Posts By: vansunder

PRISM: Bad for US Businesses?

I’ve been thinking about PRISM since the news broke, but I’ve stayed away from commenting so far. I was just amazed at how people reacted to the news. Some people said that if we were doing nothing wrong, then we had nothing to worry about. Others suggested that it was worth trading in our privacy… Read more »

Worth the Risk?

The other day, I stumbled across a blog post by Andy Dunn on Medium called, “The Risk Not Taken.” I’d love to credit where I found the link that led me there, but when I sat down to my computer after a break it was already on the screen. I probably clicked on a link in… Read more »

Week 6 Review

I don’t really want to post this update, but that makes it a good time to do so for many reasons. Updates are only useful if you do them regularly, no matter the circumstances.  Like most people, I like to give updates when I’m firing on all cylinders and everything is on track. Right now,… Read more »

You Need Fresh Eyes!

It’s become cliche to say that you should get fresh eyes to look at what you’re working on once in awhile. It’s cliche though because it’s true. So, I don’t have a problem with the saying, per se. My problem is with the way that people approach the cliche. All too often, I’ve seen it… Read more »

Jack of All Trades, Master of the Universe!

We’ve all heard the old aphorism, ” jack of all trades, master of none”. This has been one that has bothered me for a long time. It comes from the belief that any time spent learning new skills is time that could have been better spent honing one skill to the maximum. I agree with… Read more »

Weekend Escape Revelations

Over the weekend, I took my five year old son on his first camping trip. It was just the two of us, which he was very excited about. I hadn’t been camping in about twenty years, so I was pretty excited as well. We camped at Fremont Peak State Park. The views were great, but… Read more »

KPCB Internet Trends 2013

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers put out a presentation on  on the current trends in the internet. It’s the deck that she presented at the D11 conference last week. It’s an interesting collection of data. Some of it is expected, some of it not so much, but in aggregate it gives… Read more »

Cultural Fit Matters

As far as buzz words go, cultural fit would rank fairly high. Unlike many other buzz words though, theres a reason for its popularity. Cultural fit actually matters. If you’ve ever worked for a company with a culture that didn’t mesh with your own, you’re already well aware of that. And if you’ve worked for… Read more »

Originality: Holy Grail or Boat Anchor?

Originality is a tricky thing. It seems like everyone wants to do something original or unique. On the other hand, there are those people say that “there is no reason to reinvent the wheel.” Well, according to Mark Earls at his keynote speech at TNW Conference Europe 2013, it’s the latter half that has things… Read more »

Course Change

I’m almost to the end of my third week and I think it’s time for me to alter my course a bit. Learning and building were the most important goals I set out. Unfortunately, since I love writing, writing quality blog posts matters to me. They don’t have to be perfect, but I don’t just… Read more »