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The personal blog of Adam Nash

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Product Leaders as Curators & EditorsadamnashGallery Show

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:43:06 +0000

I've come to believe that there are two facets of product leadership that have become increasingly important for delivering a high quality product experience: curation & editorial.(image)

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Forget the Turing Test. The Key to Conversational Engagement Might Be Trampoline Momentsadamnashwall-e-06

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:00:01 +0000

In 2016, voice-based interfaces exploded into the imagination of the startup community as a potential new consumer platform. Amazon deserves much of the credit for this radical shift, as the Amazon Echo seemed to jump the chasm from early adopters to a more mainstream market. Of course, voice has been a hot topic now for years, as … Continue reading Forget the Turing Test. The Key to Conversational Engagement Might Be Trampoline Moments(image)

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The Decade of Gen X Wish FulfillmentadamnashA002_C002_01057Nft_16_04-25_generations2050dup_1371-figure8

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:34:17 +0000

At 9:54am this morning in California, a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX blasted off the launchpad to deliver 10 new Iridium satellites into orbit. 9 minutes later, the jettisoned first stage of that rocket ship self-navigated back down, landing perfectly and without damage. The dream of self-landing, reusable rockets, abandoned 50 years ago, has become … Continue reading The Decade of Gen X Wish Fulfillment(image)

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2017: New Year, New Template, More Postsadamnash

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:51:11 +0000

2017 is finally here. Over the past few years, there haven’t been many posts on my personal blog. Most of my writing time was dedicated to pieces for Wealthfront, although some of the drop off is likely do to the 140-character competition from Twitter. Despite the drop off, I’ve been reviewing my blog posts from … Continue reading 2017: New Year, New Template, More Posts(image)

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Not Everyone Has a Grandma Floraadamnash4 Generations: My Grandmother, My Mother, My Wife, My DaughterWPR

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:07:09 +0000

My grandmother, Flora, might be the reason I ended up the CEO of Wealthfront. When I was a teenager and first became interested in investing, she walked me through everything. CDs, Mutual Funds, Stocks, Bonds. She not only explained the basics to me, but walked me through the details of how to research different mutual funds, … Continue reading Not Everyone Has a Grandma Flora(image)

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When Is It OK for a CEO to Take a Stand?adamnashaaeaaqaaaaaaaau5aaaajdy0mwe4mtiylwe2ndatndjkyy04zdu0ltk2nmi0ztqwmde1nw

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:13:41 +0000

“A great business has to have a conscience. You have to know who you are and who you are not.”  — Howard Schultz, Starbucks History has shown that conventional wisdom in corporate communications has been to keep company statements high-level, formal, and uncontroversial. In the past decade, however, we have seen a secular shift from … Continue reading When Is It OK for a CEO to Take a Stand?(image)

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New Hires Are the Lifeblood of Hypergrowth Startupsadamnash

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:00:00 +0000

On September 29, 2014, in an impromptu moment, I decided to tweet out a series about the importance of new hires.  Since then, I’ve received enough positive feedback about the series that I thought it best to take a moment and capture those thoughts in a long form post. 1/ New hires are the lifeblood … Continue reading New Hires Are the Lifeblood of Hypergrowth Startups(image)

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The Millennial Definition of SuccessadamnashWealthfront Team, June 2014

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:30:01 +0000

It’s hard to believe in 2014, but when I first considered joining LinkedIn in 2007, most of my colleagues had trouble seeing the value in a platform built on top of what looked like an online résumé. At the time, when I was asked why I joined the company, I would tell them that it … Continue reading The Millennial Definition of Success(image)

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From Technology to Politics: Leadership Lessons from the Code Conferenceadamnash

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:30:15 +0000

This past week, I was able to attend the inaugural Code Conference organized by Walt Mossberg & Kara Swisher.  One of the perks of the conference is, within close quarters, the chance to hear the leaders of huge, successful consumer technology companies. Satya Nadella, Microsoft Sergey Brin, Google Brian Krzanich, Intel Brian Roberts, Comcast Reed … Continue reading From Technology to Politics: Leadership Lessons from the Code Conference(image)

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Did You Like Being an Executive in Residence (EIR)adamnash

