What I’ve Learned in the Hosting Business

In 2008 I set out to bring web hosting technologies built around native IPv6 connectivity to market. In October of 2008, HostHaus was born. It’s been a long journey in the 7 years operating the business, with many lessons learned along the way. Most of what I’ve learned from running this business, is just how Read More

Perception Is Not Reality

In my not-so-distant past I heard the phrase “Perception is reality.” When I heard it, I couldn’t help but laugh because it sounded so passé. Who talks like that – let alone thinks that way? I’ve always been a big believer in meritocracy, and this phrase undermines that completely. So, let’s dissect this statement, and Read More

Does the customer really matter?

You hear the phrases customer centricity, customer first, customer focus, and customer experience used a lot … but is the business that’s using those phrases actually looking out for what’s best for the customer … or their consumer? Wait – what? Most people tell me that the words customer and consumer are synonymous. They aren’t. In fact, they mean Read More

Childhood’s Hour

Every so often, you make decisions that are not your finest, your smartest, or in anyone’s best interest. More often than not, those decisions lead to some of life’s biggest regrets. Mine have, I know that much. However, this evening, some of my biggest regrets became history not to be repeated. A few days ago, Read More

Mexico, Mezcal, and More!

I just spent a work-week down in Mexico working with our new team – what an awesome experience that was! I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of incredibly focused, passionate and talented people in my life, and these amazing people are no different. It’s a breath of fresh air. We’ve been working Read More

What Happens in Cali

The past few weeks have proven to be quite interesting. Aside from lots of changes going on at work, and even more in my personal life, it seems that one of two things is happening in tandem: – Either everyone else is having life-shifting moments/events too – I’m starting to look at the world through Read More

Jetsetting

This past week I went down to Monterrey, Mexico to visit and see what it was like for work. I don’t know that I could have had a more enjoyable experience out of the country in a place that wasn’t a “vacation destination.” The people in Monterrey are so polite and outgoing, very hospitable, and Read More

Enjoying Life

The past few months have been a test for me. After almost 10 years, I made a major change in my personal life after a great deal of thinking, soul-searching, and analyzing what was right and wrong with my life. It wasn’t an easy decision, but a necessary one. After almost 10 years with someone, Read More

WDWGFH?

It wouldn’t all fit in the subject, and still look pretty … so for those that aren’t deep in the bowels of my mind (feel fortunate) … where do we go from here?

It’s quite obvious that I’ve completely failed at life when it comes to actually taking the time to write on this blog. I’m going to try to do this … I promise. Just don’t hate me if I don’t.

A lot’s going on since the last time I posted. A lot of good. A lot of bad. A lot of “should have happened sooner”, and a lot of “I can’t wait for it to happen” things. For the sake of keeping personal life personal, I won’t share it all here … if you really want to know … and should know … you already know how to get a hold of me and ask. So, with that, some updates …

I’ve come to the understanding, more so than I had before, that I’ve got a pretty awesome team of people working with me at Tapjoy. Some shifts and changes to the way that we worked were necessary, and because of it I’ve seen a drop in morale and “want” to do the job. It really puts it into perspective the amount of dedication and passion that people have for their work. I’m looking forward to being the one to lead the charge to get our business to fully understand exactly what it is we do, why we do it, and the time we spend doing it. If I don’t – who will?

We’re getting to the time where the results of year-end reviews will be released. So I’m excited and nervous to see where that leads for me. Since September, I’ve had a lot of more responsibility piled in my lap which I’ve been happy to take on, but I’m ready for the company to hopefully recognize the very dramatic shift in my responsibilities and the obstacles I’ve had to overcome to be able to take on a lot of things I had no experience in.

Traveling seems to be a new thing. I was in Phoenix not long ago to install some servers for Tapjoy, and now I’m off to Mexico in just a few short days for on on-site vendor visit. I’m excited to go, and can’t wait to see what I find … but it’s a lot of traveling in a short amount of time. Maybe I’ll just become accustom to jet setting around the globe?

I’ve also made the decision that one way or another I’m going to find time to go back to school … just not sure what for yet … and not sure where. With a full-time job (that expands more than 40 hours per week), it’s going to be tough, but worth it in the end. I’m eager to learn again.

So on to the meat and potatoes …

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Twenty Fourteen

It’s a little hard to believe that it’s 2014 already … and that January is almost over. 2013 had some great moments, some not so great moments, things to do, things that got done, people who came, went, and morphed. It all happened so quickly. 2014 seems to be off to a start, that’ll put Read More

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