Running While Corporate: Prioritize! Do you do it?

As a general rule, high-performing people have very busy lives: kids’ sports practices, athletic endeavors and work priorities.  It can, and does, seem overwhelming.  I was talking to my wife the other day about how we were both feeling overwhelmed by running 6 days per week, working 45-50 hours, and being present and engaged for family time.  One of the solutions that we came up with was doing less (Crazy!). The key was doing less but doing less better. Continue reading

Running While Corporate: When One Door Closes, Another Opens

In November of 2018, Corinne and I were scheduled to run The North Face Endurance Challenge in San Francisco. It’s an elite level race with very heavy competition in every event. I signed up for the half marathon and Corinne signed up for the marathon. While we would have loved to run the same event, the thought of our 4 and 7-year olds who were with us, touring around San Francisco on their own made us concerned that they were the perfect age for one of the new “youth start-up incubators” to pick them up so one of us had to hang out with them while the other raced. Continue reading

Running While Corporate: Strides for Business!

Over the past year, many people have asked me, “What is the #1 way that my coach has helped me become a faster runner?” It’s a pretty simple answer. Strides. In running, strides are a very short burst of speed added into your easy run. For example, on an easy run day, I’ll go out and run 8 “easy” miles with 6X20 seconds fast and an additional 2 easy minutes in the second half of the run. Why has this seemingly short activity made me faster? The less complex answer is that if you learn how to run quickly some of the time, it will make it easier for your body to run more quickly all of the time. (Want the more complex answer? See David Roche’s article.) Continue reading

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Consistency is key to reach your work and running goals

Renowned ultra-marathon coach David Roach writes that the key to running success is “building a really huge aerobic wall through consistent running.” He adds that “the best way to build fitness… is to focus on putting as many daily bricks (runs) as possible, even if they are really small.”  He goes on to say that “to be any good at running, you have to train frequently and consistently to improve running economy and aerobic development, not necessarily hard and long which increases injury risk.”
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Start-ups and VC: Is Crowdfunding the Next Big Thing?

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Riding the Crowdfunding Wave

I admit it. As a recruiter, I am fascinated with start-ups. In my 14+ years of recruiting experience I have had the pleasure of working with many start-ups. Some have made it to IPO stage, some were acquired by brand-name companies and others, well, weren’t as fortunate. Such is the life of a start-up.

Besides the necessity of having a viable concept and market demand, the lack of funding is often the death knell for company’s success. Over the past decade we’ve seen an increasing number unconventional investors come up with some creative ways to find and fund new start-ups.

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