Blogging Is Back

For the last couple of years, I dropped off the face of the Earth with blogging. For those who know me, you’ll know that I’ve been very active on social media, as well as active in the local software and data community in Salt Lake City. So I’m not a complete hermit. But, I’ve lately … [Read more…]

Jumping Through Hoops

A couple years ago, I attended a talk with Sun co-founder and tech investor, Vinod Khosla, for a University of Utah MBA class. The first thing Khosla told the packed audience was “Most of you will do nothing remarkable with your lives because you’re doing what’s expected of you”. He further elaborated that coloring in … [Read more…]

2014 Berkshire Hathaway Takeaways

Once again I attended the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, NE. And once again, it was a pleasure to hear Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger get grilled with 6 hours of very tough questions. These guys are my personal heroes, and like other meetings, I came away just a little wiser. The funny thing … [Read more…]

Your Business Fighting Style

I’m a major MMA fanboy, as well as a lifelong practitioner of combat sports. As a kid in the 80’s, karate and ninjitsu were in vogue. So was boxing, thanks to Mike Tyson. In the 90s, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu came into popularity after a skinny guy named Royce dominated much larger opponents with his then … [Read more…]

How I Read

I’m a reading machine. My wife likes to call me “a book with legs”, in reference to Charlie Munger’s description of his erudite self. I guess that’s a good description, as a given week usually consists of a reading a book or two, and almost a hundred articles. Hey, I’m a firm believer that reading … [Read more…]

Code Weak

It’s national “Computer Science Education Week”. Industry and Obama wants everybody to get out there and learn to code. The push to get everybody tech savvy is noble, but I wonder exactly what problems are solved when people learn to code. On one hand, people who invest the time to learn to code will at … [Read more…]

Best Work Goodbye Email…Ever

Got this from a buddy. Sent from a VP at a very well known company who decided to do other things with his life. You won’t know who this is, but the lesson is among the best you’ll learn in your life. Here goes. “Well here we are. Mixed feelings. Deep love. Urgency. Let’s just … [Read more…]

Working At A Startup While Raising A Family

We recently had our second child a couple of weeks ago. His name is Ethan, and he’s truly a joy. Our other child, Milo, is 2.5 years old. I’ve occasionally read about how risky it is to raise a family while working at a startup; I also read about VCs not supporting startups whose founders … [Read more…]