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The Power of Networking

I’ve written several articles for other sites about the power of networking.  It’s one of those things that doesn’t come easily to most folks because it seems daunting.  Why would a stranger be interested in me? My experiences tells me that humans love to connect.  We’re interested in what others are doing, and we file [...]

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Fellowstream Shutting Down in November

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Fellowstream began as a grand idea that Jacob and I drafted on our kitchen table in late 2009.  What if project management integrated social media aspects for better communication?  What if we made something geared toward small businesses, not huge teams?  What if we could help people get stuff done, period?  We poured our souls [...]

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“Do” Instead of “Think”

Lately I’ve been engrossing in a steady stream of thinking.  Thinking about things my young daughter and I should do when we’re together.  Thinking about writing more.  Thinking about going places.  And while planning and thinking have their place, there comes a point, usually long before I do it, where the thinking needs to stop [...]

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Workaholics vs. Work Efficiency

People think I’m a workaholic.  I’m generally involved in 3 or 4 projects at any given time.  I set milestones and push myself to do more.  I was a good student, and I translated that into a career in video games and project management.  Now I’m raising a little girl full-time and working part-time.  Workaholic, [...]

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The Opportunity of No Opportunity

“We’re letting you go.” There is perhaps not a more depressing and frightening phrase.  Losing a job also means the loss of stability – financial and emotional.  Where will the money come from?  What will come of my career?  Doubts on your ability to succeed emerge.  Maybe you’re not good enough at what you do. [...]

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The Real Measure of Start-Up Success

I started teaching an entrepreneurship class at the University of Oregon a few weeks ago, and I have to say, it’s been a real treat for me.  I’ve always wanted to teach at the collegiate level, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of students.  I have a class full of fantastic start-up ideas [...]

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Trying Something New

Related to last week’s post on taking time to learn, it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and do new things once in a while.  My “new thing” for the next few months will be teaching an entrepreneurship class at the University of Oregon.  The ups and downs so far: Ups Meeting lots [...]

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Take Time to Learn

In your busy worklife, you probably feel like you’re barely keeping up.  There’s always another job to do, another project that needs to be researched and completed.  With all that running around, who has time for continuous learning? The answer: You do. (Photo by moriza)

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6 Lessons from My Infant Daughter

New human life is amazing.  If you’ve been blessed to watch a newborn grow from a barely functioning lump to a fully walking/talking little person, you know what I mean.  Things we take for granted – blinking, digesting food, grabbing an object – are things that my baby girl has mastered over her first year [...]

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A Routine Business

Entrepreneurs pride themselves on being scrappy, able to change on a moment’s notice.  When you work with a small core group of people (and the competition is huge), this is an obvious advantage: you can iterate faster and there’s less red tape to cut through to get stuff done. Having been through several start-ups myself, [...]

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