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10 Things to Do at a Startup Every Friday
October 3, 2014

10 Things to Do at a Startup Every Friday

I’m a closer. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m a “goals first” guy and I generate lists that help me do my best. But I am also a guy who will run through walls to get the…

3 Tips to Surviving a Toxic Startup Job
September 30, 2014

3 Tips to Surviving a Toxic Startup Job

I have worked in toxic environments and survived. It was not easy and I struggled to believe I could keep going in the face of hostility and a belligerent boss, but I survived. The…

10 Things To Do Every Monday
September 30, 2014

10 Things To Do Every Monday

I have always been focused on achievement. I’m a “goals first” guy and I generate lists that help me do my best. A to-do list gives me a sense of control and makes me feel…

The Product Manager vs. The Engineering Manager
September 24, 2014

The Product Manager vs. The Engineering Manager

I am not a smoker. But, early in my product management career, my engineering management counterpart was. To find time on his fully packed calendar I would take “virtual” smoking…

20 Things Developers Should Stop Saying
September 23, 2014

20 Things Developers Should Stop Saying

Most engineers I know pick up jargon and abstract-talk as a way of fitting in or standing out in the bullpen. Sometimes the ‘technobabble’ is used to obfuscate what is really…

How to Cry at a Startup
September 22, 2014

How to Cry at a Startup

All types of crazy things have happened to me on the job. A guy ran by me holding a 9mm gun at his side, I worked for a former CIA operative who told me to watch my back, a plane…

Great Product Managers Build Walls
September 17, 2014

Great Product Managers Build Walls

One of the best product managers I ever worked with created a physical boundary in her cube by placing a rug on the floor. When anyone (especially pesky sales folks) would start to…

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