The Aligned Entrepreneur

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The Aligned Entrepreneur

Ever drive a car and when you start to pick up speed, you feel the steering wheel shake? Then every mile faster you go, the wheel shakes harder, the whole car starts to vibrate and you get a bit scared that any moment, the whole thing might break apart? That’s what happens when the front-end […]

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The Startup World’s Big Miss

Over the last 5 years, we’ve seen the release of a stream of books like Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup that do a wonderful job of systematizing a near-maniacal focus on the customer. Especially assumptions about the customer. Doing so makes it more likely that you’ll end up building a product and company that serves a […]

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Why Most Lawyers Make Terrible Entrepreneurs

Over the years, a number of people have suggested that I run workshops for lawyers who want to be (or think they want to be) entrepreneurs. On paper, they’d say, I’m the perfect person for the job. I made the jump, founded, built and sold a number of ventures online and offline. I teach, write and […]

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The Tyranny Of Connectivity

So I pick up a new iPhone over the weekend after cracking the screen on my old one. During the 3 hours before I get it home, something amazing happens. The phone is blank. No apps beyond the factory installed ones. No email. No twitter. No facebook. No nothing! My previous killing-time-default-to-screen mode vanishes. I can’t check […]

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What’s Up With the Adventure Capital Landing Page?

I love it when impact-driven entrepreneurs, savvy marketers and good friends like Chris Guillebeau launch things. It’s fun to watch on a few levels… One – he’s always pushing the envelope and trying new things. Always different designs, flows, funnels, products, solutions, calls-to-action and copy than anyone else. Proving you can honor your own style […]

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Stop Talking. Start Doing.

Anyone who emailed me between November ’12 and January ’13 got this auto-reply: Much as I love to connect, I’m in deep creation and pre-launch mode…aka “email is largely dead to me” mode through the end of Jan 2013 as I work to breath life into new adventures for the year ahead. So, it’ll likely […]

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Faith. Craft. Attention. Improvisation.

August 28, 1963. Standing before a crowd of 250,000, televised live on all three major television networks, Martin Luther King, Jr. did what, for most, would be unthinkable. But, until years later, nobody even knew what he’d done. There’s an amazing story behind Martin Luther King’s epic I Have a Dream speech that’s rarely told. […]

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How to Find Your Peak Creation Windows

Damned if this stuff doesn’t work… I’ve been studying the relationship between natural attention and cognition cycles, creativity and productivity for years. I know the data. But, being the cobbler’s kid, never really took the time to pay serious attention to my own organic attention and cognition cycles and then shift my working efforts to […]

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It’s Not The Critic Who Counts

One of the toughest things any creative person deals with is the fear of what will happen when we go public with our work. When we breath life into the mad ideas that spin in our heads and make them manifest for the world to see, to experience and to judge. Be it an entrepreneur […]

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Embrace The Space

My usual writing spot is a 10-minute drive. But on Sunday, I walked. An hour each way. No cell-phone. Nothing. Just me, my backpack and a path that wound across a bridge from Da Bronx to Manhattan, through the woods, along a river and through a park. Walking instead of driving, I lost nearly two […]

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