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You and Your Clammy Hands Can Win at Cold Calls... Maybe

I first heard about John Greathouse from one of David Cummings’ posts of the top startup blogs he follows. I admit that I don’t often read his blog, but his recent post “How To Network With Really Busy People” is resonating with me well.
Currently, I’m working with a startup to get leads and sales. I’m not full-time with them, or officially employed in anyway, but I’m helping out because it’s one of the slickest marketing tools I’ve ever seen. That, and the chance to continually learn and hone my business development skills is very much welcome. I haven’t quite figured out my Next Move (with this company or otherwise), so taking this approach gives me some latitude to do so – figure things out.
Anyways, John’s article is titled Networking, but let’s call it what it’s really about – sales. Or at least, what he’s really writing about. I’ve been working with this new startup, and it’s been a bit of a challenge, to be honest. These days, cold calls can definitely lead to opportunities, b…

Wait, Am I An "Unemployable"? A Founder's Problem

Recently, I was described by an entrepreneur as “unemployable”. Hmm, well, since I was talking about potentially joining/ helping his startup, this could go a couple ways, but none sounded very assuring.
He quickly drew the comparison of him and me. Can’t be that bad, right, if he’s comparing the two of us?
But then again, I knew what he was referring to when he used the term. I just hadn’t heard the term before. Since Body Boss, I kept contemplating the role I wanted to pursue, and where/ how could I best help a company if I were to join vs. founding another startup of my own.
One of the challenges of true entrepreneurs – those looking to hop back on the startup grind even after failure – is finding that Next Move… finding the next home. Michael Tavani, co-founder of ScoutMob and now launching a design-focused incubator (simplistically) called Switchyards inATL, said it best: “Founders gotta found.”
The idea is that some entrepreneurs can be the idea guy, or can be the guy who reall…

A Case Against Entrepreneurship and Pursuant of Passions

Okay, if I were to really pursue the dream that made me happiest, I’d be fighting my way into Jurgen Klinsman’s squad for the World Cup coming up on Thursday. (!!!!!!!!!! Super stoked about this!) But I'm not because there's a gap in skill (maybe) and of course, the cost-benefit ratio/ opportunity costs to think about. There’s a graphic out there on the interwebs describing the crux of what most everyone falls into… This is a good portrayal, I think, in the world of Venn-Diagrams telling you what to do. However, I think we should step back a second and assess where really you want to be. In most cases, I think it’s being happy and if you were [knock-on-wood] to pass tomorrow, would you be satisfied? Or, what regrets would you have… how do we minimize regrets?
The buzzwords today are "entrepreneurship" and "startups", and with the Hollywood flick of The Social Network about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, along with the many success stories we hear about incl…

5 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned from Coming Face-to-Face with an Intruder at 4AM

Excited for it to be June now. May just couldn’t end fast enough. Given my run-in with a ninja cat that left me bloody like I was attacked by Wolverine earlier in the month, the end of the month somehow trumped that story with… a break-in to my house at 4AM. It’s quite the experience when you wake-up in the middle of the night to find someone in your dining room you don’t know going through your house. I’ll step back just for a second to give you a backdrop because I know you’re going to be wondering… Last Wednesday night, I went to bed a little early, and forgot to not only lock my door (to my house and car) but also forgot to set the alarm. During the night, my alarm chime went off signaling a door was just opened. In my daze, I think I thought it was a dream, so went back to sleep. However, I woke up a few minutes later realizing that that’d be a strange thing to have in a dream. From my room, I can see through the house, and that’s when I saw a figure at the dining room table. Wa…