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May 23rd, 2010 | Author:


Last week I met with Ann marie Houghtailing. Her company is hosting a conference “Blaze Your Own Trail” at the University of San Diego, California for middle school and high school students this summer. I have been invited to be a guest speaker at both grade level sessions.

It is an amazing opportunity for me because I always like to share my business story with other people but it’s also great for anyone who is able to attend. Life isn’t all about academics, textbooks, and the degree. Blazing your own trail can be just about anything these days and my generation needs to definitely think outside the box in order to be successful.

Middle school conference dates: July 26-29

High school conference dates: August 2-5

Hope to see you there. For more information or to register, please visit Blazing My Trail. If you want to follow Ann marie on Twitter, her username is @trailsnotpaths or check out her website The Houghtailing Group for other services and events.

May 11th, 2010 | Author:


I was watching an episode of “Tech Now!” and they were talking about how employment, jobs, and companies aren’t what they used to be in the Silicon Valley. One of the problems they said is that in the past, those companies used to have their pick of talented techie people to hire from all over the world, especially India and China. Apparently they were better educated and companies loved hiring them.

In recent years as the economies and opportunities have gotten better in their own countries, fewer and fewer tech people are coming to the US to work. So on the TV show, the discussion got around to asking the question, [paraphrased]”What can we do about attracting qualified people from other countries?” The guest said that companies would have to make it more appealing for foreigners to come here and gave a few options.

Wouldn’t it make more sense for US colleges to educate Americans better so that companies would want to hire Americans?

I will be starting high school this fall so I still have awhile until college. Everyone complains about American education and how far behind we are compared to other countries. Instead of trying to figure out how to entice foreigners to work here, we should focus on our own education first.

The system doesn’t make sense. My parents and grandparents have said that college used to be the ticket for success, security and stability. Not so much anymore. So what are we doing about it?

Tech Now! has limited coverage on TV but you can see it online at It’s pretty cool.