Category Archives: Opinion

What Does a CTO Do?

For the past 5 years I’ve been a startup CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Before that I worked in R&D within large companies directly under the CTO. Even with a decade of technology experience, I still find exactly what the responsibilities … Continue reading

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What Rock Climbing Taught Me About Leading

When I was at University I really got into rock climbing.  I loved the sport — being outside, hanging with friends, solving problems on the rock, learning technical sequences.  I didn’t realize that I was also learning a lot about … Continue reading

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Networking California Style

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, living and working there until 1992.  So the California way of doing things is in my DNA. One thing I just took for granted was how networking and “taking a meeting” … Continue reading

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Choose One Thing to Excel At

Odds are I’m average. Some things that I’m average at don’t bother me. I’m average height, for instance. Never woke up in a cold sweat thinking I need to grow an extra few inches. I’m an average driver — I’m … Continue reading

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Your Family is Also Your Startup

When I was younger, I viewed my startups as a family. The long hours, experiencing success and failure together, forged a strong bond among the team. That bond took work to build. It didn’t just happen. As founder, I would … Continue reading

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The Salesman Who Cried Wolf

I’ve seen this happen many times. I’m on an engineering team. The product manager or account manager or sales manager tells the team about about a fantastic customer opportunity. Cisco is considering our part for their next platform. Google is … Continue reading

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A Startup is a Job

My mother worries about me. She still doesn’t understand why I left a 6 figure job to build startups. That was over six years ago and I’m not homeless on the streets, but she worries nonetheless. It’s understandable. She’s in … Continue reading

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