Category Archives: Founder

9 Reasons to Start a Business (and Why All Reasons are Not Created Equal)

  “He who has a why can endure any how.”                                                             … Continue reading

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Founder Profile 2.0 + Research Opportunity

Strange as it seems, being around 600+ people helps me come up for air and reflect a bit, so here’s a quick update from the floor of the Southeast Venture Conference in Charlotte, NC, where we are proud to serve … Continue reading

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What Would You Do? The Hidden Cost of Hurriedness

(NOTE:  The following is an excerpt from a book chapter I wrote titled “Integrity of Communication.”  It outlines a classic social psychology experiment that sheds light on the question:  Why do we so often avoid taking the most obvious and … Continue reading

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The Commoditization of Ideas

Had a great time last week working with 50+ students at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler Business School. The students are part of the GLOBE program — an 18 month program bringing together undergraduates from three business schools: UNC’s Kenan-Flagler, Copenhagen Business … Continue reading

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Here’s to Sharper Attention and Greater Depth (Update)

  I first came across Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows, nearly two-and-a-half years ago, in June of 2010, as I was piecing together the last chapter of my own book.  When I say “came across,” I mean that I learned about … Continue reading

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Psychology for Startups

  I’m finishing up a guest post for CoFounders Lab blog on psychological aspects of founding a startup.  I’ve worked with the topic quite a bit, but had not seen this excellent overview from Justin Singer via Slideshare – from … Continue reading

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Lean Startup Conference – Narrated Slides

Great experience last week at the 2012 Lean Startup Conference.  I’ll be digging through my notes for a while and plan to write a series of posts based on insights I gained while there.  For now, I’ve recorded a narration … Continue reading

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Psychological Undercurrents and the Lean Startup

  Heading to San Francisco in a few days for the Lean Startup Conference and am looking forward to being an Ignite speaker on Sunday night.  I’ll focus on psychological undercurrents that make or break a founder’s effectiveness in applying lean … Continue reading

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Dodging the Passion Trap (2-minute video)

  “What’s your book about?“ I took some time today to pull together some slides from a few recent talks. This 2-minute piece (I hope) does a decent job of articulating the core premise of the book:     If you … Continue reading

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What is Your Entrepreneurial Profile? Find Out (for free) in the “Name That Tool” Contest

We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about the tool so far, but we’re looking for your best ideas for a new name. We hope that the tool’s name appeals both within academic settings (e.g., business schools and entrepreneur programs) and within the broader world of startups and high-growth businesses. Continue reading

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