<p>I love sports. Playing them, watching them… doesn't matter. As J and I have roamed the world, we've picked up passions for the games of the local people wherever we were. The root still remains hockey, as it must, and you'll find us devoutly watching the Stanley Cup Finals well into warm June evenings every … Continue reading the dramas of world cup played out on the small screen
<p>Take a look at this picture and just count the cliches:</p> <p><a class=”asset-img-link” href=”http://www.brandsundae.com/.a/6a0134803bf6ab970c01a73ddf676a970d-pi”><img alt=”Scientist” border=”0″ class=”asset asset-image at-xid-6a0134803bf6ab970c01a73ddf676a970d img-responsive” src=”http://www.brandsundae.com/.a/6a0134803bf6ab970c01a73ddf676a970d-800wi” style=”display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;” title=”Scientist” /></a></p> <p>I see at least 4 – </p> <p>1) Requisite lab coat – duh. How could you be a scientist without your trusty white coat. Ditto for … Continue reading the clichés that hound STEM fields
<p>Everyone will have their own name and a different approach. For me, I call it the "happy thoughts" folder. I created it on the day we sent out our very first friends and family launch email. Because that was a good day. Emails came pouring back from all corners of the world saying how proud … Continue reading the email folder every founder needs
<p id=”yui_3_17_2_1_1403560914137_102517″><em id=”yui_3_17_2_1_1403560914137_102516″>Anvi, Avin, Ani, Avini </em>are some of the tamer and understandable mangles.</p> <p id=”yui_3_17_2_1_1403560914137_102489″><em>Vivienne, Ami</em>, <em>Vavni, </em>some of the more inventive.</p> <p id=”yui_3_17_2_1_1403560914137_99867″>And my most dreaded, <em>Arni</em>. Ugh. <a class=”asset-img-link” href=”http://www.brandsundae.com/.a/6a0134803bf6ab970c01a3fd248c97970b-pi” style=”float: right;”><img alt=”Sbux 1″ class=”asset asset-image at-xid-6a0134803bf6ab970c01a3fd248c97970b img-responsive” src=”http://www.brandsundae.com/.a/6a0134803bf6ab970c01a3fd248c97970b-120wi” style=”margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;” title=”Sbux 1″ /></a></p> <p>I absolutely love my name. I love it's … Continue reading it's avni. not vavni, ami and certainly not arni.
<p><em>"So now that you're building an e-commerce company, don't you miss the world of branding?"</em></p> <p>A friend said this to me in passing but the comment followed me all the rest of the day, nagging me to consider it further.</p> <p>Sure it may be true that I no longer have a physical retail space to … Continue reading why brands still matter
<p>I just got my AMEX bill. I'm not gonna lie…there was mild panic involved. </p> <p>Not for the amount – a year ago I wouldn't have even noticed. I would have even patted myself on the back as it's a relatively tame one. </p> <p>But now, without the regular deposits <em>into</em> the ol' bank account, … Continue reading have what it take to be a founder? the AMEX test
<p><em>"Oh and you should meet Sally, she would love this idea."</em></p> <p><em>"You know who you need to talk to? Tom. He can help you with that."</em></p> <p><em>"Let me shoot an email to John and make an intro."<br /><br /></em></p> <p>Sound familiar? If you're a founder or working at an early stage start-up, it should. If … Continue reading the great scavenger hunt and never saying no to the next clue
<p>We’re launching our first product tomorrow. Not even 4 months since M and I decided to do this full-time, we actually have a beautiful, tangible, “I can’t believe it’s actually happening” product to sell. I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to do in such a short period of time and though we have … Continue reading the terror of putting yourself out there
<p>It's easy to say you're open to feedback. I've even gotten pretty good at acting on it regularly, both personally and on my businesses in the past. </p> <p><em><span style=”font-size: 12pt;”>But then you launch your own start-up. </span></em></p> <p>Now every piece of well intentioned "feedback" feels like a failure and betrayal all rolled into one ungrateful … Continue reading are you really open to feedback?
<p>Well the Belmont Stakes came and went and though there was no Triple Crown performance from California Chrome, it was a fun run-up of speculation and possibility. As someone that used to live in Cincinnati and had the pleasure the experiencing the debacle that is the Kentucky Derby infield, I still enjoy following the pageantry … Continue reading the benefit of blinders