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Preparing for the worst

Sometimes reality smacks you pretty hard in the face. As I prepared for vacation, I got smacked but good. There was a tragic car accident and my nephew was killed instantly. In a daze, I rearranged my travel plans and headed home to be with my family. After four days, I caught a couple of [...]

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V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N

Does the mere idea of taking vacation freak you out? I am a one-woman show in my business. With the exception of some computer and clerical stuff, I do everything myself. So, when I go away for a week, there is no one here to take messages, no one to deal with the problems that [...]

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Serial College Dropouts Anonymous

I was just part of a mass email from my buddy Tom, who is an awesome guy and also has an unreal golf swing. Here’s the first paragraph: — An unholy event has occured about which some of you have already heard rumors. I wanted to clear things up right away before anything gets out [...]

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The Extra Mile

You know that friend of yours who everyone wants to be around? That’s my friend Johnny. Not only is his warm and laid-back personality magnetic, but he is consistently surprising me with those little extra steps he takes. Its often that "extra mile" that can make a difference between huge success and middling achievement, and [...]

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Are You LinkedIn?

A few years ago, my co-worker Ryan and I were discussing fun business ideas over a sushi lunch. What if there were a way to leverage the connections of our first-degree relationships, for either business or personal reasons? Maybe you could find a new customer, maybe a new girlfriend – and because you could see [...]

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Entrepreneurs that LOVE America

If you’ve ever travelled overseas, you might agree: we believe there’s no country on earth that sets the table for entrepreneurs quite like America. Faisal Hazime knows this. We snapped this photo of him (with a Verizon Treo) at his restaurant, Pita Cafe. He’s proudly holding the StartupNation book — he’s mentioned on page XIV [...]

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Careful if you’re seated next to a Sloan brother!

We were on a bunch of flights last week on our book tour, Everywhere we went, we asked people if they’ve got a good idea for a business. Pretty much EVERYONE said, "yes." But they also hemmed and hawed and gave all sorts of reasons why they either "won’t" start up, "would have, but…", "can’t", [...]

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Your Summer Internship

A quick note: if you’ve made your way over here from thefacebook.com, look me up on U of M’s campus. Another quick note: the new Coldplay album is unbelievably great. Anyways, its that time again. Finals are over, the birds and the bees are falling in love, and you’re a few weeks into your summer [...]

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Process. Product. Passion.

Ok, this is one of those "way out there" entries, but stick with me. It’s good stuff. My friend Rob and I didn’t start getting to know each other until about 3 weeks before he graduated, and it’s a shame, because I love talking to him. Besides being incredibly cool and having "success" written all [...]

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Entrepreneurs just can’t keep quiet

I was just nestling in to my seat on the plane to Denver last week as I introduced myself to the gentleman sitting next to me. This guy was the talkative sort. Sometimes you spend a plane ride just saying hello & then each person focuses on their own thing. But Scott wanted to hear [...]

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Book tour update – encouraging feedback

Well, we got a great review in Publisher’s Weekly. That’s going to help build momentum a lot! One great idea we got from the community is to create a contest to see who in our community could sell the most books (through referrals) and to reward that person with 2 hours of one-on-one business coaching. [...]

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The beginning of our book tour

By now you’ve probably heard, StartupNation: Open for Business is now on book shelves across the country. In it you’ll read great stories about entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded and the techniques and strategies that helped them win that success. We’re in Denver kicking off our book tour – next week we’re in San Fran, L.A. and [...]

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Reach out and touch someone

One service we provide at my company, Charisma Sciences, is phone coaching. Guys call us from all over the world and we used to just give out our cell phone numbers. This worked for some time but we were losing some international customers. Then I discovered Skype. Skype is a piece of free, peer-to-peer software [...]

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The Mudville Nine

“The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day, The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.” The opening lines of Ernest L. Thayer’s poem Casey At The Bat brought a broad smile to my father’s face just last week as our family gathered for Mother’s Day weekend. After [...]

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Communication: Part I

This weekend I was in Austin, TX, where Wayne and I were doing a seminar and workshop. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the sky in Texas is vast, and the sunsets were magnificent swirls of atmosphere. Lots of college students, and everyone is SO FRIENDLY. We took our clients out to lunch on Saturday and [...]

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You Gotta Just Wanna

I am in LOVE with the articles on our website that highlight entrepreneurs’ key moves. Each one tells the story of how someone got the inspiration to start their dream business and calls out a specific key move that they made to propel their business toward success. If you haven’t checked out Jonathan Conant’s story [...]

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Rewind

Just got back home from seeing a band called the Stereophonics. I can’t hear much out of my right ear. A bottle of wine I’d opened earlier has just enough left for half a glass, and the crisp evening air is wafting through semi-ajar windows. A train is sounding its horn about ten miles away. [...]

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Baseball and the Passion of Starting Up

I had baseball practice tonight. Now this is real hardball, none of this old-guy softball stuff. It’s actually old-guy baseball. I’m playing another season in the over 40 league. As my 44 year old body is aching and I wait for the celebrex to kick in, I’m reminded (painfully) that all baseball players go through [...]

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What a Weird, Wonderful World

Hi friends, my name is Jonathan. I’m thrilled that Jeff, Rich and the rest of the StartupNation crew have asked me to share my thoughts with the community. Jeff and Rich have at times been big brothers, mentors, financiers, and fellow sushi conniseurs to me, and hopefully I can pass on some of the wisdom [...]

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Entrepreneurs & Guacamole

The greatest thing about being the chief community officer of StartupNation (besides the fact that I have the coolest job title ever invented) is that I get to talk with entrepreneurs every single day. It’s a real hoot! Entrepreneurs are the most fascinating people. The truth is that there are as many different types of [...]

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