Spire Digital Becomes Kin + Carta | A Note from our Founder
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Mike Gellman
Feb 2, 2021

The content of this blog post was originally included in our newsletter, The Spire Wire. Learn more about the rebrand here. A Note from Spire Digital’s Founder, Mike Gellman: Honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever utter these words, but… this is the last Spire Wire I’ll write. Since 1998, every person I ever met on a plane or in a bar or at temple or online, would be added to my company newsletter. Some would be mad, some would be perplexed, some would report me for violations of the CAN-SPAM Act. But others liked it or at least tolerated it.…

Uber’s New Advertising Campaign Doesn’t Suck
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Mike Gellman
Apr 20, 2020

Uber did something right!?!? Yup! You heard me – the company that’s usually in the news for it’s feckless founder’s misdeeds, endless labor violations, an inability to deftly manage the inherent flaws in its business model, or any number of other gross transgressions that made Uber less popular than Monsanto and Phillip Morris combined has provided us with an empathetic hug at a time when we really need it. This hug comes in the form of its Thank You For Not Riding commercial, which shows a variety of people dealing with the quarantine in a variety of different ways. It’s…

Recession-Proof Business Strategy: How to Outlast a Downturn
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Mike Gellman
Apr 9, 2020

Unprecedented is the word everybody uses. And it surely is an apt word. We have simply never seen a global crisis like this. What should we be doing to ensure that our businesses will survive? Well… No one knows for sure. We’re all winging it. Still, we can certainly take lessons learned from other tragedies and downturns to plot out our course. While managing Spire, I’ve been through 9/11 and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis. In both of those cases, I somehow managed to (barely) emerge (relatively) unscathed. How? By doing the following: Being relentless. Do not accept defeat! You lose…

Spire Acquired by Digital Transformation Firm Kin + Carta
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Mike Gellman
Nov 22, 2019

Big news from The Dojo! After 21 years of growing Spire Digital into one of the most incredible organizations in the software industry, we’ve been acquired. Yes – the inconceivable has been conceived and acted upon, and we couldn’t be happier! As of today, Spire is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kin+Carta, a 1500 person global digital transformation consultancy, headquartered in London, with offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Singapore. Why, after a lifetime of independence and freedom from The Man’s petty whims, would we sell out and get sucked up by a faceless behemoth? Well…first off,…

Spire Wire: The Smart Life
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Mike Gellman
Sep 25, 2019

This summer, while some of you were vacationing on the shores of Ibiza and others were hiking Patagonia (the region, not the store), my wife and I were having our second kid, Lucy Rose, AND moving into a new house. As you can imagine, I was pretty busy, which would explain why, for the first time in at least a decade, I didn’t write a Spire Wire last quarter. Throughout this “wonderful” period of fear and loathing, endurance and stamina, and sleep deprivation and baby vomit, I kept myself sane by obsessing over the mundanities that exist in this new suburban old-dad domestic life I suddenly find myself…

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