Projects & Interests

Entrepreneurship and Start-ups

I have given several public talks on Innovation Culture and Entrepreneurship, and participate as a member of some entrepreneurial clubs, universities and small companies. Below are just a select few which are on YouTube...

In 2017 I presented a talk on Machine Learning Insights for Human Learning at TNW Europe. This is a talk I had given before, but, as always, I tweaked it for this audience. My general message in this talk is about the irony embedded in recent progress in Machine Learning... as we improve machines abilities to learn and solve unpredictable problems, we continue to hard-code our kids to follow directions, do well on standardized tests and memorize solutions to known problems. Let's fix this.

I gave this talk entitled "Killing the Save Button" at TNW Europe in Amsterdam in 2016. This talk focused on product management lessons I learned in the creation of products like Google Sheets, Docs and Drive. I lean in to the importance of making product decisions, listening to customers and sometimes ignoring their aversion to change (as in the killing of the save button in Docs).

In 2013, I spoke to students at SUNY Albany (UAlbany) about the skills of Innovation - starting with encouragement to discover their passion and learning from failure rather than avoiding it.

This talk had special meaning to me, since I was a Computer Science major at UAlbany many years ago.

... and here's a montage of some titles of other talks I've given...

I share my experiences and insights to help inspire others in their mission, but never expect my stories to be treated as "advice" - just shared experiences.

MkrClub.com: My 3D Printing and Maker Journal

For 3 years (2015 - 2017), I was a member of the Board of Education in Chester, NJ K-8 School District. In 2014 I was a write-in candidate for the Board Of Education.

I stay involved in the "Tech Club" in our middle school and work on the Board of Ed Tech Committee in Chester, NJ. I often volunteer in the club and help kids with technical projects. I often volunteer to help teachers and students use technology effectively in learning, by participating in Career Day at various local schools, and helping with teacher professional development and community events.

I'm very active on Twitter on education topics and try to both learn from educators, administrators and students - and help them with topics related to Google and EdTech products that I know well.

JRsays.com: My Personal Blog

JRsays.com is where I write... I don't write that often, but when something strikes me related to entrepreneurship, innovation, product management, leadership or life - or even a tip for one of the products I know - I'll jot it down (or write a longer post) on JRsays.

I think everyone should have an outlet for sharing their ideas, even if it seems only important to themselves - since it just might be relatable someone else on this planet.

My most popular post was by far my thoughts on how Social Networks Might Be Semi-Anti-Social... and then my pseudo-rant on the plastic recyclable rating system... proving how random my blog (and my thoughts, at times) can be ;) - Enjoy at your own risk.

Other Places to Find Me

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And some old places... like My Super Old Spreadsheet Site...

Other Places to Find Me