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Entrepreneurs and Family

I just finished reading Steve Jobs’ biography, and man, what a page turner.  Having worked at several start-ups, it was amazing to see that some problems we faced, Apple did too in its early days: disorganization, growing pains, and defining company identity.  It was also gripping knowing what I know now – that Steve Jobs [...]

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Have You Used Your Network Recently?

It’s worth asking: when’s the last time you actively used your network?  And I don’t mean to just get what you want – to get a job, to make a deal, or to ask for an introduction.  I’m talking about really using your network to share or connect with people you know.  Someone get a [...]

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Life Lived as a Whole

In times of professional and personal stress, I find myself overtly comparing myself to others. Am I as far ahead in my career? Do I have as many nice things? Have I done as many things on my bucket list? Do I have as many friends? Etc., etc. These comparisons always fall short of any [...]

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You Don’t Have to Love it 24/7

This Monday morning, it was difficult to crawl out of bed.  Despite the fact that I got plenty of rest, felt physically fine, and was working within my routine, I just couldn’t find my get up ‘n’ go.  It took me a full two hours after making it to my desk to feel human again, [...]

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Building Technology that Connects

I will admit upfront that I’m a pretty prolific Facebook user.  I find it an easy way to keep track of people I’ve met at various stages in my life – through high school in a small rural town in Idaho, to teaching English in Japan, to keeping track of my various successful MBA classmates.  [...]

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Let’s Play Pretend: I’m not Biased!

Over the past few years, I’ve written a few articles on what it’s like to promote a new business.  Launching a new business is a lot like finding that first relevant job: everyone wants you to have experience, but you just started, so you’re doing the best you can with what little you have.

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Prioritizing your Customers

As anyone who has ever owned a business knows, all customers are not created equal.  In the Internet world, it seems like the highest valued customers are those we don’t have.  The logic goes that the Internet connects millions or even billions of us, and we should do as much as we can to reach [...]

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Develop a Tough Skin

When you first launch a business, it’s all about the idea -  How great it will be when potential customers see.  How exciting it will be to implement.  How your awesome idea will change the world. Then you launch.  Guess what?  Not everybody thinks what you’re doing is a good idea. This is when you [...]

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In it for the Long Haul

After a pretty intense November, our team took a long-ish break over the Thanksgiving holidays.  Jacob and I completed a move (complete with UHaul truck) and took some time out to visit friends.  Besides checking in our help forums and email, we let the business run on its own for about a week. That’s, of [...]

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Twitter: Either I’m Pathetic or Awesome…

So it’s no secret that my Twitter account is mainly to promote Fellowstream.   I recently wrote an article on how I think start-ups should use Twitter to promote themselves.  However, as stated in that post, I believe in the power of relevant marketing, to start conversations, to connect the right people to the right [...]

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