Gimp, Logos and Transparent Backgrounds

Note – this article is very much WIP. If you are pasting logos and images onto your slides or website, get familiar with image formats and which ones allow transparent backgrounds.  High level summary is that certain formats allow a transparent background.  It is quite simple to convert an image…

Karma and Hiring Managers

I’ve interviewed with a good number of tech firms.  No, not as a job hopper – rather as having been unexpectedly (temporarily) disabled. I experienced a longer than expected recovery time and one overconfident false start.  Hiring managers have ghosted me the majority of the time.  A solid education and…

I’ve Made Mistakes: On the Value of Trust

I was on a Sales team meeting earlier this month.  We worked down the list of AEs (Account Executives) for a certain topic.  One of the new (to the team) reps started their update off with “I’ve made mistakes.  There are things I could have done better.”  They explained their…

Resilience after Four Years of Self Reflection

Today marks four years since a bad decision (no seatbelt while on a dry lake bed) and bad luck (wrong place, wrong time) changed my life’s trajectory in so many ways. Some points I’ve learned: I am more aware of, and have a great appreciation of, true integrity and backbone.…

Firewalls and Modern Business

I’ve got a good friend that runs a small business.  He has one application that is critical to the business, and if it were compromised he fears it could end the company.  Having spoken with several computer consulting firms in the area they’ve assured him that modern A/V software is…

Last Day at Fastly

After a second 2 year tour as a Sales Engineer at Fastly, I am sad to announce that today is my last day.  When Fastly invited me back, I was injured and looking for a safe place to confirm my recovery.  Looking back, the amount of gratitude I feel to…