I briefly read the news, as one does, and it’s like an insane robot clown shuffled the headlines.
On Google, on Reddit, every story isn’t a story. It’s an accusation. One that can’t be proven wrong with anything resembling facts. You’ve been accused. Of being racist. Of wanting socialism. Of not wanting socialism. And how can you disprove intent? It’s impossible.
When you look closely, this stuff will be marked as “opinion” pieces. It reminds me of the old “SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION” ads, but instead of selling us a BOSE WAVE RADIO, they peddle mental illness. …
I recently ranted on Facebook about the state of customer service in my idyllic Pacific Northwest town. I got mixed reviews.
This was after I ordered a Chili dog, no mustard at a local — and locally owned — place to eat. It came back slathered in mustard. The ticket was right.
The cook messed it up. The server took it back, and the cook rolled his eyes, and I watched him take a spatula to the mustard, scrape it off and throw some chili on it.
Screwing up is always gonna happen. You can’t do anything meaningful in…
Expectant dad? Outstanding!
It’s exciting waiting for your kid to arrive. I fondly remember talking about “Baby Jack” with my wife. I remember the anticipation as a young-ish man, waiting for my child to get here.
Two of my friends are expecting kids to pop soon. And so, I figured I’d write “the advice I wish I had,” when I was a younger man. Five ideas.
The first 9–10 months are brutal for dads. The relationship becomes way more about the baby. There was no baby before.
There is vastly less sex. There was at least SOME sex because that’s…
Last week, I was at Starbucks, doing some marketing work. This was apparent to all who could view my laptop by the big 72 point-type “Marketing” headline that I was working on in my browser.
A man sharing a table, with no apparent laptop of his own, was taking interest in what I was doing. He was mid-40s and he was ambiently stalking and sizing everyone around him up. He was swallowing and always “about to talk.”
Finally, after I looked up to collect my thoughts, he broke my reverie.
“Are you in marketing?”
See, our man (Justin was his…
Two weeks ago, stayed at a national brand of Hotel (think: Holiday Inn Express, but not that brand) in Boise, ID because it was walking distance to the event venue that I needed to attend with my son.
No other factors came into play.
I was charged $80. I looked around and booked through Hotels.Com because I’m one night away from a free stay there. I would have cheerfully paid up to $150 because it was the only name-brand hotel near the venue. I didn’t know the area well enough to do the Air BNB thing, nor did I want…
“We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is Us.”
Have you ever wanted something so badly you pushed it away? A time when desire consumes you and you lose control of your emotions, and forget how to act?
What do you do for a living?
Would your job be easier — or harder — for you do your job if there were 41,268 people writhing in panic if you dropped a pencil, or left a PowerPoint slide out?
Could you turn in a solid day’s work if you knew that some men and women spent their life’s savings…
Everywhere on Medium, we see en-vogue postmortems from startup founders that slipped into the deadpool. Heady stuff. What worked, what didn’t. A fair heaping of self-justification and navel-gazing validation.
There are two ideas that we see constantly from founders:
Our first issue — the “profitable except-for” fallacy is simple delusion. It’s just justifying their time and robbing themselves of lessons. A ton of people were “almost Facebook,”…
In the 5 years I’ve been running Simplifilm, we’ve had a lot of successes, and our share of (normal) setbacks.
I can say — without any reservation — that the biggest (non-hiring) mistake we made was trying to move a remote team to a centralized office.
It was a total loss that put Simplifilm back a year or more.
It seemed, at the time, like a “logical next step,” or like “graduation.” We’d done millions of dollars in revenue, and so building a team that could be together for productivity’s sake felt like a “must do.”
After all, who would…
When you do things well, at some point you’ll attract the wrong kind of attention. Maybe Google will copy your product—like they’ve done here, here, here and here. Maybe you’ll get an incomprehensibly petty review from a short sighted Tech Crunch journalist. Maybe the Sawmer Brothers will copy you. Maybe one of your competitors will take credit for your work (that has happened to me — a few times — here at Simplifilm).
Or maybe, like my friend Dan Schleifer, co-founder of ChartIQ, you’ll wake up and learn that your entire business has been the victim of…
In my normal life I’m a father, a real estate agent, a startup vet, and other things. On Medium I mostly talk about Poker and Politics.