In 5 days, I’m moving to Rio De Janeiro Brazil…and I could not be more excited about it.
Ipanema Beach – Where I’ll Be Living
This journey begins with the conclusion of a special one.
Two weeks ago was my last day at SinglePlatform. My experience there made the past 2 years the best ones of my life and I couldn’t be more fortunate to have spent everyday with such incredible people. I love you guys.
So…uh…why are you doing this?
Well, there’s a lot of reasons.
If I had 100 million dollars, here’s what I’d do consistently after an egregious vacation:
Live in a beautiful place with great friends
Create and do things that help people lead happier, more fulfilling lives
Work on improving and better understanding myself
Consistently spend …
Today I’m pumped to bring you an interview with my buddy Spencer Fry, Co-Founder of Uncover and all around awesome guy.
Over the past ten years, Spencer has built 2 profitable companies without raising a dime and is now well on his way to his 3rd. #studmuffins anyone?
In this interview we talk about:
The founding and developing of his first successful company Typefrag which is still going strong today with 30+ employees
His transition to Carbonmade and how to bootstrap a SaaS business while doing consulting work
The number one thing that all aspiring programmers should have if they truly want to learn how to code. Maybe why I failed…
Why to never give something away for free, even your a startup with no customers or …
We humans are a funny bunch.
We run and lift weights to get better bodies. We study to get good grades and improve our professional acumen. Some of us even spend time in the sun browning our skin because we think it will make us more attractive!! Arrribbaaa <333
But it seems like few people intentionally work their get more of everything they ever wanted muscle.
In my experience, the most ubiquitously available key to getting more of everything you want is becoming more comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Some call this courage. Others call it a tolerance for rejection.
Whatever you want to call it, the gap between where we are today and where we want to be is often inaction rooted in fear.
The crazy …
Today I’m pumped to bring you an interview with Elizabeth Yin, Co-Founder of LaunchBit, the leading ad-network for email newsletters.
You know those people that peak your interest that you just kind of sort of end up just following from a distance? Elizabeth was totally one of those people for me until we did this interview. First I saw LaunchBit and was like, gee that’s a good idea. Then I started subscribing to LaunchBit’s newsletter of highly curated customer acquisition articles (woah another good idea). The she launched a conference called Hustle Con…at that point I was like okay, I seriously need to meet this person! Anyways, Elizabeth is a total rockstar and has an awesome story so definitely …
You may think that building relationships with awesome and accomplished people is about having amazing interpersonal skills…
But actually, to get close the best and brightest, there’s something else that’s far more powerful…and the reason why this is the case might be hard to hear.
REALITY: Most people that have already “made it” probably have enough friends and people to hang out with. In fact, at the highest levels, probably the last thing these people want is another person trying to get a piece of their time…coffee date request anyone?
That’s not to say that you’re not unique or don’t have the capacity to add value to their lives, but at a certain point, being socially-skilled just doesn’t cut it in the bigs.
Two days ago I found my favorite podcast episode ever <3333
It was an interview with Noah Kagan on Patt Flynn’s Smart Passive Income.
Amongst all the awesomeness Noah mentioned, he brought up the coffee challenge. If you’re not familiar, it’s an exercise meant to help people get more comfortable with rejection. Basically you go to a coffee shop and ask for 10% for no reason…Oh hay guaranteed rejection!
I love this idea because I think the fear of rejection and failure is the biggest thing that holds people back from getting everything they ever wanted. So 15 minutes after listening to the podcast I decided to give it a whirl!
Some quick notes:
The first time I did the coffee challenge was …
Once upon a time, I was an introduction fool. I made every classic mistake in the book…and in the process probably pushed people away from me that I ultimately wanted to build a relationship with : (
Photo Credit: jo3design via Compfight cc
To demystify some of the mistakes I made, I’m sharing a 12 minute video on The Do’s and Don’ts of Making Introductions.
This is taken from the relationship building section of my new series on How to Land A Business Development Job and serves as a follow up to the last video I shared on the challenging realities of landing startup jobs.
Relationships are important for countless reasons, but within the context of landing a startup job, they’re incredibly value because they can …
I’m teaching a one-time class with one of my closest friends Ryan Denehy on August 7th, at 8pm at We Work Labs.
The class / jam session is called Making It Rain In Business Development: Closing Business Development Deals and Avoiding Blunders (details below crazy awesome event picture).
Photo Credit: Denehy’s Legit Design Skills
A few reasons why I’m stoked to teach this class:
We plan on giving real-life stories from the trenches on both successes and failures (so you can learn!)
I’ll be sharing a few tactics I’ve never shared before on my blog etc
This is the first time I’ve spoken on “closing”
If you can’t tell by the photo, we plan on making this fun and entertaining. We’ll probably be drinking beers too (club soda adventures …