It’s hard to imagine that I’d ever find a dentist that I really like but I believe we’ve done it. Dr. Gabriel over at Druid Hills Dental is the man.
The building is practically nondescript and the interior hallway that you walk down to get to his office is somewhat foreboding as if it’s trying to mentally steel you for what you feel will be a terrible encounter.
An interesting tidbit via Fred Wilson in a recent interview @ TechCrunch Disrupt where, at the very end, an audience member asks Fred what the difference between the Founder and the Management Team is.
(On a sidenote I didn’t find the interview to be all that engaging and Michael Arrington seems to have lost his touch so the entire thing wasn’t really worth listening to unless you run it in the background while you hack away at your email… but the point at the end was money!)
Fred puts it simply, which I’ve always appreciated about him:
I love music and not because I necessarily connect with it intensely (although in some ways I definitely do) nor is it because I have some sort of musical skill but because it helps create incredibly productivity for me.
Consequently, I’m open to trying new forms of headphones all the time and will experiment with the acoustics, the software, the form and size as well as their ability to generally drown out the background noise.
Here are a few of my notes from this morning’s event. We had 8 people show up and it was a small, pleasant, and humble beginning – I dig, I dig! If you want some more robust thoughts check out Lindsay’s post which has a decent retrospect and thoughts to chew on.
The point of meeting was simply an opportunity to meet like-minded people who are interested in how to build a great organizational culture (and a great organization period!), something I’m desperately interested in these days!
This is just a raw dump of my notes with very little context – just FYI.
One of my friends candidly asked me last night what the “point” of learning to build software was when there appears to be someone who has either built the solution or is actively working on it in a capacity that dwarfs their on.
In his own words:
Wishing I knew how – I have some the books and I know where to go, but the looming question that holds me back is: What’s the point of learning it, what should I make with it, is there purpose, ‘cause currently, even though an inventor of technological items several years before they showed up made by others, I don’t seem to know what I should be solving and there are so many repeat apps out there that just leave me unmotivated about the whole idea.
I guess if I had a mentor to show me the way and I had a problem at that particular time and there was some sort of hurdle to jump that forced me into learning the code, then I think I would.
But why jump the hurdle when you can just walk barefoot in the grass beside the tracks…
It’s a valid question but it’s one that was incredibly easy to answer:
A few thoughts on how I understand and define “Open Source” – this was a fun keynote presentation @ GWO 2014 and I appreciated the opportunity to explore my own thoughts and opinions in preparing for it.
Occasionally I’ll get asked if I’d like to try out some new loot and 9 out of 10 times it’s a definite “No”; not because I’m disinterested but because I simply don’t have time to review all the product inquiries that come into my inbox (I’m sure they are great, I promise!).
But this one seemed decent enough to review and to check out, especially since they do something pretty unique insofar as engraving a design on the cover of the case! So, I had a friend send me a logo (his own personal brand) and we sent them the file.
Voila! In a few days (it was so quick!) they sent me the finished product… So pretty: