The Resonation of Donald Trump – Part Two

Last year I wrote about Donald Trump and how his political campaign resonated with many Americans because many of us enjoy a good affront to any establishment, especially that of the political kind. I mentioned that there is a deeply rooted national logic to it, thanks to the way our Founding Fathers behaved. I went…

2016 Presidential Election

What are these candidates trying to prove? How did we get here? Am I supposed to vote for a candidate or against another? This is called mudslinging? To vote or not to vote? How did we get here? Even if I do vote, will I regret it the next day? Funny how democracy tears us…

Nurturing an Innovation Ecosystem

There is a saying in California that I used to hear often. “If something is hot, pour gasoline on it”. It’s a good motto for nurturing an innovation ecosystem. Data from the Kauffman Foundation shows that most jobs are created when companies move past the incubation stage and into the sales growth or “gazelle” stage….

Silence and Respect

Taking a walk through hollowed ground. A tribute to those who were never found. Friends, Family and the Unknown Soldier. We Americans stand tall on their strong shoulders. Memorial Day is a somber one. Reviving memories of what needed to be done. Photo credit: Marta Girdwood Thanks for reading my thirty-fifth blog post. The Republican…

The Gig Economy

A recent longitudinal survey on employment duration from the Bureau of Labor Statistics almost nailed down my work history. And I quote, “young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of 7.2 jobs from age 18 through age 28.” That’s a new job every 17 months! This stat surprises most baby boomers, especially…

Toe the Line

As children we played the game “tug of war” often. This is where two teams would line up opposite each other and pull a thick rope with all their strength. The goal was to pull your opponents into the mud, which separated us by about ten feet. Each team would toe the line until one…

Polling Millennials

Rand Paul recently asked,“have you ever met a college student that has answered a presidential poll?” Great question. No Rand, I have never met a college student that has. The more I thought about this question, the more time I spent wondering why. Cliff Zukin, in a New York Times opinion piece, explained that due…

2016 Predictions

It’s going to be a year to remember. In no particular order, here is what I see occurring: Voters will swing the great political pendulum to the right. More islands will be built in the East Asian seas. Low oil prices will frustrate OPEC to the point of member attrition. Americans will vacation in Cuba…

Leaving California

After living in the Golden State for four great years, we decided to sell everything and move to Virginia. The entrepreneurial lure of the California is alive and well, but don’t confuse that with a pro-business regulatory climate. My wife and I moved to California to start a business in 2011. We had a small…

The Resonation of Donald Trump

In this short post, I enlist the adapted definition of resonation, which is to evoke a feeling of shared emotion or belief. At this moment, Donald Trump is surging in the polls. His out-spoken style and disregard for political correctness has resonated with many in the Republican Party. But, why? The Presidential Office is all…

A Wonderful Darwinian Mistake

I was fortunate to attend In the Year 2525: Big Science, Big History, and the Far Future of Humanity conference last month. Of the many thoughtful presentations, one in particular still keeps me up at night. Altruism is the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It goes against the logic of survival of the…

The Unstrung Pendulum

Have you ever heard of the luddites? They were a band of 19th-century English workers who destroyed machinery. Maybe it was out of fear losing their jobs, or maybe it was because the English never let a good riot pass them by. Either way, the term luddite is making its way back into mainstream. New…