Hello, my given name is Jonathan Pappas, but you can call me Jon in person (or “Jae” on the interwebs or out at Burning Man ;)… I am San Francisco-based and discovered HTC and Tristan’s work first through Salesforce where I worked in product management for the last 8 years.
The long and short… I am another victim of “always on” burnout and as part of my healing plan I am taking time off and having some fun with entrepreneurship. I’ve established a company called Mindful Enterprise that in short rethinks or rebuilds tech functions from a place of mindfulness. Initially I was going to focus on collaboration in general (a huge source of stress) and launched a Kickstarter for an overly ambitious re-invention of social networking called Betawave. I’ve since refocused on a smaller-in-scope, reasonably priced project to build and launch called Justbreathe.com … “a place to go to just breathe with friends.” I am a big fan of meditation and mindfulness and for fun I want to try an experimental, digital breathing circle. We have officially begun development and with fairly high confidence we will be launching on or around Aug 1, 2019. Given my financial situation, it is likely I will be looking for a full time job around Oct. 2019, unless some magic happens with Justbreathe.com and I am able to pursue more funding and development. In any event, I want to do whatever I can to contribute to this community, happy to be here and looking forward to the next digital meetup! Here are some answers to the questions above
The thing you find most harmful about technology > The fact that humanity is unknowingly yielding its agency to AI algorithms.
A positive change you want to see in technology > That technology becomes more “mindful”, that it is designed to increase joy, empathy and compassion at its core.
Any handles that you would like tagged > I am on Instagram @hexayurt , LinkedIn , Facebook. My personal website is jon.papp.as