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The last couple of weeks have been scary in the United States. Continued rejection of November’s election result, a high stakes election in Georgia with plenty of divisive rhetoric, votes in congress to deny the election result, and then the invasion of the US Capitol building in Washington by a large group of President Trump’s supporters.

This week’s presidential inauguration looks set to take place under heavy guard and the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives that just passed means there will be an ongoing fight about the threat of violence and how the events of the 6th of…


What a completely crazy year 2020 has been. Not just crazy, but also deeply challenging and painful for many people.

On an individual human and family level the answer to what we need now is fairly easy: especially those that have lost loved ones, suffered medically, lost employment, had to work at home in difficult circumstances, or not been able to travel and see loved ones. “Less of that” and back to some of the comfort and stability we had before the virus arrived would be welcome for pretty much everyone! …


The last two weeks have been a roller coaster ride from the ongoing coronavirus crisis to the sickening death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The intense protests that followed have spread around the world and brought forth raw emotions. Emotions not only on the streets but also in board rooms, associations, monuments, and many other aspects of daily life.

Not being a person of color might mean the Black Lives Matter events may seem tangential or even threatening. In fact “counter” memes like #alllivesmatter gained traction as a reaction. …


Sometime in late 2013, I had this weird idea that it would be fun to try to turn the game of Go (an ancient and amazing 2-player game) into a multiplayer game. It was really just a distraction from the stress of day-to-day company life, but somehow it kept coming back.

Now, through the amazingly generous support of many (friends and strangers alike!) the game is on now already funded on Kickstarter and still growing*! This would have been impossible to imagine way back then but it happened. …


After a week more of challenging Coronavirus news from the scary to continuing sad events to the downright ridiculous, I was reflecting on what the best news was.

The record speed on gene sequencing of the virus and progress on virus vaccines are definitely up there. In the end though, I think this politico article contained some of the most cheering thoughts.

The 30 predictions for what the biggest long term impacts of the virus certainly contain some scary things. …


“Quarantine”, “Social Distancing”, “Sheltering in Place” and states of emergency are rapidly becoming part of daily experience. I’m currently in Spain is one of the countries which is a little “ahead of the curve” in terms of virus spread and emergency measures restricting movement.

The state of emergency in Spain started last weekend and restricts all movement out of your place of residence except to do a small number of specific things. These things include: buying groceries, going to a pharmacy, getting medical help, going to work if your workplace is not closed (which many are). …


In December, Twitter announced (in a tweet of course) the seeding of a new team to create an open protocol for Microblogging.

Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard. 🧵

- jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) December 11, 2019

Under the name @bluesky, the crux of the idea is to define an open protocol that many vendors could implement and which Twitter would also support.

Doing this would certainly…


I’ve long been a fan of low code platforms and services. Tools like this make it easier for non-engineers to create applications and automate processes which is hugely important for equitable tech development. This week brought an interesting confluence of two events that serve as a reminder that it’s not only the code that matters but also the platforms and data underneath:

  • Google acquiring AppSheet was just the latest example of a major tech company betting harder on no/low code functionality. In its own way, it also highlights how hard it is for low code companies to reach escape velocity…


If you’ve tried it, you probably know that Inbox Zero is a game-changer. Although it can be difficult to stick to and achieve regularly, it is hard to overstate how much peace of mind you get from regularly clearing your email inbox and having noted down the key to-do items. Of course, your inbox fills up again soon enough, but each new influx is more manageable because you start with a clean slate.

Inbox Zero is a well known “Getting Things Done” type strategy and works by processing all email in your inbox at certain times during the day (ideally…


Starting the year off with fun topic… If you’ve never heard of the Instant Gratification Monkey and the other characters from Tim Urban’s now-classic 2016 Ted talk, you’re in for a treat. Even if you have it’s always good to have a refresh and I have a couple of thoughts that might help put it into more context for you.

Go ahead, the master procrastinator is ready with his story…

Tim Urban’s Instant Gratification Monkey haunts (and entertains!) us all. It may not be Netflix or YouTube, but it may be doing “the small stuff” before the “big stuff”…

Steven Willmott

Recovering ex-CEO. Thoughts are my own and don't represent my employer.

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