• Should Your Startup Be Hiring Specialists or Generalists?

    August 4, 2019

    Managers love to reward hyper-specialization. But is it better to hire for general problem-solving abilities?

  • 5 (New) Learnings from a Recovering #Insurtech CEO

    June 9, 2019

    It’s been two years since I have been at the helm of a fast-growing #insurtech startup. I have since moved on to new adventures. But, I have kept up with the pulse of the industry by serving as an advisor and coach to newbie CEOs who are among a class of innovators. In my role,

  • Finding Solitude in Leadership: A 4 Step Recipe

    June 2, 2019

    “Crunch, crunch, crunch,” was the sound my gait made as I marched along a distant barren landscape. Here, there were no demanding customers, no competition putting pressure on me. There were no employees anxiously seeking consensus and no investors asking endless questions about our sales forecast. Absent were the industry publications offering views of the

  • Becoming Obama: A Memoir

    May 23, 2019

    I believe that the life story of everyone on Earth is not just a linear fairy tale with a straightforward beginning and end. Instead, it is a mosaic of mini-stories that come together to create a masterpiece like the work of Antoni Gaudi. When I opened my copy of Michelle Obama’s book Becoming, I half

  • Laser Focus and Seven Nuggets of Advice for First-time Founders and CEOs

    May 1, 2019

    “Four votes for John,” said one of my four co-founders. It was 1997, and we were deciding who among us would be the titular head of our first venture. It was a simple ceremony, no cryptic puffs of smoke through an old chimney. While I was happy to have won the election — I wanted to win — I

  • Great Books To Help Elevate Your Recruiting Game

    April 7, 2019

    Hand-picking the right people is not easy. Having a playbook helps

  • Why CEOs Are Better Than Chimpanzees

    March 21, 2019

    As a CEO, one of your jobs — it’s maybe the most important — is to give your fellow sapiens what they need most, something to believe in.

  • Bad Blood and My Seven 5-star Books from 2018

    March 3, 2019

    I often tell the new CEOs I advise to never fall in love with your product, keep your ego in check, and love your customers. The story of Theranos, portrayed in the book Bad Blood, is what happens when this advice is completely ignored. It is a five-star page-turner that is a window into human

  • Blockchain for the Brain: My five-star books from 2018.

    February 18, 2019

    I have been the CEO of Soluna for the past year (2018) and what a great year it was! If you read one of my earlier articles on Soluna’s blog, “My Next Adventure”, you may recall that I knew very little about Blockchain when I first started this journey. However, like many of you, I

  • My Top 5 Five-Star Podcasts of 2017

    January 11, 2018

    If you are not up on the world of podcasts, then you are right where I was about a year ago. I tried the podcast app on my iPhone a few times but just couldn’t get into it. I could never find a channel with something I wanted to hear. Also, as a CEO, I

  • How I Doubled My Reading Speed (and the Books I Read Last Summer)

    October 8, 2017

    Reading is a breath of fresh air for the mind of a busy CEO.

  • It is all about DNA: How to Hire Like Your Life Depended On It.

    October 1, 2017

    Companies are a unique combination of people that make them legendary; or not.

  • The Magic Wand: A Founding Story.

    June 28, 2017

    Last summer (August 2016) I sold my second software company. It ended a decade of growth, working with the best co-founders, building a great team, and transforming an industry. The company was in the #insurtech space, a recently formed tech category that is on fire. The most common question I immediately get after people congratulate