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Goodbye 2014! Reflections (Part 2 of 3) : Hits and Misses

Ah, New Year’s Eve… how fitting to share reflections of 2014 today. Read: what a nice coincidence NYE falls on the day I normally post! So I’m sharing my accomplishments of 2014 as part of the 3-part series of reflections – today’s part 2. You can read Part 1 for the six reasons why I blog here. Today’s post starts with the question: What was accomplished in 2014?I learned how to code! The beginning of 2014 started with a bit of a lull for me, and I took a weekend to learn Ruby on Rails through One Month. However, no way do I see that as where I checked off “Learn How To Code” mostly because I didn’t progress beyond a couple months with it. I didn’t find it sustaining. Nor am I counting my earlier knowledge in Visual Basic or SQL. None of those were actually harnessed into sustainable, marketable skills for mass consumption. I have a post about this, too – These 3 Questions Led Me to Stop Waiting and Start Programming.
Instead, it was the recent August-November months where I feel I …

Goodbye 2014! 3-Part Reflections: Starting with 6 Reasons I Blog

Ready for the new year? Whether or not you are, it’s coming. I do “micro-reflections” at the end of each day about what I did well, what I could improve on, what’s on tap for tomorrow/ next week, etc. As it’s the end of the year, it’s time for a more “macro-reflection”.
Recently, I’ve been asked more than a few times why I blog, and asked to capture what was accomplished this past year and what I’m looking forward to next year. So for this macro-reflection post, I’m going to write a three-part series. Part 1 (today) will be… Why do I blog?First, it’s a challenge. Writing was not a strong point for me growing up, and not one I enjoyed doing. However, I think it was largely about context. I didn’t find anything I was writing about compelling to me in school. 
Now, I write about startups and entrepreneurship with a sprinkling of leadership and psychology. I’ve already started writing about Finance (another weak point), and soon, I’ll be adding some technical posts to my repertoire. Each…

The Finance of Startups: For Dummies (Part 2)

Finance lessons part 2! Excited to share this, but also hoping I can transcribe what I’ve recently learned in a clear, concise way.
I was reading Buffer app’s somewhat recent blog post about raising $3.5M at a $56.5M pre-money valuation – “We’re Raising $3.5m in Funding: Here is the Valuation, Term Sheet and Why We’re Doing It”. The startup is a “fully distributed team” meaning that they (the employees) operate anywhere and everywhere; though, they’re headquartered in San Francisco. Interesting company in how they operate in being highly values-first and built on “full transparency”. Like, everyone’s emails are open to one another, salaries are out in the open, etc. I wonder if they have unisex bathrooms, too. (That’s my attempt at a joke.)
Anyways, they’re looking to raise $3.5M and in the spirit of full transparency, they share with the digital world everything including why they’re raising, what they’re going to do with the money (including reserving $1M each to the two founders …