As a mirror to the 2018 Rewind, here’s a collection of posts looking forward to the year that is to come. After this collection, we’ll get started with our regularly scheduled programming.
- Personal & Family Goals
- Reading Strategy
- A Look at the Year
When I was a burgeoning writer in middle school, I was taught that the most beautiful word/phrase in the English language is “cellar door”. It has stuck with me all this time because, frankly, don’t get it. The double L and soft C are great, and I could buy cellar as a beautiful word on its own, but door throws it all off. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
In any case, to be filed as one of the most random things you’ll read this week, here’s a list of some of my favorite words, from an acoustic and phonetic perspective:
Have you ever thought about the aesthetic value of the words we use regularly? What are some of your favorite words?
The other day, I had a morning meeting in the NoHo neighborhood in Manhattan. Knowing that I would want a cup of coffee prior, I left a bit earlier than usual to stop into my normal haunt in that neighborhood: the La Colombe on Lafayette. I left the Broadway-Lafayette stop, walked a few blocks, and opened the door to a throng of people. The place was packed, and I was not about to wait in that line for a slightly-above-average cup of coffee.
So what to do? I did a quick Google search for coffee spots between my location and the meeting, knowing for sure that I’d have to settle for subpar coffee. I found a spot only a block away on Great Jones that had solid reviews and decided to stop in. I’m glad I did.
Darkstar Coffee & Espresso is one of my new favorite spots in the city. It’s a sister coffee bar to the next door audiophile store (full of high-end headphones), and they use that to their advantage. Walking in, I heard the beautiful notes of jazz played through a tube amplifier setup. The gentleman behind the counter was courteous, knowledgeable, and personable. Counter Culture beans. My cappuccino was delicious.
And I couldn’t stop thinking about the crowd at La Colombe just a block away. How many people in that crowd would enjoy Darkstar just as much? How many people would enjoy it more? DarkStar, by comparison, was empty. I found out from conversing with the barista that they’d been open well over a year. No crowd. No throng of people. Better experience, better product.
They have those God-awful punch loyalty cards. I’m sure they do minimal marketing of some form. But other than that, how does a small business owner in a market like New York get the word out? Word of mouth is the primary channel, obviously.
If nothing else, this thinking has made me even more bullish on what we’re building at Exeq. I’m grateful for an opportunity to build technology that impacts the way we spend as consumers…and the success of fantastic businesses like Darkstar.
If you’re ever in NoHo, check it out. It’s great. And if you see me in the corner, say hi.
I’ve blogged off & on for years, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve spun one up. That said, I’ve a lot of different thoughts in my head that I’d love to get out. If you’re interested in any of them, feel free to add this to your favorite feed reader of choice. For a bit about what you’re getting yourself into, check out the following:
I’m the father of 3 daughters. I’m a Christian most of the time. I’m a startup CEO. I love my country dearly. I’m cynical about most things, but also an avowed futurist. Wizards > Prophets. Borderline sociopath, over-the-border narcissist. Closet introvert. I love baths. I can clap with one hand. I love reading and the Nintendo Switch. Cigars are great. I travel a ton and eat even more. I often leave awful first impressions and great thirtieth impressions. Upper millennial living in New York; lower class Southerner.
I’m a firm believer that startup CEOs should work and execute a lot more than they write and philosophize. That said, writing is a huge part of my thought process. It’s a way for to gain clarity on some things I’m thinking through and working on. Considering that, I’ll write on a little.bit of everything, but primarily startup dynamics, leadership lessons, and fintech/commerce-tech. Sprinkled throughout will be cultural notes on what I’ve been reading or listening to. Occasionally I’ll throw some travel notes or life notes in as well. Hope you enjoy!