Reflecting on Inspiration, Drive and Creativity

I came across another post with some great points on 37signals‘ blog, Signal vs Noise, that rang true for me. Ignore cynicism. Do what you want, and love doing it. The author ends that section with: It was a much-needed reminder that the lifeblood of the Internet is still made up of respectful people who…

Jeff Bezos Drops Some Advice at 37signals

Jason Fried of 37signals writing about Jeff Bezos’ visit to their office and his Q&A with everyone at their office: He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their…

Greatest Players or Greatest Coach?

Kevin Ryan, the CEO of Gilt Groupe, came into Betaworks today for the monthly brown bag lunch. These lunch talks are a real treat and one of the many cool things we get exposed to at Betaworks. Mr Ryan is nothing short of impressive. The hour he spent with us was laden with one useful…

It Flows. You Know.

I joined SocialFlow this week as VP, Marketing. For me, the story of SocialFlow is a mix of, “wow, that’s genius and it makes a lot of sense to do,” and “you can do what?!” But, the more meaningful story to me began five years ago when I moved to New York City (it’s quite…

A Brief Visit

Today was my last day as head of strategy and client services at Deep Focus. It was a relatively short stay, although it felt much longer than 7.5 months. I feel very fortunate to have spent time working with the agency’s founder and CEO, Ian Schafer. Ian’s looked at as a big brain in the…

Making It All Come Together

Teamwork is dependent on trusting the other folks to come through with their part without watching them all the time. But trusting that they’re gonna come through with their parts. And, that’s what we do really well. — Steve Jobs, D8 Conference, 2010

Should I Get Apple TV & Kill My Cable?

Kevin Rose’s blog post about the latest Apple TV rumours had me asking if I’d buy it for $99. I’m sure the iOS platform, apps, sharing, etc., are interesting, but would it really make sense to add that to my home entertainment mix. I guess, for $99 you might as well give it a go…

What’s Next in Social Media?

Earlier this week I participated on panel about Social Media at an offsite for senior executive at one of the world’s largest media companies. It was an extremely interesting session and particularly interesting to be on the panel with Dennis Crowley of Foursquare and Jordan Glazier of Eventful.

The last question that was asked was: tell us what we don’t know. What’s coming around the corner? What’s the future?