Ames and Des Moines have developed a symbiotic relationship. I think a lot of entrepreneurs feel it's a odd relationship but aren't sure why. For reasons unbeknownst to us the technology communities haven't historically collaborated well but that's changing. I was thinking recently about why the connection between the two cities feels so important and… Continue reading The relationship between Ames and Des Moines
Our family has had CenturyLink internet services at the house for a while and they are reliable but the speed hasn't been that great. It's advertised at 60mb and normally I'd see 30-25 over ethernet, and ~10-15 over wifi. Sometimes that lagged even lower. Since we don't have cable and all of our TVs and devices use… Continue reading How Fast is Mediacom’s 1G service?
Over the years I've done quite a few interviews and not many questions stump me anymore but this one did. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? It's not very often someone asks a question about you in a interview. I came home and talked about it and realized that I'm an introvert whose job… Continue reading Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I shared this with a friend a few years ago. It's humbling to work on a project long enough to see most of your best work replaced by something new. A lot of the work I contributed to in the early days at Dwolla, we've shut down or replaced. Even my early business models have… Continue reading Saying Goodbye To Old Products
I was having a conversation with Jami this afternoon at brunch about different books that friends or acquaintances have written and how that ends up changing our relationship with them, normally for the better, because of how much more we know about them and the depth of what we're able to discuss when we are… Continue reading Showing up
2016 is a year that I'll remember more about how I felt emotionally rather than the milestones. The specifics of it I don't think I will recall well 10 years from now. I think I'll remember more about how I felt at various points this year as opposed to specific events. Jami broke out on her… Continue reading 5 Takeaways from 2016
// Over the last few months I've been back on a plane quite a bit. Its given me time to do some reading. Specifically, Cybernation, Who owns the future, and But, What if We're Wrong. // You'd be right to expect this has something to do with financial services, but doesn't! A lot of the discussions… Continue reading Automation we will live to see
A key advantage to developers using Dwolla's white label APIs is that they get their businesses to market faster. There are other advantages to big established businesses but this article has precisely nothing to do with that. Very plainly speaking... Ease of access for developers with a strong market need means more experiments will be built. More… Continue reading Build fintech products, faster.
Life is full of weird and fleeting experiences. Most of which will be forgotten because the memory isn't important enough to be called upon. It's unfortunate, yet true, that most of life is comprised of things that may influence you but are mostly forgettable because the experience is insignificant and truly unimportant. Thankfully, there are also… Continue reading Sacred Moments
I served with a board member a few years back who said something that I'm reminded of on a regular basis. Never underestimate the power of the default setting. What he meant by that wasn't always user-centric. At least I don't think so. This is an interesting statement when put into the context of how powerful… Continue reading The Power of Default