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TALKING POINTS: 4 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Splurge On; Colorado’s New Innovation High

January 3, 2014 1 comment
(Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

(Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

4 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Splurge On {HuffPo Canada}

There are investments you need to make as a start-up — like design and marketing, for example — that seem like a non-negotiable no-brainer. But there are other, perhaps less obvious, investments that are important to the long-term success of your business.

Is Colorado About to Get a Rocky Mountain Innovation High? {Washington Post}

The decision to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado has already been considered from a number of perspectives, many of them focusing on the economic, social and political implications of the move. Here are three ways to think about Colorado’s groundbreaking move from an innovation perspective.

BlackBerry Sues Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Typo’ iPhone Keyboard Case Company Over ‘Blatant’ Copying {ZD Net}

First it was Alicia Keys getting the can from the former smartphone making bigshot. Now it’s Ryan Seacrest lined up in BlackBerry’s sights. Either BlackBerry is gearing up for a war on celebrities, or the Waterloo, Ontario-based company is less than pleased at the idea of bringing a former killer feature of the keyboard-enabled smartphone to a rival device. It’s probably the latter.

Breakthrough Fuel CEO to University of Wisconsin Grads: Be creative, entrepreneurial {UW-Green Bay}

Business entrepreneur and UW-Green Bay graduate Craig Dickman delivered the commencement address at his alma mater Saturday, Dec. 14. Dickman talked about his business philosophy, and shared a favorite quote from the late Michael Hammer, a former-business professor at MIT and well-respected author and analyst. 

“Business creates,” Hammer wrote. “Medicine heals… education enlightens… science discovers… art inspires… but business creates.  It creates products, it creates services, it creates jobs. It creates value for its customers and assets for society.  Without the vital creative force of business, our world would be impoverished beyond all reckoning.”


TALKING POINTS: How to Use Video to Promote Your Crowdfunding Campaign

December 6, 2013 Leave a comment

Cash from the CrowdHow to Use Video to Promote Your Crowdfunding Campaign {Entrepreneur}

In her book Cash From the Crowd, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowdfunding website peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers through a crowdfunding campaign. In this edited excerpt, the author offers easy tips for creating a pitch video that attracts funding.

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This Video Will Make You Want to Be An Ass-Kicking Entrepreneur {Ad Week}’s epic parody 1980s entrepreneurial video has all the right things. It has the word “epic” in the title. It has that one-take, walking toward the camera while grabbing props out of nowhere thing that people go nuts for. It has a great actor who went to the Shatner school of pausing. And if you don’t love it for all that, watch it to see the best example of a business card ever conceived:

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How Melinda Walton Went from Corporate Employee to Creative Entrepreneur {Women’s Agenda}

Melina Walton had worked for 10 years in the corporate world as a communications professional when she started to feel something was missing. “The main thing I wanted was to have a job and life where I really wanted to go to work every day,” she says. “I wanted to have the lifestyle that made me happy every day. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my corporate role but something was missing.”

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New from Russell Simmons: Narrative, a B2B Digital Marketing Firm {Business News Daily}

For nearly 30 years, Simmons has been building and promoting brands in the entertainment and fashion industries. Now he’s applying that branding experience to the world of tech and manufacturing with his innovative marketing firm, Narrative.

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What Does It Mean to Be An Entrepreneur Today? Reflections for 2014 {Huff Po}

December is a month where people hit the “pause” button and think about the past year. About what was attempted, accomplished, remembered, forgotten, created, and discarded. About where one is headed; physically and metaphorically.

TALKING POINTS: Secret millionaires; musical stress reduction for entrepreneurs; more

November 28, 2013 Leave a comment


Is That An American Apparel Ad Or a Balthus Painting? {Fast Co Design}

Many of the clothing retailer’s ads look an awful lot like the provocative nudes of the French modernist. Who’s pervier, Dov Charney or Balthus?

