At Work

AirBnB’s “Overnight” Success?

| April 30, 2014 | Reply
AirBnB’s “Overnight” Success?

In the Internet space, it’s so easy to get caught up in the big success story that comes piped in from Pando or TechCrunch that shows how a company went from zero to hero in an obscenely short amount of time. While it’s true that, on occasion, the ‘up and to the right’ explosive growth […]

Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

| April 25, 2014 | Reply
Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

Here is my TV segment on San Diego 6 TV on cool travel apps. Below is the video and my write-up on the coolest travel apps I’ve found. Waze Both Android and iPhone – FREE Crowdsourcing – which means gathering information from communities and giving more people access to the information. So, this crowdsourced app […]

Creative Stuff

What You Choose to Focus On

| June 1, 2013 | Reply
What You Choose to Focus On

I caught this picture this evening as the sun cut through the clouds over the San Diego bay.   The contrast between the overhanging clouds and the light was powerful for me. It reminded me that, in life, we have a choice of what to focus on. We can choose to focus on the dark […]

Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

| February 18, 2013 | Reply
Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

I closed my eyes like she asked me to, and held out my hands. She came over, kissed my cheek, and placed something at my fingertips. I felt thick, velvety paper, rolled up like a scroll. I opened my eyes to see a hand-made valentines card, complete with a ribbon and adorned with heart-felt thoughts […]

Life!

Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

| April 25, 2014 | Reply
Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

Here is my TV segment on San Diego 6 TV on cool travel apps. Below is the video and my write-up on the coolest travel apps I’ve found. Waze Both Android and iPhone – FREE Crowdsourcing – which means gathering information from communities and giving more people access to the information. So, this crowdsourced app […]

Baby Girls and Startups

| April 19, 2014 | Reply
Baby Girls and Startups

Last week, I had an email exchange with Merrick Lozano of PRLeap.com. I’ve known Merrick for many years and enjoyed watching him grow his company while also building a family. I asked him about how he was enjoying his new baby girl. I don’t have kids now and often wondered just how some entrepreneurs manage […]

Personal Development

Take Action

| November 19, 2013 | Reply
Take Action

When the fear of “things staying the same” exceeds the fear of “failure,” that’s when the magical stuff happens.                        

Raising Your Game

| September 4, 2013 | 1 Reply
Raising Your Game

This month is an incredibly busy month for the team at TakeLessons. You can feel the added focus and pressure to get out a major software release on time. Here’s a note I sent to my peeps today. I thought it might encourage you to raise your game as well… Can you feel it? This […]

Speaking

A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

| March 20, 2013 | Reply
A Couple Pointers on Becoming a Better Presenter

A friend of mine asked me to watch a presentation that he needed to give to 50-60 people on a business topic and give him some feedback. While he did good, I had a couple nuggets I’ve learned along the way that I was able to share with him. Here’s the write up of my […]

UCSD Students: Attend the Entrpreneur’s Panel October 23rd.

| October 15, 2012 | Reply
UCSD Students: Attend the Entrpreneur’s Panel October 23rd.

UCSD students – come hear a few stories and get some advice on building your own company. Hosted by Brant Cooper. Yours truly will also be participating. The mission of the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge is to foster community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with […]

Videos

Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

| April 25, 2014 | Reply
Cool Travel Apps for your iPhone or Android

Here is my TV segment on San Diego 6 TV on cool travel apps. Below is the video and my write-up on the coolest travel apps I’ve found. Waze Both Android and iPhone – FREE Crowdsourcing – which means gathering information from communities and giving more people access to the information. So, this crowdsourced app […]

Startup San Diego: Channel 6 TV News Segment

| March 31, 2014 | Reply
Startup San Diego: Channel 6 TV News Segment

Marc Bailey: Earlier this month, Forbes magazine ranked San Diego #1 as the best place in the nation to start a small business this year. The publication surveyed 50 big cities and surveyed small businesses. Among the criteria used, those in high growth areas, those with Facebook pages, those with websites, and those that accepted […]

Other Recent Posts

Four Ways San Diego Can Continue to Build It’s Startup Ecosystem

Four Ways San Diego Can Continue to Build It’s Startup Ecosystem

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Reply

From day one, we’ve built TakeLessons right here in the heart of San Diego. Over the past few years, I’ve personally seen an explosion of activity as more and more people become interested in working for themselves, starting a company, and running after their dream. Compared to yesterday, San Diego’s technology and innovation scene has […]

Use Doubt to Your Benefit

Use Doubt to Your Benefit

| April 14, 2014 | Reply

Doubt is one of those feeling that can be debilitating or serve a purpose when used correctly. Here’s an article on the subject I wrote for Fast Company. ** This article written by me was originally published in Fast Company magazine in April 2014 ** Doubt–at one point or another, every entrepreneur has experienced the […]

San Diego – One of America’s Most Innovative Cities

San Diego – One of America’s Most Innovative Cities

| April 2, 2014 | Reply

Ahhh, San Diego. I’ve been a resident for over 15 years now and, hands down, the place rocks – both on the quality-of-life spectrum and the boundless opportunity. Recently, Inc. magazined ranked San Diego as top city for innovation. The city ranked #1 for patents in telecommunications and patents in golf (yes, we work hard […]

TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

| March 25, 2014 | Reply

I’m happy to announce TakeLessons.com latest round of venture funding today. This round increases the total amount raised to $20mm and will allow us to accelerate our expansion into more categories outside of music, including tutoring, performing arts, and languages. We’ve even started to see new matches in categories such as welding, crocheting, robotics, and […]