What the $%#! is a Platform Company

Platform’s serve multiple purposes that enable the companies that build them to drive growth exponentially I have competed against platform companies almost my whole career. I started my career in 1997, 3-years after Amazon...

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Working from the boat

Life is Seven Days a Week

I distinctly remember sitting on a panel of IT executives, and someone asked, “How do you balance work and life?”. My answer was simple; you don’t. There is no work-life and personal life; there is just life. Sometimes the...

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Railroad Tracks

Knocked off your Rails

For the past several years, I have battled with the effects of playing hard (plus some lousy genetics and maybe poor posture). Long story short, I had a pinched nerve in my neck that inhibited my ability to do the activities I...

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Injustice anywhere is a threat everywhere.

My Racial Awakening

My journey in learning, listening, and making changes Back in June, I wrote about the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequently renewed focus on social injustice in our country. Since June and what I have observed...

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George Floyd Mural and Vigil

George Floyd #wecantbreathe

This month I had intended to write about my experience working for a Private Equity backed turnaround that filed bankruptcy. I had expected to write about this last month but felt addressing my experience changing jobs during the...

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Coffee Cup and Name tag

Building Your Personal Network

During the first .com bust in the early 2000’s I thought that I had built a strong network. When my start-up’s public offering was pulled, and after the 3rd round of layoffs, I knew I had to find a new job. As I...

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Feedback as a gift

Why can’t we just be honest?

How many times have you heard that “Feedback is a Gift”? When I was working at Target Corporation, this phrase was used so many times, that I had more gifts than I knew what to do with. Feedback piled up in the corner to the...

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