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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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Are you a leader? Or just a manager?

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In World War II, Dwight Eisenhower trained his generals by piling a chain up on a table. He asked the generals, “If I push this chain, which way will it go?” The generals would jabber among themselves, debating and offering a bunch of different answers. The true answer, of course, is that nobody really knows…

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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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Creating Something Out of Nothing: The Entrepreneur Magician

Alan Moore is a famed comic book writer who pioneered the “graphic novel” as a literary format. Alan’s successes include “V is for Vendetta”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “Swamp Thing”, and many other works. Alan is considered a pioneer and a legend in the publishing world for his art. To me, he’s an extremely…

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