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People. Planet. Profit.



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5 lessons from our first season

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:47:06 +0000

I’m writing this because I just read a great post on the Open Heroines blog called I Pledge to Write – that reminded me how important it is to write (and how much I love doing it). We recently wrapped up our first season as Puresteam Auto Spa owners and it went very well, according […]



There is no “I” in Puresteam (but there is a “team”)

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:51:03 +0000

Following the advice of most of the business books I’ve read, I sought to build a team of advisors for our business, some paid, some not. I started by asking a friend of ours who worked for many years doing business development with a large software company. In his case, “business development” meant buying up […]



I may not like you but I have to work with you.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:50:23 +0000

With any business, you want hire employees that get along. That’s why one of the number one things on every employer’s mind during interviews is: will this person be a good fit for the team? This could not be more true for our business since it requires just two employees who spend the entire day […]



We bought the business! Now the real work begins…

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:38:53 +0000

It’s done. We bought the auto spa biz! And one of the first challenges is choosing hours of operation that both make money and allows our employees to lead a full life outside work. One of my principles is that I won’t ask any employee to do anything I wouldn’t want to do. The car […]



People. Planet. Profit.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:17:10 +0000

As you can see, I changed the name of my blog to Social Biz: People. Planet. Profit. Here’s why… A few months ago I had lunch with a business colleague and we ended up talking about a lot more than business. Trump had happened so, me being me and my colleague being a white guy […]



Either we learn to collaborate or we die (us, not the planet. It will live on as always)

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 14:54:37 +0000

Since the beginning of the social media revolution, many of us have been hearing and talking a lot about collaboration – and some organizations have actually been doing it. Now, there’s another term we’re beginning to hear more about, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. World Economic Forum founder and Executive Chairman, Klaus Schwab, described it this […]



Talk…or else…

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:56:59 +0000

The title of this post is meant to catch your attention. My argument is that people should talk more with people different from them in real life and less with people like them on line. If they don’t, things like Trump happen – and that could get people killed. As for talking in person, Justin […]



High tech saved us time in Rio, but not from being mugged – Rodrigo did that

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 20:21:47 +0000

Having returned from Brazil, I thought I would revisit my July 8 post, 5 Tech Things That Will Keep My Family Safe during the Rio Olympics to report on how the tools actually performed. Google Translate – we’d heard that not many people speak English in Brazil and that was certainly the case in the […]



You gotta have balls to go to the favelas

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 02:38:27 +0000

One of the principles I developed late in life has to do with travel. I don’t want to be a “zoo” traveler where you just go and look at what people are doing in other countries, then leave. Instead, I want to teach my kids to always try to have a positive impact on the […]



Don’t believe the Zika hype

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:46:04 +0000

After the Rio Olympics, what’s the first thing you think of when you think of Brazil? I bet it’s the Zika virus. If you believe the media reports, you’d think there are swarms of Zika laden mosquitos roaming the streets of Rio looking for pregnant women to feast on. And if you’re not a pregnant […]