Peaked?

A writer had a rough go of getting a book published. Even after he’d written plenty of short stories for magazine publications, he started his hand at writing books. But nothing hit. His fourth attempt at a novel really gave him some fits. He finally finished[…]

Bargain for Bugs

Comic from xkcd.com I found a bug . . . When you receive an email from a customer that starts like this, what is your first reaction? Disappointed? Are you anxious? Shocked? The support team at Highrise is often skeptical. Why? Because sometimes what you think is a bug isn’t[…]

Stories about Stayups

http://thedistance.com — stories about businesses that haven’t gone out of business. How not to go out of business is the hardest part about business. The Distance tells true stories about those who’ve figured it out. Startups dominate the news. What are the first three letters of news? New.[…]

Big Ask

Art from Roger Disney Every summer, Chicago is filled with outdoor art fests. We close off a big city street and artists pitch hundreds of tents selling their creations. My wife, Lynette, especially looks forward to the one in our neighborhood. This year she stumbled on[…]

Spread the word

Photo by lee Scott on Unsplash Recently a young actress had an audition for an important role. Problem was, she was up against ‘a far better actress’ competing for the part. Most of us find ourselves in that position. We want a chance. There’s just someone better. Back[…]

Writing style

Was there a source for my writing style or was it self discovered? body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;} @natekontny as a follower of vlog, wanted to know, where did you pick up the style of writing from, was there any source, or self discovered[…]

Building products

What’s it going to take to get traction? “Make something people want.” “Minimum viable products.” “Talk to users and build features.” These are all common phrases used amongst those of us who are focused on building products. But I recently had a great reminder… It’s[…]

Breakthrough

A decade or so ago, a young musician couldn’t get anyone to play his music. He had raw talent, and just recorded his first album, but all the gatekeepers thought he sounded too young. Without Disney or Nickelodeon marketing his stuff, he was a dud. What[…]

Highrise about town

Recent places Highrise has been spotted in the wild Photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash Conference organizing Congratulations to the Girls to the Moon team for another successful Campference providing a safe space for girls to keep kicking ass! Alison directs operations for the group and we[…]

Assumptions

In 1952, the Boston Symphony Orchestra put up a screen during musician auditions to make them “blind”. They had been hiring more men than women and were trying to figure out if they were biased in their hiring. Still, the audition results skewed towards men. Why?[…]