Economics, the data business, and free time


Changes are afoot.  

As I mentioned on my LinkedIn page and via a fairly broad e-mail, Onvia and I are parting ways effective March 1. The parting is amicable and Onvia is abiding by every commitment they made to me, I am financially in good shape, and I have a lot of former colleagues who are very encouraging and willing to offer good ideas and contacts to help me out.   I will be fine.

But my cage is still rattled, just like everyone else who has been in my position.

This experience will, in the end, be very good for me.  I will be more empathetic to those who lose their jobs, to those who feel they are letting themselves and others down, and those who wonder why everyone around them seem to be so much successful than them.  Yeah, my overactive brain has been down all those paths.

But now, it’s time to push forward and take full advantage of the experience.  An executive coach had one recommendation, that I am enthusiastically following now:  writing articles on LinkedIn’s publishing platform to highlight my thoughts on my industry of  the past 16 years, my love of business economics, and my sometimes controversial views as to how they come together.   In otherwords, channel my overactive brain into the data geekiness I enjoy.

Post one and two are already out, and I have four more in the queue.  Look for something once a week.  I welcome your responses and enjoy a good (that means healthy, intellectual, and without vitriol) debate.  It’s just data and economics, after all.

Read, geek out with me, and send me your thoughts!


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Photo sources:  Sean MacEntee. https://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/ ; Martin Howard. https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinjhoward2/.  Used under Creative Commons license.



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