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The Power of a Private Facebook Group To Build Your Network

By | Community, Leadership | 4 Comments

My barber blew my mind.

I’m sitting there and he’s cutting my hair and we’re talking about advice and mentorship…

… so I shared with him this silly Facebook group I started that eventually became one of the most valuable resources in my professional life.

That’s when he told me he was part of a similar group with barbers from other major cities…

… and they all connect online to share best practices, resources and stories to help each other out?!

Mr. Ryan Browne – my barber – has a virtual mastermind group?!!!

What? Read More

5 Steps That Will Take The Fear Out of Talking With a Mentor

By | Community, Education, Startups | No Comments

After failing twice in business I decided I needed help from a mentor.

The first person I identified was named Larry and he lived 1500 miles away.

After sitting on it for weeks, I finally hit send on the email asking him to meet.

Within 30 minutes he replied and agreed with a recommendation for a spot.

I lied about being in his city in a few weeks assuming that if he agreed that I could buy a flight…

… so that’s what I did.

It was on a Monday at 6:30pm and he was late.

We met in an old seafood restaurant off the highway and I was nervous.

What if he didn’t show up?

What if I say something stupid?

What if he sends someone else in his spot? Read More

Build Your Startup Team With These 6 Characteristics To Filter Out The Duds

By | Community, Leadership, Startups | 18 Comments

Over the years I’ve been involved in hiring 100’s of people for my companies.

In the early days when I started a new project I would just grab whoever was nearby and free.

There was ZERO process.

That’s why I struggled to succeed.

I’d say between the ages of 18 – 24 I worked with dozens of different people and most fell extremely short of my expectations.

I hired a bunch of duds.

Why? Read More

How To Research, Recruit, And Compensate Great Advisors For Your Business

By | Community, Leadership, Startups | 3 Comments

Am I the only one whose Apple Watch is always dead?

I can’t seem to remember to charge it up…

… anyway, I digress.

When I started Clarity I put in the time to build one of the best advisory boards for the business.

It cost me time and $$$ but in the end, the ROI was 100X.

Having the best people in your corner to help guide strategic decision, solve major issues and pull you up when you’re feeling like a sack of potatoes is invaluable.

The challenge is finding them, negotiating compensation and deciding how to best leverage them. Read More

“Founder Dinners” a Micro-Doc

By | Community, Life Hacks, Personal | 5 Comments

Want to learn how I got invited to spend a week with Richard Branson?

… or how I ended up meeting Mark Cuban, who eventually invested in my last company?

It all started back in 2004.

After 2 failed companies I decided to give it another shot but this time it would be different… I decided to READ!?!

This was the list I started with.

What you won’t find on that book list is THE book that changed my life. Read More

You Can Only Keep What You Give Away

By | Community, Financial, Leadership | 19 Comments

I’m about to challenge you in a really BIG way, .

There’s even a chance it’ll make you feel slightly uncomfortable…

Maybe even have you reaching for the tiny X in the corner of your browser.

But that’s perfectly alright…

Cause as an entrepreneur committed to your growth and success, it’s a message you absolutely have to hear.

There’s just no escaping it.

It’s the topic of GIVING.
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5 Pro Strategies For Getting The Most Out Of An Event

By | Community, Events, Personal | 9 Comments

Conferences, summits, meetups and masterminds.

All things that involve you zipping up a Samsonite, kissing your family goodbye, and investing a few thousand bucks for the chance to connect with your fellow entrepreneur (while perhaps picking up a key insight or two).

And maybe you absolutely thrive at these events.

Or perhaps like so many others you shrink up and do your best to become invisible.

But regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, one thing is absolutely certain.

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5 Ways to Create Your Own “Personal” Startup Accelerator

By | Community, Startups, Strategy | 11 Comments

Have you ever dreamed of getting your company accepted to a startup accelerator?

For many founders, getting picked by a top accelerator program feels like the holy grail of early stage entrepreneurship.

Overnight, you and your team are given access to world-class mentorship, tight accountability, educational events, and primetime pitching opps.

In short – all things needed to get you to the next level – FAST.
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How To Build a Startup Community

By | Community, Leadership, Startups | 10 Comments

If you’re feeling lonely in your city (don’t know any other entrepreneurs)… or that it lacks a real sense of community, here’s 3 strategies that will help you create a startup community super quick.

A few years ago when I moved from San Francisco, back to a small town in Canada (to raise my kids)…

I realized I knew more entrepreneurs in every other city in the world than I did in the city I was living in.
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