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18TH August 2016

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Eternal KFAC

Walter Hotz passed on. In my ten years of leading KFAC, I was never more proud of anything than the unbridled enthusiasm and dedication that this man brought to the party. Literally, all the way to the party.  In the words of a fellow paddler; Walter was that guy you never wanted to beat but you always loved seeing hit the beach. The guy who came back every summer, high fived you before the crossing, hugged you after. The guy who was on every team, who cheered for all of us and inspired us to keep fucking going. Carpe Paddlum, brother. In the years since we first set out across 14 miles of open sea, I have seen a lot of people throwing themselves into extreme challenges- crossing deserts, scaling […]

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13TH March 2012

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The Biggest thing that never happened on Long Island Sound: Broadwater Tumbles, KFAC rolls on.

News spread pretty quickly that the Shell Oil LNG platform destined for Long Island Sound sunk back into oblivion last week, likely for good. In its proposed form, it would have towered above all other structures on either side of that great body of water and inspired the curses of generations to follow. It should have been a procedural layup, with the interests of the Sound split between two states, both struggling with budget and resource constraints, and zero organized advocacy to oppose the revenue generating and cost saving proposal. Now the legend of how that didn’t happen continues to grow, just as quietly as it snuck up on everybody before the battle began. Begin with Leah Schmalz, a delightful director of legal and legislative affairs for Save the Sound, a program […]

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01TH August 2011

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A Founder’s leadership lesson: when to get the @#$% outta the way

Ten years, I co-founded Kayak for a Cause with Scott Carlin and we grew it to an charity organization of hundreds of participants and thousands of donors. We did a lot of good. We had some help as well. But the critical lesson I learned this year is knowing when and how a Founder should evolve his/her role. Even though this was a not-for-profit, the lessons apply equally for start-ups (which are often less-than-not-for-profit, anyways). Founders roles fall generally into three buckets: starters, runners and defenders of the legacy. As I learned in KFAC and at Mojiva, starters have the hunch, put a stick in the ground and by sheer force of willpower rally others around them. It’s bold. It’s inspiring. It doesn’t last all that long. Because as the data […]

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