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Health & Wellness 2019

Health & Wellness 2019

Through this post, I want to:

  • Stay accountable to improving my Holistic Fitness pillar (currently my #1 investment area) by publicizing my efforts

  • Analyze the state of my Holistic Fitness: where it currently is, what got it here, why it is as it is, and how to hack it better

  • Document a progression so I can revisit this in the future if/when relevant

This (now very public) post is an exceedingly scary thing for me.

It pains me to so openly admit what I perceive to be a weakness and character flaw (working on this), but this is important and I’m committed to being better…

Venture Studio - Attempt 1

Venture Studio - Attempt 1

tl;dr: The Momenta Lab project started for the purpose of building a Venture Studio company. We underestimated the intensity of research to test our hypotheses. We were successful in coming up with a business model (strategic, financial, legal, operating) which the market has confidence in. We did not have the financial means and adequate clout which were requisite in the model. We were unsuccessful insofar as we did not launch the company. These findings and the model is something I intend to pursue one day.

Momenta Lab.

This is the name of a recent project of mine seeking to establish a Venture Studio. The objective was to create and operate profitable, right-sized technology products.

Bookmarks Clearing 2018

Bookmarks Clearing 2018

Note for any readers: this is written to myself for future reference.

While going through the exercise of year-end cleaning, the process includes checking bookmarks for what will be highly relevant going forward. These are a few I’ve kept throughout 2018, which are now lower priority but which I may like to reference again in the future.

Frameworks and Tools:

Dec 2018 - What is Joshua reading?

Dec 2018 - What is Joshua reading?

Having recently attended a number of events this autumn to speak with university students, young professionals, and small business owners, I’ve fielded many questions about what reading I would recommend to them.

While I’ve previously shared my thoughts on this topic, my journey has taken me down many paths and through many hoops in the three years since then. I have a few more thoughts to share.

The big one is that everybody should learn Sales. > Cue groans <

Listen, I get it: ‘selling’ is thought of as something dirty… but that’s such an outdated notion. The reality is that we are all selling, all of the time. Selling is the art and science of…

Some Reading on Sales Operations

Some Reading on Sales Operations

Sales Operations.

What is it? Do I need it? Where does it fit in the org? I've also heard of Sales Enablement; is it different? How do I do it right? What career paths get you to Sales Ops and where can you go from there? Is Sales Ops leadership the same as Sales leadership? So many questions. So few good answers.

DEF CON 26 - My Thoughts and Reflections

DEF CON 26 - My Thoughts and Reflections

I was recently in Las Vegas for DEF CON, the world's largest Hacking Conference (Site, Wikipedia). For four days, 20,000+ nerds descended upon Vegas and put security professionals on edge. It was my first time participating in DEF CON, and it won't be my last.

Over the course of my week in Las Vegas, I caught up with old friends, met new people, learned about the Hacker world, was exposed to novel ideas, had fascinating and thoughtful discussions, lived it up Vegas-style, explored the famous city's culture, and ate too much unhealthy food (*cough* Typical West Coast).

I've been left with a lot to ponder since coming home from DEF CON…

Worthwhile Pursuits

Worthwhile Pursuits

As I've been pushing hard on pursuing new opportunities lately and working through a handful of challenging projects, I've been pondering the question, "What is truly worth striving for?" in considering how to allocate my limited resources of time and energy.

This is the list of things I keep circling back to:

  • Excellence

  • Integrity…

Observations about Compensation of Young Professionals

It is important to know one's value/worth as a worker.

A quick reality check of evaluating oneself in the broader organization is to ask the question: Do I Add, Subtract, Multiply, or Divide value to the social fabric which I am woven into? Do not be a subtracter and divider. Best is to be a multiplier (Note on multipliers: they amplify their environment, so they make sense in positive constructive environments).

Your compensation needs to be relative the value you provide for a business and you need to take ownership of negotiating the compensation you want. Nobody knows your situation as well as you do and nearly everybody is more worried about their situation than yours.

A few rules of thumb:

  • In the public sector:

    • Ones 'market value' increases by between 3k-5k per year for the majority of roles

    • Individual Contributor roles cap at 75k-110k, depending on skills requirements

    • For specialist roles, compensation is usually 70-80% of private market rate

  • In the private sector:

    • Ones 'market value' increases by between 3k-7k per year

    • For specialist skillsets, market value increases by between 8k-15k per year

    • Individual Contributor roles cap at 90k-130k, and then one is required to contribute to business development (i.e. originating sales, generating net new revenue, fundraising)

The sectors that do not subscribe to the above are those which contribute value in a scalable manner or are poorly understood (note: this is fleeting): Business Development, Management Consulting, Capital Markets, and Technological Specialists (non-operational roles).

On the topic of direction.. as a young person

On the topic of direction.. as a young person

This is a Shitty First Draft post that I never got around to completing. Coming back to it now cause I've been having mentoring calls every week for a while now. Same things KEEP coming up. So, here I am, writing a post about it so I can point to it.

1. Brain Dump about Expectations + Learning

Are you doing what you do to meet your personal expectations, or the expectations of your parents/society/tribe? It's your life, dude. Live it as you see fit.

It's great to be excited ("passionate") about a particular industry, but how much do you really know about it? I hear far too many people who were sold on the 'sexy' of a particular field of work, where the majority of their understanding came from marketing efforts by industry associations or people who've themselves been sold on an idea…

Universal Checklist for Presentation Delivery Prep

Universal Checklist for Presentation Delivery Prep

Ever since I went to university, I've been thinking about writing more in a public manner. Finally pulled the trigger in 2016 after years of deliberating. Here's a post I found that I'd written an entire draft for back in August of 2013.

I enjoyed reading this because it offered me an interesting look into how I've developed concepts and workflows since then. Sharing this in all of its original glory because it's rather funny and still pretty relevant!


This post is an ongoing attempt to create a universal checklist for the preparation of presentations. Note that I am assuming that the presentation deck and demo product are already complete after considering objective, available time, time of day, audience, and so on. This checklist is a combination of actions and reminders with some definitions included after the checklist...