Last Daypresenting my new baby ClientPro at LPU
April 10, 2013

One thing about websites and social media: They make it very easy to over-promise. How hard is it to write “Yeah, we do this, we do that”, bullet point it out, enclose each one in a styled-up ul tag and publish it on the web? A: It isn’t the hard part. Delivering is the hard […]

March 17, 2013

I’m an only child. We tend to be self-reliant. Strong. Disciplined. Natural cowboys, solo roamers of the uncharted range. We also tend to be dismissive when someone dares suggest that we might need help with something. So when Bill suggested “Jon do you think you might need some help down there?” – down there meaning […]

February 13, 2013

It was 1999. The financial firm I had interned with in the Bay Area had a sales force spread out across the nation. All working home offices. Some with severe IT issues. I was doing 4 day weeks at San Diego St, with nothing good to do on weekends but teach myself to code. Sending […]

February 1, 2013

I enjoyed my classes at SDSU. They challenged me, and for the first time in my academic career, I rose to the challenge and nailed a few straight A semesters. But. They weren’t enough. Scratch that: The programming classes were enough quantity-wise. And some had quality. But the quality was wrong. All theory. Not practical […]

December 15, 2012

Coursera courses I’ve completed: (This post has been updated and is current) Building an Information Risk Management Toolkit Barbara Endicott-Popovsky University of Washington Completed March 2013 Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I Edward D. Hess University Of Virginia, Darden School Of Business Completed March 2013 Ideas inspired by this class Gamification […]

June 9, 2012

Five Things I Learned From Rudy Rudy was working at the Woodside Bakery and Cafe when I worked there in 1995 and 1996. Working on a green card, half his paychecks headed straight home to his wife and kids in Guatemala. To give them a better life. When I left the bakery for a job […]

January 22, 2010

This was the idea, Bill Z’s idea: Two hours, every week. Friday afternoon. We’d stop what we were doing and gather together in a conference room. Bill would talk. Lunch would be served. One of us would make a presentation about their job and how they did it. Bill would talk some more. Visionary stuff. […]