Exit Sandberg

It’€™s time for Silicon Valley to outgrow its Sheryl Sandbergs

It’s time for Silicon Valley to outgrow its Sheryl Sandbergs

Sheryl Sandberg had been working at Facebook for just 13 days the first time we sat down for an interview. That was back in 2008, when the four-year-old start-up defined itself by the messy ways of a college dorm.

Source: www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-time-silicon-valley-outgrow-sheryl-sandbergs-jessi-hempel/

Okay, stop.

Tech reporters consistently contribute to the myth making of executives without out a hint of skepticism on their way up. Advertising as a business model is not a breakthrough. In most cases it’s the thing most tech startups hoped to avoid, but accept when the suits start calling the shots.

People were still writing puff pieces about Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg while those two were hatching the deceptive plans that are now being exposed. Facebook’s actions under their watch have had a significantly negative impact on the world, and any good that came from her being a woman in the C-Suite is just a trivial artifact at this point. The outcome of all this is a net negative on the rest of us.

This is not a new problem. Bad things happen when people are paid to do bad things. The problem is the mere existence of obscenely overcompensated executives (much of that fueled by the obsequious business press and hero worship). There should be less of these, not more women or men trying to fill the role.

Unsubscribe Tuesday

Jesus Christ. Enough with the emails already! For the past week or so, my inbox has been clogged up with emails for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. 

I get viral marketing, but this is something different. It’s like carcinogenic marketing. You thought you got all of the tumor when you unsubscribed, but no, it’s of remission and back in your inbox to bug you about some irrelevant sale for some WordPress plug-in you bought 12 years ago.

Overhauling the site

I have been making some organizational changes to this site over the past couple days. Specifically, I have split up my blog into to two different sections; blogs and articles. Articles is for things I write about related to my work in product design and Blog is my personal posts. Depending on your interests, you now have a choice of which to follow. 


Fleetwood Mac

Last night we saw Fleetwood Mac at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. It was the ugliest crowd I’ve seen at a concert and I’ve been to Tool at the Sears Center.

That’s saying something. Because at the Tool show, I had to ride a school bus from the parking lot where I saw a dwarf in a wife beater with bleached hair. He gave me the stink eye, I assume, because he thought I was staring at his stripperesque girlfriend. 

I was reluctant to go because I hate arena concerts almost as much as 50th anniversary tours of rock bands. We went because my daughter is a huge fan, and especially loves Stevie Nicks; she just twirls and the audience loses their shit. 

In terms of concerts, it was decent – which isn’t the highest praise for a band of their stature. I really wanted to see Lindsey Buckingham play live, but he was fired in April. They replaced him with Neil Finn of Crowded House, and Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. If you love Fleetwood Mac, it was disappointing. If you love Fleetwood Mac music, it was great. They played all the classics, even went back to their pre-Buckingham days for some blues. They were kind enough to skip songs from “Tusk” and whatever albums came out after 1986. 

Our seats were up in the nosebleed section, and still cost an arm and a leg. They said it was sold out, but you could see some open sections. Whatever the case, I’m glad we went. 

The best part of the show? They did a cover of Tom Petty’s “Freefalling” in the encore with a photo tribute. 

The worst part of the show? The last 10-12 minutes of Mick Fleetwood’s drum solo.

The view from the 4th to last row of seats at Oracle Arena.

Sacramento Antique Faire

We took a drive up to Sacramento for their monthly antique faire under Highway 50. The last time we went up, I scored a banjo for $50 and my wife found a large galvanized steel farm sink for our backyard. So everyone won.

We didn’t make any major purchases this time. I found a set of cocktail glasses and small pitcher with a Japanese motif. However, there were a few interesting finds in the toy and record departments. Here are some pictures.

  • Josh Brolin?
  • Under Highway 50
  • Your chance to actually own some libs.
  • Mark Davis & Rose O’Donnell Dolls
  • There were no takers for this bargain.

Bodega Bay Camping

This happened back in September, but here are some shots from our annual camping trip to Bodega Bay.


We saw Gomez at the Fox in Oakland – my favorite Bay Area venue – Sunday night. They’re doing a 20th anniversary tour. How’s that for making you feel old. I first started listening to them around 1999 and used to get them confused with Travis. It wasn’t because they sounded the same, it’s because a lot of bands had one word name names.

It was a good show. They sounded great but only played 3 songs from “How We Operate”, my favorite album of theirs. If I were one of those guys who rated shows, I’d give it 6 out of 10. If I were a hard core Gomez fan, probably an 8.

Original Gomez lineup.

Looks like Ben Ottewell has been working out or working at a startup.

You’d think it was 1999 judging by that marquee.