10 Critical Lessons Before Writing the Check

Blake Patton’s Insights for Early Stage Investors

I am a fan of Blake Patton. I respect him as a husband, father, community leader and friend. He is also this year’s local keynote speaker for the October 6th Atlanta High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Blake started Tech Square Ventures three years ago. In this short time he has: Raised Tech Square’s initial fund Tapped […]

It’s All About Family

And Family Is About Faith

“You’re getting married in the midst of this job search?” I was talking to a recent Georgia Tech MBA graduate. He had offers to become a consultant but came to me for advice on startup opportunities. After getting into his background a bit, I understood why. He’s smart and ambitious and has always been drawn […]

How to Give Advice That Makes a Difference

The Essence of Greatness

Jim Porter was one of the great mentors in my life. I tell stories about what I learned from him, but I was never able to answer the questions, “Why did Jim have such an impact on your life? What made him so great?” They seem like such simple questions. Of course, I would give an […]

The Secret to Making Lifelong Friends

It was 6:30 am on Friday in Milan, Italy, and we were headed to Malpensa International Airport. We were flying back to the United States having just completed an eight-day motorcycle ride from Milan to Pisa to Assisi to Bologna and back to Milan. We traveled 908 miles according to my odometer and covered some of the most beautiful […]

How God Transformed Me From a Self-Centered, Overly-Ambitious, Narcissistic, Egomaniac Drunk

And Saved My Marriage

“I am impressed with a lot of men for their accomplishments. I am most impressed and intrigued by men who have accomplished a successful marriage. You’ve been married for forty years. What is the secret?” he asked. It was eleven o’clock at night, and we were standing on the terrace of our hotel. We were […]

3 Characteristics of Servant Leadership

Kathy and I are on an eight-day motorcycle journey through Tuscany, Italy with a group of riders. Here’s how the servant heart of one of our fellow riders convicted and inspired me. A group of us were getting our motorcycles ready for the trip. We had to become acquainted with our rental bikes—figure out the […]

All You Can Do Is All You Can Do

But All You Can Do Is Enough

The other night over dinner, Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado, CEO of Compassion International, told me a compelling story of how he was raised in a poor family with a mom and dad who were sold-out for Jesus. Grabbed by a Stranger “I was walking through the plaza in my small town in Mexico on a very […]