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Michael Price
Michael Price is an entrepreneur, author of What Next? The Millennial’s Guide To Surviving and Thriving in the Real World and the Founder of I Can Be Society. An advocate of ideas for radical change, Michael has received critical acclaim for his lessons in education, career, entrepreneurship, and personal finance.

Entries by Michael Price

How to Convince Your Boss of the Value (R.O.I.) of Social Media

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Throughout the last 8 years of my career in social media marketing, the biggest buzzword I've heard repeated constantly is "R.O.I." Many businesses still feel confused and frustrated about the value and R.O.I. of social media marketing, even though social media platforms have existed for more than a decade.

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Follow Up: Where Job Applicants Go Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:20 AM

I'm an author of a self-help book for Millennial's and an instructor for an online career development course. I receive Facebook messages, Tweets and emails all the time from people seeking career advice, in particular interview dos and don'ts. I often tell people that while the interview is important and...

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Here's a Tactic Every Business Is Missing in Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:00 PM

I've been thinking a lot recently about fundamental business principles. In particular, I've been thinking a lot about business principles that are proven and time-tested but aren't being implemented in a social media context.

As I've sat back and drilled down some of these topics of interest, I've settled on...

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Here's How Social Media Marketing Will Change in 2015

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Eight years ago I began my career as a social media marketer. To give this time frame some context, the year was 2007. Myspace was king, as was Digg, both of which are totally obscure today. Facebook was on the rise, Twitter was virtually unknown and Instagram, Google+, Snapchat, Pinterest...

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7 Dangerous Decisions That Ruin Careers Before They Begin

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:48 PM

In life, whether it's your career, your marriage or a litany of other situations, often times it's not the decisions you make after the fact that can destroy you. It's the decisions that you make before entering into situations that can destroy you.

Here are seven dangerous decisions that ruin...

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10 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Our Jobs to Stick it Out

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Everyday you go to a job you can't stand you tell yourself 1 (or more) of 10 outrageous lies just so you can stick it out.

This is not a 'feel-good' article. It's down and dirty and 'real.'

As negative and off-putting as this article is intended to be, there's...

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Are Millennials Too Poor for Parenthood?

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Thanks to the devastating economic effects inflicted upon Millennials, it's possible that we could see a complete collapse of the family unit.

There used to be a saying that the American Dream was 2.5 kids, a dog and a house with a white picket fence.

Those days are gone...

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How Over-Hyping a College Education Destroyed the Millennials

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Since when has something that was good for one or a few ever been good for everyone?

A college degree is great, but is it necessary for everyone, and at what cost (literally) are we willing to pay for this social experiment? Is it $1 trillion, $2 trillion, $5 trillion?

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How the Internet Reinvented Opportunity

(87) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:22 PM

The Internet changed everything.

Stay-at-home moms are earning a living on Etsy selling handmade crafts, teenagers are out-earning their parents by partnering with brands to promote their products on Vine and Instagram, and entrepreneurs are earning a living by creating digital products online. These aren't your typical Silicon Valley techno...

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Where Millennials Went Wrong and How They're Paying the Price

(363) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Millennials messed up and as a result they're paying the price.

Here's a few unfortunate facts about Millennials:

  • They contributed $1 trillion to our national student loan debt [Bloomberg]
  • They are the most educated generation in human history, yet they have the highest share of people who are...
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Why I Dropped Out of College and What Happened Next

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 10:05 AM

At the end of my freshmen year I dropped out of college.

It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

It all started in 2004. I had just graduated from high school and I was looking forward to going to college. Like millions of other kids I...

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Here's How 3Doodler Raised $1 Million Overnight on Kickstarter

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:37 PM

We are living through the greatest resurgence of art and creative expression ever known to mankind, and I am so glad to be alive to watch it unfold.

