I’m Chanpory, and this is my site on how to live and work better as a designer.

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Two blogs recently interviewed me about my own productivity and money management habits. These are my very first interviews as a blogger, so I thought I’d share them with you:

The first interview is with Noah Kagan on Mint, a soon-to-launch personal finance tool. Find out about my current financial strategy, what tools I use to manage money, and what’s in my wallet. Check it out here.

Next, Mark Shead of Productivity501 asked me and 29 other bloggers, three questions:

  1. What is the single biggest way people waste time without even realizing it?
  2. What change has made the most difference in making you effective in life?
  3. If someone were to read just one post from your site, which would you recommend the read and why?

Special thanks to Noah and Mark for taking the time to pick my brain.


  • Justin

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    9:29 am

    Nice interviews, congrats.

    My only question is somewhat OT about Mint. The design/branding of this application definitely reminds me of Shaun Inman’s Mint application, which is a terrific site usage management system.

    Where you aware of Mint when you conceived/branded your application?

    Shaun’s app is at: http://haveamint.com

  • Chanpory

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    1:49 pm

    Hey Justin,

    Thanks, just to be clear, I’m not part of Mint. But I have seen Shaun Inman’s application of the same name, which is quite nicely design.

    I haven’t seen Mint.com’s interface however, so I’m not sure how closely the UI will look to it. I’m not sure if the naming is a problem, since the two applications are in two very different spaces. One is personal finance management, and the other is web metrics.

  • noah kagan

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    2:31 pm


    Thanks for the comment. We contacted Shaun 3 months ago to let him know that we were named Mint and doing a personal finance application. He gave us his blessings and everyone is happy.

    There is some confusion but we think haveamint.com and Mint.com are two completely separate products that help people;)

  • Zac Schmidt

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    7:07 pm

    Chanpory, You might want to give Yodlee’s Moneycenter a try for keeping track of your finances. It was reviewed by Wall Street Journal last year and my wife and I have used it since.


  • Scott Elias

    gravatarJun 28, 2007
    9:50 pm

    Great interview. And a question (which someone else posed to you on the Mint blog): What kind of wallet is that? It’s very minimalist which I like!

  • Chanpory

    gravatarJul 2, 2007
    2:05 pm

    Hey Scott,

    That wallet is by Dior Homme which I got at Saks Fifth Avenue here in San Francisco. It’s really a “card holder” but it’s minimal enough for my needs. I remember it being about $90, but I’m not sure if it’s available online. It’s the best wallet I’ve ever had.