Category: Thoughts and Stories

Inspiration

It’s been a while since I posted. Life has brought a host of challenges, including new work, new skills to learn, and a cross country move. So, the blog fell off the plate. I’m back and pledging to start writing more regularly. Why now, in the midst of chaos you ask? Because I’m inspired to […]

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The Perils of Worst Day Planning

“The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.” -Iris Murdoch In my business, there’s a line of thinking that advocates planning for the absolute worst case scenario. The idea is that if you’re prepared for that, you can handle […]

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One Year Later

“Nothing endures but change.” -Heraclitus Just about a year ago I left behind my team in San Francisco to follow a new path. It’s a been a great year of transition, a year full of growth and new adventures. Not all of it has been easy, but every bit valuable. For this post, I wanted […]

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All Frosting, No Cake

So I was catching up on my reading while watching most of my football picks choke this morning (some weeks are just like that right?) when I came across this bit of wisdom from Seth Godin: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2016/10/hardware-is-sexy-but-its-software-that-matters.html Essentially he makes the case that the hardware is a pretty case, but it’s software that makes it […]

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The Power of a Network

Papa Johns Driver Checks on Grandma After Hurricane I came across this story today while perusing a food blog (hey feedly doesn’t need to be populated with all serious stuff ya know). It struck me as a great example of how people will find ways to solve problems. Our networks today span the globe, not […]

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Imagine That

What does 2035 look like? Who knows. That’s not the point. When we were kids it was nothing to simply invent a tool, power, or state of being that solved our problems. Your buddy just zap you with his laser? No problem…now you’re self- healing and activated your invisibility cloak. It was just that simple. […]

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9/11: Remembering or Dwelling?

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” -Winston Churchill It’s that time of year again. September 11. Fifteen years ago, life changed for every single one of us. It was our Pearl Harbor. Our Fort Sumter. Our Lexington and Concord. What followed changed the course […]

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On Loss

“Every human being must find his own way to cope with severe loss, and the only job of a true friend is to facilitate whatever method he chooses.” -Caleb Carr Last week two parts of the world shook, another part was under water and yet others were on fire. Add to that ongoing conflicts and […]

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RTQFMM

“Mr. Bitters is the king of acronyms, which in retrospect also helped my future career.” Soon I’ll be heading to my 30-year high school reunion. Seems crazy that we’re all pushing 50 now and have a lifetime behind us. What happened to those fresh faced teenage idealists? All those who were going to save the […]

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Thinking Ahead

“The trick is being able to identify the potential downsides and plan for them.” Imagine the future. The technology advancements. What new and improved devices will make our lives easier? How much more connected will we be? How smart will smart cities be? Implanted phones? Quantum computers? Elevated commuter roads, micro grid electricity generation, urban […]

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