Ignorance got a bad rap

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One of the best skills to develop as an entrepreneur? Ignorance. I think a lot of folks are spending way too much energy trying to know it all. They’re trying to be over-informed. Soaking up every piece of advice. Following every story, watching every video. Trying to understand too many things about how things currently… keep reading

But can you sell water?

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A few years back, I did an extended Q&A session at Techstars Chicago. Great group, great questions. I really enjoyed it. Before the talk, Troy, the guy who ran Techstars Chicago at the time, showed me this board they had propped up on an easel outside the office. The board listed every company in the… keep reading

Give a little, get a lot

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How generous should you be as a leader? “How generous should I be?” Perhaps you’re considering how much time, energy, or money you should give to your coworkers, employees or customers. I remember reflecting on this distinctly at the end of last year… After less than two months on the job, our new Head of Business Development… keep reading

Enough

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This guy never had enough, is that really you? The underpinning tenet of chasing exponential growth is that anything less than “all of it” is never enough. If there’s more possible, more out there, then it’s your gawd damn duty to hunt it down and make it yours. Such a pursuit is undoubtedly exciting in its… keep reading

If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It

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Illustration by Nate Otto Ben and Larry are longtime owners of two different music-related businesses, a payroll service for musicians and an auctioneer of rare classical LPs. They don’t know each other, but they have something in common: They’re both still running their businesses on custom software written in the 1980s by the same developer. This… keep reading

Your struggles can inspire others

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Think back to the the last time you struggled mightily with a programming problem. Did you share it with the world? If you didn’t, that’s totally OK — most of us don’t! Why would we? Nobody enjoys admitting defeat, much less wanting to make a big deal out of it. But kudos to you if you did share your struggles,… keep reading