Just a thought...

Someone on IRC tonight told me that he thought he was incapable of self-improvement. I pointed out that humans are born small and squishy, happily pooping on ourselves, unable to use words or spoons... If you are reading this, you have already improved yourself. So get over it, and decide what's next.…

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My New "Toy"

I'm a fan of going analog whenever I can manage. Fountain pens and paper are a great way to focus, and to stay organized without waiting on apps or relying on batteries. I've used and iterated on my trusty Bullet Journal for some time now...…

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How To Have a Meeting

I hate meetings. I hate anything that asks me to step away from my work for overhead tasks. However, meetings are useful and necessary if you want a group of people to act in a coordinated fashion. I've been working recently with a group that includes several people new to the professional world, some of whom are struggling with how to have a meeting like a professional. It occurred to me that while there's been a lot of writing on meetings, I didn't have a succinct checklist to point folks to... until now. Qualities Of a Good Meeting You know you've had a good meeting if it: Makes efficient use of all participants' time. Communicates information clearly, in a way that invites clarification and corrects miscommunication before they can become a problem. Acts as a "forcing factor", an event that spurs people to action before they have to report on their inaction. Results in clear, actionable decisions. Meetings that waste people's time or don't accomplish anything don't deserve those people's time or attention. How To Have a Good Meeting Respect Everyone's Time. Be on time to the meeting: everyone waiting for you is wasting their time. Be prepared…

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Bloomington Bees

My 14yo son, Lucas[1], is working on his first startup. Bloomington Bees is a Bloomington, Indiana based apiary, or bee farm, producing honey, beeswax, honeycomb, and other interesting things. The Bloomington Bees blog, linked above, launched last week and received a bit of polish today making it ready to promote. Lucas talks about beekeeping and what it is like to start a business while still in school. My original post about Lucas's beekeeping endeavor can be found here: So it bee-gins. Usually referred to here as "LittleFish" ↩︎…

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So it bee-gins.

So it bee-gins.

When most people talk about startups, they conjure up visions of inexperienced hipsters fighting for VC[1] money with a "build it now, exit soon, profit will magically happen sometime" attitude. There's a lot more going on in the world--a lot more going on just in the US--but it gets little attention because it's not trendy and "high tech". My 14yo is starting up this year. It all started last winter, when Lucas saw a movie set in Sherlock Holmes' later life. Holmes pulled himself out of retirement to solve one last case. In doing so, our favorite detective entrusted his home apiary[2] to a young neighbor boy to ensure it would be looked after in his absence. Lucas, who used to be afraid of bees, became fascinated with the idea of raising them and collecting honey. A few people thought I was crazy, but hey his mom is the sort who deals with her acrophobia by going mountain climbing, so why not? I reminded Lucas that a friend of ours had started an apiary about a year before, and Lucas was soon off to the races, trying to find out what he needed to…

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