A Defense of Being Busy

Being busy has a bad rap these days. And to be fair, being occupied with lots of tasks has plenty of faults and pitfalls, from overcommitment to lack of focus. And isn’t it insufferable when everyone tells you how “busy” […]

Celebrate Monday Nights

Everyone fears Mondays, which is probably why I love the idea of rebelling against the expectations of Mondays. I share the opinion with Gary Vaynerchuk that you should go all out in your Monday workday. But that’s its own post. […]

Many Hands Make Deeper Work

I love riding the wave of a growing company. Everything changes as employee headcount grows, and it’s one of the best personal challenges around. One genuine surprise from my experience so far has been seeing how headcount correlates with workload. […]

There Is No Such Thing as a Normal Company

If you think your company is uniquely strange and “not normal,” you’re right, but you’re also wrong. Every company sometimes seems to have hierarchies that make no sense, or places where hierarchy seems desperately needed. Every company sometimes seems to be missing an […]

The Blue-Collar Knowledge Worker Manifesto

n. Knowledge worker – Knowledge workers are workers whose main capital is knowledge. Examples include software engineers, physicians, pharmacists, architects, engineers, scientists, design thinkers, public accountants, lawyers, and academics, and any other white-collar workers, whose line of work requires the one to “think for a living“. The more I’m exposed to the industry of marketing, the more I learn […]

End Meetings on Time

There is something life-changing about a Meeting Monday when meetings end on time. When you end meetings on time (or early), you can feel the relief in the room. People go back to their work with little surprised grins of […]

Saying Goodbye to the Old Office

Dear old office, You delightful old scamp. I’m going to miss you. Today the BitPay team that’s called you home for more than three years is moving on to (hopefully) greener pastures in Alpharetta. I’ll not forget, you though. As Shakespeare’s King […]

Starlight on a Small Town

Constellations and cities of stars Shine down on small towns, on ours Shine down on constellations of static men The sparkling worlds above shine on dying stars below   Stars, undimmed by our small shoddy brightness Not light from rundown stations, rundown stores, rundown lives No, […]