Just Breathe

Here's a simple thing that I do during my day to stay focused and centered. Before I walk into a meeting (whether in person, video, or phone), I close my eyes, take three deep breaths, and then I join the meeting. This simple, quick break has had a profound impact…

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On Reference Calls

I've been doing a bunch of reference calls lately for due diligence on hires and strategic partnerships. As part of this, I've looked around to see if there were any helpful tips or guides for doing reference checks. To my surprise, there isn't too much out there, especially from the…

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Being the Boss vs. Working for the Boss Thoughts from the founding CEO of a 365-day-old startup

Exactly one year ago, I co-founded my startup. Before taking the entrepreneurial plunge, I spent my entire 20-year career working for other people on their ideas—from small nonprofits with a couple dozen people, to pre-launch startups requiring product scaling and team building, to well-established tech companies with tens of…

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