Every time I go to get-togethers and other social events people ask me for my business card. I thought by now we would all be using cool mobile apps for that. But apparently no one came up with a good one yet. Maybe I should write one.

Meanwhile, I thought I should have a biz card that wasn't attached to any job, company or specific line of work. Something that should just say who I am. Succinctly.

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Some lessons I've learned a few times over. Sometimes, when I think I have learned a lesson and am practicing it to its fullest, I can, to my surprise, be caught re-learning it the hard way -- by making a new mistake.

One of the most powerful lessons is applicable to business as well as life. It is pretty simple.

Ready? Here it goes.

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Today was my last day of work at Google.

Wow! I never thought I'd say these words for real. But it's real.

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I recently came back from a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean. It was great. If you've been to one, you know what I'm talking about: lots of fine food, great weather, no worries (other than "where's my sun screen" and "will I have time to participate in all activities today").  This particular cruise started in Miami and went to the Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), Isla Roatan (Honduras), Belize and Cozumel (Mexico). All these places are unbelievable.

Here are some of the many random things I learned on this cruise.

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It's been five and half years since I got my degree. Time flies! I've had time to reflect on the pros and cons of a PhD for a while now. I wanted to write about this topic since the day I graduated. But back then I had a very emotional reaction to it and a very cynical opinion. This post wouldn't have been written from a position of detachment and reflection as I can now do. Maybe my future experience will teach me something new. But so far, here's what I've learned about what a PhD is good for and what it is not.

But first, let's dispel some common misconceptions about PhDs.

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