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February 16th, 2015

Plowing Ahead- Snow or Not

If you haven't seen the headlines lately, it's been a crazy few weeks of weather in New England. We went from no snow in early January to feet, and more feet, of snow. In fact, my town had the grand honor of garnering the most snow in the state of New Hampshire a couple weeks ago. *Woohoo!*

As a parent of teens and a CEO, these snowstorms have an assortment of impacts. Snowy days means the schools are closed. They also mean that it really isn't worth driving to the office, especially when most of my work can
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February 9th, 2015

PeKu News- February 2015

Just as one is amazed at how quickly a child grows up, so am I amazed at how long it has been since PeKu was launched. This July marks PeKu's seventh birthday.  In some ways it doesn't seem possible that this company has existed for so long. I can't possibly have been working on this project/business for that long.

What is even more amazing is that two of my writers have been with PeKu since almost the very beginning. Jane Wangersky and Ronald Rowe began writing for PeKu six years ago this February.  As my most senior writers,
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February 2nd, 2015

Fully Aligned- Almost There!

As I was thinking about this column, it occurred to me that it is fitting that the alignment of PeKu is completed in February. February is the start of competition season for winter cheer squads. I was a cheerleader in high school, and now my younger daughter is also.  So, just like her squad needs to be precise with all jumps lifting at the same moment and all arms at the same height during, so, too, will all PeKu websites be precise.

We started on this journey in July of last year. We redesigned PeKu corporate to give
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January 26th, 2015

Meet the Specialist- Holla Toons

This month we are featuring one of our video producers, Holla Toons. The creative genius behind this company, Alex Hollis, has been making original cartoon videos for 'Bout Green for over a year. These short, animated videos offer our readers green tips in a light and informative manner. If you're seeking to be more eco-friendly, head to 'Bout Green daily and every other Friday for the videos.

Without further ado, please allow me to introduce Holla Toons!

MPK: Our readers know you simply as “Holla Toons”.  How did you get started making cartoon videos?

HT: When running fellow portfolio company,
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January 19th, 2015

Shrinking in Order to Grow

When I made the executive decision to reduce PeKu from a collection of twenty-one publications to twelve, it was with the hope that it would encourage growth.  As I pondered whether to take my figurative ax and eliminate over forty percent of my company, I weighed my options. What if I was making the wrong choice? However, every piece of data that I had and every one of my instincts pointed toward reduction.

Two and a half months into this change, I am seeing many signs that this is the correct direction for PeKu.  First, with a greatly
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January 12th, 2015

PeKu News- January 2015

As I was making some preparations for this article, I was reminded how much smaller PeKu has become.  For my second Editorially Yours column each month, I like to recognize anniversaries for members of our staff.  When I looked at January, I discovered that we have only one anniversary.  Then I decided to map out the rest of the months and realized that many months have only one anniversary. Some have none.

Of course, the number of anniversaries celebrated in a month doesn't diminish the actual anniversary.  Whether your family has one birthday or three birthdays in the
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