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 […]

Lora DiCarlo on Sex Tech and Fighting Double Standards with Success

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In The Interview: Episode #16, Ciara Pressler interviews Lora DiCarlo, tech founder, inventor, and sexual health advocate. Lora and Ciara talk about… Tech entrepreneurship and equity in an industry that worships innovation while undermining innovation’s full potential with overwhelmingly homogeneous leadership The importance of hiring the right team and having people to support you Creating products to recreate the most mind blowing orgasm she’s ever had Creativity and using altruism as a vehicle Fighting back against gender discrimination How having a purpose can help improve profits   Lora DiCarlo founded one of Oregon’s fastest-growing tech startups, Lora DiCarlo, which develops […]

Chasten Harmon on Art as an Outlet, Intuition, and Defining Values

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In The Interview: Episode #14, Ciara Pressler interviews Chasten Harmon, actress, entrepreneur, and advocate. Chasten and Ciara talk about… Her business Plush Armour Community spaces Healing as a person of color during these particularly challenging times The state of the entertainment industry Channeling anxiety, frustration, and tragedy into art Arming the spirit and soul and using violent and dramatic metaphors to talk about creating peace Chasten Harmon is a Los Angeles-based actress who holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and a […]

Stephen Green on The Numbers, Being Seen, and Experiencing Positive Change

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In The Interview: Episode #09, Ciara Pressler interviews Stephen Green, economist, speaker, startup advisor and “recovering” venture capitalist. Stephen and Ciara talk about… The numbers: why investing in local business and black- and brown-owned businesses benefits us all The importance of having a community that you feel you belong in How racism manifests in the startup world Recent local and global events Stephen Green is a Pregame Coach and advocate for small businesses, buying local, and supporting founders of color. Green is the creator of Pitch Black, the pitch competition for black founders, has been an executive at Pensole, in […]

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 […]

Join Pregame: Virtual Membership Now Open!

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Pregame is all about helping you achieve your goals with the support of a team. We’re excited to open Pregame Membership to players everywhere. [learn more] Virtual membership has always been part of our long term game plan, but thanks to the coronavirus, we stepped up and moved everything online overnight. The silver lining? Now we can welcome you to our team, no matter where you are. For the past four years (plus five years of events before that), we’ve exclusively held our daily workshops in person. Nothing matches the magic of live interaction… or so we thought. It turns […]

The Schrute Room Test

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I’ve spoken before about the many lessons that can be found in the show The Office, but here is one of my favorites: There’s an episode where Michael and Dwight are both at a hotel and Michael finds out that he doesn’t have a hotel room to stay in. After being turned down, Dwight shows up with his reservation number and gets the material for his room. At this point, Michael is begging Dwight to stay in his room with him and says “I’d do the same for you” at which point Dwight looks quizzically at the paper and says that […]

Accomplishments & Accolades

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As I was scrolling the Book Of Faces the other night I was struck by all of the end of the year posts that came up. It seems many times when you check out the socialz there are posts where someone will mention how excited they are about all of the things that happened in this past year and what’s to come for the new one and then there’s usually a long thread of comments below saying “congratulations” or “good job!” etc. And if you’re one of the entrepreneurs who had a not so good year, this can sometimes make […]