I Wrote a Song for My Startup

Okay, maybe not exactly original.  Readers of this blog may not have been alive when this song was recorded or popular, so maybe I can get away with it.

My last post was a poetic, meandering bit of self-reflection about how selfish it was for me to pursue a line of work that could negatively impact the people I love the most.

Well, sorry kids.  I can’t do it.  I’m addicted to this work.

Every day, there’s another death. There’s another reason to keep going.  I realize I’m starting over, reinventing myself at the bottom of a low-paying field, yet all arguments to give up fall away in the face of the opportunity to make a real dent in this particular universe. So, I’m continuing.  I took a pause, but that was about it.  I grabbed those bootstraps and yanked harder.

Good news is coming.  I promise.  Stay tuned.

News flash: it’s not about the money.

(But, you know, we do need that to survive… so, I encourage your support.)


FIRST to blog about Sandy Kemsley for Ada Lovelace Day


(I hope first, anyway.) If you consider yourself a guru on enterprise software and you don’t know my friend, Sandy Kemsley, I’m not sure you should. It would be nearly impossible to be informed in this space without stumbling into her blog posts, tweets, webinars, or comments and other contributions around the social web.Confession: Sandy scares me a little. She’s wicked smart and is not only a role model for females in tech, she’s a role model for that other gender too. I first met Sandy in person in ’07 at mashup camp. She waltzed in surrounded by developers– major geek street cred. Unlike me, she actually understood what was going on at mashup camp. Since that time, Sandy has been drafted into the Enterprise Irregulars and joins our growing female all-star minority. Sandy can out-tech most of the Irregulars, yet she does it politely and with style.Sandy has one amazing skill that is admired in bloggers’ corners far and wide– she is a speed, live-blogger. While many of us are collecting our notes from a conference session, Sandy has already reported it, analyzed it, drew historical references to it, uploaded photos, and published it to her blog. HOW does she do that?In my dreams, I would be Sandy Kemsley. (Plus, I’d get to live in Toronto!) For Ada Lovelace day and every other day, I celebrate Sandy Kemsley. Mad props.