“Powerful” notes

I highly recommend “Powerful” by Patty McCord as a very worthwhile read for anyone in leadership. Here are my notes from the book: Leadership Be ready at any moment to cast aside your plans, admit mistakes, and embrace a new course. People have power; Don’t take it away. A companies job isn’t to empower people; […]

Caution: Work fills the space you give it

For most of my career I’ve prided myself on being able to restrict my work schedule to just 40 hour per week. Most of my career I’ve been able to stick to this. I even co-wrote a blog post about it at one point. I took this past Monday off to have an extended weekend […]

Tiny House Inspiration

Over the years I’ve collected the following list of tiny houses that inspire me – in no particular order:

Coach Bill Campbell

I never met Bill Campbell. To be honest, I had never even heard about him until I heard Eric Schmidt speak his praises on the the Tim Ferris Podcast. I picked up a copy of Trillion Dollar Coach and I’m so very glad I did. This book is easily in the top 5 books I’ve […]

Japan, April 2019

Two weeks ago I travelled to Japan for the first time. I was there for 7 days. It was everything that I had hoped for. Below I’ll share a few select memories. Shibuya Crossing Roppongi Hills Mori Tower & Museum Akira in the Streets Vending Machines Capsule Hotel First Meal Cherry Blossoms Hie Shrine Pachinko […]

Principles, People, Product, Profit

What do you value most in your business, or in the company you work for? My priorities are clear: 1) Principles 2) People 3) Product 4) Profit In that order… every time. 1. Principles These are the foundation. Principles can be hard to define, but once you have them, they can serve as guard rails […]

The Resistance is Real

Today marks 12 full months that I’ve been working on a side project called Howdy. In that time I’ve: Re-written the code base 4 times (Laravel, Vanilla JS, React, then back to Vanilla JS). Started working with a partner, then broke it off. Seriously considered stopping and working on other side projects at least half […]

Ways for Designers to Learn JavaScript

If you’re a designer who’s wanted to learn JS, but has yet to make the commitment, here are a few handy resources to get you started: Free Udacity – Intro to JavaScript (13 hours of free tutorials & exercises) FreeCodeCamp – Introduction to JavaScript (close to 100 hands on examples) Wes Bos – JavaScript 30 (30 […]

Intentionally Tiny Side Projects

For the longest time now I’ve been fond of indie businesses. Most of my friends don’t even know this, but the first real company that I ever started on my own was called SimpleStartup. It was a web app written in PHP that helped single person companies create a website, charge money for their services, […]

I No Longer Want to Start a Startup

We all know the “Silicon Valley” siren call: IF: you quit your job, and start a company, AND you raise money (early & often), AND you prioritize the growth of your company over everything else in your life, AND you can hang onto the reins for 5-12 years… THEN: you’ll be rewarded with a Scrooge […]