It’s surprising to me that people in technology don’t craft a “reverse resume” and keep it in a public place that then states their career goals and what it’d take for an opportunity to look interesting.
An interesting thought from my friend Tony Wright about deciding what’s important to you in a career opportunity, and putting it front-and-center for recruiters and potential collaborators of the world to see.
When I was growing up, my dad owned several Everly Brothers cassettes and LPs, and one of my first concert memories is watching their reunion concert “Live at Royal Albert Hall" on HBO. I must have been around 6. R.I.P. Phil Everly.
When we got married 8 years ago, we went on a 10-day honeymoon to Greece. That was the longest vacation of my adult life, and I remember hopping on the wi-fi throughout the trip to check in on the startup I was working on.
When each of our kids were born I took about a week off — some of you may remember the work-related excitement going on at TeachStreet when Ruby was born, and I’ll never forget that the first flowers that arrived after Dewey was born were from a potential acquirer.
In general, vacations have consisted of a long weekend or single work week for as long as I’ve been working. This year, however, we decided to go all out and take a 3-week road trip around New Zealand in a camper van.
I won’t bore you with the details; you can see some photos on my instagram (and eventually on flickr), but besides for a small medical mishap, it was the best vacation we’ve ever taken.
By the way, everyone talks about “unplugging” when it comes to vacations. We most certainly didn’t do that. My first stop at the Auckland airport was to get a prepaid SIM card (4GB data + unlimited txt + 120 minutes for around $40). Being able to freely use the web, email, and various apps, especially the Camping NZ app, was priceless. That we could tether all of our devices through my phone was the icing on the cake.
One thing I did do, to make sure I didn’t get too distracted from vacationing, was to completely delete my work email and calendar from my iPhone. If you have this luxury, I highly recommend it.
Congratulations to my friend Fred Wilson on the 10th anniversary of his blog, AVC. One of my favorite early days features on AVC was a podcast that Fred and his family hosted, “Positively 10th Street”, named after this song.
“Instead of believing Google would be best for me, I started to think it was exactly the wrong place. This had nothing to do with Google – as employees, press and the stock market attests, Google has been kicking butt – and everything to do with the type of dad I wanted to become. Being able to teach her the value of chasing her passions, leaning into her fears, trying new things and being entrepreneurial were among my top priorities. How would I do this from Google, where she’d be visiting me in one of many offices, in one of many buildings? Was my message to her “daddy was very lucky to find a great company when it was small and then stayed there for 20 years?””—Hunter Walk, The “Why” of Homebrew