In my early 20’s I was a workaholic.
It took a toll on my health, my relationships and my business…
… although I didn’t know it at the time.
Even though the financial outcome of that work ethic resulted in the acquisition of my company Spheric at 28 years old…
… I wouldn’t do it again.
It was stupid. Read More
I used to believe that ANYONE could be an entrepreneur.
Until the day my friend Julie went bankrupt.
When she started her business, I was pumped… probably more so than I should’ve been.
She left our meeting excited to take on the challenges and get going.
The reason she failed is because she didn’t understand her role in relation to her business… Read More
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!
(and I’m wearing my party shirt today!)
It’s also the 100th episode of my YouTube business channel?!
… both fell on the same day!
You think it’s a sign? You betcha!
So, today is a special video 🙂
Over the past 100 weeks I’ve published a video every Monday with insights and strategies to live a bigger life, and grow a bigger business.
Honestly, at first I was worried I’d run out of things to say… Read More
Do you want to improve the quality of your life?
I know that’s a big question … but hear me out.
Today I want to dig deeper and share some important areas that I think could serve you even further.
A few weeks ago I had an entrepreneur I coach go through some major challenges because she had to fire a key employee.
It weighed down on her for weeks as she planned the transition.
No matter how many times we walked through the process, she continued to lose sleep over the fact that in a few days she’d have to let this person go.
What would they say? Would they get angry? Blame her leadership? Etc. Read More
Our startup Flowtown was exploding, we’ve got thousands of customers, we’re growing at 30%+ month over month and we decide to raise our next round of funding.
We start meeting with VC’s doing the Sand Hill Road shuffle, and they’re going great.
Then one day as we sit in the parking lot of one of Silicon Valley’s biggest firms, we get an email from someone on our team telling us we should read the cover of the New York Times.
It turns out there’s an expose on how certain Facebook Apps are using users data to sell to advertising networks.
Why did this matter to us?
Well, we relied heavily on Facebook’s data to help our users discover which social networks their customers were spending time on, online.
Due to a handful of nefarious apps, it looked like Facebook might have to shut down their API that allowed our secret sauce to work.
So we did what any founder would do… Read More
Over the years I’ve had some pinch-me-is-this-really-happening kinds of moments.
From spending a week with Richard Branson, to having Mitch Kapor (inventor of Lotus Notes / spreadsheet) invest in my company, Flowtown.
One of those moments happened in 2009 when somehow we got introduced to Gail, the CEO of ConstantContact – the FIRST publicly traded SaaS (Software as a Service) company in the world.
We met at our offices and she started asking questions about the product, how we came up with it, where we were at, etc..
… then she smiled and she said something I’ll never forget. Read More
Want to learn how I got invited to spend a week with Richard Branson?
… or how I ended up meeting Mark Cuban, who eventually invested in my last company?
It all started back in 2004.
After 2 failed companies I decided to give it another shot but this time it would be different… I decided to READ!?!
What you won’t find on that book list is THE book that changed my life. Read More
At 17, after I got out of jail and rehab (long story), I had to rebuild my group of friends.
It was tough.
I had to change high-school.
Keep my distance from past influences.
Build new relationships.
At times I felt lonely but for me it truly was a matter of life & death. Read More