Hey, Entrepreneurs: Pick up the Guitar! {Huffington Post}

It’s important to remember that launching and building a business is a marathon, not a sprint. Finding ways to stay energized, focused and motivated through the highs and lows of startup life is vital for success. Preparing yourself for the long term game can make all the difference in the world. Your well-being, success, relationships, productivity and employees’ enjoyment and enthusiasm all depend on your ability to stay creative and avoid burnout. Given that my pre-startup formal training was in music, I’m a big advocate in seeking an escape from the daily pressures of entrepreneurial life by picking up a musical instrument.

A New Website Selling ‘Extraordinary Experiences’ is the Latest Trend in Luxury {Global News}

Sure, you could buy that flat screen TV or logo-studded designer handbag. But wouldn’t it be a bit more exciting to have a private dinner cooked for you by celebrated chef Tyler Florence?San Francisco tech entrepreneur Trevor Traina certainly thinks so, which is why he’s launched, a website where you can buy encounters with stars in the culinary, sports and entertainment world, with part of the proceeds going to charity.

In Philly, a University City Cafe Caters to Creative Thinkers {Philadelphia Business Journal}

University City Science Center is going through unprecedented growth. Entrepreneur-and-business owner Keith Leaphart, owner of the graphic design-and-printing firm Replica Creative, has responded with a new cafe to serve the burgeoning neighborhood.

What Happens When Your Neighbors Turn Out to Be Secret Millionaires? {Huffington Post}

Pro tip: Always be nice to the neighbors. You never know when one of them will turn out to be a multimillionaire. That’s the lesson of the story of the Magowans, a pair of elderly twins from Connecticut who lived in a modest house, working middle class jobs — and died with an estate worth close to $10 million.

TALKING POINTS: Success tips from Box CEO Aaron Levie; 3 tips for the next generation of entrepreneurs; more

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Aaron Levie, Box

Paranoia is the Key to Success, Says Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year {Inc.}

[Aaron] Levie has successfully run a $1.2 billion company for eight years, and he’s only 28-years old. This year Levie, CEO of Box, a cloud computing company, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine. Inc.’s Editor -In-Chief Eric Schurenberg says Levie “is doing what all great entrepreneurs have always done. He sees the future before almost anyone else, and then, by the force of his personality and drive, he gets his colleagues and his customers to see it too.” –from Yahoo Finance

Three Tips for the Next Generation of Would-Be Entrepreneurs {Forbes}

The road to successful entrepreneurship is by no means easier that the traditional American Dream. In most cases, it’s harder — and it takes a lot of time, effort, energy and more often than not, money too. So whether you’re brainstorming how to make it on your own or are a seasoned entrepreneurial vet, here are three tips for today’s generation of entrepreneurs.

What Type of Entrepreneur Are You? {HuffPo Canada}

Today’s venture capital community and media have heavily emphasized the youth oriented nature of entrepreneurship. While young entrepreneurs populate the front covers of today’s magazine covers, they are part of a bigger entrepreneurship ecosystem. From serial entrepreneurs with decades of experience to hobbyists turned business owners, there is a complete spectrum of entrepreneurship that has been overlooked by the media and those providing startup resources.

Is Entrepreneurship Contagious? {CNBC}

A British news correspondent recently emailed me to ask for any research that helps answer the question of whether there really is a dirty secret that high-growth companies are usually led by founders from privileged families.

TALKING POINTS: NOLA snow cone legend dies at 103; the (jobless) kids are getting creative; more

November 26, 2013 Leave a comment

snow cone vendor

In New Orleans, Shaved-Ice Entrepreneur Josie Marino Ortolano Dies at 103 {The Times-Picayune}

Josie Marino Ortolano, a powerhouse in the local snowball business who not only devised a stream of fanciful flavors such as wedding cake and blueberry hill but also sold the extracts and equipment for making and serving the hot-weather treats, died Wednesday in Metairie. She was 103.

Can Entrepreneurship be Taught? {HITC Business/CNBC}

Vietnam is one of the most entrepreneurial countries I have visited. Every very inch of street in Hanoi is crammed with mom-and-pop vendors selling everything from homemade chicken soup (pho) to batteries to nail clippers to toys. Vietnam’s government is now searching for innovative new ways to tap that spirit. The goal is to boost technology-based entrepreneurship that could lead to significant job growth and wealth creation.

