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18 Principles on Leadership and Culture

Over the last 15 years, I have served in the non-profit world and co-founded several for-profit businesses. I have led hundreds of people in the process, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Here are 18 leadership principles that have transformed how I lead teams: No One Is Above […]

3 Stages of Leadership

Being CEO of a quickly growing company is hard, and each growth stage requires a different type of leadership. To succeed, you will have to excel in the roles of: Player Player/Coach Coach Here’s what I have learned about high-growth organizational leadership. Stage 1: Player In the earliest days of […]

Text and Subtext

One simple truth that redefined my understanding of leadership: Values aren’t defined by what a leader says or the words in a mission statement. Values are expressed by the reality of what a team rewards, celebrates, and sacrifices. Some thoughts on the concept of the principle of “text” and “subtext”. […]

The Art of Quitting

Over the past 12 years, I have been a part of starting several companies. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of some incredible successes, but I’ve also seen my share of flameouts. I am constantly seeking to understand how to be a better leader and entrepreneur. In this blog, […]

Behind the Curtain

Last year I did a 1 on 1 meeting with every member of the Simple Modern team. One of the questions I asked each person was, “What is the best part of Simple Modern’s culture?” I intentionally left it open-ended so that I could see what patterns emerged. One word […]

35 Reflections on Life and Business

Recently I celebrated my 42nd birthday. I took some time to reflect on life and business. Here are some of the top things I have learned: 1. Relationships with depth, trust, and intimacy are the primary way to achieve lasting contentment in life. 2. Have a clearly defined personal mission. […]

Past Shapes Present

William Wordsworth, a well-known 18th century English poet, wrote: “Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.” Wordsworth was making a salient […]

Creative Collaboration

Collaboration is one of the five core values of Simple Modern. We believe that teams produce better results than individuals, so collaboration plays a significant role in the day-to-day structure of our company. We view every interaction with our teammates, manufacturers, partners, and customers as an opportunity to work together. […]


The early days of a startup are a singularly unique experience. You are bringing something new into the world, no one knows who you are, and no one cares. It is obvious quickly how difficult it is to gain traction and become relevant. When we started Simple Modern in 2015, […]

Mistakes are Tuition

Over the course of his 84 year life, Thomas Edison acquired a record 1,093 patents and helped create the movie camera, microphone, the stock ticker, and even an early version of the tattoo gun. Edison famously only slept around 3 hours per night and could exist on such a small […]

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