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We’ll get this out of the way real quick: 2020 sucked for the most part. Beyond all of the obvious bits as to why it was a crap year, without commutes or any semblance of a social calendar we all became very familiar with the interior of our dwellings. …


Note: This is a cross-post from my new blog over at mattgalligan.com, so head over there for the full post. You can also sign up for my new email newsletter which will feature posts from the new site!

It feels like a pretty safe bet to say that most of us are (at least mildly) addicted to our phones. Oftentimes they’re the first thing that we look at in the morning, and the last things that we look at as we go to bed. Ok, sometimes they even hit us in the head as we doze off, somehow still clutching…


Combination Creates the Industry’s Leading Platform for Digital Asset Portfolio Accounting and Reporting

December 20, 2018 — The Picks & Shovels Co. (“Picks & Shovels”) and CoinVantage Inc. (“CoinVantage”) announced today the merger of the companies to create the leading portfolio accounting and reporting system for digital assets. The combined system, Interchange, will be the software platform of choice for MG Stover & Co. (“MG Stover”), the largest fund administrator for digital asset funds and former parent of CoinVantage.

“The decentralized, fragmented nature of the crypto asset landscape means that portfolio accounting and management is painful, tedious, and time-consuming.” says Picks & Shovels CEO, Matt Galligan. …


Update: Slack pushed a big update to Threads! Many of the things originally discussed in this post were addressed, which is awesome! More on that below…

Slack outlined the problem and opportunity best in an introduction to threads blog post a little over a year ago:

When you’re working with your team in Slack, discussions can move quickly and cover a lot of ground. They evolve — and branch off — as people share insights, ask questions, and introduce new topics (or resurface old ones), which may not involve everyone in a channel. …


tl;dr: Matt, Dan, and Clark are co-founding The Picks & Shovels Co., and are working on their first tool, Interchange—the first institutional-grade cryptocurrency portfolio management solution for funds and professionals.

First, some background

In 2017, talk about cryptocurrency was all but unavoidable. While many of the headlines focused on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and handful of other assets, the whole class saw an absolutely meteoric rise — going from a market capitalization of just $18 billion on January 1, 2017 to an all-time-high of $620 billion on December 21st. …


Update: Looks like the “for a while” was about half a year. Earlier in April I decided to leave Postmates as it just wasn’t the right fit for me. Over the next months I interviewed with some amazing companies that I would have been lucky to take on a role with, certainly still excited to find my next opportunity.

Along the way though I started researching and talking with folks in a space I hadn’t worked in before and fell deep down the rabbit hole. So here I am again…needing to scratch the itch that is this new idea. …


For my entire life I’ve struggled with reading. In high school doctors and counselors would chalk my painfully slow reading to a hearing deficiency, without so much as a prescriptive solution. Later in life it seems like my struggle might be more easily described by some of the symptoms experienced by those diagnosed with ADD. Nevertheless reading has continued to be a difficult exercise for me.

Staying informed beyond the headlines was tough, concentrating through a 10,000 word think-piece has been painful, and attempting to read Game of Thrones (aren’t the books always better?) a near-impossibility. …


Here’s a scenario you might be familiar with:

You wake up groggy from an all-too-early alarm, hustle to get showered and out the door on time, only to wait forever eventually realizing who you’re meeting with isn’t showing up. It never occurred to you to check your inbox which had some permutation of:

“Hey, I’m running behind…”

“Sorry but something came up…”

“Which Sightglass location did you mean?”

The email was there all along, you just didn’t see it because you didn’t check, you don’t get notifications, or the relevant email was buried deep. …


(Left: Original), (Middle: Default Depth Effect), (Right: Layered edit with Pixelmator)

Apple’s new Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus is seriously impressive, but it’s by no means perfecct. But the best part is that when taking a photo with the Depth Effect it saves both the original and blurred photo. I had a hunch that with a bit of tweaking in Pixelmator we might be able to get to an even better photo, so check out this video tutorial and see the results for yourself!

While this effect is by no means as good as a photo from an SLR, it’s a massive leap forward for phone cameras. I can’t wait to use this even more!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial…


I was rummaging around in some old files today when I came across the original pitch decks for Circa. One in particular was a trip down memory lane: the deck that we put together showing how the app worked for our investors. The deck was dated July 2012, and it would precede our launch by about 3 months. Ultimately you’ll need to have some familiarity with what Circa was to really understand some of this. A few of the things depicted here in the app design actually never made it into the app, and I’ll explain a bit about that…

Matt Galligan

Dad, Midwesterner, product designer, coffee snob, craft beer lover, GIF enthusiast.

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