The creative vibe that has fused with entrepreneurship in recent years has never taken place before and never on such a large scale. Just think about the things that we consume our free time with: eBooks, apps, mobile games and gadgets. These products have reinvigorated the human mind and taken us to places we've never been before, and the inventors and entrepreneurs behind these products now have the freedom and flexibility to think and create without limitations.

Ten years ago, you'd only be able to fund these business ideas with the aid of an investor or some other 3rd party entity. Thanks to the Internet, creativity and entrepreneurship has been democratized. No longer do big corporations and venture capital firms hold the keys to opportunity. Nowadays, if you have a good idea and the fortitude to execute on a business plan, it's now possible to take your product direct to the consumer and ditch the middle man. This represents a re-birth in creative freedom that not even the renaissance era could touch.

A leading example of this movement comes in the form a product called the 3Doodler. You may have heard about this neat gizmo. It was a Kickstarter project launched in February 2013. To date, it is the 24th most funded Kickstarter project of all-time. It's also worth noting that this gadget raised $1 million on Kickstarter after its first day live.

The 3Doodler is a 3D printing pen that allows your imagination to soar in any direction. Unlike a 3D printer which confines the user to a rigid architecture, the 3Doodler allows the user to literally take creative expression in the palm of their hands and move the magic pen in any direction; left; right; up or down. People of all ages and backgrounds are fans of the 3Doodler and the amount of applications this nifty pen is being used for is absolutely incredible. It's been used for home repairs, 3D art, gardening, home décor' and so much more.


Beyond the fun and creative freedom the 3Doodler provides, is a story of a team of genius inventors and entrepreneurs.

I had the opportunity to interview Daniel Cowen, co-founder of the 3Doodler, where he shared the story behind the success of the 3Doodler as well as encouraging words of wisdom for aspiring inventors, entrepreneurs and crowd funders.

What inspired the creation of the 3Doodler?
"One of the core characteristics of WobbleWorks, 3Doodler's parent company, is the desire to take an idea and make it into physical reality - whether that be a new product, process, or design.

This was the essence of our work prior to 3Doodler, when we were using 3D printers to rapidly prototype our own ideas and inventions. We frequently used our own 3D printers for that purpose. One day, 3Doodler's co-founder Pete Dilworth was watching his 3D printer printing away when it made an error. This meant there was a gap in the print, which normally means having to start from scratch again. It struck Pete that the process would be so much quicker and "freer" if he could take the item off the print platform, fill in the gap, and put it back on to finish the print. So he did just that, placing the parts of the 3D printer in a handheld form. The first iteration created was what we called "the teacup", which was an extruder with a handle (it worked horribly, but it did work).

The team then added to this, creating a unique cooling mechanism and evolving the 3Doodler to the pen-like form you see today. It's a simple idea, but one that hadn't been done before - creating a 3D printing pen. A pen is such a powerful tool; there is no quicker way to sketch out an idea, and its universal accessibility means people instinctively know how to use and manipulate them.

By placing the power of 3D creation in such a simple and accessible form, more people who previously may not have considered themselves makers, creators or even artists will become exactly that, and the 3D printing industry will continue to become more and more accessible for the everyday consumer. The birth of the 3Doodler was created out of a shortcoming in the industry, and the need to find a solution."

Why did you decide to seek funding on Kickstarter as opposed to seeking funding from investors or other more traditional sources?
"We'd all been fans of Kickstarter for some time and we have all backed several projects. There were several ways we could go to get 3Doodler off the ground, including licensing to a larger company, getting investment, or crowd funding.

After exploring all the options we had, we felt passionate enough about 3Doodler to go at it alone, and confident enough in our idea to believe that we could build a community around it. Kickstarter's reputation, screening system and user-base made them an obvious choice. It meant that we could nurture our invention with people who would develop and progress the idea with us, rather than inhibit its evolution.

The birth of the 3Doodler was only possible because we opened out our idea to the right community. Crowdfunding helped us reach unimaginable heights, and also meant that we didn't have to cede our concept to anyone else's control.

