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Posted on March 20, 2012 by

A Chicago Fear Experiment.

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Late last year, I participated in Potluck 2.0 and quickly realized that I was unaware of an incredible underground Chicago scene.  Potluck is a speaker series (see: Ignite) where people from very diverse backgrounds speak undisturbed for 6 minutes.  After presenting about taking the leap into entrepreneurship, I listened to a group of amazing and eclectic Read More

Posted on January 16, 2012 by

Customer Acquisition is Not a Field of Dreams.

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Next week is the fourth edition of Tech In Motion** (TIM), an event at which a startup “pitches” its product, and panelists and the audience analyze the business.*  In November, I participated in TIM III as a panelist along with Troy Henikoff, CEO of Excelerate Labs, Bob Sell, a Partner for Seyfarth Shaw, and Matt Cobb, VP of Product Read More

Posted on January 9, 2012 by

Tablets for Fourth Graders.

Here’s an idea for a new venture as described in less than 250 words… Fourth grade math in 1992.  I remember my teacher introducing a new topic, writing a question on the board, explaining the answer, and then handing every student the same worksheet of practice questions.  A linear curriculum for a classroom of students Read More

Posted on November 18, 2011 by

Creating Change.

I am headed to the American India Foundation (www.aif.org) Chicago fundraiser tonight.  On the surface, it is an elegant Bollywood-themed gala that will host over 600 corporate and philanthropic leaders from Chicago.  Behind the scenes, the annual event is a primary source of capital that funds AIF’s mission to catalyze social and economic change in Read More

Posted on October 10, 2011 by

Ignite Your Own Technology Venture.

I presented at Ignite Chicago late this summer. Ignite is a speaker series (see: local TED Talks) where presenters discuss a topic of their choice for five minutes but have only have 15 seconds per slide before it auto advances. Not easy.  The topics ranged from why dogs should wear seat belts to bob dylan’s Read More

Posted on September 29, 2011 by

Measuring Tangible Klout.

Here’s an idea for a new venture as described in less than 250 words… Let’s start recognizing individuals who influence us in a tangible manner. Over the past year, I’ve actively created a social brand beyond Facebook and have connected with a variety of individuals – many of whom I’ve never met.  But while I’m finally Read More

Posted on September 8, 2011 by

AOL Instant Messenger on 9/11.

Note: I commented on a post my friend Varun wrote about how quickly the news of Osama’s death spread via social media. I’ve added to my original comments in the post below. A decade has passed since 9/11 and since then, our security and privacy has forever been altered.  As expected, our security measures are Read More

Posted on August 9, 2011 by

My dad loves utellit.

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My dad just turned 61 and for his birthday, I really wanted to buy him a Batman belt so he could holster in his iPhone, hospital pager, and pedometer.  And if an iPad belt holder existed, I’m sure he would clip that on his belt too.  The same guy – who didn’t have Cable TV Read More

Posted on July 12, 2011 by

Defining My Relationship with Google+.

Dear Google+, I really want things to work out between us.  I know that my relationships with your siblings have ended abruptly (see: Buzz & Wave), but I’m extremely loyal to your family (see: Search, Gmail, and Maps) and want to invest the time to make this happen. Your family is the Kennedys of the internet, and you were crafted by Read More

Posted on June 21, 2011 by

Personal Board of Directors.

I was recently asked to join the board of directors…of my friend Sammy.  He calls it his Personal Board of Directors (PBOD) and I am responsible for career guidance.  I love the recruiting space and if I can be helpful to my friends re: resumes, interviews, and introductions, I will.  It is not your standard Read More

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