How And Why I Got Involved With Startup Grind In Hong Kong

I’ll confess that three months ago I had never heard of Startup Grind. I had been talking with Jeremy Hanks from Doba/Dropship Commerce about bringing his event series LaunchUp to Hong Kong, and we were pretty far down that road. The idea behind LaunchUp is to bring the entrepreneurial community together for a sort of “barn […]

February 6th, 2014 | No Comments

What An Evening In A Guatemalan Jail Taught Me

Have you ever spent an evening in a Guatemalan jail? I have. I was rescued by a German entrepreneur who previously moonlighted doing black ops for the US government and was a former member of the Hitler Youth. He then taught me the power of a sincere plea for help. Yes, this is a true […]

February 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

How To Avoid Connecting With Fake Linkedin Profiles

You’re rushing to work and while you’re on the subway/metro, bus, or taxi, you think “Hey, why not kill a few minutes and accept some Linkedin invitations?” You open the app and start clicking “accept” on every one. Two days later, you get a Linkedin message from someone whose name you don’t recognize, offering you […]

January 19th, 2014 | No Comments

Top 3 Linkedin Mistakes

There are a lot of articles out there about the mistakes people make on Linkedin. Those are helpful, but many of them turn into lists of things you should do couched as “mistakes,” and many of them go into the finer details of refining your profile to make it more effective. But there are some […]

January 19th, 2014 | No Comments

How Should An Entrepreneur Handle Risk?

Everyone deals with risk on a daily basis. Sometimes it gets us, sometimes it doesn’t. Entrepreneurs deal with risk on a daily basis, and how they deal with it can mean the difference between success and failure. I was recently asked some questions on the topic of risk as an entrepreneur and here are my […]

January 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Does ADHD Help Or Hurt Entrepreneurs?

David Neeleman, Richard Branson (allegedly), and other famous entrepreneurs have claimed they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Whenever someone famous claims to have a disorder, everyone else with that disorder rushes to point out how that disorder is actually a competitive advantage, perhaps even desirable. I call this “Einstein child syndrome,” after all the parents […]

January 1st, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Killer Feature Linkedin Doesn’t Have

Linkedin could make some serious cash off me if it implemented the feature I’m about to describe. And if you’re an entrepreneur you’d probably pay a pretty penny for it as well. I need to add a sales ninja to my team. I’d like to hire someone based on a personal referral. So I send […]

December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Don’t Be Sad, Be Awesome

I don’t know an entrepreneur who hasn’t failed. Sure, you might be look at an entrepreneur who has a successful company and a billion dollars and say “No, this guy isn’t a failure, no way,” but you would be mistaking failing with being a failure. Failing is a one-time event. It may happen again, it […]

December 2nd, 2013 | 2 Comments

5 Things Every College Entrepreneur Should Know

I started my business in 1999. I didn’t graduate from college until 2002. There were pros and cons to doing this. I did some things right, and I made plenty of mistakes. Here are five things I know now that I wish I would have known then. 1. Talk to your professors. I went and […]

November 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Be Prepared To Ask A Favor

A few years ago I presented at LaunchUp in Provo, Utah. At the end of my presentation someone in the audience asked me “How can we help you?” In the face of this gracious offer from the startup community, 200 or so of whom were in attendance that evening, I was speechless. Not because I […]

November 12th, 2013 | 1 Comment