According to Forbes and Inc. Magazine , Joe Polish is "One of the most connected people in business.” He’s the leader of Genius Network, which is one of―if not the most―elite and exclusive entrepreneurial masterminds in the world. In mid-2020, Joe started telling people that he was going to disappear during all of 2021. He was going to take a 12-month sabbatical. During that time, he would not be answering his phone. He would not be available to Genius Network members. No one should expect to hear from him. Initially, I was a bit surprised and also somewhat skeptical. How was this going to be possible? Joe is always connected. He’s got literally thousands of people that utilize his knowledge, skills, and network. But as 2021 came closer, he showed no signs of backing out. I ended up interviewing him for over 2 hours to figure out: Why was he doing this? What was he hoping to get out of it? What scared him most about leaving for 12 months? Interestingly, his … [Read more...] about One of My Mentors Left for a 1-Year Sabbatical
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Despite everything else that occurred in 2020, the last twelve months were stellar for video games. Be it the surprisingly brilliant Assassin's Creed: Valhalla , the almost offensively pleasant Animal Crossing: New Horizons , or Square finally launching Final Fantasy 7 Remake , a tsunami of brilliant releases swept over us at a time where frankly, we needed them most. The question now then is this: what's next for gaming? 2020 ended on a high note, ushering in the dawn of a new console generation, but what do these odd-looking boxes really mean for gaming’s future? Sitting down with Bloober Team, Sumo Digital, Neon Giant and LKA, these four studios reveal why they find themselves feeling inspired by this shiny new era of gaming hardware, offering a glimpse into the exciting technological advances that we can expect from games in the months and years to come. The first piece of good news is likely an obvious one: what we've seen with the likes of Demon Souls and The … [Read more...] about What will next-gen games deliver in the future?
I was sitting at my desk when a friend called. By friend , I don’t mean a member of that small group of people I speak to every day. I also don’t mean an acquaintance I rarely saw or kept contact with. He was comfortably in that middle group—someone I spoke to about once a month. We met within the last year. There was plenty left to learn about each other. His voice was quieter than usual. Subdued. He said, “Are you okay? I’m just calling to check in on you.” I had no idea what he was talking about. My last few weeks had been uneventful. It was summertime, so work was quiet. And I hadn’t shared anything with anyone that could’ve been misinterpreted as me having a hard time, so this question should not have been the first thing I heard when I picked up the phone. Perhaps he called the wrong person. I said, “Yeah. Why do you ask?” “I just heard about what happened.” It was 2016. He was talking about Philando Castile, who had just been killed by a police officer in his car in … [Read more...] about On Being an Ally