Why I Serve

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Don Mathis Kinetic Social CEO & Navy Officer

On this rainy July 4th, I was thinking about my Navy service in the context of Independence Day and thought I’d reblog this story on why I serve…

 

Don Mathis, CEO of Kinetic Social & Navy Officer. With Petty Officer at Evening Colors aboard USS John F. Kennedy in NYC.

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By Don Mathis, Kinetic Social CEO

Like most reservists I know, I lead a busy life. Kids and a working spouse, the constant juggle of obligations, the feeling that at some level you don’t have enough time, ever, to do all that needs to be done.

Don Mathis, Kinetic Social CEO & Naval OfficerOn the civilian-side, I have the fortune of being the CEO of a growing social media-related technology company. It is a stimulating and challenging environment, and I work with a truly outstanding team. It isn’t easy to find the caliber of commitment or intensity in the civilian world that is common in the service, but I believe that at my company, Kinetic Social, I have.

But the work is challenging. We are a small young company, not yet profitable and constantly scrambling to fund-raise. Issues must be resolved decisively and immediately; we don’t have the luxury of excess capital to offset poor decisions…

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Introducing Kinetic Conversations

By Don Mathis, Kinetic Social CEO

We operate in an industry that has – to put it diplomatically – a high opinion of itself. Silicon Valley overall and the ad:tech sector in particular have been accused of cloaking capital accumulation with the fig leaf of “changing the world”. Keep reading.

This post has been moved to my industry-focused blog, “Silicon Alley Considered: Observations from the grittier tech space.” You can click on the link to keep reading.

Beyond the Big Three Social Networks

By Don Mathis, Kinetic Social CEO

The accelerating monetization initiatives of the social media “Big Three” – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – have received a fair share of headlines recently. But what does the rest of the pack of social media players have up their sleeves? Keep reading…

This post has been moved to my industry-focused blog, “Silicon Alley Considered: Observations from the grittier tech space.” You can click on the link to keep reading.