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Why Every Artist, Author, and Entrepreneur Should Care about Growth Hacking

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has grown to be valued at more than $18 billion. It’s one of the fastest growing startups in the world. Here’s what that looks like, relative to other major tech startups (and their billions in value): If you’re not familiar with Uber, they’re a ride-sharing company that allows people to easily grab a ride in most major cities across the...

Why You Should Collaborate (a $63,659 Case Study)

On Monday, November 11th, I’m launching a new book about collaboration. I’ll be using a platform known as Publishizer.com to crowdfund the book. Publishizer is a lot like Kickstarter, but for books. If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a crowdfunding platform that allows artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and creators of all types to pre-sell their idea before they build it. Crowdfunding...

Success Hacking 101: How to Turn an Idea Into A Business Without Money, an Audience, or Technical Skills

How can you turn an idea into a business: if you don’t have a “technical” skill (i.e. you’re not an engineer or programmer)? if you don’t have a lot of money (nor do you want to spend a lot of money to get the idea started)? if you want to get it up and running without going all in and putting your life (or credit) on the line for it? That’s what Jon Nastor, ex-punk rocker turned entrepreneur and...

The 3 Step Framework for Starting Anything From Scratch

I get asked questions every day about starting, finishing, and shipping things. Let’s be honest: I bring this on myself. Not only do I write about these topics, but I ask everyone I meet or who joins The Resistance to tell me what they’re struggling with (and how I can help). The nature of this is that some questions come up again and again. I find they fit a certain trend. So today, I want to...

How to Build a Lean Sales Funnel From Scratch

  In 2014, I collaborated on and launched a 5-figure business. What started as just an idea several months prior culminated in a launch that brought in $40,000+, allowing us to fund our operations for the foreseeable future and take our business to the next level. In part 1, I wrote about “The Open Loop Product Development Framework” – a process I use to thrash an idea until it’s clear...

How to Build a Business from Scratch with a GUARANTEE You Won’t Lose it All

I had a conversation with a friend the other day. We were talking about her situation and what her 5 year goals were. The response: “to be self-employed with a healthy, cashflowing business.” “What’s stopping you?” I asked. “My biggest reservation to becoming an entrepreneur is money. Current funds are limited, and I’m not sure the steps I need to take to make money in the beginning. I mean, I...

How to Lead a Revolution (lessons for startups and bootstrappers)

On 16 October, 1890, in a small farm off the windswept southern coast of Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland, the leader of the Irish Revolution was born. Of course, no one could predict this at the time, but like all history it now seems inexorable. The youngest of 8 kids, Michael Collins didn’t grow up with a lot of money, but what his family lacked financially his parents made up for with an...

The 3 Step Pivot Framework: How to Turn Failure into Success

Last month I got an email from a friend. After 6 months of hustle, she’s throwing in the towel. Why? Not enough sales. No traction. No growth. I felt bad. I hate seeing people fail. I hate it even more when a project fails that hasn’t  been properly tested in the marketplace. In my friends case, she had only tried one option. It didn’t work. Surely there’s a better...

The 2 Most Important Business Lessons I Learned from Andrew Warner of Mixergy

Of all the cruel punishments the Greek gods bestowed on humans (and one another), the punishment of Sisyphus has to be the worst. Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra and the son of Aelius (ruler of the winds and son of Poseidon…the guy has some serious lineage behind him). He was also a prideful, deceitful, murderous ruler; not only was he a chronic liar (deceiving both gods and humans), but he...

11 steps to building a heart-centered business from scratch

Last week, we wrapped up the The Flight Formula LIVE – an intensive, in-person, heart-centered business incubator program. For 7 days, a small group of motivated entrepreneurs met in the mountains of Asheville to discover their gifts, activate their purpose, and build heart-centered businesses from scratch. Jason and Asher led the way (with me providing a virtual support role from Peru) providing...

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