It’s time to fire my gut.As a CEO, I have a bias for action and often make decisions with my gut.
Its like weightlifting for the brain. Last year, I decided to focus on leaders.
Managers love to reward hyper-specialization. But is it better to hire for general problem-solving abilities?
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,
“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
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
“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
Hand-picking the right people is not easy. Having a playbook helps
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.
Never fall in love with your product, keep your ego in check, and love your customers.
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
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
Reading is a breath of fresh air for the mind of a busy CEO.
Companies are a unique combination of people that make them legendary; or not.
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