A few months ago I gave a talk at a local high school here in Moncton. I shared my journey, went deep in the challenges I overcame, and gave my ALL to help inspire these kids live a bigger life. But during the Q&A, the tables got turned. And it was this kid in the front row. Someone I’ve never met before. Who with ONE question, hit me right at my core.
Growing a tech company is hard. Growing a tech company with lawsuits being thrown at you left and right is nearly impossible. The good news is, most legal issues that startups face are HIGHLY preventable, and can be sidestepped with just a few simple measures.
Freakin’ typography. Add that to the list of things I never thought I’d learn. Yet I’m proud to say I could now rock the basics like a champ. Did I take a course? Nope. Read a book? Not this time. Instead, I tapped into one of the most underleveraged sources of knowledge capital that EVERY software founder should be capitalizing on:
The first thing I ever built that I charged for was an MP3 burning app. I had just learned Visual Basic in one of my elective programming classes in highschool, and I wanted to see what I could create. The problem I wanted to solve was simple... As one of the few people at the time with a CD burner, I would always have my friends come over to my house and spend hours going through all of the MP3’s
I can still remember the moment I became a millionaire. It took 10 years of failing, getting back up, testing, iterating till finally at 27 years old it happened. I can still remember the specific moment when I found out. I was cruising in my broke down, decade old Jetta when my accountant Marc called me to break the news. He was more excited for me than I was only because he knew how hard I had been working. Also,
Did you know that at age 13, John D Rockefeller - the richest man in the world - built his family a house?!!! As a teenager I was definitely not a productive member of society. Quite the opposite actually. That being said, I continue to believe that we all underestimate what kids can accomplish at every age. If you have teenagers in your life, this video is for them. Over the past few months I’ve received dozens of emails and
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... ...
Do you have a business coach that pushes you to do things outside of your comfort zone? If not, you should. Recently one of my good friends was brainstorming new strategies for generating sales within the next 30 days. We sat down, brainstormed ideas for quantity THEN ranked based on effort and impact. (Side note: always separate the idea generation from the idea quality filter, it will help you come up with better strategies). At the end of this process,
Read & Grow Rich. It’s a motto I like to live by. And one that’s proven to be true when taking stock of just about every successful entrepreneur I’ve come to know in the last 20 years. But just like you can “read your way to success”, you also read your way out of a deep hole.
As entrepreneurs, we can get pretty damn obsessive about our growth and learning. Stacking our kindles with the hottest titles from the business bestseller list… … and secretly (or shamefully) looking forward to our next cross-atlantic flight where we’ll finally have a chance to catch up on all those latest reads. But as entrepreneurs, we’re also pretty devout at finding efficiencies and maximizing the return on every investment. Which makes it kind of crazy how we haven’t learnt how to