The Unfortunate Middle

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The Unfortunate Middle

When it comes to the way we earn a living, whether entrepreneurs or employees, we tend to get stuck in the unfortunate middle…   We are taught, from a young age, to exist in the middle. Everything in moderation. Don’t be a tall poppy, nor a shrinking violet. Good enough is good enough. The middle […]

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What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

What makes one business succeed, while others around it fail? There is no one thing. But a simple question asked by famed investor, Chris Sacca, to then new founder, Alex Blumberg, in an early episode of the Startup podcast reveals a critical, yet often overlooked trait. I want to invest in companies that have an […]

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Adult Summer Camp: It’s About the People

Can this really keep happening? That’s what my wife, Stephanie, and I wondered as the date neared for our third annual Camp Good Life Project (Camp GLP, for short). In a matter of days, hundreds of people would board planes, trains, buses and cars to descend upon our 130-acre oasis, 90-minutes from Manhattan. They’d come from […]

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When Get Becomes a 4 Letter Word.

I’ve been asked the question in a wide array of contexts… How do I get people to buy my stuff? How do I get people to open my emails? How do I get people to join my community? How do I get people to sign up for my list? How do I get people to […]

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The Problem With Manifestos

1. The Problem With Manifestos. I’ve become more than a bit fascinated with manifestos… You see them all over the internet. Many are beautiful. They share great and wonderful ideals. Thoughts we nod along with and say “hell yes” to. Some even get passed around. A lot. Accumulating tons of views and word-of-mouth. And, then, as all […]

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Status, Seduction and Annihilation.

What if status and seduction weren’t entirely evil?   We’ve hit that time of year where rumors about the next iPhone are starting to bubble about. There’s one particular one that’s got people scratching their heads. Leaked cases show a design that looks largely indistinguishable from the iPhone 6 or 6s. Why is it this […]

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The Content Delusion (or, why you still need to hustle)

There’s this unfortunate delusion that’s been sold in the world of entrepreneurship, especially in the online space…   The road to growth is paved with content. Write, film, record and produce killer content. Put it out there, and the world will rush to your doorstep. You don’t have to put your “self” out there anymore, […]

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Business at the Speed of Revolution

Funny thing about revolutions…   They’re designed to incite mass numbers of people to rise up and create change. Political change. Societal change. But, what if they could also fuel mass action in a radically different context? Watching the cascade of revolutions that swept the world beginning in 2010, I began to wonder: What if you applied the […]

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Why We Gather

It’s late at night. You’re watching a movie… Deep in the jungle, maybe 100 years ago, a clearing emerges. Tropical grasses sway in a warm breeze. Intense green blends with a glistening sun and you can hear the faint sound of scampering creatures off in the dense woods. But, the field remains free of any semblance of […]

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Gone Too Soon: My Friend Scott

This is so hard to write. My friend, Scott Dinsmore, is dead. I will never see him again. Never hug him. Never talk to him. Never get freak-out emails at odd hours, share grandiose visions over way-too-big breakfasts, scheme global world benevolence, steal away with him and Leo in some random corner of San Francisco […]

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