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Some say I have a unique perspective on business. It’s served me well, and many seem to find it both useful and refreshing!

This collection includes my full back catalog of articles about business, marketing, money, funding, scaling, and more.


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CTFD and JFDI

business
16 Nov 2011

I’ve never considered myself a risk taker. I don’t like risks. I don’t like feeling out of control.

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How I Learned to Make Money

business
16 Oct 2011

Update: this discussion on Reddit proved more worthwhile than expected, especially considering it’s abrupt introduction.

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92 Percent

business
06 Oct 2011

As Indy Hall crests 150 members, I wondered – what is growth in terms of a coworking space, a workplace, or even a community in Philadelphia? Is it enough to measure concurrent member count, or should we be looking at something else?

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Welcome to N3rd Street

business
25 Sep 2011

In early summer of 2007, Indy Hall wasn’t a place, but it was a nomadic tribe. We were moving from bar to cafe to restaurant to living room – anywhere with wifi – in the pursuit of a better working experience than working alone in our apartments.

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The Long Term Relationships

business
16 Sep 2011

“the long term relationships that lasted was with a network of people – much larger than those in your current company”This quote comes from a history lesson by Steve Blank about how Silicon Valley came to be what it is.

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Starting Up

business
13 Sep 2011

Joe Petrucci has taken a snapshot of the state of tech startups in Philly as this week’s feature on Flying Kite. He titles it an “underdog” story, an apt reference to a part of the Philly attitude that we know so well from our history.

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A Hall Pass for Bureaucracy – Code for America Philadelphia

business
26 Jul 2011

I haven’t really had a chance to talk much about Code for America since the team was in Philly. I won’t go into what the program is or how it works, because frankly I don’t think I can do a better job than their about page. But I really enjoyed having the CFA fellows in town e...

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Funding in Philadelphia – The Empty Can Rattles the Loudest

business
02 Jul 2011

Yesterday I shared my opinion that professional & personal relationships – not jobs – are the key to student retention in Philadelphia.

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What we can do about students leaving Philadelphia after graduation

business
01 Jul 2011

Retention is a big problem everywhere, and here in Philadelphia it’s no exception.

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What matters the most

business
26 Jun 2011

Ask someone what they’ll remember about their job when they leave. What do you think the most common answer is?

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How to Automate your Coworking Space, and Why

business
20 Jun 2011

I’ve noticed an increase in interest in systems like “swipe card entry” for coworking spaces, both from the perspective of security and automated billing. In a recent thread on the coworking google group, I mused:

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…first we get to know each other, and then we might do business together.

business
08 Apr 2011

 

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The Importance of Lines

business
20 Feb 2011

Indy Hall is growing, every day and in more interesting ways. We think a lot about how to grow something like Indy Hall. “More members” seems like the obvious answer, but we think it’s not quite that straightforward. We’re focused on growing deep, not growing tall.

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Not Your Typical Coworking Facility

business
13 Feb 2011

Nerd Fort isn’t your typical coworking facility. We don’t rent out desks daily or hourly to whoever wanders in. We lease space on amonthly basis to good people, and focus on building a vibrant, active, helpful community. Of nerds.The fact that this group in  self-identifies ...

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How Thomas Fuchs Develops Webapps in 2011

business
12 Feb 2011

My friend Thomas Fuchs, who also happens to be the author of Scriptaculous, also just authored a list of his “power tools” that he uses while creating badass webapps with his wife & co-conspirator Amy Hoy. He surprised me at the end – not because he’s wrong, but because I ...

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What Turned Us On – A 2007 Retrospective

business
02 Feb 2011

In the summer of 2007, before Indy Hall was a place but was undeniably on the path of becoming a thing, we had a group of people who met on a semi-regular basis for a Junto, an event modeled on Ben Franklin’s “gatherings of mutual self-improvement”. P’unk Ave still holds them ...

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Getting back to Growth Part 1: Indy Hall

business
01 Feb 2011

2010 was different.

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Socially Acceptable

business
24 Jan 2011

My reading regiment has been predominantly non-fiction for most of my adult life, which is a bummer and a half. I struggle to read fiction these days, mostly because there’s not enough time in the day to read all of the non-fiction stuff I want to. Also, for all of my love for...

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The Gap Between Coworkers and Co-workers isn’t the Hyphen

business
20 Dec 2010

My buddy Jonathan Finnegan (a.k.a. Finn, or that guy who Karaoke’d “The Humpty Dance” and “Just a Friend” with a broken arm at Cogaoke in years past) asked me,

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Institutions are not Designed for Revolutions: On Economic Development and Coworking

business
17 Dec 2010

Among the interesting growth patterns I’ve seen as coworking has begun to make the transition from nascent “nerd clubs” to mainstream is varying instances of support from Economic Development Centers/Councils/Committees/Corporations .

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