Lately there’s a lot that’s been published about the lack of diversity within the Silicon Valley tech community which have been generally populated by a lot of young, white guys and for the most part, still are. So, I was excited to have Anne Bonaparte on the show. I invited her about 8 months ago to come in and chat a little bit about being a mid-stage CEO not just because she's a woman not in her 20s, but really just because she’s outstanding at her job and understands how diversity can come from all sorts of places. Anne’s point of view about how to create healthy conflict at the workplace, and a productive, diverse environment for growth couldn’t be more true today then it was when we chatted eight months ago.
Hard to believe it, but Dave and I have worked together for over 10 years. When I joined Jive there were just 13-14 people but he had been there from day one. It was him, and two developers. We sat in the same office for most of the ride of what ended up becoming rocket ship until just before the company went public. After that, Dave gave me the confidence and coaching to launch my own company and worked with me as a Board member for 5 years. This episode will resonate with any of you who’ve had to remodel yourself. That have had to navigate that scary void between an old identity and a new one. Who’ve had to ease your old self out of the equation so you could truly become someone completely different.