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Options October 28, 2019: Bron Gondwana, CEO of Fastmail

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  Bron Gondwana, CEO of Fastmail, describes how he runs a tech company with transparency and honesty - while teaching gym classes on the side.
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:00pm ultradamno:

Hello Mark! Techsmaster Generals!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:01pm queems:

howdy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:01pm Bas NL:

Hi Mark! Techpledgeroids!
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:02pm Jack:

I once had a security person ask me to spell "underscore" in my email address.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:03pm melinda:

Hi all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:03pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Good evening, Mark and Frankentechtors!
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:03pm John from Florham park:

Hello technoids
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:04pm queems:

the idea of getting a new email address at this point in my life gives me HIVES
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:04pm melinda:

Looking forward to this, I’m going to switch from gmail to something else but not ready to make the leap.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:06pm Phillippe Bastille:

Hi all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:06pm Bas NL:

Big court case tomorrow in The Netherlands about the SyRI system. It is a system collating all information available about citizens and profiling whether they could be conducting fraud with social security. Information used is not divulged, but probably not legal to start with.
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:07pm Fredericks:

I have investigated the idea of changing email providers. My concern is that I will lose decades of correspondence and records contained in the old emails..
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:08pm dirkreynold:

just remember with duckduckgo it only indexes like the top 400 sites on the web. it is not a whole web index like google
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:08pm Handy Haversack:

I think I might be ready to lose that history. I wish I had never got on the Gmail drip way back in the day. But it's gone way too far.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:08pm kevlicki:

Hey mark and All the other paranoid tech users
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:09pm queems:

yes, my phone is set to duckduckgo, and sometimes i have trouble searching for stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:09pm chresti:

Hi Mark and Techtonocrats!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:09pm ultradamno:

I was thinking about getting into cryptocurrency, but was just waiting most clearly evil option to present itself.
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:09pm Fredericks:

Dirk, I know you are correct. Periodically I will be forced into using Google to access more esoteric information.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:10pm Phillippe Bastille:

I've just signed up for protonmail. Still keeping gmail but not using it to send mail anymore, so I still have that record. Getting rid of my android devices for apple -- still not great but not as bad as Google, as Mark would say
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:11pm Fredericks:

Hmmm
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:11pm Handy Haversack:

@Phillippe, do you have Gmail forward to your protonmail?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:11pm queems:

wait off topic but how did i not know that apple phones no longer use jpg as a default file type for images???? i flipped my shit when i transfered photos to my computer and none of them could be opened
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:11pm John from Florham park:

Was Katie porter the one who resigned due to a sex scandal
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:12pm Phillippe Bastille:

@Handy no. I'm looking at it occasionally on the computer, but I won't put the app on my phone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:12pm ultradamno:

And by "care about privacy" I mean I have an interest in violating it as part of our business mode.
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:13pm Fredericks:

No, John. Fortunately.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:13pm John from Florham park:

@Queems me too with Gmail too old to change to another
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:14pm John from Florham park:

@Fredricks thanks for the clarification
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:14pm Fredericks:

Katie Hill resigned to fight Revenge Pron.
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:14pm Motobro:

Good evening.
If you run a script blocker on your browser; e.g."no script", you'll be surprised at just how many programs you'll need to grant, at least temporary permission for the webpage to operate, FMU included...
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:14pm dirkreynold:

no that was katie hill
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:15pm Bas NL:

Yeah, excellent questioning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:15pm Handy Haversack:

Thanks, @Phillippe. I don't have a smartphone. (Full disclosure: I don't have a cell phone at all!) So might be a little easier to get off of Gmail if I can bring myself to jump.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:16pm tim from champaign (now washington):

Man, Zuckerberg is one dumb SOB. All he has to do is act contrite, say "you're absolutely right" and wring his hands. Who is Zuckerberg paying to advise him on how to handle hearings?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:17pm queems:

"it's my understanding"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:18pm Phillippe Bastille:

@handy I wish I never got caught up in the phablet mentality. I've gone back to the smallest phone I could get so I don't sit there staring at it all my free time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:18pm Ike:

THAT IS AMAZING
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:19pm tim from champaign (now washington):

What Ike said!
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:20pm John from Florham park:

@Fredricks ahh right person
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:20pm queems:

lol gtfo zuckerberg
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:21pm sufferwords:

Katie Porter = real deal - California Über Alles
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:21pm ultradamno:

$20 an hour put in enough to live in, say, the bay area is a lot of distressing video viewing.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:21pm SeanG:

that's insane dude
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:22pm chresti:

I think Zuck needs a stairwell and 9.5 minutes to cry
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:22pm northguineahills:

Mark, I was listening to a podcast where a bunch of African academics were lamenting the lack of indigenous languages publishing academic (or translations into indigenous languages), let alone digital databases. So, what started out as a Hausa, Swahili, and Zulu language FB pages became the frontrunner in setting up publishing in indigenous languages and now is looking more funding for a digital DB free from Google. They are now helping like-minded academics around the world to do such....
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:24pm ignatatus666:

