Something Tells Me…

Does your mind ever start looking for an answer to something without even knowing the question? Mine does, every so often. Sometimes it comes from within: “Pssst. This is interesting and important,” my mind says. “Go check it out.” “But why? This doesn’t even have anything to do with what I’m working on,” I respond. “I don’t know anything about that topic/idea/industry.” “Just check it out. Trust me.” Other times, it comes from the outside world. Articles that I’m ...(Read More)

Closing the Gap

As many of you know, I have been training for my first full Columbus Marathon in October. The race will be a special one, not only because it’s my first 26.2 but because I’m doing it to help raise money and awareness for my good friend, Lindsay Giannobile. [To see her full story, visit] Running was never my thing growing up.  I played volleyball in high school, a sport comprised mostly of compact, precise, ...(Read More)

F*@% Busy

This post has been a long time coming. The past few months I’ve had my head down, executing and learning a lot. To be honest, it’s the busiest I’ve ever been in my life. This is a stark contrast to where I was 13 months ago. When BULX (my previous employer) was sold to a company in New York, I had to scramble to find enough steady work to hold me over. Today, I’m turning ...(Read More)

Startup Resources in Columbus

The startup community is not only alive and well in Columbus, Ohio – it’s flourishing. When I joined the BULX team in July 2010, I was completely new to the tech startup world. I had always considered myself an entrepreneur and had founded a handful of my own companies. But it wasn’t until my involvement with BULX, TechColumbus, and social media that I became conscious of the incredible network of people and programs available here ...(Read More)

Lean Experiments

Launching a startup is about more than just building a great product or service. In fact, in the early days it is as much about making hypotheses and testing assumptions as it is about actual product development. Many a talented entrepreneurs have embarked on journeys that led nowhere because they failed to ask two simple questions: Am I solving a problem that people actually want/need solved? Can I build a solution that people will actually ...(Read More)

Good is Great (When Learning Is the Goal)

We all want to do great work. Inspiring, life-altering work. But the way we frame “great work” is different to each of us. My newest venture, ChatterJet, is a shift in the way I have approached business in the past. By utilizing a new framework, we are applying many of the concepts from Eric Ries’s The Lean Startup. Perhaps most exciting is our willingness to ship early, continuously deploy new features, constantly collect feedback, and ...(Read More)