When we were thinking about what our new organization would look like, back in January, Rick was one of the first people we sat down with, and we couldn’t be more grateful for his guidance back then as well as his continued engagement. In his interview, he shared his thoughts on the top five traits that make a successful entrepreneur: intelligence, integrity, resilience, entrepreneurism, and risk-taking. He brings all of those to the Table.
I grew up an hour north of Boston and those are my roots. My dog is even named Fenway… but I have proudly called San Francisco my home since 2000. There is no place like Silicon Valley – the energy, the intelligence, the idea sharing, the risk taking, the access to capital and vision to change the world. It’s the place for me.
My politics average out near the center (fiscally conservative and socially liberal). I’m a big believer in individual responsibility (NH’s motto is “Live free or die”) but we also need strong leaders representing the collective needs of the community and country. I think government can effectively operate in the middle – provide ample freedoms (economic and social) while having a strong infrastructure. The extreme political positions are where I feel we become unproductive as a country. After all, we are all in this together.
I’m really passionate about culture and how you build a great one. My background is in legal (I’m the GC here too) but I was lucky to experience a really amazing culture at a prior company and to have the opportunity at Glassdoor to try my hand at building something great.
The debt ceiling issue is a prime example of this – a huge disconnect between the politics in Washington and the every day person. I wish I had an answer to how you fix that disconnect – voting in and of itself doesn’t seem effective. I’d like to think that the conversations we have at T4A.org are steps in the right direction.
The best book I’ve read in the past ten years is The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It motivated me to commit investing significant time and money towards the goal of a more sustainable food & agriculture system in the US.
The US education system has not kept pace with the emergence and rapid ascendance of computer science. The vast majority of states don’t recognize computer science as a science. In some cases, this is due to conservative and/or misinformed bureaucrats who mistakenly confuse computer science for “vocational training” and therefore relegate it to the same status as “wood-working” or other such classes.
When it doesn’t count towards graduation credit as a math or science, Computer Science is treated as an elective, which dissuades students from studying it, and makes it the victim of budget cuts along with other electives like art and music. Low-income and minority schools are the ones with the tightest budgets, and therefore the least likely to invest in offering Computer Science.
I think our elected officials are too paralyzed by fear. It’s rare for any of them to step forward and be “real.” Instead of real leadership, which would entail addressing challenging issues and espousing difficult decisions (and facing threats from well-funded lobbies), too many politicians take the “safe” way out: they join the soap opera and dissolve into the pack of the party.
In reality, any politician who shows courage, takes risks, and does the right thing is usually rewarded by voters. One ray of hope is that internet-based tools, from petitions to twitter, can start giving politicians data to back this up, and hopefully as these tools improve our elected officials will gain more courage.
It’s a proud mascot though as Purdue has built and international reputation for turning out graduates and research that lives at the intersection of STEM, creativity, innovation and the humanities.
- But if I could break it down for the day:
- Meb Keflezighi for my morning run
- Billy Graham for my quiet and devotional time
- Michael Chabon for my daily writing time
- John Doerr for my investing and Board work
- Ryan Seacrest to choose what entertainment event I wanted to attend that night