Arguably, inventions can hit a brick wall when taken under the wing of a much larger company or investor, as there can be a discrepancy between their vision and the vision of the company's founders. But in the era of crowdfunding, anything is possible for people who have ideas and motivation, but lack the right resources. Backers are out there waiting for you; and can not only financially support your project, but become an integral part of it.

We have gained so much from working with Kickstarter and our backers, and it's allowed us to build a product, a community, and a longer-term business. It provided proof of concept and marketability much earlier than would have traditionally been the case."

Many crowdfunding campaigns have difficulty gaining traction. Did you do any marketing or promotion to draw more traffic to your campaign?
"We had an overall idea of what we wanted to achieve and we prepared for over three months in anticipation of launch. This included giving press and bloggers a heads up early on, and carefully planning out what we would do if launch didn't go as hoped. We got into the fine details of what we'd do on social, how we'd use our updates to spur momentum, and even had some fun stunts planned mid-campaign. When things took off at the pace they did most of those plans fell by the wayside (largely due to lack of time and a change of focus), but the planning still helped a lot and some of those ideas came back to life later on. There were staples that we stuck to though, for example our work with some of the fantastic wire-artists on Etsy - that really helped frame for people what the 3Doodler could be used for and gave them a strong reference point.

And we're also lucky enough to have had enough people behind the project to create buzz and excitement. Reaching out to people early is always a great way of getting people on your side ahead of launch!"

To review the full Q&A interview with Daniel Cowen, visit:

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They Lied to Us About College and Our Careers. What Next?

(12) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Besides our parents, whose influence do we value the most? For most people it's God, their religious leader, a friend or another family member.

These answers sound good, but they're not true.

The person whose influence you truly value the most, even more than your parents, isn't even actually...

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Here's How a Light Bulb Raised $1.3 Million on Kickstarter in 6 Days

(104) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 12:24 AM

In 1879 Thomas Edison patented the incandescent light bulb. Over the next hundred years the light bulb largely remained unchanged. It was inefficient and it used an excessive amount of energy. Thanks to Phil Bosua and the team behind LIFX that's all changed.

According to LIFX founder...

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Here's How the Pebble Smartwatch Became the Most Funded Project in Kickstarter History

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:44 AM


Two years prior to the release of Google's Android Wear smart watch OS and the Apple Watch, there was Pebble. Pebble was the world's first smartwatch for iOS and Android. It was the follow up to the previously developed InPulse smartwatch...

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Here's How a 21-Year-Old Earns a Living Making Videos on YouTube

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:54 PM

What separates two people with a passion for fashion or make-up? One person works at a retail store or make-up counter barely making enough money to make ends meet. The other person takes their passion online, creates content, builds an audience and monetizes their media. That's the path least traveled...

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Here's How a Mother of 3 Built the Second Bestselling Handmade Products Shop on Etsy

(11) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Nothing beats the look and feel of a handcrafted product.

There's something special about having a product created by human hands. It's the feeling that there's something intimately unique about what went into that very product you hold in your hands. It...

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Why Today's Parents Have No Business Giving Their Kids Advice

(118) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:44 AM

The world isn't what it used to be.

Prior to Generation X you could get and maintain a well-paying job and stay there for 20-40 years. Those days are long gone. As we move from one generation to the next, parents pass along life advice to their children hoping to...

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Darcie Chan Releases New Book and Gives Insight Into Her Rise to Success

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Darcie Chan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse. Her rise to success is phenomenal to say the least.

It's the kind of stuff legends are made of. In May of...

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Here's Why Parents Have No Business Giving Their Kids Life Advice Anymore

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:32 PM

The world isn't what it used to be.

Prior to Generation X, you could get and maintain a well-paying job and stay there for 20-40 years. Those days are long gone. As we move from one generation to the next, parents pass along life advice to their children hoping to...

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