I spent over a decade in a big companies. It gave me the space to learn what kind of business leader I wanted to be and the foundation to build upon – from learning how to grow big businesses to how to be the kind of manager I would want to have. But after some … Continue reading Want to make the move to a startup? Here’s how.
As a founder/CEO, your job is to listen to as many voices as you can – mostly of your users, but also mentors, advisors, peers. Then sift through the thoughts, the opinions, the guidance and do one essential thing: Make a decision. Most of the time this is fairly simple and talking to your users … Continue reading Silence the voices. Make a decision.
It’s crazy of me. But I can’t wait to get on a plane with my girls. The forced time to focus on little things like books and play-doh and stories. Being able to make the whole airport a maze of wonders and create missions to go on. At this age, with them being 6 1/2 … Continue reading the privilege of travel with kids.
I need to ask you – my male friends, peers, colleagues, mentors. Do you notice? Do you feel it? When you walk into a room, speak on a panel, go to a dinner, and there are no women or anyone black or latinx. Do you notice? Or do you heartily shake hands with a buddy, … Continue reading Do you notice?
Alive is the prize. Every day your company continues to exist, continues to dream, continues to push … you’ve won. Time buys you the time to figure everything out – product/market fit, technical hires, acquisition plan. Another day to solve another problem and each day, an inch, a meter, a mile closer to where your … Continue reading How to live another day to solve another problem
It’s 7 am on Saturday morning and I’ve stolen away to the Starbucks to get some writing in. Only my 6-year-old heard me sneaking out and asked if she could come with me. So I now have a buddy sitting across from me, learning her ordinal numbers as I sit down to write my thoughts … Continue reading Female founders – don’t make these mistakes.
Here’s the truest thing I can tell you about start-ups. It’s all about faith. Wherever it is that you find your faith – in the numbers, in your vision, in your team, in your dreams, you have to have faith. Faith that what you’re doing will work. Faith that you’re good enough, smart enough, kind … Continue reading A little thing called faith.
My mom probably has gifts I’ve given her that sit unopened and unused. Bottles of nice perfume or an expensive dress. It’s not because she doesn’t like or value them – quite the opposite actually. It’s her impulse to treasure and “save” something special. But I believe that you honor something by using it, by … Continue reading The gift of use – why it’s the best way of honoring it
Poppy is a tech company. We power seamless offline experiences with data and code. Since day 1 it’s been a tech company with a bold tech vision. But I’m not a founder that can write code or program software. On day 1, it was me, a day planner and a smartphone. Hardly the most impressive tech. … Continue reading Not a technical founder? This is how you build a tech company.
I’m seriously afraid to wipe my face on a white towel when I stay at airbnbs. Hotels? I wipe away without a second thought, even if that means leftover makeup from some spot I missed washing off is now on the previously pristine towel. I’ve never given it a second thought. And if I have, … Continue reading Context through community