I’ve Become One of “Those” People, and You Guys Can’t Drive

I like to think that at my advanced age, I have the ability to shift opinions. To change my mind. To "evolve," as it were. For years, I did not understand the concept of riding a bike to work. I found it non-sensical. Foolish and childish even. But then about 3-4 weeks ago my doctor explained some things that were going to happen to me in the…

Geek Stars Shine Bright at Annual Geekwire Awards

There was more Polo than Prada. More Ralph than Lauren. And Levi's outnumbered Louboutin's about 5 to 1. But there was enough revelry, camaraderie and fun at Geekwire's "Oscars of Seattle Startups" last night at EMP that you expected Ellen to organize a group selfie. You can get the full results of the 13 Geek Awards over at Geekwire.com. But ma…

The Importance of Your Talents vs Your Resume

I've been doing more thinking recently about the role a resume (or LinkedIn Profile) plays in your job search. What is the perfect blend of connections, qualifications, overall talent and past experience? Coincidentally, today Forbes released its annual 30 under 30 lists. Highlighted in the Marketing list is Seattle's own Andrew Dumont.  This i…

Lessons From Launching New Products

We started toying around with the idea of Relaborate a little more than a year ago, in late 2011. In the beginning, we weren't really sure what was going to happen with it, but everybody we talked to seemed to think it was a really cool idea. These last months have been a great education in learning the differences between a "really cool idea" a…

Tossing 15 Things a Day

My friend Liz told me that she has a pact with herself. She throws away 15 things a day. It could be 15 pieces of paper, 15 paper clips or 5 shirts and 10 paper towels. It doesn't matter. 15 things go into the trash (or charity bin). She said it's not that hard to do, and less painful than a whole day of spring cleaning. By the end of the …

Congrats to a Few Biz Plan Competitors

Since I graduated from the UW's MBA Program back in 2006, I've been proud that I continue to have the opportunity to be a judge in the annual Business Plan Competition.  It's truly inspiring to me to see what comes out of the minds of young entrepreneurs, especially those whose excitement has not yet been polluted. This year is especially excit…

Recapping NWEN’s First Look Forum 2011

I always enjoy attending business plan events such as NWEN's First Look Forum, the UW Biz Plan Competition, Startup Riot, etc... I tend not to call them competitions, and lean towards words like "showcases." Sure the teams may be competing for a prize, but what they are really doing is showing the public the amount of work they've done on taking an…

Man vs Plumbing, or, The Great Kitchen Sink Adventure

It all started innocently enough. It was a Friday morning that looked like any other Friday morning.  Except this time, as I headed through the kitchen on my way to work, I noticed the sink was backed up.  I'm not very handy, so these kind of things fill me with dread.  So, I walked over and followed the process adhered to by every man who su…

Unbelievable 3D Street Art

So 3,000+ people have already liked this blog post on Facebook, so it makes me think this has been around awhile.  But it's the first time I saw it, so who knows, maybe my faithful readers will view this kind of street art with the same kind of amazement.  Warning - make sure your jaw isn't too close to a hard surface. https://plus.google…

A Suggestion for Your Friday Night

Our friend Jason Reid and the rest of the crew from Sonicsgate will be screening their second movie this weekend.  Man Zou is the documentary the 4 filmmakers shot a few years back.  The group landed in Beijing, bought some bikes, and rode down to Shanghai, filming everything they did on the way.  They will be screening it this Frida…