The 2016 United States Election: United, We Stand

The 2016 United States Election: United, We Stand

David Brown, Co-CEO of TechStars, sent a letter to the TechStars community in response to the 2016 election. Like him, it took me a few days to process how I felt about the election results. He wrote: It saddens me that the United States is so divided and I have to...
“I Want to Pick Your BRAAAAINNNNSSSS!!!”

“I Want to Pick Your BRAAAAINNNNSSSS!!!”

Whenever someone says to me, “I’d love to pick your brain. Can we grab coffee sometime?” I immediately want to run screaming, “ZOMBIEEEEEES!!!….” The tougher thing now is when a friend introduces someone to me who’d like to “pick my brain”: I want to save face for my friend, but geez, I don’t want to feel obligated to let the FoF (Friend-of-Friend) pick my brain just because they know someone who knows me. I read this article — https://www.linkedin.com/…/learning-say-introductions-sloan… — and decided I’m going to make rules of introduction for myself, just like I did with my “Work With Me” page (http://gracerodriguez.com/workwithme).

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

I’m working on a list of resources for women entrepreneurs, not necessarily based in Houston, that include accelerator programs, education, tools, potential funding opportunities, meaningful networking, etc. If you have any to add, please include them in the...
Notes for My Talk with Houston New Leaders Council

Notes for My Talk with Houston New Leaders Council

In the spirit of “radical transparency” and letting go of “perfection,” here are my notes for today’s talk. I repeat a few things a few times because they’re important and deserve many mentions.

How do Technology & Entrepreneurship play a role in Progressive Leadership?

Author & NYU Professor Clay Shirky:

“A revolution doesn’t happen when society adopts new tools, it happens when society adopts new behaviors.”

Let It Go

Let It Go

This post won’t be perfect. It won’t be comprehensive. It won’t ask and answer all the questions I have about ideas of “perfection” and lean+agile processes and neuroscience and behavioral psychology and design thinking and concepts of personal identity and the media and social pressures and norms. I just have to let those go until the next post. And the next post. And the one after that. And maybe by letting those items go until future posts, it will help me develop a better habit of posting more frequently.