June 7, 2020

Deciding to publish this post has been difficult. It's uncomfortable.

I believe it's important to listen and learn, which I've been doing for much of the past two weeks (reading for hours, writing thousands of words, watching, listening, etc.).

And I recognize this isn't...

November 18, 2019

Ahead of an initial meeting with (i) new prospects or (ii) new members of an existing client's team, we all should be doing prep work, including looking-up those new contacts on LinkedIn.


Often it's just for general background info, but sometimes you discover you...

September 25, 2019

Navigating the waters of currency markets' instability


With all the recent headlines circulating around global political tensions rising, the news can feel overwhelming at times. From public spats between President Trump and Xi Jinping regarding the ongoing trade...

June 10, 2018

I’m sitting on the back patio at the Firehouse coffee shop in downtown Sausalito, just north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. It's Sunday afternoon in the middle of a two-week stay at my brother Rich’s house in Piedmont, on the east side of the bay. He...

January 4, 2018

The record level of partisanship today fuels remarkable toxicity in American politics, and it stresses me out. As a nation we’re in constant fight mode among one another. We’re all clearly identified in one of our two camps – Democrats vs. Republicans – and don’t go cr...

December 1, 2017

The past month, I’ve gotten back into the habit of reading daily. I started by going to Strand and buying two new books, Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote. The first seemed appropriate given current events in Spain, and...

October 18, 2017

Whether you’re an investigative journalist or an investment analyst you need regular access to insights from reliable, expert sources. In some cases it’s gathering collaborative evidence to support assumptions, in others it’s perhaps just to run a sanity channel check;...

June 21, 2017

I came across a bunch of time-lapse videos I took this past winter. I'm sharing them here in chronological order, from London to Cardiff, Piedmont and Lake George. I haven't added any filters or edited the footage in any way. These videos are simply captured on my iPho...

January 17, 2017

A few weeks ago I bought the new GoPro HERO5. I'm interested in picking-up personal video production as a hobby, and am testing it out with GoPro and its (pretty easy-to-use) editing software suite. A handful of early findings:


  • The video quality captured by...

January 12, 2017

I stayed-in last night and caught-up on some HBO On Demand. In the last episode of Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons, with guests Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the conversation they had about current trends in media consumption, and where media production is headi...

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