I recently took a true vacation. A week off-grid with my family in the mountains with just a hot tub, endless trees, silence, and each other. When I got back I could feel myself walking differently, breathing more deeply, and I kept wanting to get on my bike or get closer to sunlight. Over the… Continue reading Good Habits
Someone asked me this week about what I look out for during an interview. This also came around the time I've been working with my coach on things that drain me emotionally. I've even found myself talking about my Prana. What I realized in trying to answer this question is the things I look out… Continue reading The enemies of progress
When talking to local entrepreneurs, my feedback is always different than talking to people who live on the coasts. The coasts, for reference are really US West & US East. More and more the coast type feedback could also apply to those in Boulder. I'm going to start saying no-coast instead of the midwest because… Continue reading Out of sight & out of mind. The no-coast startup.
Like most people who will read this I spend a lot of time with startups. Something startups tend to agonize over is what to do vs. what not to do. They also further analyze those decisions by considering what will scale versus what won't. Multiple times a week I hear “that won’t scale, we shouldn’t do/be… Continue reading Thoughts on automation
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