Locked in a maximum security prison, finding my freedom.

I am locked in the prison chapel, a large concrete room without windows and without prison guards. I’m standing toe to toe with a man I just met as he recounts the harrowing tale of how his friend, still free on the outside, married and then murdered his daughter. He’s on the verge of breaking down, breaking through, or exploding… maybe all three.

I’m playing the role of his “friend.” It’s my job to antagonize him. I stand up tall, look him directly in the eyes, and do my best to channel a man I’ve never met, a man who…


A guide to balancing beauty and utility on your iPhone

While I understand and appreciate the value of disconnecting from the digital world, so much of my life happens through the 5.5" screen on my iPhone that I’ve become addicted to it. Even as a tech nerd, I hate the constant buzzing and the incessant need to check my phone every 5 minutes, so I decided to change things up a bit and modify my phone to serve me, not the other way around.

To start, this is my home screen.


Think you know your limits? Think again.

We are incredibly excited to announce Lucid 2.0!

We launched Lucid last summer to help athletes of all ages and levels, from youth to pro, level up their game by training their minds. Since the launch of our first iOS app we’ve partnered with 24 Hour Fitness, released an Android app, signed several NBA, NFL, and NCAA athletes to the Lucid Player’s Association, helped Adidas launch a new clothing line called “Focus”, been featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter, and many other accomplishments that have validated that we are on to something special.

We’ve learned a lot since the launch last…


Was Michael Jordan born great? Ask the high school basketball coach that cut him from the team.

Does the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, Shannon Miller, have the perfect gymnast DNA? Ask her mom, a Vice President at a bank, or her dad, a teacher.

Did Michael Phelps win 18 gold medals by just working harder than everyone else? Ask his Serbian rival, Milorad Cavic, current 100-meter butterfly world-record holder.

How did the greats become great? I’ll tell you… but first, a little history.

1960’s and 1970’s — Strength training

Believe it or not, before the 1960’s weight lifting was considered too dangerous for athletes…


Mind right, game tight.

Whether you are a professional athlete looking to leave a legacy like MJ or a youth athlete seeking to up your game and beat your hometown rivals, Lucid will help you perform at a higher level.

“I think the mental side of the game is way over 50%, probably more like 80%.” — LeBron James, four-time NBA MVP

“The physical aspect of the sport can only take you so far, the mental aspect has to kick in, especially when you’re talking about the best of the best.” — Shannon Miller, the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history


In preparation for President Kanye in 2020 perhaps we should revisit a few outdated American traditions, like the Pledge of Allegiance. I’ve written about how heavy the current pledge is for young children, so maybe we can update it to better connect to a generation that will one day lead this great country.

I pledge allegiance to the Earth, our home.
I promise to respect it wherever I roam.
I’ll re-use and recycle to help with conservation.
I’ll take care of our great planet for future generations!

I pledge allegiance to my community,
Even to the people that might not look…


Medium’s design is often praised as being “simple and clean.” While I think our design team deserves the compliment, there’s an important distinction to make here.

Simplicity is the lack of complexity. Simple things are straightforward and easily understood. Simplicity is about the experience.

Cleanliness is a design aesthetic. Clean designs are often sparse with ample whitespace. Cleanliness is about the look.

Less buttons, switches, and options do not make something simple. In fact, it can lead to the opposite. I love Medium’s clean design, but I think we can continue to make the interface simpler to use.

A good goal for product designers to strive for is requisite complexity, just enough necessary complexity to make something easily understood.


The billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner recently made some comments about the Houston Rockets. I think he’s wrong.

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“There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets,” Cuban told Kirk Goldsberry. “You know exactly what they’re gonna do. But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a…


I’ve been reading about how live-streaming video is the next big thing, which struck me as a bit odd because live-streaming has been around and accessible since 1992, but then I tried Twitter’s new product, Periscope.

After using it for a couple weeks, I’m convinced it is the next big thing.

Shared experience

The most obvious reason for my excitement is the world of shared experiences. In just a couple days I have taken a personal tour around David Blaine’s office, watched Sophia Bush banter with some fans, and enjoyed a beautiful ocean view with Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo. …


  1. Everyone agrees to hug with right arm up, left arm down.
  2. Paper receipts print only upon request.
  3. Local news stations stop reporting on stabbings and apartment fires, unless the stabbing happened in an apartment fire, cuz like, damn, that’s messed up and we should know.
  4. The IRS adopts the progressive “pay what you want” model. I think it worked for Radiohead.
  5. If you own a restaurant that serves soft bread before the meal, STOP SERVING THE LITTLE CHILLED BUTTER BRICKS WITH IT, I MEAN SRSLY, HAVE YOU EVER TRIED SPREADING THAT SHIT? No, you haven’t, because if you had you…

Jason Stirman

Product R&D at Facebook. Previously CEO of Lucid (http://getlucid.com). Ex Twitter and Medium.

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