The Many Moves of a Manager

Dear Reader, I certainly don’t need to tell you the myriad ways this pandemic has rocked the foundations of all the things. I don’t need to tell you how it has changed school and work and families. You’ve read all the articles about it. However, something I have not heard as much mention about overContinue reading “The Many Moves of a Manager”

2021 Brain Picking Bank

Well, I have reached the point in my career where people reach out to me rather frequently to “pick my brain” about various things, particularly business or product ideas. After griping about this a bit on LinkedIn, I got brilliant pieces of wisdom from two brilliant people in particular (Liz Fong-Jones and Nikki Yeager): LizContinue reading “2021 Brain Picking Bank”

My 3 Favorite Tools (Right Now) for Working With My Geographically-Distributed Team

I recently started a new job where I am working from home with a team spread across Europe and the US. Some of the team is working from home because they always do, others are working from home due to the pandemic, but yet others are actually working as per normal from our company’s headquarters.Continue reading “My 3 Favorite Tools (Right Now) for Working With My Geographically-Distributed Team”

A Few Things to Consider Before Becoming A Remote-Friendly Company

A few years ago when I was at Clubhouse I blogged about our process of becoming a geographically distributed team. In that case, the first stumblings towards global domination were not made to acquire talent but rather in an attempt to retain talent vital to our team (talent = people we really loved working withContinue reading “A Few Things to Consider Before Becoming A Remote-Friendly Company”

Gratitude: April 2018

You know the drill. Before the month is out, I just want to take a moment to give thanks for a few things that have been giving me (sorely-needed) life this month. 1) Drake’s “Nice for What?” I’ve been having a tough month and this song and video came right on time. As the sayingContinue reading “Gratitude: April 2018”

Welcoming Startup Meeting Spaces and How to Create Them

Over the past few years, I’ve played host or guest in startup offices here in New York City surely a hundred times or more. In that time I’ve begun to notice some bothersome patterns that I thought I’d share with you along with suggestions of best practices in startup office meeting space design. The lightsContinue reading “Welcoming Startup Meeting Spaces and How to Create Them”

Fund What You Love

I’ll be honest: I don’t love my job and I don’t think I’ve ever truly loved any job I’ve ever had since I began my working life in earnest. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had several lovely work environments in beautiful offices with truly fantastic co-workers — many of whom I still count as myContinue reading “Fund What You Love”

Why I Have Mixed Feelings About Working from Home

“Technology has played a major role in eliminating the domestic drudgery that for centuries culturally stupefied women and reduced them to mere servants of men…” – Murray Bookchin, The Next Revolution Like many tech startup workers, one of my work benefits is the ability to work remotely from home or elsewhere. In my case, thisContinue reading “Why I Have Mixed Feelings About Working from Home”

Get Out (of the Tech Industry)

In the beginning, there was the pure, innocent love of the craft. Hands on a motherboard, fingers on a keyboard, you marveled at your budding power of creation. Your ability to conjure something that seemingly wasn’t there before. Then the harder part, earning your stripes, whether it was enrolling in formal education or joining anContinue reading “Get Out (of the Tech Industry)”