My daughter discovered how to use her iPad (or was it her iPod…?) to iMessage me a note on my way home from Greenville – it was the most touching text message I have received in a very, very long time.
It was also our very first real text message conversation that I’ve ever had with my 7-year old. I’m pondering the significance of this and how it may or may not be the beginning of the end (or some strange harbinger of SMS doom).
I was engaged very briefly by an audience member yesterday after my short and somewhat shaky presentation @ Great Wide Open and she shared with me that she had enjoyed how I had brought and “woven” some of the ideas and facts around the topic into a workable story.
I thanked her, generously, for that remark as I had been finalizing the slide deck literally within the last hour before stepping on stage and couldn’t remember completely what I had actually shared and if it had the intended affect. I was certainly happy that someone had gotten something out of the 20-30 minute keynote!
When you make a mistake, you own it. You provide apologies and recompense. You seek to listen, understand, and discover correction. You stay humble.
I am the founder of many, many mistakes. I have created them 100 times more often than I have created things that work. I am the author of many more that I am completely ignorant of, the unintentional, the private.
Envisioning the future is dangerous work – it’s all risk and there’s no immediate reward for it.
It requires more of your heart and soul than skills, income, and business strategy. It has the potential to offend providing nothing more than a sliver of justification beyond “Because…” for which you may very well be crucified for (or at least vilified).
But it’s necessary in our line of work in the technology world because what we want to do hasn’t always been done before and it’s impact is a literal unknown (but we know it’s going to be good).
I’ll keep this short and sweet: The parent company of both my apps, Pressgram and DeskPM has been acquihired by Facebook and I’ll be shutting both operations down permanently at the end of this month.
It’s tough to admit, but they had a price that I couldn’t refuse (hey, I’ve talked about this before, so get over it) and the idea that I would never have to work another day in my life was just too good to be true.
If you’re good at something never do it for free. – The Joker, via The Dark Night
I can think of many applications to this (besides chaos, murder, and mayhem a’la Mr. Joker), especially in the technology sphere.
On occasion I’m still asked to do consulting here and there and 99 out of 100 times it’s an easy “No” as I simply do not have time but once in a while there’s a project or client that presents a very different and unique challenge.
And those clients and projects always pay.
My title at The Iron Yard, at least publicly, is Chief Strategy Officer. If you know me at all then you’re already aware that I am not terribly fond of titles to begin with and I oftentimes find myself doing everything but that of simply “strategizing” – every person on this team kicks serious ass and works incredibly hard doing work that is pragmatic and sensible.
And, to be honest, the internal title that I’ve given myself is simply “Asian” and is a much better title I think (organizational culture that allows fun and a bit of light and healthy mischief is always the best!) than my more official one but I understand the need of one to help facilitate general understanding for the outside world.