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Meet Evan O’Donnell an early-stage investor + co-founder of the VC firm, Timespan. Evan shares his powerful journey of overcoming the deep-seated fears instilled from growing up closeted as a gay man, striving for perfection to avoid the perceived catastrophe of being outed. Through self-work, Evan shed the limiting armor he had built up and transformed his...
Meet Meghan Joyce the founder + CEO of Duckbill, an AI-and-human powered answer to tiresome but deeply necessary life admin – think renewing your passport or making appointments with doctors who actually take your insurance. But MJ wasn’t always “Founder or Bust.” In fact, she has spent most of her career working for pretty iconoclastic founders. First at the ride-sharing...
Meet Joshua Walsky. He was co-founder and CTO of Broadway Technology and came up during the dot com boom. Now he’s a Talentism coach, guiding the next generation of founders. If you’ve worked in tech, you’ve probably met someone like Joshua. Exceedingly smart, exceedingly talented, and digging an exceedingly big hole for himself… Like many...
“You’re reading that quote from Larry Fink saying there’s never been more fear, what we need now is hope. As a business leader you may think, yeah, I’ll go in with more hope – that’s better than despair. More hope means better outcomes. But the truth is, hope alone doesn’t give an accurate picture of...
Should I be authentic at work or not? Should I bring my “whole self” or not? I recently read an article that was challenging the advice to be yourself at work. The author was making a full-throated defense of playing a role at work to get ahead. I don’t think the world needs more fear...
I have worked in and for organizations that prioritize culture. They talk about it ceaselessly, spend millions codifying it, make it a priority in hiring and firing, and make consistently bold pronouncements about how culture eats strategy for breakfast. Culture is queen. I agree with them. They do this because they understand that culture is...
This week, I am reflecting on the funny paths we take to look like we knew it all along.  I met a wonderful person this past week. We told our stories to each other. That happens many times a week: introductions, and then the canned narratives about our respective genius. But this time was different....
Companies experience a productivity decline when they surpass 150 employees. We hear it consistently from our clients, regardless of industry, growth, or tenure. They tell us that they have to hire more people to get the same amount of work done, or spend more time and attention to get the same result. They have to...
I have trouble saying no. Lots of reasons. Chief among them is that I’ve gotten reward signals for a long time that are basically along the lines of “if you say yes and solve the problem quickly, the more people would like you, the more value you will add, the more money you will make.”...