Lights-Innovation-Kids…Changing the World

March 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

For anyone who missed this inspiring story of the week.  Has all the elements of a great story:  A Canadian girl hacker/inventor who took 1st Prize at the annual Google Science Fair.   Inspiration for us all…especially our kids.

Last May I posted this of a similar boy in Africa

In Honor of Presidents Day – Top 10 Favorite Quotes

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

These “President Day Quotes” are all making rounds on the internet today.   Here’s my top 10 from various sources:

Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809: “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot, and hang on”

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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;  nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

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John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

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If our 6th President were alive today, he’d be a Mozillian – “Knowing More, Doing More, Being Better’

Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837: “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go (all) in.”   I’m not sure poker was as popular back then, but it it were, he definitely would have said “all in”.

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James Garfield, 1881: “Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”

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Teddy Roosevelt, 1901-1909: “We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”

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William Taft, 1909-1913: “Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.”

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Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921: “One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat.”

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We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.”

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Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb … Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent….”

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Bill Clinton, 1993-2001: “….It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

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Barack Obama, 2009-present: “One voice can change a room. And if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”

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Final Bonus quotes:  Benjamin Franklin (Founding Father), 1706-1790; 

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”;

“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn”.

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and I have to end on this one:

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The Mozument and our Mozilla San Francisco office

February 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

We held a celebration of all things Mozilla and in particular our new sign for our San Francisco office…our @Mozument.  In preparation, we wrote a little blurb describing our San Francisco office for the press in attendance.   Don’t miss the pics at the bottom!
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Mozilla’s office design embodies our approach to software – open source and collaborative, with a large portion of the office dedicated to serving our larger Mozilla  community  of volunteers.  Snacks and comfortable seating are abundant and our flexible spaces lend themselves to a variety of activities including hackathons, design labs, brownbags, and industry talks each integral to our world class leadership in software development.

One shining example of Mozilla’s open source approach is our newly installed Mozilla Sign (Monument) at the corner of the Embarcadero and Harrison street.  More than a sign, it represents our world community in both symbol and structure with its combination of glass (transparency) and steel (strength).  Looking closer, you’ll find the etchings of nearly 5,000 contributor names (Mozillians) who help make us…well, “Mozilla”.  Ultimately, we hope it serves as a beacon not just for the city of San Francisco but for the current and future participation of our worldwide open source community.

Inside the office, the company recognizes the evolving flexible working environment required by today’s knowledge workers.  Collaboration zones are designed to connect  flexible teams and their projects.  All desks are actually push-button, height-adjustable surfaces, allowing people to work at their own “height number”.  There are no executive offices. In their place, there are dozens of conference rooms each outfitted with whiteboards, presentation, and video conferencing capability.  Our goal with these spaces is to connect  our global Mozillian workforce whether they work from their homes or in one of the dozen Mozilla spaces located across four different continents.  Amidst all this collaboration space, we maintain a focus of ensuring privacy (when desired) and noise reduction while maintaining the open office plan.  Whether it’s our Buzzi-felt sound absorbing walls and ceilings or private phone booths, we aim to respect each individual’s preferences.

Perhaps the most stunning feature of our famed San Francisco office is our 7th floor roof deck nestled directly underneath the historic Hills Brothers sign with its famous nightly red neon glow.  With sweeping views of the Ferry Building, the Oakland bay bridge, Alcatraz, and the Embarcadero walking paths, you’ll often find Mozillian’s camped out on the decks outdoor couches Wi-Fi’ing away in classic California outdoor working style.  On other days and weekends, this deck provides the perfect hot spot for Blue Angels, Fireworks, or events like the Americas Cup.  Mozilla’s offices are definitely on the short list of San Francisco’s must-visit office spaces.

