Yury Molodtsov

COO and Partner @ MA Family, where we run communications for tech startups and VC firms.

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Action-Watch-Later Framework

Sharing my approach to categorizing tasks inside your task manager so you will not forget anything and will understand what you have to work on at any moment.

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January 7, 2023
How to Run A Remote Team

I’ve been working remotely for 8+ years and now running a team distributed at least across 5 countries. It’s challenging but it’s also very likely the best work environment that can help you attract talented people no matter where they live.

January 6, 2023
The PARA Method

The PARA method is the most universal productivity technic. It’s very flexible and can be recreated in any app, whether it’s Notion, Workflowy, Apple Notes, Things 3, Roam Research, Evernote, or Todoist.

December 20, 2022
How to Remote

I’ve been working remotely for nine years now. I wouldn’t say it’s everyone’s future. There are pros and cons. For me personally, the advantages far outweigh the problems. If you ended up in a remote work arrangement, you might find these tips helpful.

December 14, 2022
Switch to a Modern Read-Later App Already

Read–later apps are simultaneously popular and outdated. A lot of people use them. They’re now embedded right in our browsers and there's a couple of age-old names, but if you’re still using any of these options you should reconsider.

August 2, 2022
How Would Anti-Instagram Look Like?

Reading all those discussions about the updates to Instagram and how people are becoming disillusioned with the app, I began thinking: what would an ideal anti-Instagram service look like?

July 30, 2022
Crypto Preachers vs Crypto Skeptics

Social networks incentivize people to take on radical positions as that brings engagement and followers. Yet in most areas, a reasonable centrist take is usually the right one (there are exceptions of course). Crypto is certainly one of the most divisive topics both on Twitter and in real life.

June 6, 2022
How to Get Media to Cover Your Fundraising

Five years ago announcing your funding round was quite a reliable option to get coverage in the press but it all changed. We ran dozens of announcements in recent months, so I wanted to give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to secure placements for your fundraising in the media.

June 4, 2022
Workflowy is the Platform to Build Your Ideal Notes System

Time and time again, I'm getting back to WorkFlowy as my primary system for notes and knowledge storage. It is truly a bicycle for the mind that helps you structure your thoughts while providing unparalleled flexibility.

May 28, 2022
Your Inner Voice and the Value of Silence

Recently I've been feeling that constantly putting on AirPods and pumping spoken words into my ears might be too much. There's nothing wrong with being bored and enjoying the silence for a bit. But most importantly, it feels like both music and podcasts tune out your inner voice, that intra-cranial conversation people have which generates ideas and inspiration.

May 23, 2022
The Updated Guide to Workflowy

I've updated my guide to Workflowy, the king of outliners, which I wrote almost two years ago. Since then, Workflowy has added many great features, including rich media support and backlinks, so the previous iteration felt incomplete.

May 19, 2022
All the Ways to Keep Tasks

There are so many task managers because people have drastically different views on how to keep their tasks. I went over all primary ways that I've seen.

January 12, 2022
Why I Dropped Apple Watch for a Mechanical Watch

I’ve always been into watches and for the last 5 years, since Series 2, I’ve been almost exclusively wearing an Apple Watch. Recently I pulled a trigger on a mechanical timepiece I wanted a long time ago and have been enjoying it since.

March 16, 2021
Mailbrew: Get Personalized Email Digests of News and Content

Mailbrew is the only app that allows you to receive news and content from the web in the form of regular digests. The idea behind it is to avoid the anxiety and guilt caused by endless feeds in social apps by doing bulk delivery of content at a pre-defined time throughout the day.

March 3, 2021
Why You've Dropped Your Task Manager

I’ve always been one of the people who religiously lives by their task manager – I can’t survive without one. That’s why I’m always surprised when I talk to people who actually get by. For some, task managers only cause anxiety and end up abandoned and forgotten. What if I told you that you were just using it wrong?

February 19, 2021
Feedbin: One App to Consume All News

It’s one thing to read a lot of content, it’s another to spend hours jumping between apps trying to get a dopamine hit and then getting caught in them. Feedbin is the best RSS service which collects RSS feeds, email newsletters, Twitter feeds, and YouTube videos.

February 8, 2021
Why Apple Has to Allow Sideloading

I think the lack of sideloading has been a tremendous advantage for iOS and Apple’s ecosystem. I also think Apple should give it already.

December 13, 2020
Browsers Are Outdated And Somebody Has To Do Something

Our browsers are astoundingly outdated and their developers seem to be oblivious to that. We went from basic HTML pages sprinkled with a little bit of Javascript to running full-scale applications like Figma or Descript yet browsers have practically the same UI as they had ten years ago.

December 8, 2020
A Controversial Opinion: Online Ads Are Good

One of my most controversial opinions is that online ads are actually great for the society and the public narrative shifting to paid subscription software, services and content might prevent a lot of people from accessing them in the first place.

October 15, 2020
There Is An Empty Space In Team Productivity

At all of my jobs we used different tools for project management: from Asana to Notion and Todoist Business. I've also looked at Monday, Trello, Flow, Taskade, and others. Still, none of them can match a personal task manager.

October 1, 2020
How to Write Helpful Investor Updates

I've seen hundreds of investor updates and wanted to share the things I learned from them and how you can write a good one.

September 19, 2020
A Comparative Review of iOS Browsers

I compared all third-party iOS browsers to check if they're ready to be used as default ones. Only if you really want to.

September 13, 2020
There's No Such Thing As Crisis PR

Just like a lot of other areas, external communications shouldn't exist on their own. PR is a part of the overall company's strategy and vision. The only way to be properly heard is to be authentic.

August 16, 2020
The PARA Method in Workflowy

PARA is a universal productivity methodology that can be implemented in any app or service. It helps you categorize your notes, thoughts, documents, and files.

July 19, 2020
Google and the Paradigm Shift

The product that will dethrone Google Search won't be a search engine. Instead of links, it will simply provide you with answers.

July 16, 2020
The Basic Guide to Workflowy

Workflowy is the ultimate productivity app that closely mimicks the way I want to work. It might be overwhelming at first, so I wrote a guide that covers all the basics.

July 11, 2020
The Evolution of Outliners

Outliners are apps which force you to write in hierarhical bullet points, helping you to structure your thoughts They are are a very curious category of software products that have been mostly used by a small number of geeks but recently captured more attention with the launch of Roam Research.

May 18, 2020
Superhuman and Premium Software

Superhuman with its premium pricing of $30 per month expands the Overton windows for apps pricing and has already enabled higher (and more sustainable prices) for new companies.

May 10, 2020
The Art of Storytelling

Storytelling is an art that is applied in any area by people working in all kinds of professions. You need to understand it in order sell your products, your ideas, and your own time.

January 12, 2020
How to Work With Reporters and Get Publications in Media

Even if you don't have resources for hiring a team or even a single person to handle your public relations that doesn't mean your announcement doesn't deserve to be on TechCrunch.

June 10, 2019
What Are The Chances They Will Replace You As The CEO?

I looked at the list of US-based tech unicorns and tried to find the ones who replaced the founding CEO with an external hire.