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November 19, 2018

Project Thanks

Over this week, a turkey driven holiday gets a brief moment in the air fryer before the juggernaut of Christmas flattens anything in its path. Yesterday I struggled to find a fall greeting card. Snowflakes and snowmen were slamming my retinas from every direction. My six year old has taken up a true injustice to

December 21, 2017

Grow some pickles.

Last week I hosted an event with the Arizona Tech Council titled The 5 Foundations of a Profitable Creative Culture. The primary crux of the presentation was to explore how creativity can lead to real profits. When I say creativity, I don’t mean a bunch of hipsters coming up with viral YouTube videos. I mean a business culture

December 21, 2017

The concept of coaching is insane. Or so I thought.

At first glance, the concept of coaching is a bit insane. Pay $100 to $1000 an hour to talk to an individual who asks you a bunch of questions, and you end up providing most of the answers. Rarely do they have an academic degree or any certification and your outcome is anything but certain.

December 21, 2017

Mission, Vision, Values. Sit Back. Let’s Talk.

It’s time we talk about your values. How many times have you heard about a company’s mission, vision, and values (MVV)? If you’ve been an entrepreneur for any amount of time these terms either hit home or make you groan. Admittedly, most of us are in the latter camp. A result of one too many lame

December 21, 2017

Five Start Up Lessons I Learned From Mr. Rogers

Last week my 3-year-old daughter, Reese, discovered the classic PBS show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Happiness surged through my heart as she sat entranced by the same show that taught a generation — my generation — how to live a life filled with kindness and curiosity. Over the years Reese has shown a great affinity for live

December 21, 2017

How hard do you hustle?

What is hustle? This photo sums it all up: Yup, that’s me, dressed as a pickle. I spent two days handing out 360 pickles, promoting our service and actually having a great time. At the time, the ICON sponsorship was more money than we had. We were less than 2 months old and barely cash

December 21, 2017

My Secret to Sanity. Routines.

Sites like My Morning Routine make me laugh. It seems most entries are from single, young and/or kid-free individuals reflecting on the optimal window to drink black tea after their sunrise meditation session. Here is a great example from the site: “I usually wake up around 8:30 am, without an alarm, and the first thing I do

December 21, 2017

The 4 Pillars of A Location Independent, Family Driven Entrepreneur

We are deep into our Belize trip, and I can’t believe we have less than two weeks left before our unceremonious return to the Arizona desert. Earlier in the month, my daughter Reese celebrated her fifth birthday. As I reflected on her life thus far, I noticed a massive increase in my ability to be present

December 21, 2017

My 10 Year Plan To Become Homeless

In less than 21 days our apartment lease will expire, we will pack up everything we own, discard an embarrassingly high volume of college IKEA furniture, move our belongings into storage and accomplish something I have dreamed of for over a decade — true location independence. My family and I will set off to San

February 18, 2017

So I Bought A Company…

Late last year, an attractive opportunity surfaced with a tool we use and love every day, YesInsights. The software is a dead simple way to collect customer feedback, even NPS scores. If you are a Design Pickle client, you have received many emails built with YesInsights. By the way, thank you for always responding to every… single… one 😉