What about Yahoo?
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:24pm SeanG:

fuck zuck
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:25pm John from Florham park:

@Chresti I wish zuck would fall down those stairs and hope all is well in your area in California
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:25pm The Butterman:

Jebus! Ridiculous!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:25pm mcginniwa:

Mark Zuckerberg read 1984 and thought it was an instruction manual.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:26pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone, for showing up & chatting tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:27pm chresti:

That stick of butter reminds me of the butter we were given when we were on welfare in the 70s
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:27pm brong:

It's always fun listening to your own voice... hi everyone. It's 9:30am here in Melbourne, I've been home about a week and am sitting on a train heading to work after taking early morning calls from home.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:29pm mcginniwa:

Howdy @brong from a long time customer based in NZ. When I decided I no longer wanted to run my own own mail server way back, I switched to fast mail.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:30pm brong:

@mcginniwa glad to hear. Hi from over the ditch
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:30pm Sam:

How about email that DOESNT spy on you and is still free because of advertising?
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:30pm kevlicki:

Queems I’ve been dealing with that HEIF nonsense all week! I just learned that there’s settings in PhotoSync, which I use to transfer my images to my computer, that will convert them in transfer
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:32pm kevlicki:

Mark, there was a great graphic going around with this fact a couple weeks ago.
"If you worked every single day, making $5000/day, from the time Columbus sailed to America, to the time you are reading this tweet, you would still not be a billionaire, and you would still have less money than Jeff Bezos makes in a week."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:32pm queems:

@kevlicki thanks for the tip! this seems like such a counterintuitive move. like taking out the headphone jack
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:33pm brong:

@Sam you're welcome to build that service if you think it's viable! Good luck.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:33pm Mark Hurst:

Bron! Thanks for joining in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:33pm Phillippe Bastille:

Hey Brong
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:34pm chresti:

John Florham, thanks, so far, we've been a safe distance from the flames, being in the San Gabriel Valley. Although it's smoky in some parts of town, depending on which way the wind blows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:35pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, Bron. Greetings from Laurasia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:35pm Mark Hurst:

@chresti stay safe! I'll try to say something about the fires (hope everyone stays safe) by the end of the show.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:35pm Sam:

Ha, I would never pay one penny for email. An email company is just a giant data storage drive. Why would you even need employees beyond a couple guys to keep the machines running?
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:35pm John from Florham park:

@Chersti stay safe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:36pm Mark Hurst:

@Sam sorry, but either you're trolling or you have no idea the complexity of running a solid digital product like Fastmail/Protonmail.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:36pm mcginniwa:

I realized Slack's business model was renting the knowledge that you generated at your organization back to you. Essentially holding it ransom after you hit the "you must pay to find this" threshold.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:38pm kevlicki:

Who’s server space does slack use? Don’t all these companies use Amazon and Googles storage services?
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:38pm Travisano66:

"The only reason Gmail is around is because it makes money for Google." And that's why I use it. I want my content to exist for the rest of my life.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:38pm chresti:

I don't use g-mail
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:38pm Dave Miss:

What ever happened to Eudora?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:39pm Mark Hurst:

I'm not sure about Slack. But lots and lots of companies use Amazon Web Services. Netflix, for example. If Amazon's servers go down, Netflix goes down. I *think* Apple hosts its iCloud on Google servers but am not 100% sure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:40pm Mark Hurst:

Speaking of hosting, check out oreilly.com - "Our Apologies.
Due to the fires and power outages in California, oreilly.com is unavailable."
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:40pm brong:

hey @Phillippe, hey @Ken
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:40pm Mark Hurst:

Eudora was great. The Apple Mail client is pretty good these days, tho.
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:41pm Travisano66:

Mark: I very much appreciate all of your cautions, and I completely understand them; but I am willing to accept all the negatives that come with Gmail.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/28/19 6:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Give me all the Profit
- & all the Control
...w/ no Transparency
...& - no Accountability.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:42pm Mark Hurst:

@Travisano that's totally fair! As long as you're making a decision based on an awareness of the issues.
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:42pm Travisano66:

I am very sorry that the Sin Eater jobs need to be done to keep YouTube running, but I assume no one is being forced to do them. Aren't slaughterhouse jobs also horrible and traumatizing for many people. Again, I assume they have a choice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:43pm Bas NL:

I've just checked Fastmail pricing.. seems very reasonable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:43pm Mark Hurst:

@Travisano read up on Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" and how that book yielded *better labor protections*
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:43pm ignatatus666:

@Mark
Sam is Clay Pigeons sarcastic computer. Someone needs to report him. He obviously got out of the Wake and Bake storeroom.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/28/19 6:44pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Who does horrible jobs 'with choice' ?
What does that mean ?
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:44pm Travisano66:

