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Small Things, Big Effects

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COVID19 is top of mind. Right now the world watches as what feels like a dystopians novel unfolds before our eyes. Many are scared and figuring out what to do. Like most things, this started small. Now it’s a tidal wave cresting across the globe....

Building The Machine Podcast Episode 3: Evan Walden CEO of Monday.vc

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My latest interview is with Evan Walden the CEO and co-founder of Monday.VC who has been building since 2016. From first selling pesticides to taking on the mission of helping people find more meaning in their work, Evan shares the entire origin story and...

Building The Machine Podcast Episode 2: Alex MacCaw, CEO of Clearbit

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Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Alex MacCaw, CEO of Clearbit who has been building one of the more interesting data companies, and is definitely a Quiet Giant. We sat down for an interview about Building The Machine and I am excited...

Building The Machine Podcast Episode 1: Nick Patrick, CEO of Radar

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I am excited to launch the first episode of the Building The Machine Podcast with my friend Nick Patrick who is the CEO and co-founder of Radar.io a location data infrastructure company. We go deep into the flywheel he has built, and go back...

Quiet Giants

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Some years ago the advice was to try join a rocket ship at all costs. Get on, hang on, and the success of the company will lift you to new heights. Perhaps this best encompasses the past decade of startup lore - get off...

Predictions for 2020 and the decade ahead

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I have always loved prediction posts, but shied away from them myself, probably out of fear and imposter syndrome. Seeing the the posts of years past from others finally got me over the line and I wanted to share my thoughts here. Since it's...

Combat Ineffective

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There’s a scene in Black Hawk Down in which US forces have taken such heavy attack, sustained massive injuries, and cannot get out that they call back to base they are “combat ineffective”. It’s a powerful scene and circumstance that shows the casualties of...

It’s the Company you keep

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After about a year of consulting + executive coaching work as COO-As-A-Service for startups, I am happy to announce I’ll be joining the folks at www.Company.co. If I have learned anything, it’s that the people you surround yourself with are everything. Company is a...

Shapers

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Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio is an excellent read and background of Bridgewater and origin story. Getting to go this deep on how the firm began, has been run for so long, and understanding the open culture was fascinating. One of the...

NNTR (No Need To Respond)

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I am a big fan of the no update, update. A simple way to let someone know you are "on it" but with no material change. I was recently talking to a company I advise that is awaiting a big answer from a potential partner....