If you’re new here, you should probably read my biography just to give you a better sense of who I am. In short: I do a lot of stuff. I’m curious. I love learning. I take risks. I speak my mind. I dare.
The risks I take are reinforced by a belief that I owe it to myself to at least try. I’ve always seen myself as a bit of a Jack of all trades, rather than an expert in one subject, but I’ve come to believe that’s a blessing rather than a curse. Releasing myself from the aim of being an expert or being perfect at something means that I have the complete and utter freedom to try. And fail. Hell yes, fail. Even often!
But trying, definitely.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking with (girl)friends about what’s next for them. I mentioned that I wanted to have…
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Similar to Tim Young’s 5 Slide Deck for fundraising, there is a simple board of director package for start ups. It shouldn’t be painful!
I moved to San Francisco 9 months ago from the East Coast bastion of Boston. Despite having experience living in a major US city, I found quite a few surprises coming here. Some have been great, while others not so much.
If you’re planning the move here, I hope this will help you know better what to expect. And if you already live in SF, this should give you a laugh or two and hopefully inspire you to leave a comment with anything I missed. Consider this the guide I wish someone had given me when I moved here.
It gets cold at 4pm.
On the east coast I got used to it staying warm on a nice day til 10pm. If it was 70 degrees in the morning, you could rest assured that the temperature would be about 70 when you left work that night. That is not the…
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I cannot take credit for the genesis of this thought (ht Doug Evans). However, it’s worth talking about. When it comes to business goals, why would the United States possibly want to emulate China and not Germany? Do you want millions of poverty like wages for your population? Or, would you like very high paying jobs for millions of people based on high skilled labor that is adapting to the manufacturing realities in this decade? Similarly, who in their right mind wants to be in Beijing right now? Certainly the government cannot expect its people to endure this kind of suffocating air quality, no matter what they say about the business outlook.
Repeat patterns of success. Discard those ideas that have proven to be unsuccessful and you will be able to focus on the truly innovative ideas that can get millions of people in the USA with good wages and a good environment.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.
So, i’m not sure what this video means for the state of the open source movement for OpenStack, but it is definitely catchy! Go OpenStack (and by extension – PistonCloud!!)
Wow, have you seen the about.me widget on wordpress.com? pretty sweet. I always find it a little ironic that i am so intimately familiar with the companies Automattic and About.me, but i am a bit behind in incorporating the two products into one. Well, as of today, that has been fixed. Nice job everyone!