Disruptive Investments: What VCs Won’t Tell You

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Investors are on the hunt. Be veeewy, veewy quiet they’re hunting the latest investor passion: fractional armadillo shares. You read that right. For non-Texans reading this post, we’re not talking about the animal most commonly seen dead by the side of the road. An investment vehicle called an armadillo is the hybrid where a B ...

Practical fashion magic: intern mentoring in the field (updated!)

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Attractive young lady comes into a coffee shop in a short black cocktail gown and bright red heels at 8:30 am on a Friday morning. Shortly after she’s joined by a gent. What cross-disciplinary insights can we glean from this picture? As we mentor and coach our cadre of interns this summer, those are valuable ...

How to reach out to peeps & not be Spammy Sammy 1

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Before I even get into the content of this post I want to give homage to the Zurb Soapbox which featured Joe Gebbia, co-founder of AirBNB, with his vital, timely and relevant message to all techies: Do Things That Don’t Scale. Now on to our show. One of my peeps has armadillo fever. What’s that? ...

Learn, Review, Teach as a model for Discipline, Humility and Service 2

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On Tuesday week (for future readers 26 Feb 2013), I had the most delightful experience helping 8 ladies of the Handmade Austin Women’s group (HAW) embrace the practical steps of moving their businesses forward with the 19 Days to Business Intimacy framework. The pilot session of Now to Then & Back Again™ had lively discussion ...

Writing the Future 15 Seconds at a Time – updated! 4

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Revised 03Mar2014 The word “calamus,” from ancient Greek, refers to the reed used as a spice, as well as the hard part of a feather quill used to create pen tips. To adapt and extend the 15 second encounter concept first articulated by Jan Carlzon, former CEO of SAS Airlines: we are calamus, as pen ...

Reflections on Connecticut shooting 2

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No words can adequately contain or express the grief born by the parents of those in Friday’s senseless tragedy where the fire of life was snuffed out for 20 children and 8 adults, including the shooter. The technology post I’ve been working on can wait. As I wrote just over a year ago, in Personal ...

Nail Holes

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Been way too long since I’ve made the time to publish to the blog. The sad sack part of it is that I actually have drafts that basically just need the button pushed! Sheez…! So as a birthday present along with the excitement of releasing Enchiridion Texanæ for free! in celebration of the Year of ...

Soft Launch of the 19 Ways™ of Personal Productivity Series

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A new book, 19 Days: A Fortnight Plus Five, should soft-launch by Thursday, to co-incide with the US Bishops “Fortnight for Freedom,” see fortnight4freedom.org. Soft-launch means that we’re going to follow a lean startup process for the book, to invite comments from interested readers, prior to final release in hardcopy. While I don’t promise to ...

Keeping work playful – updated! 1

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Einstein is quoted as saying “Love is a better teacher than duty.” John Anderson extended that to “Memorization is a function of duty; knowledge comes only from love.” We are hard-wired to be people of community, it’s in our DNA. No amount of new-agey nonsense can change that. We also know that trust is most ...

A New View of Wayfinding

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We will advance our cause more when we help others figure out where they want to go—and help them get there. In building out the vital intersections between the way we construct our physical world and how those buildings, those structures influence the way we treat each other, books can serve a vital bridge. Even ...