Mon, 19 May 2014 17:00:56 +0000

This is the fifth and final post of a multi-part series on being an Executive in Residence (EIR). The initial post outlining the full series can be found here. The previous post was “Challenges of Being an Executive-in-Residence (EIR)“ As I’m writing this post, I’m feeling a bit sheepish as I promised the to finish … Continue reading Did You Like Being an Executive in Residence (EIR)(image)

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Make Things As Simple As Possible, But Not Simpleradamnashiphoneiphone-0iphone2GScreen Shot 2013-09-24 at 4.08.39 PM

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:00:03 +0000

It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience. — Albert Einstein It has become fashionable of late, during the second coming of Apple, for … Continue reading Make Things As Simple As Possible, But Not Simpler(image)

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My Letter to Starbucks MobileadamnashMy girlfriend at Starbucks, Cambride, MA in 2000Home Screen

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:30:05 +0000

Dear Starbucks, We’ve been close friends for years. I see you almost every day, some days more than once. I’ve visited you in over half a dozen countries, and there are probably half a dozen locations in Silicon Valley where you know me and my drink by name. I’ll be there for you when you … Continue reading My Letter to Starbucks Mobile(image)

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Google vs. The Teamstersadamnash350px-Optimusg1

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:30:43 +0000

Yesterday, Google launched Chromecast, a streaming solution for integrating mobile devices with TV, part of another salvo against Apple.  Google vs. Apple has been the hot story now in Silicon Valley for a couple of years.  Before that, Google vs. Facebook.  Before that, Google vs. Microsoft.  Technology loves narrative, and setting up a battle of … Continue reading Google vs. The Teamsters(image)

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Challenges of Being an Executive in Residence (EIR)adamnash

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:25:27 +0000

This is the fourth post of a multi-part series on being an Executive in Residence (EIR). The initial post outlining the full series can be found here. The previous post was “How do you get an Executive in Residence (EIR) role?“ If you’ve made it this far in my Executive in Residence series, you might be … Continue reading Challenges of Being an Executive in Residence (EIR)(image)

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How Do You Get an Executive in Residence (EIR) role?adamnash

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:38:57 +0000

This is the third post of a multi-part series on being an Executive in Residence (EIR). The initial post outlining the full series can be found here. The previous post was “Should I be an Executive in Residence (EIR)?“ One of the most mysterious aspects of the Executive in Residence role is the relative obscurity … Continue reading How Do You Get an Executive in Residence (EIR) role?(image)

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EIR Series: Should I be an Executive in Residence (EIR)?adamnash

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:00:34 +0000

This is the second post of a multi-part series on being an Executive in Residence (EIR). The initial post outlining the full series can be found here.  The previous post was What is an Executive in Residence (EIR). The most common question in relation to the Executive in Residence role has been a simple one: Should … Continue reading EIR Series: Should I be an Executive in Residence (EIR)?(image)

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EIR Series: What is an Executive in Residence (EIR)?adamnash

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 20:46:16 +0000

This is the first post of a multi-part series on being an Executive in Residence (EIR). The initial post outlining the full series can be found here. One of the first things I learned when I accepted the role of Executive in Residence at Greylock Partners was that almost no one actually knows what that … Continue reading EIR Series: What is an Executive in Residence (EIR)?(image)

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The Executive in Residence (EIR) Seriesadamnash

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:00:15 +0000

It’s hard to believe, but it is now exactly six months since I left my role as an Executive in Residence at Greylock Partners, and joined Weathfront as COO. Diving into a startup is all encompassing, but over the past few months quite a few people have asked me questions about the Executive in Residence (EIR) … Continue reading The Executive in Residence (EIR) Series(image)

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Home Storage & Network Topology (2013)adamnashhome_storage_topology_2013

Mon, 20 May 2013 03:32:27 +0000

In 2011, I wrote a fairly popular blog post outlining my home solution for storage & backup: Build a Resilient Home Storage & Backup Solution Since it has been almost two years, I thought I’d update the information with some improvements. Updated Network Topology In 2012, I had a chance to update our network infrastructure, … Continue reading Home Storage & Network Topology (2013)(image)

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Behavioral Finance Explains Bubblesadamnashbubble chart

Tue, 14 May 2013 20:31:27 +0000

Note: This post ran originally in TechCrunch on April 20.  As a courtesy to regular followers of my blog, I’ve reposted the content here to ensure that longtime readers have access to it. “Bubbles are beautiful, fun and fascinating, but do you know what they are and how they work? Here’s a look at the … Continue reading Behavioral Finance Explains Bubbles(image)

