Archives: Personal

I Feel Loved

76 commentsFebruary 14, 2014

A week ago I started an Austin Experiences business in 48 hours and generated $6k revenue which I wrote about on AppSumo here.

After it was all over, I was struck by how many great friends I have and how fortunate I am. (Of course, I’ve had my fair share of disappointments and have dealt with depression too.)

Just thinking about all the great people I have in my life, I was hit by an amazing wave of gratitude and appreciation.

I have [...]

My 2014 Processes (No More Resolutions)

97 commentsJanuary 11, 2014

How many times have you been asked, “What are your resolutions for the new year?”

A few of my personal favorite replies:

“Nope, already finished them all”
“Not dying”
“Doing whatever Drake does”

Why didn’t we start these habits or desired outcomes at the time we wanted that change to happen?

What’s different? No clue.

But I have noticed 2 key things about creating positive changes in life:

1- The Process, not the outcome, helps you throughout life.
Recently, at AppSumo our goal was to get 3,333 members to [...]

“GEBY”: The 4 Ways To Engineer A Great Morning

4 commentsDecember 23, 2013

For most of 2012 I was depressed. Heck, while I was depressed I even listed out every single thing I could do to help make my day better.

Ever have one of those mornings when you wake up and it all just seems pointless?

Your thoughts pester you with questions, “What’s the point of living today?” and “Will this feeling ever go away?”

This happens to everyone regardless of where they are on the socio-economic ladder.

The more money I made while working at Facebook, Mint [...]


1 commentOctober 5, 2013

When people aren’t asking me whether I’m still an eligible bachelor or why I got fired from Facebook, they’re asking me how I’ve bounced back from my many failures (gee, thanks!) and how I started a successful business. They aren’t asking to make small talk–they are looking for a way to overcome their fears and get on the road towards accomplishing their own goals. Put simply, they are asking because they’re afraid.

The core fear entrepreneurs share is the fear of [...]

Why I Quit (and lost out on $1.7 million)

22 commentsJune 25, 2013

My friend Jonathan Abrams (a great dude who founded Friendster) and I have a running joke that if a company wanted to be super successful they should hire me…and then fire me.


First it happened with Facebook (read about the day I was let go).


Then it happened with Mint.


Mint is a free personal finance tool and was bought by Intuit for $170 million less than two years after it started. At the time I owned 1% of the company.


While I was [...]

If it’s uncomfortable, you’re growing.

23 commentsJune 19, 2013

The most frequent questions I get from people are,

1. Are you single?

2. How do I start a business?

3. How do I deal with failure?

In fact, a lot of Okdork readers ask me how I deal with my failures. Damn, you guys are some mean ass readers.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about why people want to hear about my failure.

Bottom line, I’ve learned that…failure is good.

When you are failing, it means you pushed yourself to do something you thought [...]