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Reality Distortion Field

In my first blog post on the theme of being entrepreneurial, I listed as many entrepreneurial traits as I could, and then I espoused the notion that being entrepreneurial in whatever you do will improve your chances at being successful.  I’m now coming to understand that there is another, more unique trait (psychological phenomenon?) that lives right… Continue Reading

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Bridge the Gap

[UPDATED:  I’m editing this post on October 22, 2016.  The original post was from November of 2012, when we launched the Bridge the Gap initiative at Centerstone.  Each year around this time I update and edit this post but leave the original below so that the original concept and purpose will be preserved.  This year,… Continue Reading

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Four Years is a Lifetime

With all of the focus on the upcoming presidential election, it got me thinking this morning about the state of the digital union at this same time in 2008, and all that has changed since then.  It’s remarkable to reflect on the growth of mobile, social  – frankly all digital advancements – since the last… Continue Reading

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Act as If

One of the guiding principles of being entrepreneurial I’ve been espousing in this blog is to “act as if” you were the CEO and founder, no matter what your position, title or tenure.  It’s what entrepreneurs do every day.  They act as if they have been there before. Act as if they know what they… Continue Reading

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On a Mission

Generally when I post something here (which isn’t that often, I know), for some odd reason I write the post like a magazine column or essay, or something of the sort.  Not sure why I do that.  Probably because I can’t imagine anyone would care much about what I would write if it didn’t at… Continue Reading

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Freedom, Fulfillment and a Job

Reading the New York Times this morning, I came across an interesting and well put together article by Alex Williams that really grabbed my attention,  “Maybe it’s time for Plan C“.  The front page of the article came with photos of entrepreneurs who had quit or been laid off during this Great Recession, and who… Continue Reading

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What I’ve learned as a CEO working for a CIO

I’ve spent most of my career as a CEO and entrepreneur.  I founded, built and ran as CEO a $40M/year venture-backed digital media company for 9 years, from the time I was 27 until I was 36.  In the 5 years since, I’ve been an SVP of a $300M/year digital media company, briefly was CEO… Continue Reading

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DonorsChoose.org – innovative example of social entrepreneurialism

In an earlier post, I talked about how succesful “social” entrepreneurs share many of the same traits as for-profit entrepreneurs.  And I also separately posted about a particular social entrepreneur, Geoffrey Canada, who is one the most inspiring examples of being entrepreneurial I have ever come across. Well, I wanted to write today about another inspiring… Continue Reading

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Turnarounds can be entrepreneurial too

When an entrepreneur gets that “spark” or vision in his/her mind about the company they want to go build,  it usually involves a start-up idea.  But it seems to me that successful business turnarounds, whether led by the original entrepreneur or someone that is brought in for the task, involve much of the same entrepreneurial… Continue Reading

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