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Dave Llorens
3X entrepreneur into disruptive opportunities that are, at least on the outside, boring. First was an online gambling software business that printed money but was killed by the Internet Gambling Act of 2006. Next was One Block off the Grid, hailed the “Groupon of Solar” by CNN. As Founder and CEO I raised $6+ million in operating capital and led the company to profitability before exiting to PURE Energies in 2012. Today I’m using what I learned from those experiences to co-found so that I can do what I like most: help people start businesses. In my spare time I like boxing, the Giants, and I serve as an advisor at 500 Startups and Green Start. Find me at or on Google Plus.

Entries by Dave Llorens

15 Side Gigs for Making Money From Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:15 PM

Who hasn't dreamed of firing their boss and working from home? The idea of working on your own schedule, doing the projects you love, is alluring.  You could spend more time with your loved ones and family, and finally ditch that awful commute. This doesn't have to be only a...

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8 Cult Lessons That Will Help You Build Your Brand

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 12:16 PM

You don't have to be an aspiring rock-star or dictator to understand the valuable benefits that can be reaped from building a cult following. Often the students starting their own business at the 60-Day-MBA are starting from scratch while working their day-job -- so they need to build brand on...

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America! Why Are You So Ashamed of Not Going to College?

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 7:04 PM


Take two roommates in Manhattan, Dan and Chuck. Dan has a Harvard PolySci degree and makes $33,000 a year writing copy for a daily deal site. Chuck is a master electrician who went to trade school and makes $128,000 a year.

When they go to the...

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Frowning Makes You Smarter

(17) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 10:40 AM

Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow is my third favorite business book, third only behind the two oracles Built to Last and Good to Great. Though it's clearly a psychology book, to me it's the machine code behind what drives all sales and marketing. I feel...

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Why You Need a "Plugboard" for Your Employees to March in Lock-step

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 3:37 PM


What the @#%* is a Plugboard?

At One Block Off the Grid, we have this big fat plasma screen that lords overhead, smack dab in the middle of our office space. We call it "Plugboard," after our logo named "Plugfoot." Plugboard's job is to...

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A Better Solyndra -- How to Double U.S. Solar Power for No Extra Money

(13) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 10:27 AM


Leave Picking Winners and Losers to Venture Capitalists

The Solyndra debacle grabs so much attention because it's such a sensational example of the government picking winners and losers, and because it's loudly wielded as a weapon against the...

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Why Does Romney Hate Solar Power?

(63) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 3:04 PM

Watching the presidential debate last night, it killed me that solar power is such a partisan issue because it has so many conservative values.  It saves homeowners money, so it's fiscally responsible and encourages home ownership; it helps make us less dependent on the Middle East for energy, and it's...

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Women Didn't Buy Smokes in the '20s for the Same Reason People Don't Buy Solar Power Today

(22) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 3:40 PM

In the '20s, women didn't smoke. It just wasn't socially acceptable and wasn't thought of as something "women did." As you can imagine, the tobacco industry would have preferred otherwise, and after World War I, a big tobacco company hired Freud's cousin, Edward Bernays, (the dude who basically...

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Solyndra Was Lame and Failed, But That's Not the End of Solar

(16) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 6:28 PM

In 2009, Solyndra was one of the first cleantech companies to reap the benefits of Obama's cleantech stimulus package. They looked like a good investment because they'd secured billions of dollars in back-orders, had financial backing from heavy-hitting investors, and promised to keep manufacturing local. But they overestimated their market...

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