Exit. The Entrepreneurial Holy Grail For many entrepreneurs, a successful exit that delivers financial independence and an incredible sense of achievement is the ultimate dream. In my entrepreneurial career, I’ve had the good fortune to be part of two successful exits. One with the company I founded and the one with the company that acquired my firm, which was subsequently acquired. I’ve also been able to see a number of exits from the other side of the table as part of the management team of an acquiring company. Along the way I’ve spoken to many entrepreneurs who have had both […]
Jelani Memory started a tech company, raised 30 million in venture capital, and left it at the height of its success to start… a publishing company. We asked Jelani about his startup successes, his new company A Kids Book About, and why going analogue in a digital world is a move worth making. What is your mission behind A Kids Book About? We are on a mission to make kids books that matter. Books that are about all the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids’ lives are complicated, and our mission is to help kids and […]
I have a friend who really loves to do calls where we get into the weeds of relationship-building methodologies. He enjoys digging deeper into the frameworks I’ve developed and in all our calls he gets me to go even deeper into the work that I do. And before I get into the topic he brought up, I’ll also add that having someone like this in your circle can be incredibly valuable to the rigor of your work. There are those who will take your ideas at face value and then there are those who will challenge your ideas with questions. […]
Like it or not, you are constantly communicating what you’re worth. In any professional environment, you’re constantly giving subtle, unconscious cues on how people should regard your status, work, time, and talent. A lot of this is in our control; it just takes conscious effort to become aware and then refine what we’re putting out into the professional world. Most personal value advice focuses on literal valuation: researching and negotiating salary and compensation. In my popular talk, “Own Your Value,” I break down three major ways to increase your value: owning your voice, owning your work, and owning your time. Here […]
Entrepreneur. Visionary. Founder. It all sounds glamorous. You wouldn’t trade it for anything. But you also know it’s a hero’s journey filled with ups and downs and stress. And sometimes loneliness. One of the most challenging aspects of the entrepreneurial journey is getting space from the constant day-to-day demands and stress of the job to think about the longer term, big picture issues of your business. The never-ending onslaught of emails, calls crowds out the space to think more strategically and get the perspective to make critical business and life decisions. One way to escape the noise and regain […]
In many of the interviews I do, I like to discuss the idea of turning points in people’s lives and the moment that things really changed for them. And of course, in my own life, I have many of those stories, but the one that came to mind recently was how I ended up getting started in producing and in a room with Broadway producers. Back when I was teaching, I was producing small shows at the Off-Off-Broadway level and used certain venues often. There was one venue that housed multiple theatres and I got to know the manager of […]
It’s crazy to think that my (almost) 3 months here at Pregame are up, but alas, the time has come. As I am preparing to head back to school, I can’t help but reminisce on these past few months and the unimaginable experience that I have had this summer as Pregame’s intern. Bottom line: I have had the most rewarding, fulfilling, informative, motivating, and fruitful summer and it is almost all by virtue of my time here at Pregame HQ. I just want to thank Pregame for this summer spent growing and learning in an involuntary capacity that I have […]
It seems easy to get people to agree to hating office politics. But not everyone feels that way, and not everyone should.
Whether it’s your business, your job or your hobby, what you don’t do is as important to understand as what you do. So, what don’t you do?
This month’s topic was meant to be Business, but a theme emerged from our contributors: the ambiguous, unexpected nature of career opportunities. Whether you’re building a career or growing a business, comfort with the unknown is a definite success skill. The business environment changes so rapidly that resilience may be one of the biggest factors in whether challenges crush you or usher you into your best chapter yet. In the Kickoff Session, our intro-to-Pregame business coaching session at the Clubhouse, one of the top reasons people come to us is to determine when to take the big leap from working […]