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100 day plan with Group 8020: Picking up the momentum post-vacation

On August 26th covering ,

Returning to my normal life post-vacation, I want to note the progress with Mark Hollander’s 100-Day Plan. We spoke Friday before last.

Mark is helping me move forward by bringing focus to my efforts. This is what I need the most, as I have more ideas than I can realistically execute. It also seems to be a knack of his. This doesn’t entirely feel good — since he’s a quick and creative guy, it’s easy to move quickly in the conversation and get a lot of ideas. He will pluck out one thread of the conversation and just advise that I table everything else. This is oddly difficult to do — just as a bad, verbose writer can’t stand to edit out the superfluous, flowery verbiage and reduce the prose to its main essentials, I have difficulty letting go of my distracting notions. I find myself rebelling a bit and consider writing the academic article he warned me to back-burner, just out of spite. But part of the experiment is to see what I learn by allowing Mark to focus my efforts. My wild-hair notions will alway be there. Read more »

“friends” and friends

On August 9th covering

In the age of social networking, we need finer gradations of the concept of friend. Here’s Kevin Kelly’s.

Mine is this: A friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move a dead body. How often do you find that on Facebook?

100 day plan with Group 8020: Kickoff

On August 9th covering ,

I had my first phone meeting with Group 8020’s Mark Hollander yesterday. I’m blogging this to reflect on the process in real time, to learn about the consulting/coaching process as well as to discern what Mark’s special sauce might be. Isn’t that what a lot of it’s about? We all need to discover our special sauce. (Let us not dwell on this vaguely disgusting metaphor too closely).


I won’t be regurgitating the details here. We covered a lot of ground rapidly, reviewing my situation and rapidly agreeing on some big goals. Mark’s diagnostic process is quick and direct, though somehow not superficial. It’s more in the clarifying spirit of let’s-not-ignore-the-obvious.

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100 day plan with Group 8020: t-minus 3:10

On August 8th covering , ,

Today is the launch of my 100-day push. Mark Hollander sent me a countdown clock with the Group 8020 logo emblazoned. It’s pre-programmed with 100 days and during my phone meeting with Mark today we will ceremonially push start together. I do not know if he will strike a gong or send me out to get a tattoo to commemorate the moment.

I like the clarifying simplicity of this little gizmo. It’s the instantiation of existential reality. We don’t have forever. Better get to it.

I’ve made a place for it among the nest of totems beneath my monitor: Read more »

the cult of Y Combinator? I think not.

On August 8th 1 Comment covering , , , ,

Y Combinator is a Venture Capital group led by Paul Graham. It’s named after a mathematical function that I can’t come close to understanding. Something to do with recursion, I gather, probably an inside joke for LISP programmers. They provide seed money for tech startups — small amounts that allows them to do the initial work that will attract larger funding.

More importantly, they ask their sponsored groups move to Cambridge or the Bay Area for an intense 3-month sprint (they don’t like calling it a boot camp) where they receive lots of mentoring and work like their very lives depend on it. Read more »