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Now THAT'S comedy!
A funny story is best told with a wry quirk of the lips, and nothing more. In my experience, a story laughingly told is as often met with puzzled silence as with answering laughter, and followed by, "You had to be there."
I've spoken a lot about giving to others and the impact that it's had on my life. Around this time last year, I encouraged people to join me in pushing back the darkness in the world by "turning on the light," giving gifts to their neighbors, friends, and even strangers without expecting anything in return. When the world seems bent on evil and destruction, you have two choices: you can get angry and add to the noise or you can fight back with love. My family and I choose the latter, and I hope that you, gentle reader, will do so as well.
I try to do find ways to give and to help others all year long, but there's something about the last six weeks of the year that calls to me to do more, give more, spread more light. This week, I thought about why that is and I came up with three reasons:
It's the Holidays
Whether or not you want to attach special meaning to the December holidays, time of year is special in America. We're bombarded with images of happy …
"My technical co-founder just quit," she says, "and he took all of the product code with him. Now I have to negotiate to get my product back." "I had to fire my CTO last week," he says, swirling the coffee in his mug and looking around the coffee shop. "The entire engineering team quit within a few days, so now I'm just hoping nothing breaks before I can hire some people to review the code and learn how it all works."
I hear stories like this all the time from the startups that I work with and from other startup mentors. Companies who are just starting to get traction are suddenly paralyzed by a loss of technical leadership and lose precious time, money, and reputation strength as they rebuild. The cause: hiring a CTO too early.
Every software company needs technical leadership, and it can seem especially critical in the early stages, but do you need a CTO right out of the gate? Tradition (and perhaps investors) would say so, but experie…
For my birthday yesterday, my son shattered a glass jug of chocolate milk, spraying the sticky, spiky, dangerous mess all over our garage. As I spent the next hour helping him clean it up, I was struck by how appropriately this moment summed up the whole year. It feels like 2016 has been the Superfund site of calendar years, with one toxic mess following another across the national stage as well as my family's life. But when you start your year like this...
... the best that you can hope for is that things will get better from there. In many ways, they didn't. Yes, we went to Hawaii for Spring Break thanks to the generosity of my parents-in-law, but we also got to find out just how Hawaiian expensive emergency rooms are (answer: very!) when my daughter fell on the peak of Mt. Haleakala. 2016 was the year of expensive medical treatments, with my ACL repair, my daughter's tropical ER visit, and my wife's back surgery. Even the dog got in on the fun, tearing ligame…