Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing in particular to interest me on shore, I thought I’d sail about a little and explore the watery part of the world. -Hemingway
When I was about 20, I found a job on the Aleutian Islands in Kodiak, AK on a boat called the Alaska Spirit, and that spurred my career as a commercial fisherman. I fished salmon,
cod and crab- both opilio and king, on several different boats over the course of many years. It was dangerous. It was hard work. It was risky and uncertain, I got very little sleep and I fell in love with every aspect of these adventures. However, it was stressful. I’ve seen a man’s arm fall off, a man on my boat lost his life and I’ve fractured many bones in my time working in AK.
This entire experience prepared me for the fast-moving and volatile world of tech and startups, and that’s what would eventually bring me to San Francisco.
Companies I've worked at:
I currently work for Typeform leading their go-to-market initiatives.
My quirks on working with me
It's important to me that transparency is shared throughout the organization. from Leadership to new hires. At times, uncomfortably transparent about expectations, strategy and performance is necessary for the team to operate efficiently and with energy. Power is gained by sharing knowledge, not hoarding it.
Macro Successes & Micro failures.
Working for a company that allows you the freedom to fail, so long as you learn from those events and apply them to achieve macro successes. “Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.” -Tim O’Reilley
Passion and Enthusiasm.
Whether it's solving complex problems or simply helping other businesses grow, it's important to have genuine passion about working together on a shared mission.
Change is constant. Be adaptable.
Mission & Metrics.
Balancing the duality of mission & metrics is challenging. One way we aligned these at HubSpot was to have a core goal of “delighting customers.” This is one lesson we learned the hard way at Groupon: Have the courage to start with the customer. “My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers.” -Andrew Mason, Founder of Groupon
“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” -Oprah Winfrey
About this Doc
Through my various blog posts and interviews, I hope to give people a sense of what it’s like to work with me. I’ve noted a trend towards others doing the same (e.g. Luc Levesque calls this a