Posts filed under: Success and Faith

The popular Web publication OnFaith, published Skip Vaccarello’s faith journey. Skip is the author of this site and the book Finding God in Silicon Valley.  You can read the story here....
The online magazine Hello Christian recently published an interview with Skip Vaccarello about his book and on the state of Christian faith in Silicon Valley. All over the world people know what you are talking about when you mention ‘Silicon Valley.’ It’s the place where start-ups and capitalists hope to earn a fortune. It’s the......
I (Skip Vaccarello) was interviewed recently for the Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today. In the article, I was asked about my spiritual journey, about faith in Silicon Valley, and about barriers that technological advancement may have to the pursuit of faith. The only correction I would make to the interview is that I......
It is the conventional wisdom that by the time people reach their 70s, they have made up their minds what to believe or not to believe about God.  Paul Ely, former Hewlett Packard executive vice president and board member, built his career defying conventional wisdom. On the God question, he defied conventional wisdom as well. ......
“Surrender” is a word not often heard in Silicon Valley.  But surrender is what God requires of those who are his followers, even those in Silicon Valley.  Jesus said in Luke 9:23:  “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  The Message paraphrase......
Entrepreneurs dream about the day when the product they worked so hard to build is a big success.   And when that success translates into a liquidity event for their company – the company is acquired or goes public — that dream is fully realized.  For Jerry Shen, success came early.  His product, a fantasy sports......
Can one have success in business and be a committed follower of Christ?  Must believers compromise their Christian values to succeed in business?  Tom Steipp offers an instructive example of how one can succeed in business and live out Christian values at the same time. Business Background Steipp’s has a stellar resume – US Air......
Brent Jones is well-known in the Bay Area and by football fans across the country for his exploits with the San Francisco 49ers.  He was selected as an All Pro tight end four times and earned three Super Bowl rings in his twelve years in the National Football League.  Earlier this year, Jones was inducted......
How does one have a great family life and success in a career?  Pat Gelsinger, a married father of four and CEO of VMware, a $4.6 billion Silicon Valley technology company, suggests that faith is the key ingredient.  In fact, he wrote two books on the subject....
Football fans know Ronnie Lott as a former All-Pro defensive back with the 49ers. Some may also be aware of his other activities since his professional football days, including work as a football commentator on radio and television, his work in philanthropy and in private equity. What is less known about Lott is what drives......
Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with venture capitalist Kevin Compton to discuss faith and business.  In this post you will read about Compton’s near death experience, how he discovered his calling in life and his 5 rules for success.  Compton’s story provides another example of how God is working in the lives......
Competition drives Silicon Valley, as it does professional sports.  Greg Jamison, former president and CEO of the San Jose Sharks, is both a Silicon Valley businessman and a professional sports executive.   It did not surprise me that in a recent interview he said, “I love competition.”  Jamison is also a follower of Jesus Christ.  I......