Global Youth Unemployment Crisis Spurs Young Entrepreneurs to Get Creative {HuffPo}

The Lost Generation is increasingly producing what one might call the “opportunistic entrepreneur.” Unemployed young people from Europe to the Middle East to North America are adapting to the realities of a chronically weak job market by launching their own businesses.

TALKING POINTS: Adeo Ressi takes your dumb-ass business idea to school; 5 signs your product is perfect for Kickstarter

November 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Adeo Ressi

An Entrepreneur Who Manufactures Entrepreneurs {New York Times}

Conventional wisdom holds that some 90 percent of start-ups fail. After years of observation, serial entrepreneur Adeo Ressi started the Founder Institute to teach the basics. Unlike other incubators, the Founder Institute doesn’t take students who already have a company. Instead, applicants are chosen through a personality test.

5 Signs Your Product is Perfect for Kickstarter {Entrepreneur}

Kickstarter’s mission as a crowd funding platform is to bring creative projects to life. In theory, it sounds fantastic: You have an idea, but don’t have the funds to get started. Most people think that if they just had the money they could take their product to market. Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward. Here are five qualities your business idea or invention needs to successfully launch on Kickstarter and get to market.

Lovecasting Meets Crowdfunding Meets Social Entrepreneurship {Forbes}

What better way to strengthen communities, while empowering regular people to support nearby small businesses, than by helping individuals fund local entrepreneurs? This movement—coined locavesting by author Amy Cortesein a recent book–is at the core of a Seattle-based social enterprise by the name of Community Sourced Capital (CSC).

Poolsidepreneurs, Where the Cult of Entrepreneurship Goes to Drown {Pando Daily}

So you’re a founder, and you’re crushing it 24/7. That’s great and all, but what if you could crush it by a pool? What if there was a luxe new way to work?

TALKING POINTS: Dave Eggers’ DIY proposal; the Beastie Boys blow it; YO! Company unveils its incredible new apartment prototype

November 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Dave Eggers
Let’s Make More Stuff: Memories of a beloved stereo cabinet fuel novelist Dave Eggers’ handmade revolution {Financial Times}

In tech-obsessed San Francisco, literary pioneer Dave Eggers wants to help facilitate the making of more stuff. And how, exactly, does he propose to do this? He wants to transform the long-disused San Francisco Mint into a workspace and retail outlet for makers — it’s an idea not unlike that used by the Torpedo Factory in Arlington, Va., but with DIY-style crafters and makers instead of visual artists only. We love this idea so much that we literally had to go to the bathroom after first reading about it. That’s embarrassing, sure, but it’s true. Click the link above to read Eggers’ brilliant proposal.

Beastie Boys Cry Foul Over GoldieBlox’s “Girls” Parody – Bummer! {Refinery 29}

Oh, boo. While pretty much the entire world has been charmed and delighted by the GoldieBlox video featuring three industrious little ladies crooning their own version of “Girls” by the Beastie Boys, it seems the ad has found its first opponent. Unfortunately, that opponent happens to be, um, the Beastie Boys.

New Videos Aim to Give Canadian Youth a Taste of Entrepreneurship {Financial Post}

A new video series on entrepreneurship and financial education, set for launch in 2014, is aiming to boost Canadian youth’s enterprising skills. “The New Spirit of Adventure” video program features interviews with Canadian entrepreneurs including Guy Laliberté, co-founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil; Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce; and David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber and Dragons’ Den host. The videos will discuss topics such as how to manage resources for success, and the importance of strengthening one’s financial knowledge.

YO! Company Founder Simon Woodroffe Unveils the YO! Home Prototype Apartment at 100% Design in London {Complex}

Will homes of the future have mechanized floors and furniture that emerges from walls, floors, and ceilings? YO! Company founder Simon Woodroffe would like to think so. YO! recently showed off its latest entrepreneurial brainchild, the YO! Home, at 100% Design in London; it fits an average two bedroom house into the space of a one-bedroom apartment.

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