Category Archives: Community

When have you gone above and beyond for a customer?


Note: as I’m currently evaluating and interviewing for product manager opportunities, I’m publishing many answers to the product, behavioral, business, and life questions I’m researching/practicing publicly rather than keep them private in a Google doc. When have you gone above and beyond for a customer? I go above and beyond each and every day for readers of Geek Estate Blog. I keep on sharing my perspective on the industry, responding to every email from readers, and helping founders find the appropriate connections to progress their companies — even though I don’t make any money from that. I do it because I love real estate technology, care about making real estate a better experience for consumers, and helping those working to … Continue reading

How to Build a Strong Online Community

Power of Community Podcast with David Spinks from CMX Hub

Those who know me know I’m heavy in community building. I was listening to a podcast this morning with the founder of CMX Hub, David Spinks, as a result of seeing this tweet: Podcast interview: The Power of Community – @CMX @DavidSpinks @NearMeCo #sharingeconomy — Near Me (@NearMeCo) June 16, 2015 I was pleasantly surprised when David mentioned my community/travel startup, Horizon, as an example of a cool new community platform toward the end of the show (min 21 or 22).

Building for the Long Term

My friend (& Horizon advisor) Shannon sent this article to me the other day. I love it. Particularly: What if, instead of focusing on exits, we focused on sticking around? What if the focus wasn’t on selling up and moving on, but instead was on handing down and passing on? Many entrepreneurs build companies because they see a financial opportunity. They fully expect to exit by selling the company. That’s fine of course. But that’s not me. The goal with Horizon is to build a long term company that is passed down to the next generation. Which, of course, is why that blog post resonates with me…and why Shannon sent it.

Organizing a Start-Up Weekend: This is What Makes it all Worth It


I was one of the organizers for Startup Weekend Valparaiso this past weekend. The weeks of planning, and 3 days of the actual event were busy. But it’s seeing testimonials like this that makes it all worth it…