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Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose. These are words and concepts cited by Leonid Igolnik as he shares his thoughts on attracting, building, and nurturing world-class engineering teams as an engineering executive at leading SaaS providers Taleo and SignalFx, who was acquired by Splunk in August 2019 for $1B. “I’ve been personally successful at attracting top talent because in order to win, you don’t necessarily need to be better, but you do need to be different. The good...more ≫
Wow! Where does the time go? I’m pretty sure most of it passes while your head is down doing the work! As I lift my head up today for a brief moment on our five-year anniversary, I want to acknowledge all the people who helped Ursus reach the five-year mark, poised to embark on what I believe are our best days yet to come. Five years ago, Cheryle Peikert, employee number one, and I sat...more ≫
Most people probably have said to themselves and others, at various points in their lives: “I want to be great!”, at being or doing something. Expressing that desire is good, but not great; put differently, wanting to be great is a necessary but insufficient step towards greatness. What steps are sufficient to achieve greatness? And are you willing to take the many thousands of steps required? Answering these questions will determine whether you have the...more ≫
Wait, what? You just closed your Series A round for $13M (the average dollar amount raised in a 2019 Series A round)? That’s fantastic! Congratulations! And with all due respect, such a fundraising achievement is well worth celebrating, because it IS a big deal. So, after the press release hits the newswires and social media, enjoy the moment and take your company out for dinner and drinks. BUT, later that night or at breakfast the...more ≫
Is it here already? Coming next quarter? Next year? I’m talking about the inevitable and –so say the economic pundits and talking heads–impending recession, market correction, or economic slowdown (pick your favorite moniker). The laws of economics and the historical business cycles, plus market indicators, say some sort of downturn is coming. First, a caveat: if you believe impending economic doom is a relic of the distant past, please reveal your trusted sources of news...more ≫
It was one of the, if not most, iconic lines in the 80’s movie classic, ‘Top Gun’. It happened while Tom Cruise, as Maverick, and his co-pilot “Goose” were prepping for flight. “I feel the need, the need for speed” applies not only to flying multi-million jet fighters, but to many other disciplines. Two that immediately come to mind: 1) bidding on a house and 2) trying to hire a technical resource in Silicon Valley....more ≫
year, the Millennial generation represents the largest percentage of the workforce. With each new generation, those of us who came before them are quick to define, judge, and even dismiss those who follow them into the workplace. As a twenty-something entering the workforce in the early nineties, I certainly remember reading about and hearing many of the condescending remarks hurled at me by my Generation X brethren. I took a defensive posture, vividly recalling conversations...more ≫
(San Francisco) – Compliments of our partners at Silver-Peak, I attended the first West Coast edition of the Open Networking User Group (ONUG), held at Intuit HQ in Mountain View. Well done @nicklippis and his team for putting together yet another quality event. After two days of panel discussions, case study showcases, and speaking to various vendors and clients on the show floor, I continued to hear the same lament from attendees; why adoption of...more ≫
(San Francisco) – The last few years were all about the Unicorns; startup technology companies that had a reached a billion dollar or more “valuation.” Yes, I’m using quotation marks as I know I’m one of many who question the generally accepted “valuation” system. A system that values a company at $1B or more one month and then, but a few months later, that same company files for bankruptcy warrants skepticism. But I digress. I’m...more ≫
(San Francisco) – NBA Playoff Basketball. It’s that time of year and the Golden State Warriors, darlings of the Bay Area, are favored to repeat as world champions. It’s no surprise that, regardless of who you talk to, the die-hard basketball aficionado the or the casual fan who likes to follow a winner, the talk usually starts and focuses on the superstars; Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. They are the “A” players and...more ≫