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Red Herring Top 100

May 24, 2012 By: Andre Category: Life

I had the pleasure of being nominated and competing on behalf of Ping Identity for a spot in the Red Herring Top 100 awards this week and I’m happy to say — WE WON!

I also had the opportunity to visit with Alex Vieux, CEO of the Red Herring and get this photo accepting the award. Alex is making a difference in the tech and entrepreneurial community with his work here. And I could sense that he was not only deeply passionate about the companies he invited to present but that he was tirelessly dedicated to making a difference in society through his contribution.

Marathon. Check

May 23, 2012 By: Andre Category: Life

Jennifer Dragstedt, a friend from work inspired me to sign up for the Colfax marathon. I’ve told myself forever there was no way I could ever run a marathon. Flat footed, short bow legs, Pineapples for calves, shin splints and top heavy.

But I’ve learned something in the past 5 years of boot camp. You can push your body to do amazing things. That doesn’t mean you’ll do well, relatively speaking, but can you finish, absolutely.

That’s Bill Douglas running next to me. He’s never run more than 10 miles, and he signed up 4 days before the event. Crazy. Yea, love it.


Halloween 2013

May 01, 2012 By: Andre Category: Life

Ok, I’ve figured out my costume. It should only take me two months to build. Funny thing is, my oldest daughter (9) is looking to outdo me this year. And she won’t tell me what it is. She’s not competitive at all. This should be interesting.


January 26, 2012 By: Andre Category: About Me, Entrepreneurism, Identity, Life, Ping Identity

Marketing had a bit of fun at this year’s kick-off. I must say, I hate hearing myself, or seeing myself on camera. I’ve got more respect for actors.

The chicken came first

January 25, 2012 By: Andre Category: Entrepreneurism, Life, Musings, You Can Quote Me


I’ve had an epiphany. Everything we’re told is wrong. The truth is most often the opposite of conventional wisdom.

* Conventional wisdom says the shortest distance between Point A & Point B is the short-cut. In business, the short cut is often the long way around.

* Conventional wisdom says the ends justify the means. This is true only if you’re willing to sacrifice one constituent for another.

* Conventional wisdom says focus on the outputs (the what). But how can you effect an extraordinary output without an extraordinary input – the ‘why’, ‘who’ and ‘how’?

It’s the cause that counts stupid!

Let me explain. I’ve been fascinated with cause and effect for some time. It’s like a game to me, can I see the effects of my actions? If I press here, do this, or say that, what happens?

Often times, I’ll do something and wait for a response in the moment. Nothing. Silence. No impact. Hmm, well I guess I can do that with no consequence. WRONG. Everything has a consequence. Every action an equal and opposite. Karma, ying & yang, anti-matter, they’re all real. The thing is, we’re just not looking in the right places, or we’re not looking in the right time-zone.

People have short memories and to make matters worse, we live in an instant gratification world. We’re almost pre-programmed to expect a response in the moment, and when we don’t see it, we lose the connection to the original action.

If I yell at someone today, I might not see the negative impact of that action for weeks or months. I personally might never see the result of that action. But trust me, it’s there, and that energy will bleed somewhere, to someone, in some form.

Disassociation = BAD

We’re disconnected as a society from cause & effect. The two are disassociated, and that’s a bad thing. Why? Because when we disassociate our actions from their impact, we lose sight of consequence.

Derivatives are an example of bad things happening when creditor & debtor are disassociated. We created too much distance between the debtors and the creditors by bundling debt and reselling it to people who had no idea what they were buying. Like processed food, the debt became processed to the point of non-recognition. The banks, once close to the debtor, were nowhere in the equation and how would consumers discern the specifics of all that embedded risky mortgage debt?

Short-term decisions = Ponzi scheme of a different sort

Here’s another example of cause & effect gone bad. Short-term decisions. I have a problem with short-term decisions because they often come with a long-term ramifications (a future debt that will have to be paid by someone). So here’s the problem. When you separate the time-frame of profit (short term gain) from the cost (long-term expense), it opens the possibility of abuse. The disassociation in time of the profits and the cost get played (gamed even) like a sort of ponzi scheme.

For example, it’s a well known money making formula for private equity to come in, cut expenses and flip a company. Truth be told, there is some benefit to society in this act. The companies they acquire are often stagnant with layers and waste. But when they simultaneously cut future investment and innovation to maximize the short-term financial picture for flipping, they put the future of that company at risk. There is a future debt that they don’t expect to reconcile because they’ll be long-gone, having made their profit. They disassociate themselves from the long-term ramifications of their actions, leaving others (employees or the future buyer) to pay the price tag for their profits.

Inputs not Outputs

Here’s the summary. We’re a culture fascinated with results (outputs). And who could argue, if we get there, that’s winning right? Win at all costs. The ends justify the means?


It’s only right if we’re willing to sacrifice one constituent to profit another. When you focus on outputs, or short-term decisions, one person gains, another loses. It’s a formula that can only be exploited for so long before the system collapses on itself.

Instead, counter-intuitively, focus on the inputs and let the outputs simply happen. This is how you create systems that sustain the test of time across all dimensions.

More 1001 17th Ping Office Pictures

November 22, 2011 By: Andre Category: Life


Ping Halloween Party 2011

October 31, 2011 By: Andre Category: Life

Toy Army Soldier Costume - Andre Durand

Toy Army Soldier Costume - Durand Family 2011

Toy Army Soldier Costume - Andre Durand

Toy Green Army Soldier Costume - Andre Durand

Toy Army Soldier Costume - Andre Durand

Toy Green Army Soldier Costume - Andre Durand 2011

Toy Green Army Soldier with Base

Toy Green Army Soldier with Base

And just for fun....

And just for fun....

The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

August 03, 2011 By: Andre Category: Life

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House, with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Jefferson Quotes

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
‘I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.’

Cloud Identity Summit 2011

July 23, 2011 By: Andre Category: Life

My mind (and body) are reeling from the recent week spent in Keystone hosting the 2011 Cloud Identity Summit. 260 or so of the brightest minds in identity, security and cloud spent the week discussing the future of cloud identity and security in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Rocky Mountains. It will take me a few weeks to consolidate my thoughts and take-aways from the week, but I thought I’d post a few pictures right away. Many of the below photo credits belong to Brian Campbell. Wow does he have an eye for photography.

Opening Day - Cloud Identity Summit 2011

Opening Day - Cloud Identity Summit 2011

Google, Verizon & LG Discuss Mobility - Cloud Identity Summit 2011

Google, Verizon & LG Discuss Mobility - Cloud Identity Summit 2011

Tough Mudder

June 30, 2011 By: Andre Category: Life

Ran the Tough Mudder with several friends this weekend. 9.2 miles, 4,200 feet of elevation, 20 obstacles. I’m definitely hooked.