Halley Suitt Tucker HeadshotYou know when someone jokes that they have “done it all?” Halley Suitt Tucker could put Chief Everything Officer on her business card. Halley is currently living in Boston and writes for a living. You name it she writes it. Halley has been blogging for 10 years, went through Techstars, and is now writing books! Halley is also CEO of BoOkBoX, and created a Kickstarter to fund her novel and e-book “Founders Less Than Three” . Halley has incorporated her knowledge of startups and entrepreneurial knowledge into this new read, which will be available on Amazon August 15th. “Founders Less Than Three” is centered around 10 young entrepreneurs creating a startup and racing towards their demo day in Boston. Though fiction, there are solid pieces of advice and insight into starting a business.

Halley’s friend, mentor, and author of APE – Guy Kawasaki – once told her “If you thought starting a book was hard, wait until you try to finish one.” We are so lucky to have Halley launching her (finished!) book at Hackers and Founders August 20th.  We’ll be meeting at the Bellevue Microsoft Store at 6pm that Tuesday. Please join us, and RSVP here.

paradeThe other day I was talking about my two nephews (ages 2 and 4) with my mom (age omitted at the request of my momma), and I asked her “Do you think that they will carry on their current personality into adulthood?”  My mom recalled that when I was a kid, I was extremely shy (not the case anymore), organized (still true), a leader (so people tell me), and a perfectionist (to a fault).  Then she reminded me of a story.

My six-year-old self had decided that us neighborhood kids should put on a parade.  I rounded up potential participants, came up with a theme, and delegated tasks to everyone.  After what seemed like days (but was probably only hours), the start time for the parade finally was upon us.  We were staged for our big moment.  I quickly arranged our group from tallest to shortest, and right before I gave the order to start parading down our street, something else occurred to me.  Wouldn’t it be great if we had swag items to be thrown to all the people that would be watching our parade?  I told the participants to hold off for one moment while I ran to my room, raided my candy stash, and started assembling parade-worthy treat bags.

But guess what happened?
A new leader emerged, and they had the parade without me.

And here’s the life lesson that I learned as a six year-old:
You can always make a good thing better.
But sometimes you just need to launch what you’ve worked hard to produce.

Don’t miss out on the parade.