms and terms his prerogative in every conversation we had. He was an extremely articulate and intelligent person but a terrible communicator.

I won’t name the acronyms explicitly but they were dropped in meetings and throughout documentation with little explanation if any. You just sorta had to know by educated guesses. No one wanted to look stupid asking for an explanation. A detrimental position for anyone to be in but one might argue that if you don’t ask questions you shouldn’t be working in that position anyway. That’s...

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Nomadic Struggle

I was laying on a beach in Oahu under a lighthouse in the shade. In my head I was questioning how important continuing the nomadic lifestyle was to me. I had only been gone for 5 months but I was struggling with a feeling that didn’t feel right inside.

I realized pretty early on in my journey that even though I was experiencing all of these amazing things – traveling, learning, trying new things – I wasn’t providing any context for all of these experiences to occur in. Everything had just become noise, random, chaotic, enjoyable, but they didn’t come together and provide any coherent feeling of purpose.

I realized I was just on a journey to travel for the sake of traveling – without a clear purpose. I didn’t know what I wanted the point of my story to be and if it was going to be easy and predictably attainable, I knew it wouldn’t be a great story.

Furthermore, I had lost all sense...

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It was back in May when I decided to take a journey to places all around the world. I was living in Florida at the time and I wasn’t in a good place. I was unhappy and felt like something was missing. I was burning the candle at both ends working a 9-5 corporate job masquerading as a startup with a culture that I just didn’t fit in with. I was trying to work on a startup with extremely unreliable people. I was being drained on a daily basis of all the creative juices flowing through my body and I’d had as much as I could take. I didn’t want to hate what I was doing but that’s exactly what started to happen.

Here I am almost 3 months into a journey I’ve been planning for years and I’ve been able to spend some really valuable time with old friends, make new friends from all over the world, experience new things I never thought I’d enjoy and old things I forgot I loved so much. I found...

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Hierarchy of Needs and Work

It was a about 5 or 6 years ago after a tough time in my life that I came to realize I hadn’t been focusing on myself as much. I had just gotten out of a serious relationship and I didn’t really know the steps I needed to take to kickstart self-development, so I started researching. I’ve always had massive interest in psychology so one of the first big breakthroughs I had was in discovering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is essentially a motivational theory – It’s his look at what motivates people to do the things they do and why they behave the way that they behave. Basically, the theory is that we are all human, we all have certain needs and if they are not being met, it will actually motivate us to try and fulfill those needs in order to be happy. In the hierarchy, if lower level needs aren’t met people cannot meet higher level needs and being stuck in...

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Motivations For Success


I’ve always had an affinity for computers and technology – ever since I was young I’ve had computers or the latest devices. I knew I was going to work in technology one day. I dreamed of all the possibilities every night.

I’m humbled every day when I read articles, blog posts, tweets, status updates, etc… from the amazing communities online. I see all the amazing things people are building and thoughts they are sharing with the world. It’s one of the most inspirational and motiving aspects about the line of work I’m in. There’s an overwhelming sense of camaraderie and feeling that the things we love to make and do are changing the world for the better.

So, when I see people in my line of work that aren’t exited about what they’re doing, pushing themselves to learn and grow or having fun I have to be more than a little perplexed – astonished even. Some of these people spent tens of...

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2015: The Year I Track Everything – Part 2


In Part 1 I wrote about my motivations for wanting to track everything about myself in 2015. I’m a few days in to the year and it’s proving to be very challenging to get everything I originally planned documented and recorded so I’ve managed to categorize all the data points and compile a list of the tools, apps and services I’m using (for now)

 Health & Fitness

I really wanted to get a handle on my health and fitness routines this year. I started focusing on these areas last summer and really want to step my game up this year.


I recently purchased a Withings Pulse O2 and I’m absolutely loving it so far. I wear it on my wrist each day and it gives me all the information I need about steps taken, distance traveled, runs completed, elevation, calories burned, sleep patterns, heart rate and approximate blood-oxygen levels, and it even tells me the time! My only gripe about...

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20/20: Vision Matters

As companies start to grow and more people are involved in developing your product or service to be the best that it can be, your vision as a company and the vision for your product become evermore important. I recently learned this the hard way and I wanted to share.

I recently got to work on one of our new features and started defining the requirements and began work on the design. I worked through refining the interactions and finally got approval from the Project Manager that it was ready for the high-res prototyping stage to review with the CEO. So, at the meeting I began with a general overview of the problem set, requirements, scope, etc…and began walking the him through the design review and that’s where things went extremely downhill.

Multiple iterations later, we were still stuck. I did everything (in my mind) right so I didn’t understand why the CEO was so frustrated that...

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