Episode NO.386

Phil Libin, founder of video communications app mmhmm, joins the show with Scott Kitun. Previously the founder of Evernote, Phil shares his thoughts on how timing is everything in entrepreneurship – it certainly was the case with Evernote (the iPhone changed the game for digital note-taking) and has taken hold with mmhmm.

After mmhmm’s $5 million seed round led by Sequoia Capital early on in the pandemic, investors realized emphasis on video communications wasn’t a short-term fad, but an evolution of the workplace, culminating in mmhmm’s recent $100 million round led by Softbank Vision Fund.

Phil and Scott talk about looking at remote work instead as “distributed work” and why we need to transform the idea of how we get work done.

Finally, Phil shares his thoughts on being a “rigorous optimist” as an entrepreneur (focusing on progress you can make yourself) and how he landed on the mmhmm name instead of something more conventional and boring.