Entrepreneurship

If You’re the Company Founder, You Probably Shouldn’t Be the CEO

That may seem counterintuitive. Who better to lead the company than the person who created it? What many founders fail to realize, however, is that a vision and its evangelization is nourished with a certain kind of fuel — and it’s very different from the...

Why the Children of Immigrants are Essential to Innovation

When I was growing up, there was no label for my cultural situation; I was just hyper-aware of being different from my friends. My dad had a funny Italian accent, and mom a Scottish lilt, and we were all making our way here in the...

The New COO is a People Development Officer

The new world of a Chief Operations Officer (COO) often looks like a world with no actual building. Often it comprises a virtual operation with teams stretched across multiple cultures and time zones. So how does that shift the job description?...

Your Company: Real Teamwork or Fantasy Football?

The hardest thing for most people to do is lead by getting out of the way. There’s a common theme I’ve found in conversations with hundreds of human beings that I like to call the “fantasy football of leadership.”...

Out of Adversity, Millennials Will Rise

This article was originally published at ysn.com, where I was acting as interim COO to create initiatives to attack the problem of global youth unemployment. It's a little look at my history and mindset as an entrepreneur, and what I see as possible for the...

Entrepreneurship: Life on the Lunatic Fringe

For quite some time, I've wanted a place to talk about the non-food side of my life. I've been promiscuous in writing for other places, from SavvyAuntie to YSN and other outlets, but had never taken the time to create a digital home for myself...