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Home Media / AV Configuration (2013)adamnashHome Office MediaLiving Room Media

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 01:21:35 +0000

From time to time, friends and family will ask me how I configure the devices in my house for media.  Since I just got this question again last week, I thought I’d take a moment to document it here.  In the past, I’ve documented my storage & backup solution, my time machine setup, as well … Continue reading Home Media / AV Configuration (2013)(image)

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Is the “Tesla Clause” a Good Idea?adamnashmodels_coldweathertesting10

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:54:30 +0000

Todays’ news is filled with discussion and analysis of Elon Musk’s aggressive response to the negative review of the Model S sedan in the New York Times. Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway (New York Times, 2/8/2013) A Most Peculiar Test Drive (Tesla Blog, 02/14/2013) What makes Tesla’s response so ground breaking is that it … Continue reading Is the “Tesla Clause” a Good Idea?(image)

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Blackberry’s Impossible Missionadamnash

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:38:16 +0000

Today, Research in Motion Blackberry announced with great fanfare their new Blackberry 10 operating system and devices.  Unfortunately, the market has shifted so radically in the past few years, it’s not clear to me what path exists for any meaningful success for Blackberry. Blackberry is on an impossible mission. Why Blackberry? I used a Blackberry for … Continue reading Blackberry’s Impossible Mission(image)

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First Day at Wealthfront & DisclosuresadamnashWF Logo New

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 06:34:24 +0000

Tomorrow is my first day at Wealthfront, and I couldn’t be more excited. As many long time readers know, personal finance has always been a passion of mine.  However, now that I’m moving from this being a personal passion to a professional role, there are some important disclosures that have to be made. First, it … Continue reading First Day at Wealthfront & Disclosures(image)

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2012 in Reviewadamnash

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 07:59:49 +0000

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 310,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 6 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than … Continue reading 2012 in Review(image)

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How to Recover the Left Side Navigation in iTunes 11adamnashScreen Shot 2012-12-18 at 9.09.42 AMScreen Shot 2012-12-18 at 9.14.16 AMScreen Shot 2012-12-18 at 9.13.27 AM

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:41:39 +0000

I can’t believe I’m writing this blog post, but I am. Last night, I tweeted out my joy at finding out that Apple did, in fact, provide a menu item to re-enable the side navigation in iTunes 11.  Now, while I’m not a huge fan of the complexity and modality of the older iTunes interface, … Continue reading How to Recover the Left Side Navigation in iTunes 11(image)

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Joining WealthfrontadamnashWF Logo New

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:30:55 +0000

It’s official. As per the announcement on the Wealthfront Blog today, I have officially accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer at Wealthfront. I feel incredibly fortunate to be joining such an amazing team, with an opportunity to help build an extremely important company. From Human Capital to Financial Capital One way to imagine your … Continue reading Joining Wealthfront(image)

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Measure Twice, Cut OnceadamnashDouglas ChurninGrandpa Grandma 1946Thanksgiving 2008Hanukkah 2009Hannukah 2008wdding photo

Sun, 04 Nov 2012 20:00:01 +0000

On Thursday evening, my maternal grandfather, Douglas Churnin, passed away surrounded by his wife, his four children, his closest friend and his oldest grandson. Family Man My grandfather met my grandmother in a surprisingly familiar story. At 15, his mother asked a neighbor if their daughter, aged 13, could help tutor their son in French … Continue reading Measure Twice, Cut Once(image)

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Apple & Dow 15000: Updateadamnash

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:55:38 +0000

In February 2012, I wrote a blog post that indicted the Dow Jones Industrial Average for including Cisco in 2009 instead of Apple.  At the time, Apple had just crossed $500 per share, and that simple decision had cost the US the psychology of an index hitting new highs. I was driving home on Sunday, … Continue reading Apple & Dow 15000: Update(image)

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User Acquisition: Cycle Time Mattersadamnashlots-of-bunniesmedia_httpblogmixpanelcomwpcontentuploads200902picture11png_ivcAitdajBemhGy.png.scaled1000

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:35:12 +0000

This is an extension to my original three post series on user acquisition. Over the past few months I been fortunate enough to give over a dozen talks at various events and companies about user acquisition, virality and mobile distribution.  One of the best parts of the experience is that, without fail, every talk yields … Continue reading User Acquisition: Cycle Time Matters(image)

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