16 posts published in April 2014

What's riskier?

April 8, 2014

I've been an employee for the last 26 years. I've been an employee, effectively rising through the ranks of very successful companies. Most recently, I was a highly valued, recognized employee of a $1B+ multi-national that was a leader in its field.

Oh yeah...and I was pushed out. With no explanation. Just business, they say. Gotta cut some costs. So we let a few people go and scoot around some chairs on the deck of the Titanic. (Way to be bold!)

Immediately I set about "finding" a new...

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You're doing it wrong

April 11, 2014

Steven Sinofsky, Board Partner with Andreessen Horowitz, recently shared his thoughts on the impact of new technologies...and on the sure signs that you are deploying them WRONG. So many of these struck a chord with my recent experience, that I couldn't help but!!! (or cringe, as the case may be...)

  1. Spend more time summarizing or formatting a document than worrying about the actual content. Time and time again, people over-invest in the production qualities of a work...
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13 Business Lessons I'm Still Learning, Some Better Than Others

April 14, 2014


  1. Let the company be what the company wants to be.
  2. Don't worry about the details until the details matter. Keep moving. Send the email. What will be will be. A word here or there doesn't matter that much. Worrying about the details before you even know if there will be details to deal with is a waste of time. It's all written in the stars.
  3. The big decisions and grinding are what matters. Big decision: our Chairman Ken Lerer strongly felt BuzzFeed needed to go into hard news. That big...
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I love the "front porch theory"

April 15, 2014

The face of business has lost something over the years. As the world became more corporate, the big picture took over and much of the personal touch was lost. This effect can be seen beyond business and even into our personal lives. I call this “The Front Porch Theory.” The front porch has disappeared from many houses and thus so has the interaction with our neighbors. People have substituted this direct relationship with TV and the internet. I believe the basic longing for the one-on-one...

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Do you have your GED? (Genetic entrepreneurial disposition)

April 16, 2014

I've always been a bit of an entrepreneur. I guess I've always thought we all are at some level, though maybe some are missing a chromosome making them genetically incapable.

Its difficult to define exactly what it means to be an entrepreneur. A dictionary definition is easy. But defining the truly differentiating factors is not so simple nor objective.

It's Really NOT about the money...

Everyone thinks the entrepreneur is driven by money...but for the truly successful and fulfilled...

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