Hear me out. I don’t have a Ph.D in Johnny Cash. Heck, I just discovered Johnny through his eponymous Live at Folsom Prison album. But after immersing myself in the music, swimming through all the tangled storylines and piercing the surface for air, Johnny Cash was one woke individual!

Walk The Line — Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix

Until…


The popular philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” A more succinct description of the last sixteen years at cleverbridge, I could not imagine.

Today is a destination, not the destination

The Journey Ahead

cleverbridge, founded by a team of e-commerce geeks who love solving global business…


Twenty-five years ago, after successfully pulling an all-nighter to meet the commitment delivered to Chicago’s front door steps, the Chicago Tribune went live on the internet. The tense hours spent overcoming unforeseen hurdles in the overnight darkness reminds me that great things can also be fun. …


During a recent consultant led scoping session, we were asked, on a scale from zero to ten, how confident are we that the project will succeed. One-by-one, our answers ranged from three to six. Clearly a healthy dose of pessimism hung in the air. …


2020 will go down in the history books on par with 1941, 1968 and 2001 as a year that changed the world forever. In most ways, this was a tragic year. …


It was a Friday. The build up lasted for weeks. After a year of prototyping, building, refining and testing, our Frankenstein creation was powered on directing us on a one-way path in the dark. The first email campaign pointing to our optimized customer commerce experience was launched.

Over a year…


My best friend as a kid was Eddie. He lived down the street from me. We both loved baseball, going to the park and riding our bikes around the block. The only difference was he was black and I was white. …


Last year, I spent some time meeting entrepreneurs in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is always energizing to speak with founders during their entrepreneurial journey. However, I was surprised to learn that founders struggle to maintain relationships with mentors. …


I walked into the office one morning to find a nice, shiny, laminated square card on my desk. Double the size of a postcard, it wasn’t there yesterday. Who purposefully set this square conspicuously for me to see this morning? …


The US has this crazy little constitutional right that befuddles people. Europeans wonder why the US is fascinated with guns. As an American who doesn’t own a gun, I too don’t understand the objectively strange fascination the some Americans have with guns, but gun ownership rights are written directly in…

Craig Vodnik

Global flexible billing entrepreneur of @cleverbridge with a passion for recurring payments and customer experience. @hydeparkangels board

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