Flipboard founder Mike McCue is a busy man. His day runs from 7 AM to 2 AM, and in that time, he manages to take his kids to school, bike to and from work, work, make it home for dinner, and find time to create. Or at least that’s his schedule when he’s not jet-setting between Flipboard’s offices in Palo Alto and New York City. As the creator of a premier tech product and also a frequent traveler, it isn’t surprising that McCue is also product nerd. “I love gear that is exceptionally useful and well-designed,” he says, and that mentality is reflected in the gear used in his daily life. His arsenal is practical, well-designed and minimal, much like Flipboard (which is influenced by one of his favorite products, the Leica M). Read on for his picks below.
McCue loves products that are so well-designed that they force a person to rise to the level of the product. The Leica M is that product for him, which inspires him to be a better photographer.
Patagonia Nano Air Light Hybrid Jacket (Viking Blue)
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L
Apple Notes App
The Apple Notes app is McCue’s notetaking app of choice. While on frequent flights from CA to NY, he turns everything on airplane mode, opens up a blank sheet in the app and thinks through key dimensions of his business and product.
Specialized S-Works Epic Hardtail Bike
As someone who bikes much more than he drives, McCue considers his bike one of his most important possessions. Aside from the daily commute, this bike accompanies him on weekend adventures in Palo Alto.