“Hello, my name is Paul”
I moved to Silicon Valley in 1997 with a freshly minted MIS/CS degree, enamored by the innovation, entrepreneurship, and culture. Two market crashes, four start-ups, and two MBAs later, I’m even more enamored with its innovation, entrepreneurship and culture.
I’m currently the founder and principal at LeanCog, a technology consulting firm which helps companies with technology strategy and managed services. We focus on using strategic and lean start-up based methodologies to create great solutions and then build out the appropriate components to help their customers have the whole solution. We do this all with a continuous, small, hands-on team of professionals to make sure the big picture never gets lost.
About the killer whale in the header: I took this picture while snorkeling in the Galapagos in 2003 with a disposable dive camera (back in the pre-digital days). One of the lessons you used to be taught in dive photography was to always leave enough film for your safety stop – you never know what might swim by. While I was just snorkling on this particular trip, I did just that and had left couple photos on the role. On the raft ride back to the boat after we had finished, we saw 4 killer whales and jumped back in to spend 10 amazing minutes swimming with them. I dove down to eye level and captured this incredible photo.
What’s the point? In order to achieve anything extraordinary, you need to take a chance and jump in, pay attention to the lessons learned by others, and be prepared – you never know what might swim by!