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Empty Rolls of Toilet Paper and Other Unforced Errors

Last week, I read The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur by Mike Michalowicz.  The central theme is that entrepreneurs need to be good at finding creative approaches to all sorts of problems, an idea I can get behind 100%. To illustrate, Mike tells a story about sitting on the toilet, doing his business but unaware that the last person was […]

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Norm Brodsky Street Smarts

A Street Smart Entrepreneur, Norm Brodsky

Norm Brodsky is a well known columnist for Inc. Magazine, a book author, and a fantastic story teller.  And the man has some serious entrepreneurial street smarts.  He has built many successful companies by sticking to what he  understands, and that is finding a niche with a proven business model that he knows how to […]

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Triangle Health Startup Weekend

Countdown to Triangle Health Startup Weekend

  On Friday, August 8th, Triangle Health Startup Weekend will kickoff in Durham, the first such event focused exclusively health and healthcare.  This is something I am thrilled to see as I believe our region could be the hub of healthcare innovation in the US.  Seriously, just look at all of the resources that are in our back […]

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The Startup Roller Coaster

It is so hard to believe how much can happen in the span of a year.  One year ago, my co-founder Alex and I were bright-eyed, bushy-tailed startup newbies who has just gotten accepted into Durham, NC’s accelerator Groundwork Labs. Not long after that, we were featured on An Entrepreneurial Life! For us, life couldn’t […]

Startup Advice at Exit Event

Startup Advice on Tap

Last week, I attended the ExitEvent Startup Social at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill.  It was  a great opportunity to connect with old friends and make a few new ones. Following the event, Joe Procopio, the founder of ExitEvent, penned an article called A Rant Against Bad Startup Advice.  The article was based […]

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Joining Paired Health as Chief Operating Officer

  Yes, I know it has been quiet around here for the last few months, but there is a good reason, at least from my point of view. After spending the past year interviewing, mentoring, and advising so many interesting early stage companies, I reacquired the startup bug - It was time to get back into […]

Tom Kemmp

An Interview with Tom Kemp, Founder and CEO of Centrify

My friend Tom Kemp is serial entrepreneur, and I am convinced he would hit a home run with any business he was part of.  First, he is super smart, but more importantly, he is tenacious and works harder than any person I have ever met.   I worked for Tom for a couple of years after […]

Startup Boards

Startup Boards by Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani

Last month, I received an advance copy of Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani’s book, Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors.  The tl;dr review is:  If you are an early stage entrepreneur, Startup Boards takes the mystery out of how and why you should build a world class board of directors.   […]