If you eat steak or bacon or chicken, would you be willing to work in a slaughterhouse for just one day?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:44pm Ken From Hyde Park:

When you're waiting for the Fastmail server to respond, does the icon spin clockwise or counter-clockwise?
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:45pm kevlicki:

I remember a service called ziplip.com an encrypted email service. About 15 years ago they supposedly were put out of business by government legislation, making their service “illegally or something.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:45pm P-90:

Excellent interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:45pm queems:

@travisano false equivalency
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:45pm Travisano66:

Admittedly I rarely read, but I listen to your show whenever I can. Maybe you can give us the Cliff Notes version of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle."
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:46pm herb.nyc:

Niiiice fastmail interview! I use gmail. I need to go fastmail I use Facebook. I need to stop (ouch!). But I use DuckDuckGo, so there's hope for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:47pm chresti:

Haha Ken from HP
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:48pm Folsom:

Wait until Travisano66 uses up his 15GB of storage, then he will have to pay like people are starting to hit the limit recently.
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:49pm Travisano66:

I expect to live another 50 years, and I'm taking a guess that Gmail will be around at least that long.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:49pm kevlicki:

Also there’s an email service called riseup.net ,that was created by activists and organizers, as a “secure” email service. The creators donate much of their time to maintain it, so it’s not the most agile service, but they’re not spying on you
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:49pm Travisano66:

Folsom: I did use it up. I am paying.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:49pm Bas NL:

Just remember how fast Myspace evaporated..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 10/28/19 6:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

It ain't on your Server
- you don't own it
- & anything can happen to it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:51pm queems:

that is a good idea for an inbetween step
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:51pm brong:

Regarding the "changing address" problem - this is why I always recommend getting your own domain (which also costs money, but you can take it anywhere without changing your address!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:52pm melinda:

I started using gmail more only because my local email service doesn't work well on Apple devices so local address mail gets forwarded to gmail on my phone.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:52pm Vanessa bikes:

I switched to protonmail, it's fine. I don't forward because I am overwhelmed with the billion subscriptions I have to my gmail. It is taking months to switch all of the important accounts to my new protonmail account, but I feel good about it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:52pm Folsom:

Travisano66 if i was paying then I would rather pay someone other than Google, also RRNov63 is correct, if you don't have a local copy then you can't guarantee it is available even if Google doesn't stop the service.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:53pm melinda:

@brong great idea
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:54pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Maybe Bernie can get us universal email when we get Medicare For All.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:54pm Nellies:

Your show is wonderful and informative, thanks! Thinking of switching to fastmail and Then deleting my DNA on online genetic testing I’ve done!
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:55pm BigCat:

I contribute via Posts and social media flak
as for ca$h I'm out of work since Feb 2018
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:55pm Bas NL:

WFMU could start the personal swag-for-life email account?
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:56pm Travisano66:

But it's only like $9 a year!
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:56pm northguineahills:

Also relevant: www.cambridge.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:56pm queems:

yeah i'm straight skint right now
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:56pm Travisano66:

I don't think Google will every stop Gmail. It's not frickin' Google Hangout. We knew that would fail the moment we saw it.
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:57pm BigCat:

I love the f
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:57pm Phillippe Bastille:

dripping springs used to make good vodka. a bit off topic.
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:58pm northguineahills:

"Biometric State
The Global Politics of Identification and Surveillance in South Africa, 1850 to the Present" : afripod.aodl.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:58pm Phillippe Bastille:

@vanessa I'm joining you
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:58pm Sam:

Mark, you have a wfmu email, right? Why don’t you just use that? Maybe we can all get wfmu email accounts?
Avatar Mon. 10/28/19 6:58pm northguineahills:

I have 7 cents in my bank account, many job interviews upcoming.....
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 6:59pm Motobro:

Went to the Doc's the other day, they wanted to scan my palm... I said NO.
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:59pm Sam:

I still don’t get why you need a ton of employees to run an email server. How many does fmu have?
  Mon. 10/28/19 6:59pm P-90:

Thanks, Mark
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 7:00pm chresti:

Thanks Mark!
  Mon. 10/28/19 7:00pm brong:

Thanks everyone, nice hanging. Pleasure speaking to you the other week Mark.
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 7:00pm Motobro:

Thank you Mark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 7:01pm Bas NL:

Thanks Mark!
  🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 7:02pm Travisano66:

Despite my choices, your show rocks, and you rock. Thanks for your great work.
  Mon. 10/28/19 7:02pm brong:

@Sam, over a third of our team works on end-user support. Apart from that, there's sysadmins (we run our own hardware), developers and user experience people working on new features - and of course all the normal company stuff: finances, compliance, as mentioned in the interview - GDPR took multiple people plus outsourced lawyers many months - and there's always something new coming up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 7:03pm chresti:

Thanks Bron!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 10/28/19 7:05pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone! Good chat tonight.
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