In April 2017, I made my way across Sandy Springs in Atlanta to a house nearby the JCC (Jewish Community Center). It was an area of town I was more than a little familiar with; I’d grown up around there, my grandparents lived there, I’d gone to school around there, and holiday dinners were spent quite literally in the neighborhood. But it wasn’t a holiday get-together I was attending that afternoon — it was a small, intimate meeting with then-Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff.
There were about 40 people at the host’s house — some of them children who’d come with…
Well we’re finally here — the end of 2020! Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief.
I don’t think anyone will be sad to see this year go. But for me, as difficult as this year was, there were still some very positive things I want to acknowledge and celebrate. As I took a look back last year and the year before, I want to take a retrospective look at some of the things I accomplished in 2020.
Perhaps one of the biggest ironies is that the year really started to pick up around September and was a mad…
TL;DR This is the somewhat brief story of how a few tweets led to an incredible summer of helping to build and launch TechStars’ Atlanta inaugural Startup Week.
I’ve made it as short as possible without skimping on the details of the people who made this all doable. I included the other team captains as well, though to detail their respective speakers would certainly take a further article.
For me, though, I tried to give a full rundown and sampling of what the Tech/Fintech track put together for that week, including promo graphics and links to (most of!) …
Early on November 1st, I noticed that my friend Mubashar Iqbal had posted a new project just days before the 2020 U.S. election — it was called “ How Many People Voted?” and was a simple vote-tracker. Apparently he’d cooked it up and kicked it out the door in just a couple of hours.
I flew out of bed and onto a zoom call with him; I saw immense opportunity in it and knew this was something I had to be involved in. …
In spring of this year, I was scrolling back through some of my LinkedIn posts and was floored to see that one of my posts had gone viral. Without me even realizing!
It was something I’d put up about a month prior just to get my daily quota filled (I try to post every day for consistency) and I hadn’t thought much about it afterwards.
It ended up doing more than 50K views. 😱⚡
I read and reread that post over the course of the week, trying to figure out what in the hell it was that had caused it…
In 2018, amidst the high school walkouts taking place around the country, I called on my alma mater, Brandeis University, to join a slew of colleges and universities and put its money where its mouth is. I — and I’m sure many other alumni — challenged them to commit to honoring their ideals of free speech & social justice in the wake of high school administrations cracking down on such free expression.
For me, the desire to create things is an itch that never really goes away.
Ignoring it really isn’t an option; you have to scratch it.
That’s part of the reason why I’m excited today to launch Branded Background with my friend Mubashar Iqbal on Product Hunt. I’ve known Mubs for years now and I’m stoked for our first build together. 🚀
Like everyone else right now, Mubs and I are living with the realities of COVID-19; social distancing, tons of people working from home, and zillions of Zoom calls. 📽️
It was the last one that got us thinking…
Last Friday, I wrote a post that felt more like a personal update than anything else.
It went viral anyway, and I know why. 👇
☝️ First, let me say: I know the crunch that’s happening all over the country (and the world), which is why I’m cutting my rates and making them as flexible as possible. I do personal branding, relationship-building, content editing, and networking consulting.
Last year, I took a look back at some of the things that I accomplished throughout 2018. It was a simple writing, but something which really provided some fantastic perspective.
Oftentimes, it can be all too easy to lose track of the little victories which we accumulate in pursuit of our broader goals. But for me, acknowledging these smaller steps has led to an ever-growing appreciation for the bigger picture.
And so with that, here are a few of the highlights from my 2019 year.
I kicked the year off by sharpening my meme-making skills. 😂
Everyone knows that LinkedIn is a highly underutilized platform and that it’s got the power to expand your network exponentially.
…Or at least that’s what we LinkedIn power-users may think sometimes.
The truth is that we who use LinkedIn daily-hourly-can sometimes develop a skewed view of how other users are utilizing the platform. We often assume that the value we see (and experience!) in LinkedIn is inherent, and as such, that it’s apparent to others in the same way.
A trend that I’ve seen lately, however, and that I’m thrilled to engage in is helping newer users “crack” LinkedIn so…