Did you know that Bill Gates still uses a whiteboard to come up with complex high-tech ideas? Or that Yoshiro Nakamatsu, the inventor of the floppy disk, likes to chill out every evening in a 24-karat gold-plated ‘Calm Room?’
There are lots of quirky little things that the tech elite do to increase their productivity (and ward off insanity). Mark Zuckerberg is so busy with Facebook, he has to create exotic new challenges for himself every year to change things up, like learning Chinese or only eating meat he has personally killed. And Anna Akbari of Sociology of Style eats the same breakfast and lunch every day to minimize decision making and stay focused on what matters most to her.
Joel Gascoigne, the founder of the popular social media management tool Buffer, actually makes lots of decisions without the benefit of certainty saying:
“One useful thing to do is remind yourself that whilst history has some rhythms, it never repeats itself. Even the most experienced entrepreneurs have to assess things with a fresh mind when they embark on a new venture.”
See a few more eccentric habits of the tech elite like Nikola Tesla and Jeff Bezos below:
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