The Power of Focus

One of the hardest things for people to do is “focus.” In today’s fast-moving world it seems even harder because there are so many things that distract us from focusing on the things that really matter. Distractions are inevitable. But I think people who are able to limit (or completely eliminate) the number of distractions in their lives seem to be the most successful. My … Continue reading The Power of Focus

Inside Look at ATX Seed Ventures

This week I had the opportunity to talk with Brad Bentz, Principal at ATX Seed Ventures. ATX is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Austin, Texas. The firm was started in 2014 by Chris Shonk and about a year later Brad joined the team. Collectively, Chris and Brad make all investment decisions for the fund. Over the last three years, the firm has grown … Continue reading Inside Look at ATX Seed Ventures

My Recent Trip to Silicon Valley…..I mean Austin, Texas.

I had the opportunity to travel to Austin recently to check out the city and get a feel for the entrepreneurial landscape there. I had never been to Austin before and it just so happened that the weekend I was there was during South by Southwest (SXSW). I always knew SXSW was a big event, but I had no idea it had grown so large … Continue reading My Recent Trip to Silicon Valley…..I mean Austin, Texas.

Key Takeaways From the Week – V2

As I reflect on the week, there were a number of things that happened (both good and not so good) that I think could make for some great blog posts. I have managed to narrow it down to three key takeaways that I think are universally applicable to almost anyone. Here goes nothing: Key Takeaway #1: Using Constraint Analysis to Identify Areas for Improvement in your … Continue reading Key Takeaways From the Week – V2

People Skills vs Technical Skills – Which is Better?

I meet with many different kinds of people every day of the work week. I specify the “work week” because it’s usually only in business meetings that I closely analyze people the way that I do. When I have in-person meetings, I subliminally but deliberately watch the way people sit, the way they clasp or hold their holds, their eye movements, the way the sit … Continue reading People Skills vs Technical Skills – Which is Better?