When Jessica Herrin had her "aha moment" she was standing in an elevator full of Mary Kay saleswomen after they had just attended their annual sales conference. In that short elevator ride, Herrin was struck by the women's excitement and affinity towards the brand they were selling.
We understand that to be happy means to search for it, deep in the trenches of our everyday joys and woes, and that it's hard to do. How many of us are saying to ourselves every single day, "If I just had the chance, I could be so much happier."
My symbiotic mentor/mentee relationship taught me the value of forming inter-generational bonds. As I continue to grow in age and experience, I'll never forget the priceless lessons I'm learning from seasoned vets in the game.
And then there are those really tough choices we make about the course of our lives. Choices. They're the ingredients of our lives; they shape us. The choices we make in how we invest our time can either stifle us or bring a whole new world of possibilities.
As a business owner, my most empowering experience was firing my first manufacturer and walking away from a toxic relationship. Sometimes the very people you're writing checks to are your gateway to an early grave.
Great collaborations are built on mutual respect, trust and creativity. The mistake that a lot of entrepreneurs make is assuming that just because they are familiar or acquainted with someone that they would make an ideal partner in a collaborative effort. Not always the case.
For all the ideas I implemented, there have always been a dozen more I thought about that others also later thought about -- and made a killing implementing them. Feeling the atmosphere in business terms and making predictions is a talent one is born with.
Since going public is an experience most tech startups go through, I thought it'd be worth sharing what we have learned from crossing this important milestone. Here are seven important lessons we learned about launching our startup publicly.
As small business owners, we have become so overburdened and overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of our marketing to-do list and social media strategies, I think we sometimes forget that what should ultimately drive our small businesses is enthusiasm.
Six buses filled with teams of sleep-deprived innovators are headed to Austin, TX on a collective quest to prove that, with the right combination of energy and talent, a viable business startup can be launched from scratch in just 48 hours.
Instead of our political leaders ending corporate communism and releasing our country's entrepreneurs to challenge our problems and fix our broken institutions they accept campaign cash to protect them.
It should be both our duty and our privilege to move past anger and aggression and coalesce around the creation of meaningful opportunities that benefit us all. It's time to put the politics aside, and get down to the business of broadband.
There used to be a time when you could go to have a lunch or dinner with someone and you could have, well, lunch or dinner. During that lunch or dinner you could reasonably expect uninterrupted conversation.