Career/Role Fit - a key aspect of being a great leader

This post won’t be very long as I feel strange even commenting on what great leadership looks like, but from my past experience, some of the best bosses I’ve had understand the idea of career/role fit. For decades, leaders inside an organization would hire people exclusively based on their ability to perform a routine task over and over. People would take their place as a replaceable cog…

My Outlook on Investing

I’ve had this conversation a few times in the past month, so I figured I’d write a quick post on my thoughts on investing. I’m using the term investing loosely, but I’m specifically referring to exerting energy or financial resources with the hope of achieving some type of positive return later in life. This post will mostly be a brain-dump of thoughts. Number #1 Rule Invest…

Why I moved away from a booming tech ecosystem (Boston) to Portland, ME

Why I moved away from a booming tech ecosystem (Boston) to Portland, ME

In early September, after a few years living/working in Boston, my wife and I made the decision to move to Portland, Maine. For us, we both grew up in Maine, so it was a chance to get back to the “motherland.” For the most part, we enjoyed our time down in Boston, found great opportunities, and met awesome people. But it was time to go home. I’ve found…

The impending downfall of Maine newspapers

The impending downfall of Maine newspapers

(Above photo: one of the funniest news blunders of all time) I grew up with my face buried in a newspaper. I would visit my grandparent’s house and read the paper with my grandfather (yes, the comics mostly, but that still counts right?) For some bizarre reason, I have a fascination with the newspaper industry, and in particular, the disruption happening right now. Being a Maine resident for most…

A/B testing: a comprehensive guide to getting started

A/B testing: a comprehensive guide to getting started

Over the past few years there’s been quite a bit of hype regarding A/B testing. From Obama’s election campaign, to Veggie Tales increasing revenue by 38%, I believe the hype is well-warranted and something that should be in every marketer’s toolkit. I’ve had the opportunity to setup, instrument, and analyze numerous A/B tests for companies in different industries. I’ve made plenty of mistakes,…

Why User Testing Services are Useless

Building software that people enjoy using isn’t  an easy task, and it takes a ton of effort. It’s critical that you get consistent, honest feedback to help you create a better experience for the end user. In an effort to create this feedback loop, user testing sites have real people record themselves visiting and interacting with the site. While I want to love what they are doing (I…

The Growth Team: The most impactful team the Enterprise doesn't have.....yet

It’s been about a month since I started working at Safari Books Online, and I’ve told a few of my close friends that I doubt I will ever work at a startup again…unless it’s my own (which I have no plans to do at the moment.) This might sound strange coming from someone who enjoyed working at early stage tech companies, but there’s a gold…