Ich bin ein Berliner

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin.

I never met President Kennedy but it’s comforting to know we share this sentiment (though I might swap ‘men’ for ‘people’ but that’s the 2015 in me).

While Berlin and Germany have long been on my travel bucket list (a layover in Frankfurt doesn’t count), when the real opportunity to visit emerged through my work, I couldn’t believe it: could we really do this now? For reasons I couldn’t fully articulate, Berlin has long held a captivating if ephemeral appeal to me. So much history, so much culture and so much transformation in so little time. But these were all abstract concepts to me before last month. Continue reading →

Still Weird, Still Awesome Austin

2015 marked my 4th year not-in-a-row at South by Southwest. My observations from last year still largely hold true, though this year some of the crowds seem to have staved off (Mykel, my Austinite buddy, speculated that some of this may be from key sponsorship changes this year – from Chevrolet to Mazda and from Frito-Lay to…McDonalds…) and I’m not going to disagree: I sure didn’t head over to the Golden Arches area. That said, there is such a plethora of rich, meaningful content and amazing people all in one spot, it still deserves a go. Continue reading →

What is all the fuss?

It’s hard not to love Gilda Radner or SNL. And I’ll go one step further: for me, it’s impossible not to love Emily Litella. She never understood why people made such a fuss over things.

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In 2015, I think Emily would be asking what all the fuss is about remote working (or maybe she’d ask what the fuss is about demote twerking…hint: you need to watch those episodes to understand).

Distributed teams really got their legs with the advent of open source projects and are becoming increasingly mainstream…but are not without their drama. My short presentation at yesterday’s always-awesome Forward 2 conference dispels some common fears and myths about remote work, and provides some tips on making distributed teams awesome. Enjoy!