In Memory of Dave Goldberg

1. I met Dave when I was raising money for Ustream back in 2007.  At that point, the founders had just launched the site, and it was growing like mad.  But without a clear revenue model for live streaming, we were operating the company on a shoestring.  The founders weren’t taking any salary, and the … Continue reading In Memory of Dave Goldberg

You Can’t Avoid Putting In The Time

I have a lot of admiration for people who are willing to say unpopular things.  Experience has taught me that popularity is only weakly correlated with correctness, and that a willingness to say unpopular things may often be the only way to say true things. Penelope Trunk is one of several friends who have made … Continue reading You Can’t Avoid Putting In The Time

Happier at Home: My Brief Reflections

I was grateful to Gretchen Rubin when she offered me a review copy of her new book, “Happier at Home.” Happiness is probably my favorite subject in the world.  I’ve been an avid reader of positive psychology books for over a decade (you can find a summary of some of the things I’ve learned in … Continue reading Happier at Home: My Brief Reflections

How Do *You* Choose Between Job and Family?

My friend and HBS classmate, Lindsey Mead Russell wrote a great article for the Princeton Alumni Weekly last year. In it, she meditates on one of the fundamental dilemmas that faces women: Job or Family? Lindsey followed a path that many would envy or consider the ideal–she worked part-time managing recruiting for a private equity … Continue reading How Do *You* Choose Between Job and Family?

Workaholism Is A Choice (Usually The Wrong One)

People throw themselves into 100-hour work weeks because they are afraid to make choices that others might not understand. If you work 100-hour weeks, no one (investors, co-founders, employees) can blame you if things don’t work out, right? I had a moment like this during my first startup, when I was held late at a … Continue reading Workaholism Is A Choice (Usually The Wrong One)