How much would you miss Poppy if it didn’t exist? This is one of my favorite questions to periodically ask our users. Whether parents or caregivers. It sounds drastic. It sounds like we’re in danger of dying imminently. But that’s just it. We will be dead sooner rather than later if the answer to this question … Continue reading The uncomfortable question to ask your users.
Pride is such a complicated emotion. Today my baby brother walked across the graduation stage and was awarded his PhD degree. He has worked so hard over the past 5 years towards this work that he believes so deeply in. To see his smile as the dean slipped the sash over his head – I … Continue reading My cup runneth over.
Entrepreneurship is a rocky, uneven journey shrouded in the thick fog of ambiguity and imperfect information. It’s too easy get comfortable thinking you’re marching down the right path or that the big easy path naturally means it’s going where you want to go. The way I think of it is that at every step I … Continue reading On the startup journey? Here's who to ask for directions.
I used to have a lot of trouble figuring out what to prioritize and what to work on next. After all, one of the most exciting parts of startups is the infinite possibilities. I’d get caught up in spirals of possibility and doubt and long consideration. Until I was given this advice: Focus on what … Continue reading What kills you first? Fix that.
I am sitting here in the moments before takeoff when there is nothing to do but think. I cherish these minutes even as I’m quickly bored by them. The plane makes the turn into our runway and starts to pick up speed. That welcome acceleration after a tepid march to the runway. My thoughts drift. … Continue reading Musings in transit
It is sheer chaos. Kids of all ages are running around, finished their practice, while the “moms” take a turn at theirs. One mama dances with a baby on a front pack while Peanut is riding piggyback on me, threatening to fly off with every spin I do. Kids dart between our legs as we try to … Continue reading Love, dance and chaos.
Everyone has left for the day. The office is quiet after a particularly busy day. And I’m sitting here with 43 things I should be doing. But I’m not doing any of them. Because I just want to bask in this feeling. The love of this space. The people that fill it with their passion … Continue reading culture builder.
I used to write so much more. In every sliver of time I could find. In little moleskin notebooks, on my beloved first MacBook Air. Every thought would be jotted down and I would just see where it would lead. That was my writing gift – I’ve never really honed it or practiced it or … Continue reading writing practice.
There is too much noise out there. Everyone yelling and shouting, with placards and words and tweets. All the anger, the fear, the outrage. I’m exhausted. I dont know what my role in this is. Continue to show my participation through posts and sharing articles? Back off so that I’m not constantly bombarding the friends … Continue reading Rejecting the noise.
The sky is slowly lightening, the stars starting to fade away. I have to get out of bed and get to the airport this morning. But all I can think is: what if I just stayed in bed? It is most frequently this moment that makes it the hardest to be an entrepreneur. Those earliest … Continue reading An entrepreneur's mantra: keep moving.