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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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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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Why am I an entrepreneur?

Why, in the face of such the statistically losing proposition, would someone want to start a company? And furthermore, why would they want to do it to themselves over and over again? Am I some kind of sado-masochist, thriving on self-inflicted pain? As I sit and ponder the answers I come up with a few…

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Why Join The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the WORLD’s LARGEST network of entrepreneurs and mentors. If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step curriculum will give you the structure, mentor support, and global network you need to start an enduring company. Many leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the program to transition from employee to…

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