I'm the author of "How We Make Stuff Now" and the Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. We launch innovative products from small businesses.

  • My (book) baby is launched!

    Releasing a book is often compared to a birth.  Well if 19 months’ gestation counts for anything, then this book is one big baby. People ask why I wrote the book. There are…

  • Boston Book Launch–please come if you are local!

    In Greater Boston? Join me and WBUR’s Callum Borchers at the new CitySpace venue on Friday, April 19th for “Boston Innovation In Consumer Products.” Grommet…

  • My March Madness Bracket (of Entrepreneurship)

    Do you have what it takes to found a business?  Here’s how I see it.

  • New year, new logo!

    Here is the very first Grommet logo, created by Aaron Belyea/Alphabet Arm: Here was our 2013 update to that logo, which coincided with a company name change (logo also by Aaron):…

  • Four Things Amazon Doesn’t Want You to Know

    One of my beloved cousins posted the above on Facebook two days ago. I adore my cousin. She and I agree on most things that matter (equality, justice, compassion, honesty, for…

  • A sort of “life story” video

    The small business lending platform Kabbage shot a video with me a year ago. They put a lot of effort into sending a talented crew to Detroit for the filming. Thus I was surprised…

  • A Decade of Discovery

    Grommet launched on October 20, 2008.  If you want to see some of the embarrassing details of our history, check out this lighthearted post.  I’m in a more forward-looking…

    Amazon killed Ibex

    An email from the CEO of a premier US performance apparel brand, Ibex, rocked me today. The company is closing. Outdoor adventurers know the technical benefits…