A Joy Unending


A Joy Unending / Posted by

As the frantic holiday chaos winds down, after the mysteries under the Christmas tree are revealed, and the cries of delight faded.   After guests pack up their bits and pieces of holiday cheer, slide into warm coats and with sad hearts exit the holiday into the waiting train of farewell.  Once the crinkled bits of paper are balled up and discarded, Santa takes his holiday, fading into the brightly lit background of a life deferred.    As the quiet peace of an idle afternoon settles in, the children revel in their lingering freedom and the adults reflect on the absence of noise. When I was a child, the holiday season was one of idyllic joy.  It was nearly unrealistic in its… Read More


Reach for your potential (Part 2) / Posted by

The Shenandoah 100 mile mountain bike race is a grueling ordeal that is held each September. This year, a courageous group of XSers are going to take on the 14,000 foot total elevation climb as a way to capture the spirit of our company’s mission and values. The spirit of our mission, “to help our partners reach their potential”, is perfectly captured in the quest to achieve the goal of finishing the race. Once the psychological commitment is made to compete, discipline, planning and teamwork must come into play for up to six months prior to the race. The entire ordeal embodies what makes the XS team successful and is best restated in the form of our values. In fact,… Read More


Focus / Posted by

When we started XS, Inc. over 12 years ago, we had big ambitions to change the way commerce was conducted in agriculture. In fact, hundreds, if not thousands of startups were popping up and racing to create exchanges in their respective industries with the same objectives in mind. As we all know now, internet-enabled efficient markets, while intellectually sound, can and often did overlook many behavioral, social and emotional dimensions of the buying experience. This miscalculation inevitably led to the demise of the vast majority of startups. The very few who survived were able to do so by embracing change and finding some other value-added service or product to sell. At XS, we have always been fortunate to have attracted… Read More


Defining Culture at XS / Posted by

Thanks for visiting the XS Blog about our culture. Although the posts here will illustrate the many ways that we express one of our favorite values “have fun”, there are many other subjects we’ll post that will truly provide insight into what makes us unique as a team. The “have fun” value is really one of six values that we established here at XS about six years ago when we structured a buyback arrangement with Morgan Stanley. My partners and I, along with the project leaders and managers collectively agreed upon what principles we wanted to dictate our actions as a company. We borrowed thinking from Plato (The Republic), Thomas Aquinas and others ultimately deciding to use the Cardinal Virtues… Read More