• The Business Mentor I Admire Most

    Adapted from an essay written to support my admission to S.P.A.R.K., a Startup Weekend held with Technori in July 2011. *** As corny as it sounds, I already have my dream business mentor: my father.  He runs a small family business in Rockford, IL.  He makes metal parts, which is far from my traditional interests or […]
  • The Fifth Truth: Defy Gravity

    Adapted from an essay written to support my admission to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in February 2008. *** Our private equity partner team signs their emails with four truths: communicate fearlessly, compress time, work tirelessly, and love what you do. These truths have been good to me, helping me achieve success […]
  • Truths To Live By via Bob Sherman

    Early in my career, I had worked with some amazing folks. Industry giants, actually. People who would teach me a lot about business, about what it meant to be a leader, and how gave me opportunities above and beyond my experience or years. Folks like Jim Yager of Barrington Broadcasting, and Bob Pittman, Bob Sherman, […]
  • Do Well

    A note to the graduates of  the Chicago Startup Leadership Program (SLP) 2013, written March 21, 20113. *** During grad school, rather than wishing students “good luck” on tests, the faculty at Booth would often print the phrase “do well” next to the honor code. Luck is random; acquiring skills to be in a position to […]
  • Why I Play the Lotto

    Originally posted on Build In Chicago. As a child, we dream about being astronauts, our backyard tree house becomes an outpost in the Wild West fight between soldiers and Indians, and the only limit to what we can accomplish is chime of mom’s dinner bell (or text message). Somewhere along the way, we start becoming […]
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