- What was your petal?
- What was your thorn?
- What was your kindness?
- What was your bravery?
- What was your failure?
Live video is finally having its moment. From Facebook Live to Periscope, the technology world is focused on live video because it brings us together around ideas, events, and the people that matter most to us.
My career reflects my own obsession with how technology and access connect people and ideas. Etsy gives creative entrepreneurs a marketplace to connect with customers who care about the stories behind the products they purchase. Squarespace provides anyone with an idea the simple tools they need to bring that idea to life.
I joined Livestream a year ago for the same reason: every day, we help organizations get their ideas in front of global audiences and enlarge their community using the most innovative live video technology in the industry. There is power and true connection in live experiences. Nothing beats the immediacy of the moment and the impact of a shared experience. Nothing comes close to the energy of a live event.
People sometimes refer to the USA/Mexico match in Columbus on Feb 28, 2001 as "The Woodstock of American Soccer". Unlike today, it was a spontaneous assemblage of fans from all over the US who sold out the stadium as individuals, one ticket at a time. The one common thread running through the unexpected crowds filling Columbus bars and the 18 hour pregame parking lot was your BigSoccer alias. It was like nobody had an actual name. People just introduced themselves as "(screen name)" and guys would smile and say "great to finally meet you".
I don't believe in unicorns.
What is it we actually do for a living? We don't sit around thinking about how to conjure up so-called unicorn companies. No. We sit around thinking about the founder's magic, how to capture it in a bottle, and how to build a product and organization that embodies it.
We believe in building long-lived companies that survive long after we are gone. Companies that can become even more successful in their second generation. Companies whose roots are deep and strong such that the company's strengths continually attract the best talent. Companies where the team is happy pursuing their life's work. Companies that enrich their customer's lives every single day. And yes, companies that generate cash.
My grampa, great uncle, uncle, and mom are all home builders. I followed in their footsteps, but not their industry. I specialize first in foundations, the key structural element that's hidden below ground. Unless you get that right, it's impossible to build anything special on top of it. When you do, the sky is the limit.
Every cliche you've ever been told about time is true.
They grow up too fast. Yesterday was my eldest daughter's ninth birthday. Nine! Halfway to college. Halfway out the door. But she still climbs into my lap every night before bedtime and snuggles while I sing her favorite songs. She even did it last night at Yankee Stadium midway through the soccer match. Each time I try to appreciate it anew. She'll become a teen soon enough and the space aliens are going to come and take my sweet little girl away. Stay present. One day you'll blink and the kids will be out the door.