Archive for December, 2008
When the ball drops in Times Square tonight, we’ll close out 2008. About time.
I think most of us are looking around wondering what the future holds since the world around us has gone to hell in the proverbial handbasket.
If you’re an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur, here are 7 resolutions for 2009, borrowed from some of my favorite corporate slogans:
- “Thousands of Possibilities. Get Yours.” – Best Buy — How perfect is that? Possibilities for us are endless, but you have got to go get them.
- “It’s the Network” – Verizon Wireless. — It really is. And technology has gotten to the point were we have infinitely more ways to built networks. We take money and people and ideas and
I know, I know. You’re thinking, Santa up against the likes of Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, Andy Grove, John Rockefeller, Thomas Edison. W.K. Kellogg, Henry Ford, Ray Kroc, EstÃ©e Lauder, Sam Walton, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Martha Stewart, Jeff Bezos, etc? (complete list is available on Business Week Greatest Entrepreneurs of all Time)
But he really is. Uber Entrepreneur that guy. My claim is based on this scientifically generated research that I’m about to profer.
So in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, and assembled as if an executive summary for Santa, Inc., here are the 12 ways Santa Claus has got to be the world’s greatest Entrepreneur:
- Story. Legendary. All entrepreneurs have to pitch the biz story,
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I’m flying to Phoenix tomorrow with Wes to see AC/DC on their Black Ice tour. Needless to say, exposing oneself to such amazing and mind blowing and face melting rock can only mean great (one might even say stupendous) things.
I’ve seen them live once before. Best concert I’ve ever been to.
I’m pretty sure this little excursion will keep my life from drying up for some time.
We got home Wednesday afternoon from our trip to Paris.
I told you I’d check back on whether we had ‘rewards’ on this trip. To put it in terms of startup exits, we hit a base hit. Didn’t hit a home run, but definitely didn’t strike out either.
Paris is an amazing city. The kids did surprisingly well. We learned some travel tricks. (Rent apartments!! You’ll save 2/3 over hotels, and we ate at least 2 meals a day at the apt and saved hundreds and hundreds in meal expenses.) We ate an authentic Thanksgiving dinner at a French restaurant. We never had one run-in with ‘the rude’ French. I fit in a couple of business meetings. It was confirmed