Be right when someone asks.

This essay is written as part of the Startup Edition project – check out the other essays here. Think. When was the last time you were right? Absolutely, positively certain with no chance of being wrong. Now, think of the last time you knew you had the answer, and someone asked you to be right?…

Two of the Dumbest Business Mistakes I’ve Ever Made

//Read about more mistakes in the newest Startup Edition “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” -Miles Davis. We all make mistakes. I’ve made a few mistakes in my time. I’m not talking about the garden-variety mistakes you might make in the course of the day. I’m talking about product development whoppers, or the kind…

The Art of the Status Update

What I did, what I’m doing, and where I need help Delivering a status update is a tricky thing. It’s really easy to overwhelm people with too much information, to leave things unsaid when you need more detail, and to leave out the “I need help” part of your message. So here’s a simple proposal,…

The circle of startup life

It’s a sad day in a way – today marks the end of Gist, a company I had the pleasure of working for through its evolution from a scrappy startup pioneering new ways to manage social contacts through its acquisition by Research in Motion – the BlackBerry folks. And it’s a happy (albeit bittersweet) day…