Daily Archives: 02/23/2013

Corporate Culture

mcguire(Community Matters) As I’ve been interviewing CEOs and others about and and have commissioned a research paper on corporate culture, what a nice stumble reminding me to broaden my fact finding

“I was going to be one of those tough kitchen dudes and work 70 hours a week,” McGuire admits. “Now I’m older and a CEO with 400 employees. My job is to create a culture within our company that is sustainable. I can’t push my people to work 80 hours a week. We’re trying to develop into a smart company.” – Larry McGuire in Out & About


sway(Community Matters) Dinner last night w/ dearest friends Amy Grace & Doug Ulman. First time to try Sway and absolutely loved Rene Ortiz’s and Jesse Herman’s Thai fusion restaurant – we did take out.  I’ve gotta recruit friends to join me for the Moo Sway.

Kerrville friends dropped in for dessert. We enjoyed meeting Graham & Morgan. Graham has an interesting web based show interviewing New York celebrities and is considering relocating to Austin.

This am Graham Reynolds reminds me that he and Rene have talked about a collaboration. I wanna help with this, even if just carrying water for the two geniuses.

St James Episcopal

st james(Community Matters)  St James Episcopal – As we’re moving to raise capital and retire debt (a move I wholly support), glad the congregation is being asked to weigh in on the options. A 30- or 99-year ground lease would be better than outright sale of excess land (given how appraisals work, with little impact on price). And, we shouldn’t overly rely on promises to share facilities or co-habitate as good neighbors since these agreements are unlikely to govern any future owners. St James will be here for many generations. We can’t count on the same for a startup.

We should also be careful not to enter into a political argument which has pitted AISD against our East Austin neighbors. School board members were targeted and defeated because of the opposition to the charter school. I’ve read only good things about this school and their Austin board chair is a dear friend and St James’ member. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t want to take an action seen as a stick in the eye. Not at all a deal killer, we just need to navigate this with neighbors and East Austin political leaders.

apologies for missing tomorrow’s meeting after the 10:15 service. We’ll be out of town 

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering

(Community Matters) The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering is in Alpine this weekend. Marfa Public Radio & KXWT (across west texas)  are covering and broadcasting.

tx cowboy poetry gathering

Senator Cruz in the New Yorker

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(Community Matters)
 when Lindsey Graham and John McCain say you are out of bounds . . . . well, you know that’s really out there

The Wire

(Community Matters)  The Wire. Cities can innovate.

I’m unlikely to support a rail initiative unless I know we’ve vetted Jared & Michael’s innovative idea for cable (aerial gandolas) as our form of urban mass transit.

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