Founding Chaos

  • June 09, 2017 Episode 33: Gearing Up for Summer

    My kids will be out of school next week, which means I'm in the midst of what I call "the end of the school year silly season," fielding last minute requests for snacks for class parties and the like....

  • May 12, 2017 Founding Chaos, Episode 32: More Chaos Than Expected

    When I named this newsletter, the "chaos" in the title was personal. I was thinking about the chaos that would undoubtedly unfold as I tried to grow a company while bringing in enough contracting inco...

  • April 14, 2017 Founding Chaos, Episode 31: Why Am I Doing This Again?

    Last week, I had a bit of a crisis of faith, as I dealt with what I thought was an expensive tax-related mistake. The mistake turned out to be a minor, fixable one and not the $2500 catastrophe I thou...

  • March 10, 2017 Founding Chaos, Episode 30: Crushing It*

    If I'd written this letter last week, there would be no asterisk after the "Crushing It." Last Friday morning, I really did feel like I was crushing it. Of course, the fates could not stand for that, ...

  • February 10, 2017 Founding Chaos, Episode 29: Taking Risks

    I've been thinking a lot about risk lately, and especially the risk associated with not taking other risks.

  • January 13, 2017 Founding Chaos, Episode 28: Onward, into 2017!

    Given that 2017 starts in significantly more chaos and uncertainty that 2016 did, I find it a bit odd that I personally am in better mental shape now than I was in January, 2016. But it is true. I sta...

  • December 09, 2016 Founding Chaos, Episode 27: Moving Forward

    I'll admit that politics continues to be distracting for me, and I've decided to make peace with that. Some of the things going on right now do genuinely seem more important to me than anything else I...

  • November 11, 2016 Founding Chaos, Episode 26: Plans Change

    We are not where I thought we'd be when I wrote my last newsletter. I will not pretend I am not terrified by where we find ourselves. This is not a newsletter about politics, but if that last statemen...

  • October 14, 2016 Founding Chaos, Episode 25: Trying to Focus through the Maelstorm

    Elections are always a big deal, and work necessarily has to share space with politics while you sort out how you'll vote. This year's presidential election is something else entirely. Whenever I thin...

  • September 09, 2016 Founding Chaos, Episode 24: The Best-Laid Plans Edition

    My updated mid-year goals were out of date almost as soon as I wrote them. I worked on the production plan for the next book and realized that it would make more sense to release it in January than th...