Carl Lewis and competing with excellence…

Every four years during the summer Olympics I have memories of being a kid and watching Carl Lewis compete in four Olympics. I thought he was the greatest athlete I had ever seen, and perhaps he still is. The guy won nine gold medals and one silver medal. He was unique. Special. Absolutely unbelievable. Recently…

Another 5 star book review…

Our book, “Restaurant Owners Uncorked,” had not received a review on Amazon in over a year until recently (I’ve learned that even though the book is selling very well, it’s rare for people to write reviews, especially when the book is no longer brand new). So we were excited to receive another “5-star” review last…

Why I ignore what our competitors are doing…

Imagine standing on top of the tallest mountain in a range and looking out across the horizon on a day when the sky is crystal clear. You can see for miles in every direction. There are no clouds or competing peaks impeding your view. It is endless. Breathtaking. You inhale deeply to soak it all…

Breakin’ down The Meatball Shop vid footage…

I can’t wait to finish the videos we’re making from the interviews we did at The Meatball Shop! I’ve been breaking down the clips, as you can see in my illegible notes pictured here. We have incredible “b-roll” (backbround footgage) from inside their three locations, as well as cool exterior shots we took in Brooklyn…

Schedulefly is like a boat…

When I think of Schedulefly, I often think of it as a boat. Imagine an ocean full of people treading water. Everywhere you look, people are bobbing up and down, arms and legs working hard. Some have been doing it for many years, some just jumped in recently. They are all tired, and one by…

New Video – Scott Maitland, part III…

Scott Maitland, owner of Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill, N.C. talks about the seduction of the restaurant business, money as a scorecard, and how he measures success. A special thanks is due to Luke Pearson of Lift Films for making these absolutely amazing videos. He is incredibly talented and somehow…

Why I love my new espresso maker…

My wife bought me an espresso maker for Father’s Day, and I LOVE it. (She knows a morning espresso helps me be an even better father – and husband!) I love that it’s simple and easy to use. I learned to use it in 30 seconds. I love that it doesn’t have tons of bells…

Life without the social web ain’t too shabby

I read a really great quote the other day that said Facebook is essentially a collection of all your friends that you would not normally call, email or text. I laughed out loud when I read that because it’s true if you think about it. I used to use Facebook and Twitter and Linkedin and…

New video – Scott Maitland, Part II…

Scott Maitland, owner of Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill, N.C. talks empathy, menus, and how unconventional wisdom led to his success. Wil