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Julian Schmidli
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It was a Thursday afternoon. Julian and I started a short conversation on Twitter about the fact that 60picks were to be gone after people have finished their 60 days (Julian was regretting it, I said they are meant for the moment, not for eternity). The next day we sat in the café Grande in Zurich discussing if, how, and when he could start doing his own 60picks which will be gone after 60 days. We live in times of Mark Zuckerberg’s Move fast, break things (no matter if you like Zuckerberg or not, you have to admit, it’s a good quote). Get in contact, ask direct questions, meet immediately, decide what’s next. Don’t look back. Move forward, forward, forward. No bullshit. Do 1000 things at the same time, and do another 1000 at the same time. That’s Julian’s world I guess. I have known him from afar, or let’s say his name was not unfamiliar to me, Switzerland being a small country. I followed him irregularly on his data journalism trips (mainly over Twitter). When me met that day, Julian and I were talking about journalism in general. Do we still need journalists to explain the world when we have access to all those smart people out there? And then we talked about the generational gap with people not being much older than us, the 40somethings. They seem to live in a complete different world of political parties, family concepts, different thinking, Julian said. It was this kind of stimulating ping pong conversation we had, switching subjects with every new sentence (like reading 25 books at the same time). It can be dangerous though if you agree on too many things, but yes, we did agree on basically everything. And then we left. And I knew Julian had to write for 60pages, and Julian knew he had to write for 60pages. Be fast, be impatient. Move fast. Forward, forward, forward.

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Julian Schmidli
by David Iselin