Month: December 2019

Digital Nomadism

Companies like Airbnb, Uber, Tinder, and WeWork have really changed how techies work and socialize. As a result, there’s an explosive growth of digital nomads and experience-seeking junkies — many of whom are tech workers who’ve managed to have fun while earning a paycheck…

Running towards the Fire

Excellent podcast with Carly Fiorina. I don’t have a direct connection to Carly, but my first startup experience was with SpinCircuit, which partnered with her at HP where she was the newly appointed CEO. SpinCircuit eventually got acquired by Cadence Design Systems. In my…

Loonshots

Reading this book. I really like the organizational blueprint highlighted here by entrepreneur Safi Bahcall. Whether you are an artist/innovator (developer, R&D scientist, UX designer, engineering, etc.) or a soldier/operations guru (marketer, sales, HR, customer success/CX, project manager), you’ll need strong collaboration in order…

Dr. Paul Fleischman’s talk

Meditation is the hardest thing to do. The world slows down as more people discover its benefits. Here’s a recent talk by Vipasanna teacher and author Dr. Paul Fleischman. This recording was shared in a recent public program in Berkeley. (The password is known…

Amae

The Japanese concept of ”amae” is not easily translatable. Entire books have been written about it. It can mean setting undefined expectations— where you expect others to understand what you think or what you want without stating the obvious. This is part of daily…

Account Planning for Better Customer Success

Great presentation by Keri Keeling from Oracle about formalizing the account planning process…

Where Brick and Mortar Thrives

My favorite record store in Austin closed 15 years ago. If I want the Tower Records experience I have to go overseas. When I visit Japan every couple of years or so, I can still drop by Tower Records in Shibuya and the Toys…