The various musings of Michael Hiles

Say Hello to Heaven

Chris Cornell was one of the icons of my youth. He was one of the foundations of the grunge music era. People mostly remember him from Soundgarden. However, I was one of the early Mother Love Bone fans who mourned the loss of Andrew Wood when he died of an overdose. Cornell created a one-off…

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The Science of Persuasion

I’ve always been fascinated with marketing psychology. Especially in the context of marketing copywriting and sales. One of the world’s foremost leaders in the actual science behind persuasion is Dr. Robert Cialdini, who wrote the best-seller. This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most…

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Defy Ventures – Step to the Line

I was first introduced to Defy Ventures and their mission at FounderCon, the Techstars global annual conference that was held in Cincinnati in October of 2016. The mission resonated with me deeply and I keep track of what they’re doing. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly…

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The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power is an amazing study into the power dynamics between people by Robert Greene. In a way, it’s one of those instruction manuals that should be taught in every school to children who are launching off into a cold world.

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How to Spot a Lie From a Former CIA Officer

One of the more important components of successful business relationships is trust. In my own experience, whenever my trust has been broken by someone, there were always clues. All the way down to subsconscious signals my brain was receiving, which likely translated into some gut feeling or intuition that was ultimately ignored. That’s when the…

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Austin Kleon: Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon is an interesting dude with a bold openness that’s refreshing. In fact, every academic and engineering person on the planet needs to read his book. There’s this mindset that suggests a person can only be relevant if they’re purely innovative and come up with something totally new. Austin busts through these ideas, demonstrating…

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How to Find (and Compensate) a Co-Founder

On this interactive webinar, Jonathan Greechan discussed where to look for co-founders, how to determine co-founder compatibility, how to split equity, and how to avoid common mistakes.

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Startup Communities

This is a pretty interesting sketch illustrating the concepts behind the book Startup Communities by Brad Feld, co-founder of Techstars accelerator. After spending a LOT of time in the startup world, one of the biggest violations I regularly see are communities being organized and driven not by the entrepreneurs and founders, but by people with…

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Knowledge vs. Experience

This resonates with me deeply because experience is the differentiation between understanding the rules of the game vs. how to play the game. The pieces aren’t the game, using the pieces in the right way are how you win the game.

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Go With Your Gut Feeling

Magnus Walker is an interesting guy. Growing up as a poor kid in Sheffield, England, he was not exactly the likely candidate for fulfilled dreams. Especially when his dream was that of a Porsche enthusiast. But undaunted, he forged through life until events and circumstances led him to success – and the fulfillment of his…

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