The Right Kind of Time Off

Time Off and Our Mental Health As I talk with people about the last few weeks, I don’t hear many stories of people taking time off work. And, this isn’t just true in COVID-19 times. In 2018, a record of 768 million vacation days went unused by employees. That is 768 million days that could have been taken to […]

Learning to Listen

My Mother-in-Law’s Story My wife was talking to her mom last week, who mentioned that she had just finished talking to a colleague. My mother-in-law, a white woman, shared that she had reached out to her colleague because she was hearing countless CEOs and companies say that they’re going to be “listening” a lot more […]

Why We Might Be Feeling a Little Off

This past Monday, our team had our daily morning standup. And, when I joined the call, everyone seemed a little down. There wasn’t the normal banter that we have. As we started to go around the call and ask how everyone was doing, no one had any real highlights. It was a weekend (like most weekends […]

When Things Don’t Feel Right

My family, team and I just finished week two of being homebound. You probably did too, or maybe you are several weeks or months ahead of us.  Lately, I’ve started to feel the sadness, frustrations, and loneliness of being homebound. I miss my friends. I miss going to the gym. I miss going out to […]

An Introduction to Happiness: Work

Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing this idea of being happy at work. Why? Because when you ask the members of Generation Z (the next generation coming into the workforce) what they value most in life, most have a simple answer: Happiness. Happy people are “12% more productive” than those who aren’t, […]

An Introduction to Happiness: Relationships

Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing this idea of being happy at work. Why? Because when you ask the members of Generation Z (the next generation coming into the workforce) what they value most in life, most have a simple answer: Happiness. Happy people are “12% more productive” than those who aren’t, […]

An Introduction to Happiness: Rest

Last week, I shared this idea of being happy at work. Why? Because when you ask the members of Generation Z (the next generation coming into the workforce) what they value most in life, most have a simple answer: Happiness. People who are happy are “12% more productive” than those who aren’t, according to a comprehensive study from the University of Warwick.

Can We Stop Saying “Work Hard, Play Hard”?

When Reilly—my partner at GAN Ventures—and I are in the final stages of talks with a company we might invest in, we always ask a question to every CEO…”How would you describe your company culture to someone who was thinking about joining your team?” Somewhere around three-quarters of the time, their response is something to the effect of, “We have a work hard, play hard” culture. Here’s why I think we have to ditch that phrase.

Say Something Different

Job descriptions for companies are often so similar—and so boring. They consistently say the same kinds of things and give you zero idea about the personality of a company, what it’s like to work there, or what they value. Here’s what you can do to change it up AND some exciting news about joining our team.