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The Making Of….

https://air.mozilla.org/monument/

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Mozilla Talks (Best Of): Minimum Viable Bureaucracy

January 28, 2014 § 4 Comments

Listen to Laura Thomson @lxt, Sr Web Engineering Mgr,  describe Mozilla’s “MVP”  Minimum Viable Bureaucracy.   We do this not only in Engineering but everywhere inside Mozilla (especially Finance and Operations).

https://air.mozilla.org/minimum-viable-bureaucracy/

Best of Quotes from this Minimum Viable Bureaucracy talk:

The basis of any self-organizing system = TRUST

Awesome communication processes require practice

Every project should have a URL

Let subject matter experts emerge (module owner or Benevolent Dictator For Life)

A 1 person = 2 day marathon Prototype + Momentum gets people motivated and makes the PATH clear

Iterate toward greatness

Ruthless murder scope creep   “Not in This Iteration”.   NO! ….. is a complete sentence.

There is no such thing as a structureless organization  (there is somebody at the end of the day organizing “stuff”)

Knowing how to work hard is a skill some people have never learned (especially if they are incredibly smart and have intellectually cruised through life)

In this talk, you’ll hear Laura reference several other current and former thought leaders at Mozilla.

This talk appeared at OSCON 2013 and the slide deck has garnered some attention, but the talk was not recorded, so as per requests, Laura re-delivers it on Air Mozilla as a brownbag.

For more of Laura:  http://lanyrd.com/profile/lxt/ < you’ll find all her slide decks here.

Other talks referenced by Laura:    John O’Duinn’s “We Are All Remoties”  > http://oduinn.com/blog/2012/04/04/we-are-all-remoties/

John Lilly’s Preso on Mozilla and Managing Chaos  http://www.slideshare.net/johnolilly/stanford-presentation-on-mozilla-presentation?type=powerpoint

30th Anniversary of Mac Computer

January 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

On this 30th Year anniversary of the Mac, the Computer History Museum released an Exclusive (Unseen since 1984) ;  the original Steve Jobs Public unveiling of the Macintosh Computer.   Interesting and fascinating on so many levels from the only seen once on public television classic Orwellian commercial to Steve’s still developing and now famous presentation skills.

For you computer history and tech buffs, the specs (minute 6)

  • $2,495
  • “LISA” Technology (mice, point, click, cut, paste, windows)
  • 68,000 CPU running at 8 Mhz that “eats 8088’s for breakfast”
  • 192K bytes of memory! 64K of these bytes are ROM and an amazing 128K bytes are RAM!
  • Inside the 64K ROM is the entire OS!  Entire graphics, entire Windows user interface – All in ROM!
  • Introduction of breakthrough 3.5 inch floppy disk with 400K bytes!
  • A super high definition, high resolution 9″ bitmapped black and white screen! (Twice the dots of an IBM PC or and Apple II)
  • Took 2 years to make it.

Don’t miss minute 9 with the classic Chariots of Fire video debut!

Some interesting quotes”We want to make Macintosh the 2nd Desk Appliance” (1st = Telephone)

“The last thing the world needs is another Local Area Network” (Ethernet really never took off)

“Lotus has announced 123 for the Macintosh and it’s in their development labs now”

Apple’s First Public Demo of the Mac in 1984

The Mozilla Tribe: 2013 MozSummit

October 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Mozilla spent the last 4 days at our 3rd worldwide summit.  Just over 1800 Mozillians gathered at 3 locations (Brussels, Toronto, and Santa Clara) to reconnect, engage, and reinforce the vision and the mission for the next 10+ years.  It was a powerful event.

This is a great time and opportunity to share Seth Godin’s Tribe Talk from TED.   I encourage all Mozillians to VIEW. Even if you’ve seen it before or read his Tribes book, please WATCH again.  It’s 17 minutes AND worth it.  At a minimum pick a mark below and try a sample.  Or, if you only have time for 3 minutes, pick the 14:00-17:00 Min Mark.  I’m confident you will find something very worthwhile in one of these segments.

