Awesome cover of an awesome song.
Yes, that is J. J. Abrams hanging out on set with R2D2.
Yesterday I met with a woman from an investment firm who runs communications for a portfolio that includes companies such as ASOS, Facebook, and Nasty Gal.
As the PR director, companies come to her for advice on media relations. The #1 question she receives from them though is, “Which PR firm should we hire?” Accordingly, she’s been putting in the time to connect with firms, and come up with some first-hand recommendations.
In other words, this was more or less a casual interview to see if my business would be the type of outfit she could feel confident recommending to the 100+ household names & upcoming startups her company holds a stake in. No biggie.
About an hour in, she asked if I felt vulnerable or insecure about my being so young and only having had three years of experience in the field. The answer any sane person in this “sales opportunity” would give is, “No. I’m extremely confident about my team and its capabilities! You can trust your companies in my hands!” followed by a pinky promise.
I truly love my job. I like to think I’m good at it. But at the end of the day, I know only being alive for 25 years has not afforded me the luxury of time to be the most experienced in my field. I haven’t worked with a company through to an IPO yet, or held court for a brand through a time of major crisis - there’s vulnerability there, especially when we’re up for consideration against leaders twice our age with teams twice our size. That’s a reality, and it’s not going to change any time soon (unless time magically stops for everyone except me much like any recent Rachel McAdams movie).
So yes, 100% I feel vulnerable. Some days more than others (those are the days where employees have to do a lot of explaining for me). It’s knowing that I don’t know everything that causes me to live by these 4 things:
- Hire people more experienced & smarter than I am
- Be clear upfront about anticipated results & capabilities
- Charge based upon the value I can confidently deliver
- Work tirelessly
Those are the same 4 things that end up defining the quality of my personal output and in turn, contribute to the character of our company. I’m not so experienced that I can rest easy on my laurels and seniority. The past three years have provided an amazing learning curve and a wide array of industry initiatives to get knee deep in & really own, but even still, I compensate for my lack of time in the trenches by crossing every t, saying yes at every sensible opportunity, and knowing when to assign tasks outside my reach to those better equipped. I know I have to work twice as hard, hire twice as sharply, and be twice as thorough to cement our place in this space. I am not “hungry” for work (there’s no shortage of demand for PR representation right now) but I am “hungry” to constantly prove to myself that I am not letting anyone down - that I am putting client money to its best possible use, and simultaneously providing the best listening ear and delegating hand for my team that I am able.
Vulnerability has led to me to iterating for new approaches, setting clear objectives & expectations upfront, incorporating the ideas and backgrounds of my team, and a myriad of other activities that have made this company stronger.
It’s the soft, malleable parts of my vulnerability that congealed the work foundation I’ve built upon. So am I vulnerable? Yes. Does that mean I’ll put in the time to weigh each option then work my ass off to deliver? Yes to that, too.
Mallory’s one of the most talented entrepreneurs in this city that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She’s absolutely amazing. We’ve been meeting regularly for over a year and once in a great while, rarely, I am reminded of her age. When that happens, I am even more impressed.
I just turned off voicemail on my phone. You have to call AT&T to make that happen. I feel much better living in the 21st Century. And I also feel better saving all that collective time from those leaving voicemails and me listening to voicemails. So much waste…saved!
Oh man you can do that? I am so in.
'The Night of the Doctor' Mini Episode is here!
The Bringer of Darkness, the Oncoming Storm, the Doctor, the Warrior - A Time Lord! The 50th Anniversary features Matt Smith, David Tennant and a mysterious incarnation played by John Hurt. Only one appears in the mini episode, The Night of the Doctor. But which?
Watch the Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor Prequel NOW. Via BBC
If you watch Doctor Who holy crap this is fracking incredible.
THIS IS MIND BOGGLING.
Some doctors email. But their main priority and financial incentive is seeing patients in their office because that’s how they get paid. One of our investors recently said he invested because of one simple realization: “you can email a doctor.”
Of course that’s important. However, that’s only part of our killer feature.
Sherpaa’s killer feature is that you can email with our doctors who’s sole responsibility is to email with you and solve problems over email.
We’ve hired doctors and told them their only job is to solve medical problems over email. And we’ve found that 70% of medical problems are solved this way without referring you to see a doctor in person. That’s the killer feature— hired, undistracted doctors who communicate efficiently and effectively like we all do nowadays.
Sometimes when I’m explaining to Sherpaa I get a little oblique going on about saving employers money on insurance premiums, etc. etc.
Then I just say something about how “you can email your doctor.”
And every single time, the person’s face lights up and they say “I want that.”
One World Trade Center has been crowned the tallest building in the Americas, standing at a symbolic (and now official) 1,776 feet. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international body that determines the heights of skyscrapers, and ruled that the spire atop One World Trade is an architecturally significant feature of the building — not an antenna.
So basically we had to cheat and call an antenna a permanent part of the structure, so we could have a building taller than one they built in Chicago forty years ago.
Percolate co-founder James Gross talks social scale at #PercoCS
This summit was amazing today. So crazy all the things Percolate is doing. Really firing on all cylinders. Amazing to watch a company mature so fast.
My cover has been blown.
ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG
I find it astounding that so many people think “young people these days” are apathetic or stupid or lazy or whatever when EVERY SINGLE GENERATION EVER has said the exact same thing about the generation that came after it.
Maybe they’re just a little bit different from you…building and connecting and affecting change in different ways. Maybe you’re basing your assessment on the one kid who smashed your pumpkin and not the 100 million who didn’t. Maybe the fact that you can’t see past your nose says more about you than about the people you think you’re looking at.
The Boomers broke the world. My generation, Gen X, sat and moped about it. The millennials want to fix it. Also, the first millennials are like 30 now. They’re not kids anymore.
"The effects on real estate value alone could be devastating, Mr. Strauss said. His research shows..."
The effects on real estate value alone could be devastating, Mr. Strauss said. His research shows that there is about $156 billion worth of property, and 300,000 homes, on 2,120 square miles of land that is less than three feet above the high tide line in Florida.
At that same level, Mr. Strauss said, Florida has 2,555 miles of road, 35 public schools, one power plant and 966 sites listed by the Environmental Protection Agency, such as hazardous waste dumps and sewage plants.
The amount of real estate value, and the number of properties potentially affected, rises incrementally with each inch of sea-level rise, he said.
Professor Wanless insists that no amount of engineering proposals will stop the onslaught of the seas. “At two to three feet, we start to lose everything,” he said.”
Florida is wholly and truly screwed.
"[I am challenging] the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. We’re..."
- Mike Rowe on How Many Are Following the ‘Worst Advice in the History of the World’ (via courtenaybird)
I get pretty excited about little things that make my life easier. One of those annoying remnants of the 20th Century is carrying around your insurance card in your wallet. So, launching early next week…all you have to do is log in to Sherpaa to view your insurance card with all the details you’d need about your health insurance in nice and friendly, understandable language.
It’s the little big things that make me happy. I do have to say it’s the most beautiful insurance card I’ve ever seen.
This is awesome.