Misinterpreting Value

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When I used to work as a producer, there was a phrase that many of my producing colleagues would use whether commenting on whether a show was a success or a flop: Nobody Knows Anything.  The idea of that statement is that in entertainment you could be sure that you had the best show in the world and it could absolutely tank and you could laugh at the prospect of producing a show and a few months later be crying as it wins a TONY. You could certainly make educated guesses as to which shows would be successful based on […]

Book Brief: The Dip by Seth Godin

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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Seth Godin Portfolio, 2007 Support Local: Powells.com Amazon.com Synopsis In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. […]

Right Idea. Wrong Business.

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About 5 (ish) years ago I was invited to one of the first masterminds I had ever attended. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, this is usually a gathering of entrepreneurs in which everyone comes to the table with a problem and the group works in concert with each person to find solutions. This problem-solving method is often referred to as a “hot seat” because one person is sitting and listening to feedback from everyone else in the room and sometimes it can feel a bit intense like having a fire lit under your… well, you […]

The Puzzle Master, The Ninja, And The Pop Star

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A few weeks back one of my readers sent me a link to a video on the Tube Of Yous of a guy named Chris Ramsay who has amassed millions of followers as a result of working on puzzles and recording it. The story goes that when the pandemic hit, he had a puzzle that he wanted to work on and he decided to record himself working his way through it until completion and when that puzzle was done, he did another one and recorded another video. At some point, the videos took off, and now he has a massive […]

Emma Mcilroy on Entrepreneurship, Feminism, and Community Activism

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In The Interview: Episode #20, Ciara Pressler interviews Emma Mcilroy, founder and CEO of Wildfang. Emma and Ciara talk about… Dealing with high expectations and a lack of resources as a small business Learning in real time and having the world watch you make mistakes Creating Wildfang to combat widespread miseducation about feminism Making decisions from the heart rather than through a business lens What it means to be a feminist right now in the business world Emma Mcilroy is a queer-feminist-Irish-immigrant-female-CEO. As founder and CEO of Wildfang, she’s been smashing the patriarchy and gender norms in fashion and beyond […]

Tales from the Script

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When I was a kid I used to stay up late to watch the show Tales From The Crypt.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it was a series on cable hosted by a character named The Crypt Keeper who looked like a cross between Skeletor and David Spade in the movie Joe Dirt and featured many well-known actors. Every episode was a different story that focused on the idea of twist endings which I really loved and most of the time the story involved a character who thought they were getting one over on someone or something (the show […]

A Troubling Tony Winner

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The very first show I had my name on as a producer on Broadway was called The Scottsboro Boys.  Those of you in the theatre may have heard of it, but many people will not know the show because it only ran for two months on Broadway and while almost every interview I have done has asked me about how I became a producer, I have never been asked about why I decided to raise money for that show. For those who have never heard of the show, it was a musical that dealt with the famous Scottsboro case in which 9 Black […]

Cutting the Cord

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2015: I had no idea I was making a huge business mistake… I was officially a full-time photographer and I signed a lease on a beautiful studio because professional photographers need a studio space right? Mind you at the time I had NO revenue, NO clients, and NO marketing strategy. You might be laughing to yourself, but every day I talk to freelancers, founders and solopreneurs making a different version of this same mistake. “FIRST I NEED……” You might think you need the perfect website, or one more round of revision, the right connections, the right gear, the right representation, […]

My Career Story: Michael Roderick, SuperConnector

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Name: Michael Roderick Current Job: Founder of Small Pond Enterprises LLC and host of the Access To Anyone Podcast Current Place: New York City  Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island Age: 41 What I wanted to be when I grew up: A Teacher College degree: Double Major in Theatre Performance and Secondary Ed. English from Rhode Island College, then a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University.  What do you love about what you do? I love helping people see more in themselves and finding new and innovative ways to help them spread their message.  What is the biggest challenge? Entrepreneurship […]

Adam Huttler on MonkeyPod, Investments, and What Makes a Great Founder

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In The Interview: Episode #05, Ciara Pressler interviews Adam Huttler, founder, CEO, and expert in business model innovation and revenue strategies for mission-driven organizations. Adam and Ciara talk about… Running a national nonprofit How to know when to stick with a project or move on to something else Building a product that utilizes a wide skill set but yet specific enough to gain a market share What funders look for in startups Practices that lead to success Red flags to avoid in pitching ideas Adam Huttler is the founder and CEO of MonkeyPod, an all-in-one software platform for nonprofit organizations […]