What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

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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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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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The Power of Story: Chico’s Lament

Ponder this photo. Cool, right (if you’re on mobile and can’t see, here’s a link). Blown up giant on a wall, without anything else, you might well enjoy looking at it, just something about it. You might even want to buy a print. Now, sit back, I have a story to tell you… What if […]

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Safety or the Muse?

After more than 7 years of merciless touring that, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, led to bone-deep exhaustion, mega-band Mumford & Sons finally stepped away from the road. What they were about to step into is something nobody saw coming, including them…   A few months into their break, they came back together and start […]

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Don’t Create Content. Move People.

Content. It’ all the rage. Entire consultancies are being built around it. Creating it, distributing it, testing it, optimizing it, placing it, tracking it. Add in the word marketing and you’ve got not only a service, but a keynote. Lotta benefits to creating valuable, sticky, viral and engaging content. But, that word. Content. It almost […]

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Head Spinning. Heart Wide-Open

Monday. September 15th. Head spinning, heart wide-open. I. Am. Lit-up…and exhausted (in a great way)! Three weeks ago, 250 makers, entrepreneurs, artists, moms, dads, therapists, consultants, musicians, trainers, tradespeople, designers, doctors, managers and all form of world-shakers dropped into a 130-acre playground in the woods for 3 ½ days of magic. Yes, the first annual […]

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Less Show. More Soul.

2002. Mexican riviera. I’m sweating, almost violently… Barefoot in the middle of a tiled, thatched-roof palapa feet from the rolling surf. I’m there with yoga wunderkind, Baron Baptiste, famed kirtan singer, Krisha Das, aka KD, and 100 sweaty humans training to become yoga teachers. We practice. We teach. We move. We twist. We grind. We stretch. We […]

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