Learning Through Play (for Adults)

People ask: "I'd like to learn about XYZ thing. How?" The obvious answer is to go get some books and read. As we all realized in school, that's the opposite of fun. I use another technique: Invent a way to "play" with it. In other words, find some way to make the learning fun. For example, in 2012, I wanted to learn about angel investing. So, I just went and started making some investments with a small percentage of my net-worth. I knew I didn't know what I was doing…

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Biggest San Antonio Tech Wins in 2017

There have been some negative feelings in our tech scene lately. I agree that everything isn’t rainbows and unicorns. However, we’ve had some really amazing wins recently. I made a list of the most impactful things to happen this year. Biggest San Antonio Tech Wins in 2017 (most impactful to least) Scaleworks launches as a meta-startup with huge impact. These guys have done more to create startup jobs to town than anyone. In their first year, they’ve brought in a half-dozen companies into the ecosystem. Last night,…

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My 3 Best Travel Tools of 2017

I've been flying about 20,000 miles a year recently. This year, I made a few discoveries that have made a big difference in my travel experience. 1. Global Entry If you're not familiar, this is the US Customs program that gets you automatic TSA PreCheck so you don't have to take off your shoes and remove your laptop at security. You also get a separate screening line at most airports. 2. AMEX Platinum Card I'm late to the game on this one but I got the $450/yr business…

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How to Email Like a Boss

Here's the secret to getting the highest ROI from email: Write less. That's it. This is easier said than done. It takes hard work as demonstrated in this clip from the great movie, A River Runs Through It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZxZxgouPo You'll see the most influential people respond to tons of email with just a handful of words in each. One method I've learned recently to hone this skill: Take an idea and describe it in 25 words. Then, do it again in 12 words. Finally,…

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On Personal Planning

I'm in the midst of a weekend away to complete my plan for 2018. I did the same thing last year and it was a great habit to begin. Why Plan This may be obvious: when you have a plan with a vision, goals and a mission, it's certainly easier to achieve important things. For decades I didn't actually plan much professionally or personally. I just did. I wish I'd started formally planning sooner. What I've really fallen in love with a couple of planning tools given to me by…

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