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Somebody’s Gotta Get Rich [SSIR]

Kevin Starr of the Mulago Foundation wrote a nice explanation of the need for and sweet spot of impact investing, Somebody’s Gotta Get Rich. Impact at problem-solving levels of scale doesn’t come from one-off businesses. “Levels of scale” as in making a noticeable difference in the world, rather than simply telling a good story imagining a world different from how it is today. Kevin...

Building a jet suit is like building a company

From the inside of the startup process, as the entrepreneur, the pass to success seems rather simple.  You’ve got a great idea.  It’s obvious that it will work.  It’s frustrating that others are not simply following along. Reality is that entrepreneurship is complicated.  Few ideas truly are great.  Most startups fail. Sometimes analogous situations make this far more obvious. ...

Ray Dalio’s Principles of Success

Ray Dalio is the founder, co-Chief Investment Officer and co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. He’s also the author of the #1 NYTimes Bestseller, Principles: Life and Work and has summarized that advice into the following 30 minute video series. (Total running time: 31 minutes) 1. The Call to Adventure 2. Embrace Reality and Deal With It 3. The Five Step...

Dead 2.0

One of my former MBA students is turning his business school project into a real company… one that changes the way we bury our loved ones.

Growing the tent for impact investing

With all the buzz about impact investing (see BlackRock’s letter), it’s no surprise that Social Capital Markets’ new SOCAP 365 impact investing conference in Seattle was sold out. Investors, venture capitalists, family foundations and more joined to network, learn and make commitments in furthering the growth of the impact investing field. The day was filled with the realities of the impact...

The Top 40% and the Bottom 60%

Ray Dalio posted a great analysis of the American economy, splitting it into two parts, the top 40% and bottom 60%. To understand what’s going on in “the economy,” it is a serious mistake to look at average statistics. This is because the wealth and income skews are so great that average statistics no longer reflect the conditions of the average man. For example, as shown in the chart below, the...

Lessons Learned During in the First 12 Months of Rank & File

Republished from Rank & File turned one-year-old [back in June]. It was quite a milestone for me as a first-time entrepreneur and so I wanted to do a bit of journaling here to document the biggest, most important lessons I have learned during the last 12 months, so I won’t ever forget what the beginning felt like and taught me. Here are...

Don’t forget to have fun

Sure, once you are a successful entrepreneur, life can be fun.  But don’t forget to have fun along the way too.  Startups are intense.  If you pick a startup solving a real problem, it’ll pull you along, rather than require you to push it to the finish line.
Meanwhile… a fun video from two highly successful entrepreneurs:

Crazy Good Advice – by Tony Loyd

I’ve been quoted in a new book, Crazy Good Advice, by podcaster Tony Loyd.  You can buy the book as part of his StartSomeGood campaign for Social Entrepreneur. [hr] We need your help to bring Social Entrepreneur to the radio After 150 episodes, we’re at an exciting tipping point with the podcast Social Entrepreneur. We have the opportunity to produce a...


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