Founding Chaos

  • August 11, 2017 Episode 35: The Half Year Review

    In July's newsletter, I promised to write about my half year review this month. My assumption was that I would have already done it, since I usually do my half year review in July. But this summer has...

  • July 14, 2017 Episode 34: Post-Vacation, Energized and Catching Up

    A vacation always does me good, but also leaves me scrambling to catch up. I had mostly figured out how to avoid the post-vacation "OMG, I can't catch up" feeling when I was an employee. I'm still wor...

  • 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...