A Farewell

Today marks my final day at iDisciple as Director of Product Management.

5 years ago, I took a risk and joined a brand new company as employee number 2.

Today that company has grown into a global media company that serves millions of users and impacts lives around the world.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn and the relationships built during my time at iDisciple.  I’ve been invested in and encouraged by so many along the way.

Building a startup is no easy task and I’m thankful for the time spent building with these incredible men and women: David Henriksen, Mike Kendrick, Hal White, John Smith, Cliff Bartow, Boyd Bailey, Fiona Lindberg, Dan Lindberg, Amber Mette, Melissa Sladky, Adrion Porter, Bri Arnold, Jacob Harkey, John Crowe, Dan Riveros, Carlisa Flournoy, Tim Aligheri, Tim Boniger, John McCartin, Jordan Behm, Janine Duquette, Lianne Cornell, Emma Lieblich, Kamilah Benjamin, Andres Burton, Parul Jha, Mamadou Bah, Durga Purushothapu, Shubha Udupa, Alejandro Calderon, George Saffo, Dawn Hippolite , Israel Ramirez, Ryn Tomlinson, Alex Kondratev, Emily Fernie and Steven Tatum.

Special thanks also go to Rick Jackson and Larry Powell for believing in this project from the beginning and guiding it as board members.

Best wishes to Brad Mauldin, Bobby Downes, Jared Geesey, Nellie Jones and the rest of the leadership team as they carry the torch to the next summit. The future is bright and I look forward to seeing what’s in store! I’ll be cheering you guys on!

Choosing a new MacBook

I just recently went through the process of choosing and purchasing a new MacBook. In the past 10 years, I’ve used a variety of MacBooks, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pro. Most recently I used a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The Touch Bar is a cool feature for sure but I really didn’t use it enough to justify the extra cost.

I was debating between the new MacBook Pro (no Touch Bar) and the MacBook Air. I like the additional ports on the MacBook Air but it lacked a Retina Display which I definitely notice as a huge improvement over the non-Retina displays. The new MacBook Pro has the Retina Display and increased performance but it just has 2 USB-C ports which requires using adapters for almost everything – plugging in a USB drive or connecting to a display via HDMI or Thunderbolt. It’s a small thing but I really value traveling light and I don’t like having to carry 2-3 adapters at all times.

I ultimately made the decision to go with an early 2015 Macbook Pro. I used RefurbTracker to get an alert when the model I was looking for became available on Apple’s Refurbished store. I’ve bought several computers from Apple’s refurb store over the past 10 years and it’s always been a great experience. They always show up looking brand new and carry a full 1-year warranty from Apple.

It really is the best of all possible options. It has the Retina Display and improved performance. It also was the last generation of MacBook Pros to have real ports for USB, HDMI and Thunderbolt without needing any dongles. As a bonus, it uses the same Magsafe charger as my wife’s 11-inch MacBook Air so now we can share chargers again.