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[3 May 2010 | One Comment | 25,701 views]
Fear.less – Free From Fear

Fear runs rampant these days. It usually does when the economy stinks and folks are losing jobs. I’ve got something even more scary to tell you. That job you lost? Or that job someone you love lost? It’s not coming back. Things have changed forever which means you or we need to change too.
But change is scary!
Which is why we should all pay attention to Fear.less Magazine. It just launched with the first issue today. It’s free and it will serve you a healthy dose of courageous stories. Fear.less Magazine …

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[24 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 6,905 views]
Seth Talking About Linchpins

Here’s a 45-minute long recording of Seth Godin talking about how to become a linchpin, someone who is indispensable.
Download —> Seth Godin’s Linchpin Live Session
You should go buy a copy of Linchpin, Seth Godin’s latest bestseller. It will change your life. It changed mine.
I remember my favorite class in college, Art History 101. Dr. Janet Black asked us to define Art. Very challenging. Looking back, I did a terrible job.
In the book, Seth does a remarkable job at defining Art. His definition is unlike anything you’ve heard before. I won’t …

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[20 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 697 views]
Little Sister So Spectacular

Check out this video of my friend Ginger Costa Jackson singing in Verbier, Switzerland with Rufus Wainwright! I was so delighted by this I just had to share it. Ginger is one of the most talented and beautiful young opera singers.
I met her in Utah and she once gave us a little performance at our house. Set on the side of a huge mountain, this is a rather large house with a cavernous living room. She shook the rafters. The sound of her powerful voice traveled through my open windows, down …

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[10 Aug 2009 | 13 Comments | 7,854 views]
A Remarkable Story

My first impression of Seth Godin upon meeting him was that he is an extraordinarily efficient person.  You wouldn’t think of a “creative” as efficient in the sense that a supply chain manager, hamburger flipper, accountant, or the Octomom are efficient.  But Seth conducted interviews with about thirty candidates for the SAMBA program in under three hours.  He made up his mind on who fit perfectly soon after and, it turns out, he picked an amazing group.
How amazing? That remains to be seen. Everyone in the group was so remarkable, I …

Business, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Startups »

[18 Jun 2009 | 3 Comments | 558 views]
Fitting the Business to the Marketing

Seth said something that really boggled my mind.
“Instead of fitting the marketing to the business, fit the business to the marketing.”
“What?!?! What is he talking about?” was my initial reaction.
Turning things upside down and completely rearranging the order and relationship of things seems appropriate in times like these. Wise men throughout history have championed the art of contrary thinking as one way to develop new ideas, options, and decisions.
Instead of Marketing as an afterthought designed to fit whatever product or service you’ve already decided to create, the business you create will …

Creativity, Design, Innovation, Randomness, Video »

[3 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 623 views]
Think Outside of the Frame

Innovation is usually associated with “thinking outside of the box.” In this video, BMW Group designer Chris Bangle shows us how to think outside of the frame. A car with a skin of cloth? Impossible you say? Impossibility exists only in the mind ruled by rules. “Thinking flexible, acting flexible, context over dogma.” Think. Ask Questions. Think Different.

Creativity, Entertainment, Sports, Video »

[5 Oct 2008 | One Comment | 25,314 views]
Post-Catharsis Dominance

It’s been a busy year and I haven’t been able to catch as many Red Sox games as I would have liked. Granted, the urgency has been diminished by two championships in the last four years after a near century of long-suffering from close calls and dramatic second-place denouements. The championship in 2004, which broke the slump, was highly cathartic and wonderfully expressed by this surprisingly sympathetic and understanding Nike (NKE) commercial. I cry every time I watch it. Since that 2004 campaign, I’ve watched the franchise grow in sophistication. …

Creativity, Design, Innovation, Latticework, Politics, Private Equity, Randomness, Strategy, Venture Capital, Video »

[28 Sep 2008 | 7 Comments | 1,722 views]

This post is not really about politics. Sure the presidential campaign continues marching towards an exciting conclusion. Sure a sudden bevy of vocal, cynical, and amateurish political observers and bloggers are loudly decrying the two presidential candidates as basically undifferentiated “clowns.” There are major differences between the two parties and the two candidates – would we really be so divided as a nation and would our political debates be as heated if they are essentially the same? Please people, let’s be respectful of our diverse …

Creativity, Features, Hedge Funds, Investing, Politics, Private Equity, Randomness »

[1 Jun 2008 | One Comment | 2,346 views]
Samurais, Jihadists, and Masters of the Universe

Earlier this month, Macquarie Group Limited (ASX:MQG), announced record profits on higher fees earned from deal making and strong equities trading. Macquarie is the leading investment bank in Australia and has intrigued me for quite some time because of its strength in the infrastructure industry. The megatrend of globalization means that infrastructure will play an increasingly important part of a global investment portfolio. Macquarie has carved itself a valuable niche as the leading investment bank for infrastructure assets and is consistently found all over the world making direct investments or …

Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Randomness, Startups, Venture Capital »

[31 Mar 2008 | No Comment | 422 views]
Collar Your Enthusiasm

The other day, a team of entrepreneurs came to pitch their high-tech startup for funding. This motivated group of guys wanted to raise around $10 million for their new, super duper, unique, revolutionary, paradigm-shifting, outside the box, knock your socks off, we’re all gonna retire young, give me your money now technology. After the customary small talk and by the time they were about to start their presentation, I almost wanted to hand the “CEO” the shirt off my back.
Why is it that someone will always show up to an …