MY KEY “MARKS” FROM THIS VIDEO:

  • Inflection point of change;  New model of leadership (4:00 Min. Mark)
  • Tribes (7:00 Min Mark)
  • You Don’t Need Everyone.  Maybe Just 1000!  (9:30 Mark)  >  1M Mozillians?….
  • Decisions on Products and Services (10:30 Mark)
  • Heretics (12:00 Mark) – an ode to you Pascal!
  • Tell a Story with 3 Questions (14:00)
  • WHO “Exactly” Are You UPSETTING?
  • WHO Are You CONNECTING?
  • WHO Are you LEADING?
  • Key Leadership Elements  (Challenge Everything, Build a Culture, Curiosity, Connection, Commit):   (16:00 Min – END)

EXPERIMENT?:  For those of you that follow this blog or the @cookflix Twitter auto-post,  let’s try a Tribe/Committment experiment.  Let’s see how many Mozillians we can reach WITHOUT email.  Do it in whatever way you do it (retweeting, forwarding, Yammer,  IRC, whatever).

Leave Your Legacy

August 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

Leave Your Legacy:  Pissed Off For Greatness

Wins and Losses – they are a dime a dozen

But EFFORT?
Nobody can judge effort
Effort is between YOU and YOU!

NOW…you have to show that you are a different creature than you were 5 minutes ago….

It means you are pissed off for greatness
Because if you aren’t pissed off for greatness
Then that means you are ok with being mediocre

SO, LET’S DO WHAT WE DO!

SF Commercial Real Estate Market: Data Snapshot

August 8, 2013 § 1 Comment

Being a CFO, one of my many roles is to make the decisions on worldwide real estate for Mozilla.  Over the past 3 years, we’ve been very busy opening up 11 Mozilla Spaces (employee and community/contributor work and event spaces) on 4 different continents.  As a result, I’m always very close to real estate data streams in various markets and have regular conversations on the topic with a set of my go-to regular experts.

One such snapshot came across my email box last week with respect to the San Francisco Commercial Real Estate Market.  SF currently happens to be the hottest commercial real estate market in the US right now and arguably in the entire world.  (in terms of rental rate increases and vacancy rate decreases).

The Rosen Realty Group (RRG)  http://www.rosenrg.com/ led by Mark Rosen just published one of their latest installments.  Once again, it’s extremely useful and confirmational data for those with eyes/ears close to the ground in the SF Market specifically.

A shameless plug is deserved here.  I’ve worked with Mark and Anna at RRG for over 10 yrs on numerous deals and consider RRG to be one of the best (OK THE BEST) real estate broker firm for tenants I’ve had the pleasure of working with.   Mark and Anna aren’t just “brokers”.  Having worked in SF and the Bay Area for the last +25 yrs, they have an amazing network of people and resources to help you get things done.  They’ve worked side by side with me and my team to not just do the lease deals (renting the various spaces) but more importantly to monitor and ensure the proper steps to actually get the offices opened (tenant improvements) and to give amazing advice on making these new offices a “home” for those living in it every day.

The DATA BELOW:

SF Market July 31 2013

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note:  I have obtained permission from RRG to republish this copyrighted research report.

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SF Avg. Rental Rate Patterns:
Analyzing both the graph and this summary data table I created, some clear patterns emerge

  • SF Avg Rental Rates of $43.56 have hit a 10 year high as of July 31, 2013
  • The previous SF Market Rental high occurred in the abnormal 1999-2000 period where SF avg rental rates spiked 50% ( from $45 to $65+) and then back down to $45 all within a 12 month period
  • Barring any economic shocks to the system, there appears to be more room to continue the recent trends.   Vacancy rates still have room  to fall to its historical 5% low range which (the data suggests) would move avg rental rates beyond $50 and maybe even $60 per sq ft rates.
  • The 8 year CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) is a healthy 8%.
  • There hasn’t been a significant decline in avg. rental rates since 2010 when avg. rates hit their low of $27.50.  Over the last 3 yrs (36 months), avg SF rates have increased steadily to today’s $43.50 while vacancy rates are on a directly proportional decline from 15% to 10%.
  • In terms of Silicon Valley/Pennisula, the data is similar:  Vacant space has decreased for 9 quarters in a row to 10.2% vacancy rate as of Q2 2013;  the lowest “available space” since the first quarter of 2001.

