What -- if anything -- is "Hippie" about Silicon Valley? Last week, I wrote about "The Hippie Values which Made Yahoo the Coolest Company in the World." As background, I used to consider myself a bit of a "hippie" myself. I was born in 1963, so I was too young to take part in the original Hippie movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. (My parents … [Read more...] about What is “Hippie” in Silicon Valley?
"They're really a couple of anti-establishment hippies," said John Place, the general counsel of Yahoo. My colleague and I were sharing beers on a sunny, warm afternoon in Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley. He was referring to Yahoo co-founders Dave Filo and Jerry Yang. It was 1997, and I had just become employee number 258 worldwide, … [Read more...] about The Hippie Values which Made Yahoo the Coolest Company in the World
Dear UK, I'd like to humbly and respectfully submit the following Modest Proposal: Why don't you join the United States of America, and become our fifty-first state? I know, I know -- about 52% of you are no doubt celebrating your newly-referendumed independence from the European Union. And the rest of the world financial markets are in … [Read more...] about Hey Britain! Why Don’t You Join the U.S.?
“Records were meant to be broken,” said LeBron James. ABC Sports reporter Doris Burke was interviewing him on Thursday, June 16, right after James’s Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the National Basketball Association Finals. They still had Game 7 to play, in the best of 7 series. The Cavaliers were big … [Read more...] about LeBron James, Records, and Silicon Valley
“Please imagine your death. When is the exact day, month, and year? What is your cause of death? What are your last thoughts, emotions and sensations? Who will be with you?” This is often the first question that I ask in my popular “Happiness Workshop: Find Your Pleasure, Purpose and Peace.” (Find out more information here.). It’s not a … [Read more...] about When is the Exact Day You Are Going to Die?
Many people reach out to me, asking for my coaching advice on how to find a job in Silicon Valley. This includes technologists and designers, as well as business people. I ask “Well, where would you like to work?” Often, they say “Google. Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn.” “Those are all great companies”, I reply. “But you need to think beyond the … [Read more...] about You Want a Job in Silicon Valley? Look Beyond the Obvious.