Episode #796 Erin McKean: Reshaping How We Interact with Language

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Moe and Erin McKean talk about building Reverb Technologies, Wordnik and the joy of lexicography.


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Erin McKean

Co-Founder of Reverb Technologies View Full Profile

The Power of Words

One of the great maxims that has always guided my life is - Change your language, Change your life.  The simplicity of those six words anchor how I approach everything in life; and its why I have a deep appreciation for the work that Erin McKean continues to do with wordnik and Reverb.  Both platforms are hidden gems for anyone with a desire to broaden their perspective; and ironically both have become portraits of the Lean Startup methodology.  Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn from Erin:

  • How words shape your thinking

  • Why language is a business strategy

  • Why forming a lean hypothesis is anchored in simplicity

  • The key signals of a product/market fit

  • Why revenue models start with happy users?

  • Approaching difficult problems?

  • The shift from basic search to discovery