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Posts about #business (Page 5 of 7)

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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What Turned Us On – A 2007 Retrospective

business
2 minute read

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
3 minute read

2010 was different.

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Socially Acceptable

business
8 minute read

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
1 minute read

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
5 minute read

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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What “Regional Impact” looks like

business
1 minute read

I met Daniel Shipton, founder of since-shuttered “Impromptu Studio” in Des Moines, and knew he was in it for all the right reasons.

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On Small Town Coworking

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1 minute read

I’ve been a broken record for years on the topic of the importance of “finding your members before you even start looking for space” when it comes to opening coworking spaces, but nothing illustrates how powerful it can be than this quote from Joel Bennet of Veel Hoeden in Pel...

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Fear and Loathing in Phoenix – My 48 Hour Binge Experience at NewsFoo

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10 minute read

I’m coming down from a 48 hour binge. Not one fueled by two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…and also a quart...

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Manage to Greatness

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1 minute read

I met a guy named Sam Jones this weekend at FooCamp. He buys dead magazines. He’s awesome.

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Raise the Bar by Raising the Bar

business
2 minute read

I wanted to publish this before I arrived tomorrow at NewsFoo, a niche FooCamp co-organized by O’Reilly, Google, and the Knight News Foundation. It’s self-described as “a gathering of 150 key practitioners and thinkers from the worlds of journalism, technology, and public poli...

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A Better Job Board

business
1 minute read

There’s a handful of great creative industry job boards that aren’t specific to Philadelphia, and the ones that are here tend to be relatively underused or mis-populated. At the same time, Indy Hall has been decidedly pinned as a “source for talent”, while we actively avoid pu...

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Not Just Another Self-Involved Tech Scene

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1 minute read

Philadelphia’s tech community is special.

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Vitamins vs. Prescriptions

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1 minute read

Giving good advice is difficult.

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Encouraging Collaboration in Coworking

business
1 minute read

This is a repost from the Coworking Google Group, because I thought it was useful enough to share here as well.

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Take Interest, Don’t Fake Interest

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7 minute read

“So, what do you do?”

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Don’t Fear Your Bias

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1 minute read

Last night I spent some time on the phone with my good friend Jacob brainstorming with him some ideas for his upcoming presentation at the Coworking EU conference. Near the end of our conversation (which yielded some pretty exciting directions and possibilities for him to fill...

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Why Monocultures Suck

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1 minute read

Living in a society where we encounter different backgrounds and professions in our daily routines makes for a more tolerant society; it also makes us smarter, more original in the ideas we have – and in the companies we create. – Steven Johnson

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The Real Value of Bootstrapping

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1 minute read

There’s a lot of reasons not to give up a slice of your passion or business to somebody else, but Tony hits a home run as to the real reason why in his reflection “Alone at NWC“.

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How did I get here?

business
17 minute read

If a “career” is the sum of the activities which make up a person’s work history and future, mine is unorthodox, to say the least.

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Random Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

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4 minute read

Lifted with attribution to Hugh MacLeod. These are his ideas, not mine. I just happend to dig on most of them.

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