I’ve Never Been Richer. Yet I’ve Never Been More Worried.

By every objective measure that I can imagine, I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams on my 46th birthday. Warmed by my fireplace and my Taxi Dog, I made a list: I have a wonderful, loving wife I have two beautiful, health, smart daughters I am strong, healthy, and happy with my self I work in […]

Read More

And Back to Blogging I Go

back to blogging I go

Why I Started Blogging Way back in 1997, I started Belly Button Window to record my life. Not because I felt myself so special, but for the simple act of documenting this amazing journey so I can remember what happens. That means I write first and foremost for me. Then I write for my kids, […]

Read More

3 Lessons Learned From My Philippine Failure

What happens when you bet your career on an illusion, and lose. In December 2016, my family and I packed away our Washington, DC lives, sold everything, said goodbye to everyone, and embarked on a grand adventure: moving to the Philippines for a dream ICT4D job. Less than 4 months later, we were back in the […]

Read More

Planting a Future in Philippine ICT4Rice

I am honored and humbled to announce that in January 2017, I will start a new job as the ICT4D lead at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI, pronounced “eerie”) in Los Baños, Philippines. This is an awesome opportunity for me to: Innovate with cutting-edge research that impacts more than 3 billion people worldwide who […]

Read More

The Frequent Flyer vs Quality of Life Tradeoff

This is the business travel frequent flyer lifecycle graphed, illistrating the tradeoff between miles flown versus your overall quality of life. You start off in your first business travel with the excitement of flying to a new country, but after yet another long flight followed by a long day of meetings in a confusing city, […]

Read More

Announcing a Successful $4.1 Million Lawsuit Against GW University

For Immediate Release: Washington DC, April 1, 2014 / PRNewswire / The law firm of A. Pril & F. Ools LLP is proud to announce the successful $4.1 million class action lawsuit against George Washington University, brought on behalf of lead plaintiff Wayan Vota, representing over 25,000 students, in a repetitive stress injury claim. The […]

Read More

My Work Here is Done

When I started at Development Gateway in late 2012, it was, well, stuffy. Its heritage as a World Bank spinoff was clear and present as the high cubicle walls. Then we went OpenGov Hub and blew away all the physical barriers. Open plan for everyone, including the CEO. That put a zap to the bureaucratic […]

Read More

Why I Do Not Worry About Facebook Privacy And Neither Should You

There is much hand wringing about Facebook and its ever-changing privacy settings. Why just last month there was yet another attempt by Facebook to link users to purchases, this time at certain brick-and-mortar stores. . Now all this privacy hoopla started back when Facebook introduced Beacon, an advertising system that caused a serious online uproar. […]

Read More

What is your 20% project?

We are all busy. But you should never be too busy to experiment, explore, and build something new, especially something new that could be a new income stream or professional achievement. I call this the 20% project. Yes, that implies you should be spending 20% of your time on new projects, be they for work […]

Read More

Check Out Inveneo’s New Website!

As one of my last acts at Inveneo, I helped design and launch their new website. Well, I did a bit more than that. I spent the last two years bemoaning our old website and lobbying for a new one. For a small company that sold best though in-person meetings, it was hard convincing others […]

Read More