What does this suggest for the next few years (2014-2016?).

caveat:   assumes mostly status quo with no major macro-economic surprise or downturn.  These economic shocks can be seen from the graph (2001-2003 and again 2008-2010) and the impact of these economic shocks show a very predictable spike in vacancy and a dip in avg. rental rates.

  • Vacancy rate trends suggests the market will drop below 10% for the first time since 2001 (+12 yrs) to the 8% range
  • Avg rental rates are correspondingly expected to grow at 8% annually over the next 2 years and to break above $50 per sq ft. annually (+$4.50 per month per sq. ft)
  • Every 1% decrease in vacancy rates equals roughly a $3 increase in avg rental rates
  • Every 1% increase in vacancy rates equates to a smaller decline in rates by only $2 per sq ft annually

Bottom line:  Commercial office space real estate demand is approaching a historical high and once again is beginning to outstrip supply.  This is especially true for space of 50K sq feet and above which equates to workstation capacity of 300 employees +/-.

VC Influencer Graph

August 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

Ok, I’ve heard from a few readers of this blog loud and clear.   The “Live Like Dogs” and “What’s Your Walk Up Song” posts are cute but “Can you please get back to some good data and analysis”?  The next few posts will be just that.  Here goes.

Zeno Group just published a great slideshare on VC Influencers including an analysis of the top VC’s social media consumption habits.  They used Twitter stats, LinkedIn stats, and an online survey targeting the top 100 VC’s as published by the Forbes Midas List.

The results are a combination of unique and interesting data as well as confirmational data for anyone spending time following these folks on these social media networks or interacting with these VC’s and reporters as part of their jobs.

I’m republishing the results on this blog mostly for my own convenience since I’ve noticed these types of published results quickly get lost in our ephemeral and quick twitch world of data coming at us.

Here’s a quick summary which I found interesting:

  • 37 of Top 100 VC’s have LESS than 500 Connections on LinkedIn.   So, don’t feel so bad if you haven’t achieved this mark yet.
  • 36 of Top 100 VC’s are still NOT ON TWITTER.    Of 64 who are on Twitter, the median # of  followers is 3,450 (# of people the VC’s Influence).  The top 6 VC Influencers have a median of 10,500 followers
  • 63% follow their PEER GROUP  (other VC Partners, VC Firms, or Tech Executives and Entrepreneurs)
  • 19% follow Media Brands/Journalists
  • HEAVILY WEIGHTED to @WaltMossberg (WSJ), @KaraSwisher (AllThingsD), @DanPrimack (Fortune), Sarah Lacy (@sarahcuda PandoDaily), Adam Lashinsky (@adamlashinsky Fortune).   They also follow TechCrunch
  • The top 100 VC’s are using Twitter and LinkedIn to STAY CONNECTED and FOR NEWS/TRENDS

What’s Your Walk Up Song?

July 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

I noticed this concept for the first time at a recent conference.  It was so “in your face” that I began commenting on it…then thinking more deeply about the technique.  When I returned back to the office, I began discussing the use of this concept in the workplace as an “Identity Tool”.

What if we created a way to not only uniquely personalize “YOU” with music but more importantly an easy way for others to remember “YOU”?   Music has always been a way our sensing brain connects with our emotional brain.   Music is a remarkable imprinting device.

Some of the ideas I bantered about with people at Mozilla were to give everyone a “RingID” in our online phone book.  This would allow people to easily create a 10-15 second music clip to say as much about you as any Bio or stale “who I am” or “my hobbies” could ever do.

I never realized, or rather, never connected that Major League Baseball has been doing this “Walk Up Song” for years.  This brilliant article describes this “connection concept” perfectly.    We all understand personalized ring tones for our cell phones and we all have our favorite playlists. Is it time for  our personalized RingID?

SO, what’s your “Walk Up Song”?   What is the musical fingerprint that defines “YOU” in the 10-15 second period between the time you are introduced by someone or you want people to remember you by?    My current one?  = Don’t Stop Believing

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http://www.linkedin.com/today/influencers/20130730153624-10878085-what-s-your-walk-up-song