Essential Thinking with Nick Patrick

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Essential Thinking is a series that captures the thoughts, routines and attire of unique New Yorkers.


Essential Thinking | Nick Patrick | Startup Founder | Greenwich Village

Tell us about yourself, Nick.

I’m the co-founder and CEO of Radar, a tech startup in New York City. We’re building developer tools for location tracking, and our mission is to help companies collect, analyze, and act on location data.

In my free time, I love exploring the city. Sometimes that means trying new restaurants and bars. Sometimes that means long runs. I don’t run as much as I used to, but I try to get in 10-20 miles per week and explore neighborhoods on foot while I’m at it.

I also watch way too much sports. I’m originally from Maryland and studied at Duke, so my teams are the Orioles, the Ravens, and the Blue Devils.

Describe your ideal morning.
My ideal morning is sleeping in after a late night working or hanging out with friends. I’ve always been a night owl.

Coffee helps me start the day. Usually iced, usually black. My go-to coffee shops are Joe near my apartment in the West Village and Saturdays Surf near my office in SoHo.

What’s your go-to outfit - casual and formal?
I try to keep things simple. 90% of the time, I’m in a t-shirt. When it’s warmer, I’ll pair that with shorts. When it’s cooler, I’ll pair that with chinos or jeans. My go-to brands are Stork and Everlane for t-shirts, Bonobos for pants, and Patagonia for outerwear.

As an early stage startup Founder, there are times where it's crucial that you are productive. What time of the day are you most productive, and has this changed over time?
As you probably guessed from my ideal morning, I’m most productive at night, and I have been for as long as I can remember. When everyone else is asleep, distractions disappear and I’m able to find my flow. Sometimes I put on some music and start coding around midnight. Next thing I know, the sun is coming up.

What are your favorite apps and why? Are there any particularly great productivity apps that you use?
I recently fell in love with iA Writer. It’s a simple, clean, Markdown-compatible text editor for Mac and iOS. I use iA Writer to take notes, collect ideas, and manage my to-do list. I use Foursquare and Swarm almost every day. I use Foursquare to find new restaurants and bars, and I use Swarm to track where I go. Recently, I passed 10,000 check-ins on Swarm, and I basically have a complete record of my life over the last six years because of those check-ins.

What is your ideal situation to wear undershirts?
I wear undershirts as often as I can: sometimes when working, sometimes when out with friends, sometimes when running, almost always when relaxing, and on Sundays, under my Joe Flacco jersey when watching football. Stork keeps my supply fresh.