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, […]

Quintains for City Sunrises and Sunsets

What is a cinquain?  Defeated skyline sags in shadow Shadow hides invader night Streetlamps shoot out stars with lighter bows Lone firefly sentinels hold to their light The defenders await day’s sight   The beaten darkness retreats Proud buildings wake from witched sleep The phoenix city […]

Writers Are Sorcerers

Have you ever wished you could change reality just by uttering a few words? Who hasn’t? We remember every magician or wizard story we’ve ever read. We remember the enduring appeal of stories like Harry Potter, the enduring allure of characters like Gandalf, […]