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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 as a father. Five years ago, when she was born, you could qualify me as “barely present,” consumed with personal and professional turmoil. Today I have graduated to “highly present,” and our 6-week family adventure… Read More

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 Pedro, Belize for six weeks, and we will be legitimately homeless. For some, this might be a scary proposition. The consumption habits of American suburbia compounded with a doom and gloom 24–7 news cycle crushes… Read More

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 😉 One afternoon I was emailing the founders, and through our conversation, I uncovered they were headed off to different projects, unsure of what to do with the tool. As someone who preaches against the dangers… Read More

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 action TV shows and films. Witnessing her favorite characters from Daniel Tiger (a Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood spinoff series PBS launched in 2012) come to life in the land of make-believe was a profound moment. Since her discovery,… Read More

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 is open the curtains…We live in a cool home my talented architect husband built on a little lake outside Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it has a wall of windows in our bedroom. The first thing… Read More

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 flow positive. The trade show needed to result in immediate sales or we were sunk. So I did what I knew best: run around as a pickle hustling for people to sign up. I wasn’t… Read More

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. So why hire a coach? The reality is we are completely blind to many assumptions, scripts and points of view that are obvious to a total stranger or in this case, your coach. A coach is someone… Read More

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 ball attempts from companies touting an MVV birthed in a sweaty corporate boardroom. Start With Why by Simon Sinek is one of the best books I’ve read that deconstructs the importance of creating your MVV from… Read More

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 where questions are welcomed and new ideas can be shared, fostered and ultimately implemented by anyone. The slide that garnished a fair amount of laughs — or perhaps sympathy chuckles — was this one: Grow… Read More