I hate New Year’s Eve but I love the start of a new year. There’s something powerful about endings and beginnings. You can cast away the past and look ahead. I don’t make resolutions. They never last. I try to prioritize. But also to give myself a break when I make mistakes.
ANATomy of a startup
I set the bar pretty high. For others but mostly for myself. When I promise to do something, I do it. When I say I’ll show up, there I am. If I’m your friend (a real friend vs. LA friend) then I will be there for you. No matter what. Even in horrible LA traffic.
On the one hand, I was thrilled to read that GM named a new CEO who is female. The other part of me looks forward to the day when that becomes the norm. When “female” or “girl” or “woman” aren’t the biggest part of the story.
I’ve been very focused on staying focused. Work. Work. Work. Keep your eye on the prize. Raise money to get to the next milestone. I’ve limited my lunches and dinners to include only work related meetings (boring I know) but necessary for now.
I just participated in a panel to discuss healthcare in 2020. It was pretty lively. There were some very smart people on it including Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT and Coleman Peterson, former Chief HR Officer at Wal-Mart.
I’ve been living inside my own head a lot this year. Thinking and plotting. Trying to figure out how to turn an idea into a company. Sure, I built a product and have the people in place to go forward but I want to do it right.
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