I'm the Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. We launch undiscovered consumer products. It's also the birthplace of Citizen Commerce. I write about design, cultural anthropology, and start-ups, mostly.

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    Hiring for “original” and not for culture fit

    Hiring is the most important activity of any startup. Yet a lot of the conventional wisdom does not sit right with me. There’s always such an emphasis on culture fit. But my…

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    Surprise Thank Yous Are Best

    At home, I take a lot of pleasure in my little box of note cards and greetings. Stationery is one of the very few things I make a point to seek out when I travel. Paper goods are…

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    You can take the girl out of Detroit…

    DBusiness recently published a story about my growing up in Detroit and winding my way to being a company founder. The reporter, Tom Murray, did a fine job and got me talking…

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