Elle Morrill


Category: Posts

  • I’ve Got Big Plans Heading Into 2022

    Wow, another year in the books! I came into December ready to be done with “school” (Hudson) and feeling pretty spent after a year full of endings and beginnings, including riotously intense periods of effort and intentional idling and reclaiming of time. I’ve established boundaries and simplified my work down to ~20 hours per week,…

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  • Taking Inventory of 2020

    It’s the day before Thanksgiving, which is traditionally when I start to work on my annual reflection and goal setting process. New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday, because it is on of the few that encourages introspection completely devoid of religion or other dogma. We make it meaningful in our own personal ways, and…

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  • How Switching to Remote Work Can Double a Worker’s Effective Hourly Rate

    I’ve been re-reading financial independence classic “Your Money or Your Life” and it struck me that the exercise where you calculate you “effective hourly wage” after including all work-related expenses (commute, clothes, etc.) is probably one that many people could benefit from doing during this pandemic. I say this because many people during COVID-19, who…

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  • Personal Projects I’m Enjoying

    Despite living in an unpredictable world filled with death during the COVID pandemic, I’ve been finding a lot of joy lately in my personal projects. On the public facing side of things, I have: Led a team of volunteer software engineers to help Clinica Colorado launch CovidLine, a Twilio-based IVR and call routing solution that…

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  • Your $15 Lunch Habit Could Be Costing You $400K of Retirement Savings

    The average 60-something today has ~$195K in their 401(k) retirement account. What if you could make one lifestyle change, which would cost you about 2 hours of meal prep every 40 days (~18 hours per year), and would in turn bring your $15/lunch* habit into < $2 per meal? If you invested the savings each…

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  • Results of Sam Altman’s 2015 “Bubble Talk” Bet

    In 2015, Sam Altman wrote a post titled “Bubble Talk” which lamented the “boring reading” of ongoing press coverage of a bubble in tech valuations, and laid out 3 scenarios he believed would be true by January 1, 2020. To win, Sam has to be right on all three propositions laid out in the post…

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  • Post-Startup Life: Reflecting on My First 18 Months Living in Denver

    In December 2017 my husband, myself, and the remaining cadre of Mattermarkers who remained moved to Denver as renters and “short-timers”. Given how we started out, I didn’t put odds on staying long. We started out fresh from California in the middle of winter, as part of an acquisition capping off a long M&A process…

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  • Building Your Life is the Creative Thing You’re Doing Right Now

    I caught up with a long-time friend this week, someone who has known me since I was 19, since before I was “in tech”, since before I had my first job worthy of going on my LinkedIn profile. He’s a writer and a filmmaker now, and I love to talk to him about ideas I…

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  • I Will Be Mentoring at TechStars Denver This Summer

    Super excited to share that I will be a mentor for the @techstars Sustainability Program in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (@nature_org) in Denver this summer! Excited to work with Managing Director Zach Nies (former CTO of Rally Software) and Program Director @Hannah Davis. I am deeply interested in water rights, and looking forward to…

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  • Deciding to Be Child Free

    This post was originally a tweetstorm from June 20th, 2019. I delete and archive my tweets older than 7 days (using an app called Jumbo), and want to retain thoughts shared below. These tweets have sparked a widespread discussion, with more than 1.8K likes, hundreds of retweets and comments, and about 400K total impressions. It…

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