Ryan Leatherbury

Business. Tech. Life

The Daily Habit of Writing 1 Sentence Each Day

by I’ve come to realize that we are defined in large part by our little daily habits. I just watched a TED talk about a journalist who covered the memory tournament and decided to spend a minute a day improving his memory. He went on to become the national champion the next year. Big results…

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Why I’m Going to Work at AlienVault

by When the recruiter first contacted me, I didn’t know much about AlienVault. I quickly learned that they are a fast growing, private company with about 200 employees that provides security monitoring software for mid-sized businesses. It didn’t take me long to realize they had a very good thing going and that I wanted to…

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3 Ways to Help Your Product Team Begin With the End in Mind

by When beginning a new release, feature development phase or sprint, having a shared understanding of the end goals across a large team is a challenge. But there are some simple tools that I’ve found really help product teams start off with the end in mind. Write a Mock Press Release. This is a method…

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Your Life as a Business Model

by I’m a big fan of simple ways to look at complex patterns. I’ve realized that a lot of business problems boil down to not clearly defining the relationships between the day-to-day activities and end results. So tools like Business Model Canvas really help you see the essence of a business and how you can…

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A Look at Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots

by In 1952, Kurt Vonnegut wrote his first novel, Player Piano about a future society that is completely automated with no need for human workers. This created a split between the upper class which owned the machines, and everyone else. 63 years later, in Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford makes the case that we’re…

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A Primer on Business Metrics with Lean Analytics

by There are 2 types of companies: Ones that track business metrics and ones that should. If you’re in a company that does, you’ll want to check out Lean Analytics by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz. So can you relate to this one? How will we know we’re successful with the product launch? You need…

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Building a Virtual Advisory Board

by You’ve probably heard the saying that you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. Chances are, you’re a good reflection of the people you surround yourself with. Even though here’s no substitute for the real life relationships which really shape our lives, there is no reason you…

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Do More by Creating a Sense of Urgency

by Sometimes the more options you think you have, the more complacent you become with the status quo. It’s easier to kick the can down the road to tomorrow than make a tough decision today. But what if you mentally backed yourself into a corner to force decisive, quick action and decision? Robert Greene describes…

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Put Your Ideas into Motion Using this Simple Tool

by You can have all the ideas in the world, but they do little good without taking action. In an earlier post, I wrote about the life-changing daily habit of creating a list of 10 ideas. But one of the challenges is looking back on your list and figuring out where to apply your energy….

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How You Can Create 3000 New Ideas This Year

by I was surprised how much it bothered me. How did I forget? When I woke up that morning, I realized that I broke the streak of writing down a daily list of at least 10 ideas.  I was at 59 consecutive days. Backing up a bit, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve…

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