Value for Sale

This essay is somewhat inspired by one of my favorite "product-related" blog posts of all time, by Stewart Butterfield, the CEO and Co-Founder of Slack. …continue reading →

Keys to History: The Story of Kennewick Man

Who owns history? It is a highly disputed question that has no simple answer. It is a question that not only affects our view of the past, but also shapes the way we look to build our future. But our historical lens is often clouded. Even in today‚Äôs modern world, our opinion of history is completely bound to the knowledge we have available. Scientific findings, ancient stories, and a variety of other factors each uniquely contribute to this pool of collective knowledge that is so important to society. …continue reading →

Komodo Dragons

Perhaps you have found yourself questioning your spirit animal or in a heated debate over which species is really the "King of the Animal Kingdom." I will save you some time, there is a right answer. …continue reading →

Strategic Decisions

"Strategy is what you say no to. Every product team needs to make an active choice about the game they are playing so that they can win it." - Source I saw this quote the other day and really liked it. I think I like it for a few reasons, so that to expand upon my thoughts. …continue reading →

Financial Education

I think there is a big opportunity for companies (or people) to help bring about financial awareness and general education about personal finance. This an area, seemingly, where the gap between "educated" and "uneducated" people (in terms of knowledge of personal finance) is only seeming to grow. …continue reading →

Cleverness

I think that "cleverness" is one of the most valuable and useful attributes. I think of cleverness as "hacky" - being able to get anything done, no matter the obstacles or circumstances. Perhaps this is an unusual definition for a fairly simple adjective, but, to me, clever people find loopholes. …continue reading →

Simplicity

More than anything, especially recently, I have sought simplicity. More specifically, I seek simple answers to complicated problems. This is a fool's challenge. Many of life's most pressing, challenging questions have no simple answers. …continue reading →

After 8

This essay is a rant, really directed towards the city of San Francisco. I'll make it clear, this is a petty rant. This is a trivial rant that ignores the real problems in the city.…continue reading →

What can I be great at?

A theme I have been thinking through the other day is "what can I be great at?" This is a challenging question for me to tackle, as I have always struggled to clearly and simply define my greatest strengths. On a tangential note, I can very clearly tell you all about my many many weaknesses. …continue reading →