I was surprised the first one topped the news feed of the day – I’m hoping this means there’s a lot of interest around what’s going on in Ukraine given the Russian invasion this month.
A year later, KQED (NPR station for Northern California) interviewed me again regarding the situation in Ukraine and how we’re continuing to support our friends, family and employees there. I can not wait for this horror to end.
I’ve been given the privilege of getting old with some modicum of dignity and knowledge (born of a thousand mistakes), so one of the things I enjoy most is teaching the younger generation of would-be founders and leaders around the World.
But the most important thing I teach is this – “The World is not big enough for you to fuck people over and get away with it.” You break enough promises, oversell enough things and bounce enough paychecks – people will start talking until a scar forms on your face.
Reputations make us money or loses us money (often without us knowing it) while we sleep. It’s frankly amazing to me how many people in Silicon Valley and beyond forget this, or don’t believe it applies to them.
I wrote this piece during a post-acquisition “rest-and-vest” period where I had a lot more time and felt like I could tell the truth (most founders avoided this very topic for fear of retribution – or lockout – by the big EHR vendors).