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I’ve never met an entrepreneur who didn’t have a compelling story to tell. The very spirit of entrepreneurship shouts from the rooftops, “I have something amazing to share!”

Beyond the glitz of the next great product or service that will change the world, there’s another, deeper, set of stories that every entrepreneur also has to share: the trials and tribulations of making the magic happen in the first place.

That’s why we’re launching the Founder’s Forge Podcast (https://anchor.fm/foundersforge). We want to go deep with entrepreneurs, interview style, to provide a voice to those startup founders who are just recently starting…


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Long before we get on stage, we’re further influenced by our own personal experiences. For being such social creatures, a large number of us, regardless of culture, are oddly afraid of public speaking.

This fear probably arose in humanity as a whole as a result of the small social communities we once kept. Living in a small group of only ten or fifty people, up to maybe a one hundred and fifty, means that you, as a member of the community, know most everyone else fairly well. Maybe not intimately, maybe not even anymore than at the acquaintance level, but…


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Technical Ramblers are often heard by public ears during news interviews on the radio, podcasts or TV; they’ll show up in debates as well and you’ll likely recognize this behavior in yourself or in your friends, especially those who are very into a particular subject, be it wine, physics, or movies.

Interview style news programs usually invite a subject matter expert onto the program with intent of providing a different point of view, clarifying an interesting nuance, or providing a qualified synopsis of the situation or topic.

Having someone on who is an alleged expert, or even just a knowledge…


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Undoubtedly, the ancient Greeks and Romans have had outsized influence on modern Western philosophy, history, and public speaking. Aristotle, Quintilian, and Cicero are three of the giants of the past whose thoughts and teachings on public speaking are especially prevalent.

For the English speaking world, another, not quite as ancient, but probably even more significant personality is that well-known personality of stage screen writing, William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare was a prolific playwright and poet. …


This story is part of a book I attempted to write in regards to my experiences in project operations and software development. Instead of just sitting on the 41K words I’ve written (not including the probably 100K words of just brainstorming), I thought I’d share fragments instead. #projectshare.

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A cultural work expectation we have is that, at least in the United States, we need to work at least 40 hours a week, and those of us who seem to work less than that must be lazy or unproductive.

We conflate the act of “working” with productivity, yet these many actives…


This story is part of a book I attempted to write in regards to my experiences in project operations and software development. Instead of just sitting on the 41K words I’ve written (not including the probably 100K words of just brainstorming), I thought I’d share fragments instead. #projectshare.

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Email, meetings, and spreadsheets often forms the core of a bigger system within a company. It’s the combination of software, processes, tools, tribal knowledge, skills and other factors that dictate how a company is run. …


This story is part of a book I attempted to write in regards to my experiences in project operations and software development. Instead of just sitting on the 41K words I’ve written (not including the probably 100K words of just brainstorming), I thought I’d share fragments instead. #projectshare.

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Why do companies seem to over-complicate and in the end, sab0toge their own best interests, in terms of process and productivity?

Over-complication is the problem — the little startup I had helped make so productive was really my proving ground for a theory I already had: the implementation of useful and productive…


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Rambling is a speaking style where the components of the speech are generally inconsequential to the greater narrative that is being shared.

Often, far too many details are given and the narrative course can be highly erratic and confusing to the listener. Ramblers tend to go down rabbit holes as well, bringing up topics in the middle of the main story that are tangential at best and irrelevant at worst. …


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If it wasn’t clear, I am very proud of the work we did and all that we accomplished. My experience need not be unique, however. Even before my time with this particular startup, I had worked in various departments where we had worked to greatly improve processes, lightening burdens while increasing the quality of releases and reducing development time.

In the next company I worked for, a well-known semi-conductor manufacturer, I replicated much of what I had done at the startup; I had a staff of three committed just to creating the systemic and we supported a varied team of…


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Here I want to give a synopsis of what my team at this San Diego startup did create such an effective software development system. This happened years ago, using many of my own ideas coupled with a lot of best practices in software development, such as following Scrum and a lot of DevOps practices.

There’s a lot we didn’t do in terms of best practices as well. …

Adam Kecskes

I help people improve their personal connections and business leadership skills by teaching the art of rhetoric.

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