Glenn Fleishman was nice enough to invite me onto his podcast The New Disruptors to talk about Orbital and the upcoming boot camp, which is slated to launch in the coming weeks (.  We recorded this just a few days after applications closed, and talk about how I got started and why the boot camp is such a relevant project for me.

It’s a nice marker for me because the last podcast I was on was back in November 2013 (Joel Bush’s Capital), which took place when I was still figuring things out after leaving USV earlier in the year.

About a week after recording that podcast, the opportunity to take over the space presented itself, and I’ve been pretty heads down on developing Orbital ever since.

I don’t think we’re a comeback city. I think everybody that thinks that there’s a coming back is really thinking of going back…which we’re not gonna do. We’re gonna go forward to something new.
Grace Lee Boggs on Detroit

5 Steps for Building a More Active Online Community


Here’s my speaker deck from Wordcamp Asheville.

There’s no magic behind building a successful online community (unless blood, sweat and tears count), but there are a few key actions that lead to increased engagement. With over 5 years of experience in building communities online (in various forms), plus data gathered from 4 expert bloggers, Michael G. Calvert of Disqus will offers real-world examples as a guide. 



I am by no means a very politically active person, but I jumped at the chance to visit the White House for President Obama’s Tumblr Q&A yesterday. I’d been to the White House Youth Summit back in December, but that was primarily a day of meetings and discussions with White House aides and leaders…

This is a wonderful recap from someone who got to sit in the front row of Tumblr’s visit to the White House. Read the whole thing.


You know what I wanted to be? I wanted to be Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. That was my dream. I blue sky’ed it like crazy. I dreamed and dreamed. And while I was dreaming, I was living in my sister’s basement. Dreamers often end up living in the basements of relatives, FYI. Anyway, there I was in that basement, and I was dreaming of being Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. And guess what? I couldn’t be Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, because Toni Morrison already had that job and she wasn’t interested in giving it up. So one day I was sitting in that basement and I read an article that said—it was in The New York Times—and it said it was harder to get into USC Film School than it was to get into Harvard Law School. And I thought I could dream about being Toni Morrison, or I could do.

At film school, I discovered an entirely new way of telling stories. A way that suited me. A way that brought me joy. A way that flipped this switch in my brain and changed the way I saw the world. Years later, I had dinner with Toni Morrison. All she wanted to talk about was Grey’s Anatomy. That never would have happened if I hadn’t stopped dreaming of becoming her and gotten busy becoming myself.