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    • Women in Tech: A Cause Worth the Effect I recently published an op-ed in Fortune magazine on the barriers I see in our progress toward improving the gender diversity in the tech industry.  The full article can be read here, but I’ve also chosen to post an enhanced version below that includes some of my personal motivations on the subject as well as […] 9 responses October 6, 2014
    • A Thoughtful Minute for Liz Henry Thank you Liz for your thoughtful questions on why I’m participating in the “Allies Panel” at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women next week.  Instead of trying to answer them all in 140 characters or less on Twitter, I’ve opted to answer them here as a Q&A. I’ve included your questions verbatim: Q: I want […] 2 responses September 30, 2014
    • Net Neutrality and the American Dream for Small Business The Internet, by its very nature, has been the greatest force for positive economic and social change I’ve seen in my lifetime. It connects people to ideas, marketplaces and to each other; crossing oceans, borders and cultures with ease. It has done more for educating and inspiring good in the world than the most successful […] 14 responses September 10, 2014
    • The Age of Doing What You Love Occasionally I get invited to speak at events that are a bit out of my wheelhouse.  Normally I’m asked to speak on subjects related to technology, product development, leadership, education and, more and more, small business.  For topics outside of those, I usually end up declining—simply because it’s too hard to imagine what I’d have […] 9 responses April 21, 2014
    • Mashing Up The Future of Technology I had the great privilege to talk with a large group of entrepreneurs and developers last week about where we’ve come from in cloud services and where it might take us.  The video of my talk is above and the transcript is below. What do you think about the idea of Mashups as predictor of […] 4 responses March 2, 2014
    • Standing Up For What’s Right As a leader of a company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, I’ve found myself compelled to take a stand against pending legislation that threatens to legalize discrimination and put an indelible blot on the image of the state.   Though I normally fly wide of public politics and almost never publicly share internal communications, I believe this […] 30 responses February 26, 2014
    • GeekWire 2013: Vision, Culture & Rainy Seattle For those of you who missed the live stream of my chat with John and Todd from the 2013 GeekWire Summit in Seattle, here’s a transcript of the talk: Jonathan Sposato: So I have the honor of introducing Blake Irving. He is one of the coolest cats that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working […] 17 responses October 11, 2013
    • From the dim background of mind, a start… A few months back an idea came to me that I haven’t been able to shake.  I should blog.  It’s a simple thought, but much like adopting a puppy or buying a fixer-upper, the choice comes with as many challenges as it does rewards.  First off, it’s a commitment that I wouldn’t make lightly. Once I […] 46 responses September 4, 2013
    • Fortune Brainstorm: On Attracting Great Talent Today I had the opportunity to talk to a small group of folks at the 2013 Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference about the role CEOs play in fueling company growth with talent—both acting as a magnet for new talent and mentoring existing talent on our teams.  I was joined on the panel by Keith Krach, the CEO […] 28 responses July 23, 2013
    • The Culture We Don’t Talk About When I joined GoDaddy in January, I talked to hundreds of small teams and individuals about what they hoped I would change, and what they most feared I would change.  They knew me as a “product guy” from my previous roles, so it was no surprise that the near-universal response to the former was “deepen […] 18 responses June 18, 2013