Lessons in Self-Mastery From a Blind Chef

Christine Ha’s story is not just about mastering cooking. Christine’s story is a lesson in self-mastery.

The Idea Wars

The recent patent war between Apple vs Samsung has stirred up the continuing discussion of the idea economy.  There have been many lawsuits around intellectual property, but a nice bookend…

50 Shades of Boulder Startups

When I think of the word “startup,” I tend to think outside the server room. Boulder is a city of startups of all shades. These other shades of startups are just as vital to the sustainability of Boulder’s economy, and contribute to Boulder’s entrepreneurial spirit and culture as much any tech startup.

Nobody Wants to Be a Billionaire

And, no, I’m not just being flippant.  Being a millionaire, a billionaire, a zillionaire, or the desire to have a mass amount of wealth is simply a means to something…

Build a Business Around Customer Pain

An entrepreneur I met recently demonstrated a product to me that she was having trouble selling.  For the sake of anonymity, we’ll call her Sharon, and let’s say she was…

12 Lessons From Lean Startup Machine

I was fortunate enough to compete in the Lean Startup Machine during Boulder Startup Week 2012. For those that don’t know, Lean Startup Machine is 3-day workshop for entrepreneurs and…

7 Deadly Sins of Networking

Having a good pitch and a snazzy business card is not enough to network effectively. I am always surprised at the networking mistakes that both newbies and veterans make at networking events, like only focusing on making a sale rather than establishing a relationship, or going on and on about how their business but not showing any interest in the other party.

How You Finish is More Important Than How You Start

The story of Secretariat is extraordinary in terms of both the records that he broke, and also in the way he did it. Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973…

7 Ways to Ruin a Brainstorming Session

A good brainstorming session basically requires a good moderator, a clear goal, and participants that are open to ideas, good problem solvers, and respectful of other people’s opinions. Even with…

Embracing Creative Constraints

Most creative people cringe when they hear the word “constraint.” They think of constraints as something that hinders creativity. They find constraints restrictive, and limiting. Constraints, however, are actually essential…

6 Tips on Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Because of the business I am in, you can imagine that I place a high value on maintaining a healthy brain and mind (yes, two separate things). Sometimes how we…

Start an Online Business in One Hour

So you’ve always wanted to have an online business that you can run from home in your pajamas. BUT… You don’t know any programming language You don’t have a huge…


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