To All of My Past Motherships…

I’m sorry to say this but most of my previous “motherships” were not kind to me and so I must confess that I do not love nor miss them. Besides, I don’t expect that they’d remember me anyways.

But, I want to say that I appreciated you, you previous motherships, at the time, for who you were when I said “Yes” to the opportunity. Things changed and our relationship status couldn’t weather the inevitable shifts that occurred. It wasn’t anyone’s fault (or at least in a few circumstances…) – it is just what was (and is).

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What a Management Team Does

It can be difficult, at times, to know exactly what one should do with one’s time when in leadership. Sure, there are the global mission-critical functions that each role has but those can often be more strategic in nature and less tactical.

This is especially challenging for the software programmer who is now faced with executive leadership. It is worth repeating that not all software programmers should look to find themselves in management (see this classic startup sin here).

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3 Fundamental Theories to the IT Industry

I can’t remember where I first heard these (it may have been from the founders of Linux and/or Red Hat…) but I’ve been thinking about them recently as I’ve been coaching a number of new startups that we’ve invested in as well as more than a handful of young entrepreneurs through local programs like Endevvr.

Here as three fundamental theories in the IT industry:

  1. It all happened by accident
  2. It was done by amateurs
  3. Nothing has really changed


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What Makes Your Job So Special?


Out of the blue my oldest asked me a very simple question as we were finishing up dinner last night:

Appa, what makes your job so special?

I told her that that was a really easy question to answer and I gave her these three reasons (she was specifically talking about The Iron Yard):

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When It Hurts

We are creatures that instictively move in the opposite direction of anything that would cause us pain (or seek to cause us pain). It doesn’t matter if it’s emotional, physical, or psychological – we’ll do just about anything to avoid it.

Pain is inevitable. It’s unavoidable. We are predisposed to it. We are destined to experience it. We must walk through it. We must encounter it. And we will, God-willing, survive.

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Numerical Leadership

I spent some time this morning with a startup founder and he’s in a bit of a pickle, crisis mode, really if we’re honest.

It’s a place that I’ve found myself quite a few times in the past where I’m having to make very difficult decisions about the fate of the business and venture, decisions like who to let go, and where to focus time and attention for the next 30 days, and do we go on a capital raise, and do we need to stop development and such.

Big decisions requiring a lot of risk with a ton of unknown outcomes. To top it all off it’s his first venture, his first real company, and he’s made some mistakes and will make a bunch more before it’s all said and done with.

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