The Chris Pirillo Interview: “We’re Not Worthy”

Free video chat by Ustream Chris Pirillo is on the cutting edge of live stream media. The 35-year-old web whiz knows how to generate online community by hosting videos on UStream and other websites such as In this interview, he discusses how he drew an audience of five million people in 2007, what you [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:13:24+00:00 October 6th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to Be Persuasive

Just posted a book report for Yes! for my buddies at American Express. This is the best business book I've read this year. Please check out my posting here. One of the co-authors is Robert Cialdini; he is The Man when it comes to persuasion and influence. Every entrepreneur, sales, and marketing person should read [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:14:22+00:00 August 7th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sales|0 Comments

My Debut as a Chef

My buddies at Start Cooking kickstarted my career as a chef. Please click here to watch the video of my teriyaki sauce. I won't get very far as a chef, but I love the video style of Start Cooking. Companies can use this stop-action style to explain many product and services--it sure beats the usual [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:14:55+00:00 July 8th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff, Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

OPC (Other People’s Cameras)

There are approximately thirteen million CCTV cameras in the United Kingdom. They are use to monitor people for security reasons--not all the time, though. A band called The Get Out Clause played their music in front of eighty cameras, requested the footage citing the Freedom of Information Act, and put together a music video. This [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:15:32+00:00 May 28th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sales|0 Comments

Launch: Silicon Valley 2008

Launch: Silicon Valley 2008 is now accepting executive summaries. The deadline is May 9th. This conference is a very inexpensive way to get your startup in front of a highly-qualified audience of venture capitalists and journalists. It takes place on June 10th at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, California. For more information, click here.

By | 2016-10-24T14:15:48+00:00 April 28th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events|0 Comments

Envision 08

I hope you can join me at Envision’08 in San Antonio, Texas. The conference runs from April 23-25. Texas A&M's Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship created this conference for entrepreneurs. It features these keynote speakers: Stephen Covey, Peter Schutz, Ray Rothrock, Marcus Buckingham, and yours truly plus power-packed workshops. Click here to register. It's [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:16:08+00:00 April 3rd, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events|Tags: |0 Comments

Winner of the Stanford E-Week Challenge This is a video of the winner of Stanford's Entrepreneurship Week innovation tournament. The challenge for the tournament was to use an everyday object to create as much value as possible. The "RubberBandTogether" team's goal is to sell the ball and donate the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Cost? $1/band [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:16:14+00:00 March 22nd, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

Ypulse College Mashup Conference

My friend Anastasia Goodstein is running the Ypulse College Mashup conference for companies who are trying to reach the college-student market. The conference is running from January 31 to February 1 in Santa Monica, California. Speakers include: Jake Sasseville, host, The Edge With Jake Sasseville; Jessica Barron, director, Front Page Programming, Yahoo!; Chip Ross, director [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:06+00:00 January 18th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Events|0 Comments

Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship

This is a guest post by Scott Shane as a follow up to his entrepreneurship test. He is the A. Malachi Mixon Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of seven books, the latest of which is The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:14+00:00 January 10th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

The Art of the Signup Page

A site's signup page is the second most important page on a site (the most important is the home page itself) because this is where you're asking for committment. Everyone worries about the home page (and still don't do a good job), but most companies do a poor job with the signup page. For example, [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:16+00:00 January 9th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: |0 Comments

Take the Entrepreneurship Test

Scott Shane of Case Western recently published The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By. In the book, he bursts many of the bubbles of entrepreneurship in America. Says he, “People start businesses based on the myths we tell ourselves about entrepreneurship and then are hurt when confronted [...]

By | 2015-10-29T07:46:08+00:00 January 7th, 2008|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Not Choke

I used to take an adult hockey class. Each session started with all of us facing the boards and skating backwards on the instructor’s whistle. We were all supposed to stop on a second whistle; then the instructor grouped students by how far they had skated in the limited time. (This is a picture of [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:34+00:00 December 11th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|24 Comments

HomeTips: There’s a Lot to Like

Google announced the winner of the Adsense Story Contest today: Hometips. This is a site that features free content concerning home improvement, remodeling, repair, redecorating, and do-it-yourself projects. For example, here are tips for hanging Christmas lights. According to the owner, Don Vandervort, the revenues generated by Google Adsense went from paying for coffee to [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:36+00:00 December 5th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Sales|15 Comments

The Six Lessons of Kiva

Stanford Magazine has a terrific article about Kiva called “Small Change, Big Payoff” by Cynthia Haven. This is the story of how Matt and Jessica Jackely Flannery created it to enable people to make micro loans to entrepreneurs around the world. The results are awesome: more than 123,000 people have loaned more than $12.4 million [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:17:38+00:00 November 28th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|28 Comments