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Foo Camp: Tech Leadership Hacks

I an running behind, so this is a session from yesterday.

Dave Sifty led the mother-of-all discussions on starting tech companies. He had a huge audience with many successful start up people, including Joe Kraus (Excite, JotSpot), Kim Polese (Marimba, SpikeSource), Lisa Gansky (GNN, Ofoto), Larry Wall (Perl), Esther Dyson, Caterina Fake (Flickr). (Plus many more I have forgot.)

Lots of interesting take aways, including “you can learn more from failure than success,” “in the beginning hiring is very important, and if you make a bad hire, you need to fire that person quickly,” “there are natural inflection points where corporate social dynamics change, and you should know where they are.”

I wish I remembered more. Hopefully someone else blogged this talk.

Off to lunch.

It’s been a long time since I last updated

I’ve discovered that if I don’t blog it within 24 hours, it never gets blogged. I had a bunch of good blog ideas from ApacheCon and other events over the past month, but they haven’t quite made it onto the blog. I’m not happy about that.

From now on, I plan to be more proactive. We’ll see if that works out better. Hopefully, I can find some time to finish up the one half-written post I started before Thanksgiving.


In a fit of remodeling, I’ve switched my home page over from one giant and ever-growing list of information to a blog. I still have some clean up to do, but this is a good start.

Hopefully, this will cause me to update my site on a more regular basis.