Romancing The Good Old Days (But Were They?!)

Understanding the Regression in Phase Three

This is the fourth in a series about getting your life back on track and achieving your goals. I was certain I needed to get back to my roots. I wanted to recreate what was the most fulfilling experience in my life. I wanted to return to entrepreneurs and startups. That’s where it was all […]

The Difficult Task of Confronting Inner Truth

Tackling the Second Phase

This is the third in a series about getting your life back on track and achieving your goals. I was sitting at the breakfast table waiting for Tony, my boss, to arrive. Two weeks prior, we had dinner in New York City. Over dinner, he asked me to take a 10% cut in pay. The […]

Phase 1 of Reimagining Life

How Discontent Led Me to Avoid Change

This is the second in a series about getting your life back on track and achieving your goals. I was 38. I had a great job. I had a support staff. I was making good money and traveling first class. My title was president of US operations. I had an encouraging and supportive boss, a […]

How a Galopogos Tour Guide Gave Me Fresh Insight

And Helped Me Appreciate a Purpose Foreign to My Own

“The pirates visiting the island introduced goats, donkeys, and rats,” said Sophia, our tour guide. Kathy and I were on an anniversary trip to the Galapagos Islands. There are thirteen islands, all of which originated from volcanic eruptions. They believe these islands became inhabited by unique species somehow floating or flying the six hundred miles […]

What a Restaurant Yelling Match Taught Me About Friendship

And Wise Advice From Kathy

“You don’t have to fix me,” Edmund blurted out. Kathy and I were having a pleasant dinner with Edmund, an out-of-town friend (not his real name). He is about my age and was talking about the transition in life which is staring him in the face. He attended seminars to pursue his new interest of […]

Hard Lessons Learned from a Gifted Entrepreneur

Karim Abouelnaga is one of the brightest and most inspiring entrepreneurs I have ever known. We met at the Atlanta-based Points of Light Civic Accelerator, CivicX, which is in the shadow of the Georgia Tech campus. After my presentation on angel investing, I talked with several of the accelerator’s participating entrepreneurs, including Karim. Karim’s company […]

No. 10: People don’t fund ideas. They fund businesses.

14. A great entrepreneur is relatively disciplined but not patient. Drive outweighs discipline. 13. Before investing, angels want the big return. After investing, angels want risk mitigation. It’s human nature. 12. Sustainability is always a nonprofit’s number one challenge. 11. Most of the leads we get come from something we did proactively to generate the […]

What Type of Angel Investor Are You?

“There are three ways to do early-stage investing,” Nelson Chu insightfully said. I was meeting with three of the smartest investing minds I know: Nelson Chu, Graham Osborn, and Chris Dardaman. We were discussing Graham’s upcoming presentation to Angel Lounge at the ATDC. His topic was applying Peter Thiel’s Power Law of Venture Capital to […]

We Are All Uniquely Made

I drove into the garage at the ATDC, and the gate was in the up position. “That’s weird,” I said to myself. I quickly decided I still needed to get a ticket for parking or I’d never get out of the garage. I pressed the machine which dispenses tickets, and it did nothing. I pressed […]