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  • January 21st, 2014

    10 Years at CES

    I had to get on LinkedIn to check and confirm that this year’s CES was my 10th. In 2004, I had my first “real job” as a product manager for Numark making DJ gear. During that year, I started working with a young brand owned by Numark called ION Audio. At the time, ION was […]

  • November 16th, 2013

    eMail Tech for Startups – Don’t let your startup team use an email program on their computer!

    Use Google Apps for Business for Hosting You can host your domain wherever you want, but point your mail server over to Google and use Google Apps for Business (basically Gmail). Google now offers 30Gb of storage per user so there’s no more issues of filled inboxes. Sure there are more affordable solutions, and there […]

  • October 26th, 2013

    Sold To Ford – One Month Later

    Been a crazy month since the closing and the announcement. Here are three thoughts: Serial entrepreneurs: I am writing this on the plane back from my annual CEO Conference and Industry Forum held by the Consumer Electronics Association. Until last week I never realized how many entrepreneurs I already knew that have started multiple businesses. […]

  • August 19th, 2013

    When the meeting is over, stop talking.

    My first gig after college was working at Numark in Rhode Island, as a product manager in the DJ equipment industry. One day I walked into someone’s office and asked “Hey, do you have a min?” and got back “No, I’m really busy right now.” So of course I was like “OK, I’ll make this […]