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  • July 29th, 2014

    My 2nd Startup after 90 Days – 3 thoughts

    Over the past few months, I’ve returned to working in the startup environment. I forgot how much people doubt success and strive to maintain the status quo. This time around it’s a lot easier to get people to return an email. However it is just as hard the second time around as it was starting […]

  • June 2nd, 2014

    A small entrepreneur at the BIG Mackinac policy conference

    Being an entrepreneur is so in vogue now that everyone wants a piece of the action. It’s hard to find a business conference that doesn’t talk about entrepreneurs. One of the hardest words to spell has become standard jargon beyond tech circles into the big corporations. As a focus for the big Michigan policy conference, […]

  • May 1st, 2014

    Clubbing the Trolls on Capitol Hill

    Writing this from the Hart Building, about to meet with our two Senators (well… their staffers…) to discuss patent trolls. At Livio, we were very fortunate to avoid a lawsuit (of any kind). Obviously starting any business is exciting, and in the tech industry there’s never a dull moment with changing technology and major product […]

  • 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 […]