Ok, so it’s 12:45am and I’m lying in bed not really able to sleep. As some of you know, for the last year I’ve been responsible for putting back together the band that once was the Enterprise Software group at Apple over a decade ago. We’ve gone from 4 to 26 in that time, and I’ve gone from CTO to COO.
I’ve also spent more time at the lower end of Manhattan then a California transplant to Boston really should. That said I find that spending 3 days a week in Manhattan really invigorating. It’s not the water. Although, the way the locals pound their chests as they proudly request tap water in any restaurant, you would be forgiven for having jumped to that conclusion.
Actually, it may not be Manhattan at all. It might in fact be what my friend Alexis noted about the type of people we at AppOrchard tend to be:
people who operated assuming that the goal they had set for themselves would be reached. They all seemed to have an innate ability to answer to doubt both internal and external.
Alexis hit the nail square on the head. That is what the band has always been like. I’m back with them again, so for me every day is like this.
It’s nice to just take a moment and reflect how lucky I’ve been.
I met my wife Torri on December 20th 1992 and got engaged 3 days later. My path with her had me writing software on a NeXT computer for her graduate program in Syracuse. From there I wound my way to NeXT and then we were acquired by Apple. We moved back east on July 1, 1997 so I could run Apple’s New England Enterprise Software group. I left Apple in 2001 to do startups with varying success. Last year I was recruited by Art Chang of Tipping Point Partners to come build AppOrchard. In turn, Torri’s youngest sister Amanda introduced me to her best friend Alexis, who this week reminded me of the uniquely fortunate position I find myself in as a result of the company I keep.
It’s a wonderful circle, and it keeps growing!
A long way of saying Thanks! to my fantastic friends, old and new, and for the opportunities life is constantly throwing our way when we keep our eyes and hearts open…
Love you guys!
( ok, now it’s gotten to be 1:10am and I’ll need to be up in less than 5 hours )