The case for decentralized workforces

Spoiler alert! At the end of Season 5 of HBO's Silicon Valley, Richard Hendrix, the CEO of Pied Piper whose company built the world’s first “decentralized Internet,” steps into his massive new headquarters and pukes. It’s a running theme in the season: Richard is deathly afraid of public speaking. When the CFO-type executive on his… Continue reading The case for decentralized workforces

How chess and entrepreneurship are the same

I’ve always been a decent chess player, but recently I’ve started playing a lot more. Like, a lot more. I am happily addicted to the beautiful game once again.  I learned to play when I was really young and have always enjoyed chess despite the fact that I haven’t improved all that much in the… Continue reading How chess and entrepreneurship are the same

Dealing with public speaking panic attacks

There are people who can talk and talk and talk. You know who I’m talking about. They have opinions on pretty much everything and can relay facts and anecdotes on any topic. And they like to share it all.  Then there are people who write prolifically. It’s their main medium of communication. Ask them to… Continue reading Dealing with public speaking panic attacks

How to bring more businesses to Contra Costa County

I recently joined the Business Advisory Board in Diablo Valley College's Business Administration department. I thought it sounded like not only a great way to volunteer, give back, and meet similarly-minded people in my community, but also I was simply impressed that DVC had this. What better way to prepare business students for the real… Continue reading How to bring more businesses to Contra Costa County

The bitter taste of failure

Scripted, my first and largest business venture, was simultaneously a great success and a financial failure.  The business today is thriving without me. We sold to Xenon Ventures, a growth-oriented private equity group that will continue the work my employees and investors dedicated many years and millions of dollars to build.  For my investors, though,… Continue reading The bitter taste of failure