Striving for a Healthy Relationship to Goals

"I think the sweet spot in life is to persue your dreams and take care of others with your whole heart while not getting fixated on or stressed out about the results. In this place you live with purpose and passion, but without losing your balance and falling into a sense of pressure, strain, or depletion." - … Continue reading Striving for a Healthy Relationship to Goals


Inventor Spotlight: Jie Qi

Circuit Sticker Sketchbook from Jie Qi on Vimeo Jie Qi is the co-founder of a digital-paper-circuits company called Chibitronics. She's also a Berkman Fellow and an alumn of the Hi-Lo Tech Lab at MIT. In the video above, Qi demonstrates the analog precursor to Chibitronics with her Circuit Sticker Sketchbook. It's a delightful workbook and equally delightful demo video. And … Continue reading Inventor Spotlight: Jie Qi

Women-Focused Venture Capital

In response to the uneven distribution of venture capital to female founders, women are forming their own funds to invest in female entrepreneurs. There are 30 female-focused funds/resources listed in this article here: 30 Angel Groups for Women And 3 more here including Ithaca's very own Chloe Capital: 3 Funds Challenging VC Gender Dynamics Onward!    

From Customer Insights to Product Features

There's a gap in the process that companies use to do product development. Strategic product development emerges from good customer research. The gap occurs because, in many companies, customer research is done by the marketing team. This seems like a great fit because the marketing team has excellent people skills. But there's a problem with outsourcing … Continue reading From Customer Insights to Product Features

When The Easy Path is a Trap

Sometimes doing what's easy is the smart thing to do. The path of least resistance can save you time, money, and emotional labor. But sometimes choosing what's easy has greater impacts than you imagine. Doing what's easy can keep you from being creative. And often it's a force that maintains the status quo. Again, sometimes you … Continue reading When The Easy Path is a Trap

Artists Know What They Want Their Audience to Feel

Yesterday my partner and I saw a play by poet and playwright Lenelle Moïse titled K-I-S-S-I-N-G. It was a wonderful experience. The playwright and her actors, through her writing, direction, and their performance, artfully integrated meaning and gravity with sweetness and hope. My partner and I marveled at how much work and talent it takes to … Continue reading Artists Know What They Want Their Audience to Feel

A Gift for a Snowy Day

I live in Ithaca, NY and we have a major snowstorm this morning. The schools and universities are closed! Last Friday I posted a printable--a pair of cards--and this week I'm doing the same. You can download this week's printable right here: 1mar2018xanthm.pdf . It's a good fit for a snowy day. A few production tips PRINTING. Use cardstock … Continue reading A Gift for a Snowy Day