10 Things That Make Atlanta Great

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I’m not originally from Atlanta. I didn’t grow up here. I’m from the Philly area so I have a deep-seeded hatred for the Braves, Falcons and Hawks. But, like many Northeastern transplants, I now call Atlanta home.

And I have to say Atlanta is pretty awesome in many ways. That’s why I was a bit bummed when I read this recent Forbes article – Why You Should Travel to Atlanta This Winter. It was all about the chain hotels and football. It just made Atlanta seems so lame.

I started thinking about the things that make Atlanta great. Why would people want to travel or relocate here? So I put together this list of the ten things that make Atlanta a great city to live in and do business. Here we go…

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The Career Manifesto

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steibMy friend Mike Steib, former Googler, current CEO of XO Group, and a guy with a ridiculously full head of hair for a 40+ year old, recently published a great book entitled The Career Manifesto, based on a Jerry Maguire-esque mission statement he had written many years ago while working at Google. Writing a book is no small feat so I’m super-happy for Mike and his success.  You can learn more about The Career Manifesto on Amazon.

Mike’s book really provides an excellent framework for managing your career. Most of us are so busy every day, that we forget to take the long view on our career. Reading Mike’s book was a good reminder that it’s important to define your goals and think about what it’s going to take to achieve them.  I wish I had this book earlier in my career. I’d say it’s a must-read for young professionals starting their career journey.

I thought I’d add a few points of my own to Mike’s book. Here they are.

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Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2017

People who know me know that I listen to a lot of podcasts. That’s usually how I pass the time driving to and from work or on long road trips. It’s amazing to me how many good podcasts are out there and more seem to pop up every day. So, as we approach the end of 2017, I thought I’d list my favorite podcast episodes of the year. Read More

The QASymphony team at our first user conference

Today I celebrate my one year anniversary at QASymphony. Time flies when you’re having fun. And it really has been fun. Challenging but fun.  Joining a startup was a big move for me.

Since I graduated college in the mid-90s, I had always worked for or with big enterprises. When I was an “adman”, my clients were P&G, GlaxoSmithKline and Volvo. Then when I went client-side, I worked for AutoTrader which was a $1 billion company and PGi which was a $550 million public company.

But, I was always lucky in my career that I didn’t have the traditional “big company-type” jobs. Ad agencies are very entrepreneurial environments even when you’re working with big corporate clients. And both of my client-side jobs often felt like I was working at a startup. Except I had pretty big budgets to play with.

And I was always happiest at work when I was building things. Whether it was a new marketing program or team, that’s what really got me excited about coming to work every day.

So, when this opportunity came up at QASymphony, I jumped at it. I walked away from a stable position at a big company where I managed a 25 person team to an early stage startup where I managed 2 people. But, I haven’t regretted it for one second. In fact, this has probably been one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in my entire career.

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