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Simon Severino’s Mac setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

I am Simon Severino, founder of strategy sprints, a management consultancy based in Vienna and Berlin. I love problems, especially regarding strategy and productivity. I actually hate email, but since I share my 12 favorite problems in my email signature, conversations are much more inspiring. My best days end with tangible results and a feeling of fulfillment and joy. My passions include my wife and son, maintaining a strong and healhy body in olympic triathlons, teaching strategy in MBAs, and producing the strategy show.

What is your current setup?

Simon Severino's desk

I try to keep things simple. My setup is a 13-inch space gray MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID. It rests on a space gray Rain Design mStand on my standing desk. I also use an iPhone 6 Plus.

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

My current wallpaper is a picture taken by davide ragusa, which is available here.

What software do you use and for what do you use it?

  • Ulysses: minimalistic writing app that embodies all the design principles I love. Helps me stay focused when writing blog posts, keynotes, podcasts, and outlines.
  • Evernote: for remembering everything (my second brain). Works flawlessly on every device.
  • Instapaper: for reading things later.
  • MindNode: for mindmaps. Simple and beautiful. During client conversations, I draw a real-time mindmap of our dialogue, which helps our thinking become clear and makes the next actions easy to spot.
  • Slack, Trello, and GSuite: for team work and project management. Since my teams use Slack for every project, we got rid of internal emails. Trello is great for team tasks; we use simple kanban boards to organize them. GSuite is reliable and fast. 
  • Keynote: for presentations and keynotes.
  • 1Password: for all sensitive information. 
  • Todoist: for my tasks. After years of Omnifocus, I simplified.
  • Hubspot: for nurturing business relationships. 

How would your ideal setup look and function?

My current setup is everything I need.

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