What equity means to your career and company

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, December 11, 2017

At our Thanksgiving dinner, my 3-year-old grandson exclaimed, “That’s not fair.” The subject at hand was the disbursements of both slices of pumpkin pie and little homemade cheesecakes. There were not enough of both to go around equally.

Ah — the magic word — equally. I . . . → Read More: What equity means to your career and company

Learning a trade has just as much merit as being a start-up entrepreneur

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, December 4, 2017

I play golf on Sundays with some charming Republicans. Last year, we haggled over the Clinton/Trump election with a vengeance, but now peace has returned. It is what it is, and even nicer, my buddies seem to be more willing than usual to concede me the . . . → Read More: Learning a trade has just as much merit as being a start-up entrepreneur

Take a quick break from business to laugh a little

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, November 27, 2017

My very first technology company was funded by Patricof Ventures, led by the infamous and still active Alan Patricof. Alan was a man who lived at 10,000 feet and so closing the deal fell to a few fellows, one of whom was Eugene Levy. I remember . . . → Read More: Take a quick break from business to laugh a little

Thankful this year for the good, the bad, the ugly

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, November 20, 2017

This is the Monday before Thanksgiving. There will be countless columns and sentiments on why someone is thankful for health, wealth and the warmth of family and friends.

However, I am not sure why the gratitude of this day is equated with stuffing yourself to the . . . → Read More: Thankful this year for the good, the bad, the ugly

The role luck plays in shaping our careers

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, November 13, 2017

As I get older and older, my enthusiasm for trying to do the right thing has increased exponentially. As you know, I consider myself astute at measuring risk, so I am doubling down on the likelihood that there is a God and that if I happen . . . → Read More: The role luck plays in shaping our careers

Thinking about behavior and making decisions

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, November 6, 2017

Today is the potpourri column — spices, dried petals and wonderment at the world.

First into the bowl is Harvey Weinstein. I am not going to rant on his obvious wrongs, but what interests me is this, “Harvey, what were you thinking? Did you simply assume . . . → Read More: Thinking about behavior and making decisions

Making leap from startup to corporate world may be harder than you think

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, October 30, 2017

To MBA or not to MBA — that is the question.

It is not Hamlet’s question, but it seems to be one that is on the minds of lots of young entrepreneurs. I am probably not the right person to opine on this. My route from . . . → Read More: Making leap from startup to corporate world may be harder than you think

First class of entrepreneurs in prison program graduates

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, October 23, 2017

In the past four weeks, I have attended multiple pitch fests — the Tech Coast Angels, the San Diego Venture Group and a couple of others not so famously sponsored. But the pitch fest that rocked my world was a week ago at Donovan State Prison, . . . → Read More: First class of entrepreneurs in prison program graduates

Why you shouldn’t let the negatives outweigh the positives

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, October 16, 2017

What do you think about yourself?

Executive coach and Stanford MBA Shirzad Chamine conducted some research, and the results are frightening. Here are some direct quotes from the CEOs he interviewed.

“I’m rarely at peace with myself.”

“I’m self-destructive and I don’t know why.”

“I don’t . . . → Read More: Why you shouldn’t let the negatives outweigh the positives

Faber Castell: A solid brand that knows what it stands for

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, October 9, 2017

Can I borrow a pencil?

No, don’t have a pencil. Will a pen work?

No. Need a pencil.

“Even today in the digital age, the No. 2 pencil remains the required writing implement for students taking standardized tests in the U.S.,” said Ryan Raffaelli, professor at . . . → Read More: Faber Castell: A solid brand that knows what it stands for