Silhouette of Jason Lengstorf’s glasses and beard.

I’m Jason Lengstorf.

Developer. Designer. Speaker. Friendly 🐻.

Super Official Third Person Bio™:

Jason Lengstorf is a developer, architect, occasional designer, and frequent speaker. He creates high-performing teams by building tools, systems, and the training materials to make them accessible. He then encourages those teams to use their newfound free time to go outside and be people and stuff. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Jason Lengstorf at Web Summer Camp in Croatia, 2017.
Teaching a workshop in Croatia. Credit: Web Summer Camp

What I Do for a Living

  • Build high-quality, high-efficiency teams by creating tools, processes, and systems.
  • Collect and share knowledge to help others progress further, faster.
  • Maximize efficiency and productivity through sane scheduling and adequate downtime.
  • Simplify complex operations and tools for consumption by actual human persons.

Jason Lengstorf and Marisa Morby in Tokyo, 2016.
Me and Marisa in Tokyo. Credit: paint with stars

What I Do for Fun

  • Travel. Often. Like, for real.
  • Write about the ways I’m trying to become less of a shitbag and more of someone I’d actually want to hang out with.
  • Cook. I make the best damn steak you’ve ever tasted. And the best breakfast sandwiches. Fight me.
  • Play with code and see what I can come up with.

Why This Site Exists

Jason Lengstorf ca. 2000.
Looking tough with my fisherman’s vest, spandex shirt, and studded Hot Topic bracelet. Source: My Mom’s box of shame

I was not a particularly well-adjusted teenager.

I spent a lot of time feeling angry. I was always suffering from some form of (completely imaginary) censorship, oppression, brutality, or unfair treatment.

As you can probably imagine, I wasn’t exactly a happy kid.

I was lucky, though: I had good friends and supportive parents. They didn’t put up with my shit, gave me books to read, and helped push me toward a better outlook on life.

And — despite my recalcitrant asshattery — eventually they got through to me.

I’ve been able to get pretty far in life, and a younger, more arrogant me used to chalk that up to “being a genius” or “working harder than everyone else”. But neither of those statements is true.

Here‘s what is true:

I am where I am because I had smart people around me. People I could bounce ideas off of; people who recommended books for me to read; people who evolved along with me as I grew up.

Marisa Morby, Nate Green, and Jason Lengstorf at the Potluck of Meaning, 2015
Marisa and Nate have always pushed me to be better today than I was yesterday. This is us at the Potluck of Meaning, a benefit dinner for Community Food Centres Canada. Photo: Precision Nutrition

I was lucky, and I want to share a little luck with the world.

Not everyone had access to a great network like that. Not everyone has someone to help push them forward when they might otherwise settle in and think, “Well, this is probably the best I can do.”

I realize that I can’t create that network for everyone. However, I can try to create a space where I’ll do my best to push you to be the best possible version of yourself, and create a channel where you can push me to do the same. And — hopefully — there will be enough of us that we can start to create that network.

I’m not exactly sure how to actually make that happen, but I’m starting with a blog and a newsletter.

If this sounds like the sort of thing you wish you had — or if it’s something you do have, and that you’d like to help other people experience — join my newsletter. Reply to a message. Let’s talk.

Let’s figure out how to connect with people who strive to be better; who push themselves and the people around them; who don’t feel threatened when someone is succeeding — instead they feel energized to go do more awesome shit.

Those people are my people. Our people.

I started this site to find more of my people. Hopefully you’re one of them.

Note: I will never share your email or spam you with nonsense. Because I’m not a dick.