Lessons Learned Running a 100 Mile Relay Race

Seven years ago I took part in GE Training at their Crotonville, NY campus. Much of our time was dedicated to navigating corporate politics and developing large-scale, effective teams. According to the curriculum, building a functioning group could take months or even years. There are four levels in a team’s life cycle according to Bruce Tuckman’s model of groupContinue reading “Lessons Learned Running a 100 Mile Relay Race”

A Tech Vision For Newark – An Ambitious Plan To Transform NJ’s Largest City

This is something I wrote for the NJ Tech Meetup website. Newark, New Jersey – the next tech hub? Could new companies and new jobs be the next big step in the city’s renaissance? Newark Venture Partners (NVP) thinks so and they are placing a 50 million dollar bet they can ignite the high-tech fire thatContinue reading “A Tech Vision For Newark – An Ambitious Plan To Transform NJ’s Largest City”

NJ Tech Meetup 64 with Kevin Ryan In Review

Here’s something I wrote for NJTech.me Key Takeaways: Great teams build great products Deciding what you’re NOT going to do is important We need more computer scientists, NOW! Summer is over and it’s time to get back to business. The NJ Tech Meetup kicked off fall with its 64th meetup. It was a double packedContinue reading “NJ Tech Meetup 64 with Kevin Ryan In Review”

#NJTech Meetup 64 w/ Kevin Ryan, Founder: Gilt, MongoDB, Business Insider

Here is something I wrote for this Wednesday’s NJ Tech Meetup with special guest Kevin Ryan.   DoubleClick, Mongo DB, ShopWiki, Gilt, Zola, The Ladders, HotJobs, Business Insider. One thing they all have in common is Kevin Ryan, “The Godfather” of NYC tech. What started it all? How did he become an entrepreneur? Dilbert madeContinue reading “#NJTech Meetup 64 w/ Kevin Ryan, Founder: Gilt, MongoDB, Business Insider”

#NJTech Meetup 63 with Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk should come with a warning label. DO NOT use @GaryVee if you are afraid of brutal honesty. AVOID @GaryVee if easily offended. @GaryVee may cause epiphany, soul searching and uncontrollable laughter. For best results @GaryVee only as directed. This past Wednesday night will go down as one of the great NJ Tech Meetups. It wasContinue reading “#NJTech Meetup 63 with Gary Vaynerchuk”

#NJTech Meetup 44 with Vinnie Bharara

Welcome to 2014 and the first NJ Tech Meetup of the year. I’ve written before that this meetup is a personal favorite and the Thursday 1/9/14 gathering lived up to the usual high standard. Startups included Mommies 247, Stantt and Pijon Box. The evening’s guest speaker was Vinnie Bharara, co-founder of Quidsi. The founder, organizerContinue reading “#NJTech Meetup 44 with Vinnie Bharara”

The First Rule of House of Genius is…

….You do NOT talk about House of Genius. Yeah, I am going to drag out that tired quote from Fight Club and I am going to paraphrase it proudly. When it comes to House of Genius this is the one time it might actually apply. A random invite to a cryptically titled event arrives inContinue reading “The First Rule of House of Genius is…”

A Few Thoughts on NJ Tech Meetup with Lewis Schiff

One of my favorite Meetups is the monthly NJ Tech gathering. It’s a great crowd with excellent speakers and there is always a wait list. Here’s how it works every month. Pizza and networking. Opening remarks. A word from the sponsors. A chance for the crowd to give rapid fire pitches or requests. Three quickContinue reading “A Few Thoughts on NJ Tech Meetup with Lewis Schiff”