"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Yogi Berra
Twenty-five years ago today, I started my first job in Silicon Valley. I had few qualifications for it. My last job had been counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee. (No jokes about that being an oxymoron, please. I've heard them.) I had a job offer to go to work for the newly elected mayor of San Jose, but the very day I was going to accept it, I was talking with Ken Oshman, the CEO of the late, great ROLM Corporation who offered me a job out of the blue. Ken took a chance on me and I took the fork.
So from that decision came a business education, firm friendships, meeting my wife (and thereby #1, #2, #3, and #4), a house in Palo Alto, the idea to start a company, and writing Dot Dead: A Silicon Valley Mystery. For good reason Ken was the first person thanked in the acknowledgments of the book.