I'm just back from three weeks away. I vowed to keep Postcards up to date while I was gone, and with the help of the incomparable Jessica Shambora, the enterprising reporter we hired in June, we did it! We're posting twice a day--including a daily Power Point, which is a piece of career advice or strategic insight that might help you navigate your career and even your life. At least, we hope, it'll give you a little boost each day.
So I had a great and restorative two weeks off. I visited my 87-year-old dad in Pennsylvania. Good bonding time following the January death of my mother, who was my best friend. (They were married 64 years.) I also spent a few days at the Jersey shore, swimming, biking, and learning to play Wii Sports with the guidance of my favorite teenage pal, Ben Bristol. I visited friends in California and drove up that glorious coastline with my childhood friend, Diane. I spent last week in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, at Fortune Brainstorm Tech--and learned a ton from forward-thinking CEOs like Michael Dell (DELL), Jeff Bezos of Amazon (AMZN), and Chris DeWolfe of MySpace. (DeWolfe said he learned a ton from the Lessons of the Fall Q&A that I recently did with CEOs who lost their jobs. Thanks, Chris!)
I capped off last week with an inspiring Most Powerful Women dinner in SF and then a soiree at the home of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Both powows drew the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and included lively discussions about power and leadership. I'll tell you about the latter gathering tomorrow on Postcards. Meantime, here's a piece that the Los Angeles Times wrote about the Thursday MPWomen dinner. Wish you could have been there!
Simplicity wins. This is the message that I'm taking away so far at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech here in Half Moon Bay, California.
To frame the themes of this year's powwow -- which opened Monday afternoon with Michael Dell (DELL) and Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos (pictured right) -- my colleague David Kirkpatrick asked participants what is the most exciting technology innovation of the last 12 months. The most popular answer: the iPhone. That MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 22, 2008 2:44 PM ET
|Where your donation dollars go|
|McDonald's gives Charles Ramsey free food for a year|
|Hedge fund guru says moms and trading don't mix|
|Doomsday investors betting on market crash|
|Why Waze is a hot takeover target|