About Nick

I’ll explain about the picture – I promise.

Nick in 3s… (The boring version of me is on LinkedIn)

  • 3 hometowns
    • Concord, MA (born; still atoning for growing up in Patriots country)
    • Pittsburgh, PA (grew up; my real hometown)
    • Bay Area (now and forever; hopefully)
  • 3 things I’m doing now
  • 3 things I love
    • Startup teams
    • My Pittsburgh Steelers (die-hard fan forever)
    • My family (married to a die-hard Steelers fan and raising 3 little ones)


  • 3 big companies
    • Symantec (VP/GM, Enterprise Vault email archiving product line)
    • VERITAS (various PM roles, storage/backup software)
    • My next startup (once it’s big)
  • 3 discussions on company culture
    • A Stanford class I guest taught on the subject

    • Love Matt Blumberg’s blog on culture
    • Ben Horowitz’s blog on CEO psychology is dead-on
  • Reading, writing and ‘rithmatic
    • My mom and dad (taught me everything)
    • Harvard College (A.B., Biochemical Sciences; I forgot it all)
    • Harvard University (S.M., Computer Science; learned I wasn’t that smart)
  • 3 alternate names for this blog
    • mehtaphorical
    • mehtallica
    • mehtaworldpeace
  • 3 computers
    • My first (dad brought home original IBM PC in 1981)

My first PC!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt, Man in the Arena

“Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.”

Chuck Noll, former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach

“I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

-Percy Shelley, Ozymandias

  • 3 weird things about me
    • I’m constantly hacking my diet (currently veg, allergic to nuts/eggplant, low carb = starving)
    • I repeat jokes until they become funny out of irony
    • I’m obsessed with capitalization
  • 3 things I don’t like
    • Pessimism
    • The death penalty
    • Bugs
  • And about that photo… I have no shame whatsoever.  We created an annual competition at LiveOffice (one of many) where teammates tricked out their departments in the most creative ways possible.  People pulled out all the stops (special effects, custom-made movies, dry ice machines, clowns).  We called the contest “Pimp My Cube,” shamelessly ripping off MTV’s Pimp My Ride.  And every year I was the judge / pimp.  And yes – it ain’t easy.
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