Counting Your Lucky Stars

One of the many phrases going out of fashion is the idea of "counting your lucky stars." I heard it often from my grandparents. It means be thankful for being fortunate. I used it the other day. I was speaking to a founder whose very hot startup had…

Always Have an Ask

I had a great time at Collision Conference in New Orleans earlier this week. As part of the conference, the organizers set up office hours with startups. I'd ask each startup, "So, why are you here at the show?" I was surprised at the large number who had…

Codeup's Geekdom Sponsorship

I'm a few weeks late on this, but this plaque is one of the highlights of my career so far. I'm removed from an operational role now with Jason Straughan operating as Codeup's CEO, but still on our board. https://twitter.com/Geekdom/status/988439813257940994 It feels like only a…

No Startup Community is an Island

Prior to Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, people had really weird ideas about how to grow an economy. They didn’t understand that trade (i.e. exchange between communities) was the great creator of wealth and prosperity. Instead, mercantilism and isolationism prospered. People tried to hold on to things like…

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,…

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…

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…