New product launch and life afterwards

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A very large chunk of my life from the very beginning of this year until the end of July was focused on launching a new college application product. Thanks to the hard work of every person on my team (as well as many others in the company) we were able to launch on 8/1, which is the deadline that we had been aiming for and my gosh - it felt GREAT to get this thing launched and get it launched on time. Sure, there's a lot of things that could've gone better and more smoothly during the project but there's also a lot of things that could've gone wrong and in the end - I'm real proud of the work that my team has been able to accomplish. It was a project that took months of planning, involved having to double the size of my team within a relatively short period of time (9 people in about 3 months), and required that every individual work extremely hard (a lot of late nights, weekend work, catered lunches, etc.). When I look back on what my team was able to accomplish during the first 7 months of the year - I'm real proud. This has been one of the most memorable projects that I've been a part of and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in it.

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Lessons learned after 148 phone screens leading to 9 hires in 4 months

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Coming into 2017 I had a lofty goal of hiring 10 people by the end of February. 10 is the number of people I had hired up to the end of 2016 when I had been in my role as the VP of Technology for 2 and a half years. Hiring 10 people in 2 and a half years was challenging enough and I knew that hiring 10 people in 3 months--between December, 2016 - February, 2017 would be really challenging.

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Hello? is a poor greeting

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I've done what I think is an insane amount of phone screens since December (well over 100) and in the last few weeks there's something I've been noticing when I call candidates for their initial phone screen. The more I think about it the more that it has surprised and even bothered me. It is this: When I call candidates the most common greeting I get is "Hello?"

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Setting up auto adjusting filtering in Google Sheets

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Once I built out my custom dashboard using Google Sheets (read my blog post on this topic) I decided that I wanted to look at the data for only the last 30 days. While it's important that I have historical data dating back to when I initially put the dashboard together, on most days, I wanted to see quick snapshots of various trends for only the last 30 days.

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Childbirth thoughts from one man's perspective

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NOTE - This is a blog post that I started writing when my wife and I were at the hospital this past August waiting for our daughter to be born. I started working on this post on Friday, 8/5/2016 at 12:07pm and my daughter was born at 4:13pm that same day. It's been sort of a crazy & a tiring ride ever since her birth so I've forgotten to make my final edits and post this thing. I was a bit hesitant about posting it since it has very little to do with the overall theme of my blog but you know what? This is by far the most significant experience I went through in 2016 and I think it's only right that I post this. Plus, I want to honor & give mad props to my wife for the absolutely amazing work she did in bringing our daughter into this world. Love you.

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The "Christmas Gift" test

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Ever since I started managing people several years back I've practiced giving Christmas gifts and a hand-written Christmas card to everyone on my team. I intend on continuing with this practice for as long as I'm managing people. Actually, even if I stop managing people at some point in the future I'm going to want to keep up with this practice. I've found that it's such a nice way to say a little "thank you".

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