Books That Impacted My Life

On a recent long drive to Upstate New York, my wife asked me for the books that impacted my life. I found it surprising how easily I could name each book, and was even able to recall the look and feel of my personal copy (some of which sadly did…

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Springing into Action for the 2015 Hackathon

The excitement was running high last night while we waited for the final voting results from our Spring 2015 CloudHealth hackathon. The presentations were over, the beer had run out, and everyone was enjoying some well deserved post-hackathon socializing. We followed the same format as our last hackathon: at 5…

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Job Hunting & the Wizard of Oz

If you didn’t read the murmuring from the CEO of Zenefits responding to a candidate’s post on Quora, it is worth a read (note: unfortunately he later edited out his original reply in which he stated the offer was rescinded). As a publicity stunt, it probably worked wonders…

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Finding Your Founding Customers

Just like we have founders of a business, we also have founding customers. These are customers who took a chance on you at the earliest stages when there was very little to take a chance on. While they may have paid for your product in those early days, they more…

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Book Review: Delivering Happiness

I just finished Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness, which is an autobiography of his tech journey from Illinois to the acquisition of Zappos by Amazon. As an avid reader of tech non-fiction, I can’t get enough startup stories behind the story. It’s great to get away from…

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Becoming Steve Jobs

Two things made me want to read Brent Schlender’s Becoming Steve Jobs after its release last week: 1) all the media talk from Apple insiders that this was the “real Steve Jobs”, and 2) its simple and compelling premise: exploring how a reckless and arrogant entrepreneur became one of…

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