Motivation

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7 Steps To Getting Through Difficult Business Challenges

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Imagine this…

Our startup Flowtown was exploding, we’ve got thousands of customers, we’re growing at 30%+ month over month and we decide to raise our next round of funding.

We start meeting with VC’s doing the Sand Hill Road shuffle, and they’re going great.

Then one day as we sit in the parking lot of one of Silicon Valley’s biggest firms, we get an email from someone on our team telling us we should read the cover of the New York Times.

It turns out there’s an expose on how certain Facebook Apps are using users data to sell to advertising networks.

Why did this matter to us?

Well, we relied heavily on Facebook’s data to help our users discover which social networks their customers were spending time on, online.

Due to a handful of nefarious apps, it looked like Facebook might have to shut down their API that allowed our secret sauce to work.

So we did what any founder would do… Read More

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5 Ways To Protect Your Confidence As An Entrepreneur

By | Motivation, Personal, Startups | 9 Comments

Over the years I’ve had some pinch-me-is-this-really-happening kinds of moments.

From spending a week with Richard Branson, to having Mitch Kapor (inventor of Lotus Notes / spreadsheet) invest in my company, Flowtown.

One of those moments happened in 2009 when somehow we got introduced to Gail, the CEO of ConstantContact – the FIRST publicly traded SaaS (Software as a Service) company in the world.

We met at our offices and she started asking questions about the product, how we came up with it, where we were at, etc..

… then she smiled and she said something I’ll never forget. Read More

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5 Questions You Should Never Ask Your Mentor

By | Leadership, Motivation, Strategy | 6 Comments

A few weeks ago I was asked by an old high-school friend for business advice.

He was just starting off and was wondering if he should go to the bank and take out a $10K loan to get started.

Fearing a series of bad decisions on his part, I invited him to a Founder’s Dinner so he could meet successful entrepreneurs and learn from real world experience…

… not what the people down at the “Business Center” in my hometown were telling him.

During that lunch, he sat quietly and listened super attentively.

Then, with little warning, he broke his silence to ask a dangerous question to one of the entrepreneurs. Read More

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Turning Pro (aka. Stop Fucking Around)

By | Motivation, Startups, Strategy | 8 Comments

Note: This message is for the “wantrapreneurs” in your life. Feel free to share it with them.

Alright, here comes some tough love.

Most of you are not acting like founders.

You’re not focusing on actually building a business.

Maybe you fell in love with the idea of starting a company (being a founder)… and once you started you decided it wasn’t fun (hard work)

Well today that stops.
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How To Get Unstuck: 3 Strategies To Kick It Back Into High Gear

By | Life Hacks, Motivation, Strategy | 8 Comments

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Today I want to share with you something that’s near and dear to my heart… the idea of getting unstuck.

Recently I was sitting down with a friend of mine and I was asking him what his plans were for the rest of the year – since we were already half way through the year – and he told me that he just didn’t feel connected to his business anymore.

His business was doing well – he actually hasn’t worked a whole lot – and his business continues to go along. But what really threw me off was that he used the word “comfortable”… he said, “I just feel comfortable.”
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The Struggle: What It Means When You Hit a Wall

By | Life Hacks, Motivation, Startups | 4 Comments

“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Most people don’t realize how hard it’s going to be when they start a business.

What matters most is if you are willing to continue during the struggle, when there’s nothing clear that says it’s going to get better, or that it’s going to work at all.

That is the essence of entrepreneurship and building a business.

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