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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Not Worth Working For

I had a quick conversation with my father the other night right after I had learned that my youngest had fallen off of our zipline in the backyard and really busted up her ankle and leg.

I had just landed in Houston to spend 4 days with the local team here to help launch our new campuses as we take over the great state of Texas (and eat some great Texas-sized food) and my family needed me back home asap.

Ah, what to do, what to do!

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Planning is Guessing

Building a successful product and company takes a lot of effort, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of incredible execution and, if we’re honest with ourselves, a whole truckload of luck. We can have the best laid and strategic plans as well as the most tactically-defined roadmap but in the end the future is just as unknown as what you are going to have for lunch today (or tomorrow).

You see, the simple truth is this: Planning for your startup is as good as guessing. I’ve had more than a handful of ventures at this point and I’ve seen this truth work itself into every single scenario.

It’s not that planning is a bad thing; quite the opposite as it’s a very important part of building your product, service, and bringing it to market but where it can trip up founders (especially new startup founders) is when they put all their “eggs” in this planning process and thus reduce their ability to pivot, to change, to be flexible with their venture in ways that will be necessary.

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