Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Using Business Expertise to Better the World

January 20th, 2015

Had the privilege of being interviewed by Natalie Sisson from Suitcase Entrepreneur recently. We talked about small business, bike riding and cause. Thanks for the great conversation Natalie and helping me tell the story of malnourished kids. [Listen Here]


Saying goodbye to a 13 year friend

December 14th, 2013


As I was sitting in my office today of 13 years I actually got a little emotional about the thought of moving out in January. I know it’s just office space, and maybe I’m being overly sentimental, but I’ve had so many great memories here. Read More >

Young Entrepreneurs

May 9th, 2013

I love being around young entrepreneurs. The energy, the passion, it’s contagious! Sometimes with experience comes the tendency to be jaded towards ideas but when you’re young you’ll try anything.

I had the privilege of working with two awesome young guys, Mark and Alex, on a recent project related to my involvement with MANA Nutrition. I’ll let them tell their story in this great video…

Design Revolutionary

March 21st, 2012

Had the privilege of being interviewed by Bryn Mooth yesterday for this HOW Blog writeup. She did a great job of organizing my jumbled thoughts into a great read… (read more)

TEDx Irvine

October 25th, 2011

Signup today, come here me speak in the OC at TEDx Irvine. I have the privilege of sharing the stage with some amazing speakers (More info here). The theme of the day will be “change agents”, the title of my talk will be “transitions”.

When: November 17th, 6 – 9pm
Where: Rancho Las Lomas
Buy your tickets today, hope to see you there!

Join me in Chicago

May 16th, 2011

As a speaker at the Creative Freelancer Conference, I’d like to invite you to join HOW magazine and Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor in Chicago June 23-24 for this not-to-be-missed conference for creative solopreneurs.

You’ll get two days packed with expert advice on marketing and finances; insight into the fine art of balancing your work and home life; details on developing a viable business plan (this is my topic, To Plan or Not To Plan?); plus ample opportunity to network with other creative freelancers from across the country.

Plus, I’m pleased to have the opportunity to offer you a special “tell-a-friend” $50 discount on the CFC full-conference rate*. Just input CSPKR in the discount code box during the registration process, and HOW will deduct $50 from your total registration.

For complete session descriptions, speaker info and everything else you need to know about the Creative Freelancer Conference, including a quick and easy registration form, visit

Don’t miss this event – register now! And be sure to use discount code CSPKR to get an additional $50 off the registration price*!

* Discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers. Cannot be used in conjunction with The BIG Ticket registration option.

Hoping to create a Spark

March 22nd, 2011

I’ve been invited to speak at the AIGA Y Conference this weekend in San Diego.

As with other times when I’ve spoke I’m always convicted during the note preparation time. It’s then when I have to really think about what I believe and why…and put it in writing *gasp. This weekend I will be doing a two hour ThinkShop on the subject of ‘hiring clients’.

The premise of the talk is that we should market ourselves better so we can be more selective. It’s not about finding clients that are easy but more about finding clients that enable us to do our best work. Some of my key points will be…

  • Know what energizes you as a person and as a designer.
  • Know what your perfect client looks like.
  • Know what your perfect client needs from you.
  • and finally, Know how to market yourself to that group.

It should be an interesting weekend and I look forward to the conversations and hang time with my fellow creatives.

My 4 Hats

March 3rd, 2011

My friend Joven and I launched a little side project today called My4Hats. Our goal is to provide simple reading and actionable tasks for the creative professional. We are calling them “action sheets” basically an 8-10 page PDF that you can download on a certain topic and use to make some incremental changes in your business. Keep it simple and rock!

ps. For fun (and to give ourselves a hard deadline) we hired the crew at IWEARYOURSHIRT.COM to help promote the launch of our first ‘Action Sheet’.

More to come….

Freelancer: we need to know…

January 12th, 2011

While independent workers—self-employed, freelance, part-time, and temporary—comprise 30% of the U.S. workforce, there is limited information about these workers. To help fill that knowledge gap, please complete the Freelancers Union Annual Independent Worker Survey. Survey results inform the public (see previous survey coverage in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today) and policymakers about issues that affect workers like you. Based on data from previous surveys, policymakers have made concrete changes to help support independent workers—from reforming the Unincorporated Business Tax to introducing legislation (S8084/A11520) to help independent contractors collect what they’re owed from nonpaying clients. Needless to say, the more respondents there are, the better the data is, and the greater the chance of helping you as an independent worker. So please take a few minutes to complete the survey here.

PS. I will be doing a webinar for Freelancers Union on March 16th at 5pm PST – Save the date, details to come.

Head in the clouds.

October 12th, 2010

I have to be honest. I’ve had my head in the clouds lately. All my discipline and routines seem to have flown right out the window.

Initially, I felt guilty that I had lost some of my focus. But the truth is, sometimes you walk, sometimes you run, and sometimes you just need to sit still. The other thing I’ve noticed is that when my head is in the clouds, I tend to dream more. I think about how things could be or what if this or that. Sometimes I get so focused on pushing the cart forward that I forget to stop and see if the cart could be improved in some way.

This head in the cloud feeling has resulted in limited blogging for me recently, but it has certainly given me all sorts of ideas.

I have, however, written a couple of posts for the Creative Freelancer Blog. Below are some links. Check it out:

The ol’ client bait and switch…read more

I’m so mad I could spit!

More to come…