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.

  • When is a tube of toothpaste a weapon of destruction?

    The New York Times has a front page story about the environmental impact of e-commerce on New York.  The piece chronicles everything from traffic violations (515,000 traffic…

  • Startups are sexy. Founding one is not.

    This post was originally published by McGraw Hill Business.  In starting a tech platform for launching consumer products, I told my co-founder, “I cannot promise you fame or…

  • 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…