People I’m currently actively looking to work with:
If any of these sounds like you, maybe get in touch! If many of these sound like you, definitely get in touch!
music producers: someone to turn the songs I write into tracks. I’m a good songwriter and singer and multi-instrumentalist and even sometimes arranger but I’m like 3/10 at DAWs or whatever (have just started using Bitwig since I’m on Linux). In my ideal world this is not me paying you but us working together excitedly as a duo, sharing rights & profits to the completed track. Contact me for vocal tracks you can play with!
publishers etc: I have some well-regarded original takes on topics like habits, motivation, productivity, and I’d love the chance to get some of those ideas (could be new as-yet-unpublished writing) published in popular outlets. This is the main item here I expect to make me any money in the immediate term, because they all relate to the philosophy of Complice, the app I built, so part of my aim would be spreading the word about Complice.
marketers: relatedly, there’s probably a ton of other low-hanging fruit in terms of getting Complice in front of new people, and I’m not even sure what that would look like. I wrote a thread ideating here. Maybe one of the main things is actually adding a bunch more hand-holding to the onboarding process. I’m NOT looking for more ideas that I have to execute myself—I have enough on my plate. Hence the “publishers” idea above. It’s of deep importance to me also that this not be cringe or salesy.
backend NodeJS dev: my meaningful-productivity app Complice could use some stability & performance improvements to the backend, which fits neither my skills nor my appetite. I’d love to work with someone at least short-term and (if it’s a good fit on many levels) potentially ongoingly.
entrepreneurs: I like and am skilled at doing high-level product design (particularly using metaphor) and business model design, and I’ve helped various people get way more clarity about the sort of business or app they want to create. I’ve done this for lifestyle businesses and the biggest startup of 2020.
podcasters: interview me on your podcast! I’m good at talking about stuff. You can ask me to go even deeper into one of the topics I’ve written about, or we can explore how it might apply to your particular situation. If you don’t have a podcast but think we might have a cool conversation about something to record & post to my youtube channel, that’s also a thing I do! Here are the podcast interviews I’ve done.
…assistant+mentee: not sure what this would be but basically if you think my work is super cool and thus it seems like a good deal to take on 3-10 hours per week of helping me with random stuff, for little or no money since I’m not yet rich, let me know and we’ll find a small project to start with to see if that might be a good fit. It’ll probably start with a one-off project since I don’t have a clear list of stuff for this to be.
I’ve written about my collaboration philosophy in A Collaborative Self-Energizing Meta-Team Vision. If you read that and you’re like “omg I want that 🤩” then feel free to get in touch about your ideas even if you’re not sure what specific projects might be a good fit for the two of us. There might be some possibility with me or with someone else I can introduce you to.
The original impetus for making this page was actually to tell marketers not to bother emailing me, but I thought I would make it something beautiful rather than just “go away”. Amplify what you want!
I am not interested in:
guest posts: the name of this blog is malcolmocean.com. It’s me. If I want your writing on it, I’ll ask you. Don’t ask me.
marketing deals / promotions: I did one of these ever for shits & giggles and it got me some shits & giggles but it’s completely not the point of this blog. This blog is for sharing my writing, not making money off of irrelevant or tangential product placement.
generica: If you are sending essentially the same cold email to multiple people, I do not want to be one of those people. Doesn’t matter if you customized it slightly.
If you have something you think will be suitable for me, based on this page (even if not listed here) reach out to me on Twitter. (You can email me if you already have my email but I’m more responsive on Twitter anyway.)