A Reflection of My Life – in 15 Minutes

Recently, I had the honor of serving as the commencement speaker for the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C. I have a personal connection to Georgetown, as my son Clay is about to enter his junior year. My commencement speech focused on three core themes. The first was about adversity and discovering what’s important in life. The second concerned perseverance and courage, which focused on standing your ground despite the negative consequences your actions could... Read more →

Big Ideas: What If College Students Didn’t Declare a Major But a Purpose?

When I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1996, I didn’t have a major. Instead, I spent my four years as an undergraduate student gaining clarity on my purpose: taking courses and engaging in experiences that helped me develop the knowledge and abilities to harness it. A new Imperative study of university students at three major colleges found that 31% of college students today are interested in replacing declaring a “major” with declaring a “purpose” and selecting courses... Read more →

Founders: Do not waste money on TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley

 Last month we had 15,000 registered attendees at the LAUNCH Festival and we gave 250 startups free demo pit tables and five tickets each based on merit. The way we did this is, candidly, we don’t make a profit off our event. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/kUcTg ] Seventy-five percent of the people in the DEMO PIT reported they met an investor (the other 25% certainly did meet an investor, but those investors didn’t uncloak — many, investors, including myself,... Read more →

The Sharing Economy Pays it Forward

When Oprah Winfrey decided to sell high-end couture from her closet to raise money for her Leadership Academy for Girls, she turned to eBay as a means to quickly and efficiently turn unused items into cash for a favorite charity. This is just one of the ways in which online marketplaces — ours was the first, but several others have since taken up the mantle — have become engines for a different, more enduring kind of commerce. It’s clear that consumers in the post-mobile age are prioritizing... Read more →

Oh Yeah Right, I’m Not Ambitious Enough.

This is my newsletter #9 sent on march 11, 2016. I will occasionally post them here. You can find previous ones here or register to my email list, I send an update every week or so (been more like every two weeks these days). Been too long since I wrote, sorry. I have been focused on raising my seed funding. Talking to friends and investors, getting the deal ready and making sure everyone is happy. It’s coming together very nicely. What’s the problem you’re solving? I noticed a tension in... Read more →

52 Women, 52 Weeks: Genevieve Piturro Drives Through Fear to Inspire Change. Will you?

My series 52 Women, 52 Weeks continues with Genevieve Piturro, the founder and Executive Director of the Pajama Program. Following many years of volunteer work with Starlight Foundation, Genevieve Piturro founded Pajama Program, which has provided over three million pairs of new pajamas and new books to children ranging from newborns to 17 years old who are without parents and/or permanent homes. Pajama Program recently finished its One Million Good Nights campaign—a two-year initiative that... Read more →

What the Heck Is “Life Settlement,” And Should You Invest?

If you listen to sports talk radio in California, as I do, you’ve heard the ads. A firm called “Reliant” promising “10–12% returns” with “no market risk.” Sounds way too good to be true, right? That’s the range of return that Bernie Madoff promised. But, heck, who isn’t interested in great returns with no risk? So, after hearing the spots a few times, I Googled the company to learn more. No luck. Finding anything about the firm is hard — the name is so generic it’s impossible... Read more →

11 Ways to Get Fired – A Leader’s Primer

Let me count the ways.  Getting fired is easy, just consult with the employee manual and do the opposite, break the rules and that should do it.  For a leader, there are many more nuanced ways that will get you into deep yogurt.  Examples on what a leader can do to get the ax are very current and serve as leadership lessons.  Here are but a few examples of how to get fired if you are a leader: Announce that people who hold a certain religious belief will never be hired into the organization... Read more →

March 31 – 300th 1M/1M Mentoring Roundtable For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 300th FREE online 1M/1M roundtable mentoring session on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT/8:30 p.m. India IST. If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to “pitch” and sell your business idea. You’ll receive straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and answers to any of your questions. Others can register to “attend” to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat. You can learn more here and register to pitch or attend... Read more →

To Make a Dent in the Real World, Nonprofits Need to Start Doing This

In this series, professionals debate the state – and future – of their industry. Read more here, then write your own #MyIndustry post). Most of my days are about my public service and philanthropy initiatives, while steady on my commitment to craigslist customer service (though, I haven’t been in craigslist management since 2000, and here’s why…). Specifically, I’ve transitioned most of my time to craigconnects, my philanthropic initiative to support organizations that... Read more →
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