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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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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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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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Startup Funding 101: How to Get Started with Adeo Ressi

Learn the basics of startup funding from Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi. Listen in as he breaks it down and runs through the starting point basics with Onevest founder, Shahab Kaviani.

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CES 2017: Techstars Eureka Park

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CES is an awesome place for tech in general. If you really wanted to find a high concentration of emerging, disruptive tech, Techstars’ Eureka Park was the place to be. Incidentally, it was the place I spent probably the most time talking to all the startups and innovators. Eureka Park was at the Sands Convention…

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Startup Founders, sometimes you have to just tell fear to go fuck itself

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He said these words as a way of comforting a country devastated by a harsh depression. This was part of his inaugural speech for his first term. The meaning of Roosevelt’s statement was to face your fears and not be paralyzed…

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Going slow so you can go fast

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In high speed police chases, there’s something that sometimes happens to the pursuing officer called “tunnel vision”. This phenomenon is when an officer focuses on the suspect vehicle and his or her visual acuity eliminates everything else around them. Tunnel vision has led to horrific crashes and unintended consequences due to the officer’s peripheral vision literally…

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Stages of Startup Business Operations

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This is a particularly challenging issue for founding teams. Especially when it’s a single founder who is trying to sell and keep revenue coming into the front door.

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Soundstr is disrupting live music performing rights licensing

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One of the big areas of concern for touring musicians is actually getting paid their fair share of mandated statutory licensing. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger, the former drummer for the platinum selling band Hawthorne Heights, decided to do something about it. He started a technology company called Soundstr.…

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Teams & Accountability

People who don’t understand the incremental work breakdown structure of complex tasks and roles should never be responsible for committing to the delivery date. This is one of the classic flash points of war between sales and engineering.

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