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Starting, Growing and Leading a Start-Up Company

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Below I’ll share how I answered this question on Quora: Where is the difference between running a 5, 50 and 500 employee company? Since I have my own personal experience starting a few companies (Bills.com and Freedom Financial Network) and growing them from conception through the phases of the first hire; then ten employees; then 50; […]

Family Board Meeting… starting a new monthly mechanic to make us happier.

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Last night our family kicked off a new format, borrowing from my work… a Stroh Family Board Meeting. It’s something that I have been reflecting on recently, just how much thoughtfulness and planning (albeit never perfect) at Bills.com/ Freedom Financial Network/ byUs.com/ ScoreStreak/ BetBoost/ ApartmentLits.com/ Goldine/ ECC and all of the businesses that I am […]

byUs.com is coming to a friend near you!

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I am extremely proud and excited to bring to the light of day byUs.com!  “byUs.com brings you private recommendations from people you trust.” We’ve been working hard on byUs market validation (check!), user studies (check!), information architecture (launch & iterate), technical platform architecture (built to scale and for speed!), Ux and Ui (in constant progress).  I […]

Golf With A Legend

Fun day with Annika on the golf course.

Anyone know who Annika Sorenstam is? Hint:  she’s bright, wonderful, down to earth and also one of the most successful LPGA golfers of all time. She’s won 89 tournaments, and 10 majors — which is just unbelievable.  She also, maybe more remarkably, got to play some golf with me yesterday. I had a blast and it’s […]

Trust & Authentic Leadership

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Material from a fun lecture I did this week on “Trust & Authentic Leadership” at UC-Santa Cruz (in my mom’s seminar on “Trust Rules”). It was fun for me and the students were just awesome.

Why coaching a 7 year old’s lacrosse team is a lot like being a CEO

Leading and Coaching Kids

Put me in Coach! Why coaching a 7 year old lacrosse team is a lot like being a CEO.  Thoughts from the sidelines and corner office from Brad Stroh. I have learned a lot by being a Founder and CEO of a few successful entrepreneurial start-ups.  I have also learned a lot by being a dad […]

Closing Lecture on the “Entrepreneurial Path” from Irv Grousbeck at Stanford GSB

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A good friend of mine, Kevin, just embarked on a new venture which reminded me of the anxiety/apprehension and general fear that jumping off the cliff of starting a new venture creates.  Reminiscing of when Andrew and I first launched our own start-up, I remember constantly re-reading the transcription of Irv Grousbeck’s last lecture in […]

Kids’ Lacrosse Tourney – Firehawks take home the Santa Cruz Tourney trophy

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Great day for Brayden and his Firehawks “Grey” teammates, where they won seven straight to win the title in the annual Santa Cruz lacrosse tourney.

Golf with Hoover Fellow and Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers

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Golf at Stanford with Michael Boskin For those who don’t know, Boskin was Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under George HW Bush.  He’s currently a senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal.  He’s a rock-star in the boring world of economics – so I […]

Zoo

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We took the entire Freedom/Bills team and families (lots of kids came, which was a blast) to the San Francisco Zoo. Super fun day to step back and just appreciate everyone on the home team as friends.  Looking around lunch and talking to so many smiling friends, it made me realize just how lucky I […]