dayone - helping you stay curious

By Marc Kermisch

I believe in the concept of relevancy as a key ingredient to success. Relevancy requires constant learning, challenging norms, and embracing the future. Welcome to Day One, where we cover a wide variety of topics, with a personal perspective, weaving in our own experiences to bring the topics t... Read more

I believe in the concept of relevancy as a key ingredient to success. Relevancy requires constant learning, challenging norms, and embracing the future. Welcome to Day One, where we cover a wide variety of topics, with a personal perspective, weaving in our own experiences to bring the topics to life. Our topics vary based on reader input, social and life events, and topics that may be just top of mind for us.

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Can the Capital Planning Process ever be fixed? - dayone - Issue #13

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What the $%#! is a Platform Company - dayone, Issue #12

I have competed against platform companies almost my whole career. I started my career in 1997, 3-years after Amazon launched. 10-years into my career, Apple iPhone launched with the App Store. 2 years into my career, Salesforce launched in 1999. I had just s…

 
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So long 2020! - dayone, Issue #11

Half of you opened the newsletter on a consistent basis and 32% of you found something of interest to read. I thank you for your readership and continued engagement with me.

 
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dayone - Life is Seven Days a Week - Issue #10

I distinctly remember sitting on a panel of IT executives, and someone asked, “How do you balance work and life?”. My answer was simple; you don’t. There is no work-life and personal life; there is just life. Sometimes the scale tips more one way than the oth…

 
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dayone - Knocked off your Rails - Issue #9

I had to let a few things go during the last 6+ weeks. I stopped writing and posting on social media. My newsletter took a hiatus, and I pretty much had to unplug from productive thinking. Instead, I focused on recovery. Included eating well, sleeping, and mo…

 
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dayone - I am an English Major, now what? - Issue #8

I went to college to become a Physical Therapist, graduated with a degree in English, and 20 years later I am a Chief Technology Officer. When I was 18 years old and thinking about what I would be doing for my life, I could have never predicted the path I wou…

 
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My Company Filed Bankruptcy, Now What? - Issue #7

No ever expects their company to file for Bankruptcy. When it happens, it can be both shocking and expected at the same time. While Bankruptcy is a well-known term, it is not well understood by the masses. You see headlines of companies filing for Chapter 11 …

 
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George Floyd #wecantbreathe - Issue #6

This month I had intended to write about my experience working for a Private Equity backed turnaround that filed bankruptcy. I had expected to write about this last month but felt addressing my experience changing jobs during the Pandemic was more timely. Onc…

 
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Starting a New Job During a Pandemic - Issue #5

I could have never imagined this scenario. I resigned from my last job just days before the state of MN implemented their Shelter-in-Place order, shutting down most workplaces. I had three weeks before my new job started. I had to wind down my old job and pre…

 
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Building Your Personal Network - Issue #4

During the first .com bust in the early 2000’s I thought that I had built a strong network. When my start-up’s public offering was pulled, and after the 3rd round of layoffs, I knew I had to find a new job. As I started to reach out to my network, it fell sho…

 
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Why can't we just be honest? - dayone - Issue #3

How many times have you heard that "Feedback is a Gift"? When I was working at Target Corporation this phrase was used so many times, that I had more gifts than I knew what to do with. Feedback piled up in the corner to the point that I felt like I had a scar…

 
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Focus your Culture - dayone - issue #2

Andy Grove had it right when he outlined the approach to Objectives and Key Results (OKR) management in his 1980’s book High Output Management. Setting objectives for the company, department, and individual with measurable results drives executional focus. OK…

 
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Introducing "day one" - a newsletter to keep you curious...

by Marc KermischIf you ask most software engineers what they want, they often will answer with “To build the best software, with the latest tools, without being bothered.” In other words, they want to build what they want and how they want, without lots of di…