The Day I Was a Shark

One of the posters in the entrance!

I had the pleasure of being a “Shark” in a school competition that was modeled after ABC’s Shark Tank show. Hosted by Mount Vernon Presbyterian School I was 1 of 4 Sharks who observed, gave feedback, and “grilled” young 5th grade entrepreneurs and their businesses live.

What a show! What an amazingly talented group of kids! I couldn’t believe how well they had prepared as well as how put together their slides were from their origin stories, founder bios, product overview and demo as well as financial business model and marketing strategies.

Yikes. These kids were more prepared than many adults that I encounter, no joke!

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It’s Okay to Add Brakes

I was having one of those really decent conversations with a friend today over a cup of iced coffee (I believe he was having iced tea though…) and we were comparing notes about how we have found the balance between life, the work that we do, and our families that sometimes get the short-end of the stick (if we’re completely honest with ourselves).

Since both of us work with ton of entrepreneurs and startup organizations we both have often been asked to share our thoughts on how to accelerate growth, maximize resources, and to find opportunities to actualize revenue and profit. These conversations are at times in the privacy of a 1-on-1 or via a keynote on a public stage.

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That Type of Guy

Non-alcoholic in the front and the fun in the back.

I observed my father become an incredible leader as he worked his way up from the rank and file to become an executive in a company that does more than $70B a year in revenue.

And our family moved as his career grew and went with him even when it meant moving a family of 7 internationally to Japan. I saw him in a variety of roles and although he worked hard and oftentimes late I do not remember him missing much of the weekly family events – he may have missed a few of my soccer games here and there but I can’t actually remember a single time he wasn’t sitting in the stands. The point is that his presence was inexorable.

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Goodbye 465

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It seems like only yesterday that we first walked into our sweet Craftsman style home in Candler Park nearly 3 years ago.

We’ve enjoyed every moment there and have made some incredible memories with our neighbors and our friends who live in the area. The house has also bore witness to a variety of life-changing events – ups, downs, and side-to-sides. We have laughed, cried, danced, mourned, and everything else in-between. A home is truly a sacred place.

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Getting Featured in the Apple App Store

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It’s been an interesting week for me to say the least and I have not yet quite figured out how to process most of it but a large portion has been related to my iOS app Pressgram and the fact that it has been featured by Apple as one of the App Store as one of the “Best New Apps” – an incredible honor on one hand and super-humbling on another.

It’s hard to express in words the emotion easily as many consider this position to be somewhat the “Holy Grail” of the iOS world and even for myself I feel the tension between wanting to buy into the hype of it all and knowing that I’m allowing some mysterious program and perhaps “luck” dictate how I feel about being an iOS engineer.

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A Little, Precious Leg Cast in Purple

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A sad reality. A “spiral” break from her ankle up to that jut.

I wanted to capture this because it was a definite “Family First” and it captures pretty perfectly what’s happening at a meta level for our family at large.

We are definitely in a state of flux and many things have changed over the course of the first-half of this year and many times I’ve just thought to myself how broken things are and how desperately I’d love them to be fixed.

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On Mortification and Leadership

Every so often I will spend time doing a 2 day detox using something simple like Arden’s Garden’s concoction that includes grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. The goal is to consume nothing more than 2 gallons of liquid for 2 days (no food!).

This periodic form of fasting helps cleanse the body and it does a serious number on me in all forms – emotionally, psychologically, and physically. I get incredibly moody and I become a terribly moody person; in other words, I am pretty much a nightmare to live and work with. And even though I know this it’s almost impossible for me to manage it well.

I become the super-grumps, as my wife likes to say. There. It is what it is. But I always survive and I am always better for it; it is worth it every single time.

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