It wasn’t until after I seriously contemplated suicide that I was ready to handle a $30 million check. I closed the doors of my first start-up in the summer of 2001. I was throughly broke, depressed, and feeling the burden of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars of other people’s money. Loneliness, darkness, hopelessness… those … Continue reading When Death Feels Like A Good Option
Google Plus gave us hangouts, and a meme was born. Here’s the template if you want to make your own. Right-click, save as. It should be editable in Fireworks. The poster’s image thumbnail is 48×48. The hangout members are 32×32. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Some of my examples: Continue reading Google Plus Hangout Meme Template
We’ve witnessed a torrent of nature- and man-made news in 2011. And if I were a betting man, the range and impact of the events to come will make news even more essential to all of us. But reading all this news started to bother me, not only because of what was happening in the … Continue reading Why Are We Still Consuming News Like It's 1899?
I became a U.S. Citizen only a few months ago. It was a decade-long struggle that I finally won (I’ll leave those details for another day). But by the time I sent in my voter registration information, I was told it would be too late to vote in this year’s election. I had never voted … Continue reading I Waited 32 Years to Vote. And I Almost Didn't Make It.
After struggling to find a watch that was inexpensive and interesting, I asked the Twitterverse for suggestions. One idea jumped out: wear the new multi-touch iPod nano as a watch. Doing a little search reveals that this idea isn’t exactly original, but since I have never met anyone else wearing an Apple watch, it met … Continue reading Hello, I'm an iPod Nano Wristwatch. (Review)
It’s about 7pm on September 10, 2010. I’m sitting on a hard steel chair at another mega-airport looking for ways to kill some time and charge the laptop. Last night, I spent my 50th night in a hotel room this year. Two hours ago, in a series of coordinated hand foot movements I took the … Continue reading Top 5 Travel Lessons Learned Spending 50 Nights in Hotels
Here’s a list of thoughts that haunt me. From talking to dozens of founders and CEOs, I know that this isn’t uncommon. Some of these thoughts are totally irrational. Some of them, totally sound. Most of them add very little value to my work. Being blind-sided by a competitive threat, whether it’s an actual competitor, … Continue reading The Paranoid Mind of A CEO