ANATomy of a startup

ANATomy of a startup

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

I started seeing a new dentist recently after being frustrated by the constant salesmanship of my last dentist. I was very clear with him on my expectations and explained that I often talk about “the new consumer” in my keynote speeches. I’m sharing my requests regarding transparency and authenticity in case they come in handy.(…)

My Daily Reading List

My Daily Reading List

I’m an information junky. I love to keep up with the latest news but also in-depth pieces about worlds I’m interested in. Until 10 year ago, I subscribed to newspapers (The NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today) and 50+ magazines (everything from the New Yorker to Vogue to Wired). While I didn’t have time to read them all […]

Doing the Hard Work

Doing the Hard Work

We live in a shortcut culture. The weight loss industry had a $60 billion year, with many of these diets offering quick fix solutions. In contrast, the fitness industry is a $22 billion a year business. We’re entering the holiday season to be followed by new year’s resolutions that list losing weight and getting fit(…)

Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration

“How can I be inspired to innovate?” asked a young engineer following my keynote speech at his company’s “Innovation Day.” He said he appreciated the effort his company is making to foster innovation: creating a day where they can check out what special projects everyone else was working on, setting up special areas where employees(…)

Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition

Pattern recognition involves identification of faces, objects, words, melodies, etc. The visual system does more than just interpret forms, contours and colors. Pattern recognition refers to the process of recognizing a set of stimuli arranged in a certain pattern that is characteristic of that set of stimuli.

Fresh Start

Fresh Start

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.