Thoughts about Google and Sparrow


I’ve read several articles and blog posts recently about Google’s acquisition of Sparrow.

I’m on the fence. Some great technology needs deep pockets to get the next level and reach the masses. Other times these deals are for strategic competitive advantage, possibly at the expense of you and me — or the passionate entrepreneur.

I’m certainly not keen on stifling the innovations of the entrepreneurs in our midst. My family’s full of small business owners. I get it.

In fact, it really bothered me how the LimitNone’s gMove got shafted by Google back in the day.

However, thinking generally, these types of acquisitions can be good. They can motivate other startups and provide lasting innovation in the marketplace.

Help me out. I’m trying not to be so dogmatic that I can only look at this as a negative, while ignoring the opportunities.

What I’ll miss about working at NPH

As some of you already know, I’m leaving my current place of employment and starting a new job next week tomorrow.

I’m indebted to NPH.   I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people on some cool projects since 1996.

Thank you.

::fist bump::

Here’s some of what I’ll miss the most:

  1. the yearly Sheridan’s frozen custard
  2. an amazing health insurance plan
  3. volleypong in the warehouse
  4. BBQ lunches with @jlshultz
  5. walking to the finish line
  6. the best parking spot
  7. the gurgle of doom
  8. naming servers
  9. stromboli day
  10. a dark office
(^^ see what I did there?)

Fighting through

[eames lounge]

This quote from Ira Glass encourages me.

What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me…is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.