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If you’re an entrepreneur, or have aspirations to be one, you need to go read it. And then find a way to get your edge.
Thanks to Mikal Belicove
THE highlight of the BlogWorld Expo that I attended last week was the closing keynote given by Mark Cuban.
Mark was one of the most engaging speakers I’ve ever seen. He speaks his mind. And his mind is sharp. Makes for a great 75 minutes. He didn’t use any slides. After polling the audience for a couple of minutes to begin with, he realized it was a different group than he had anticipated, and he adjusted his remarks on the fly, flawlessly.
You may be wondering and saying to yourself, “Self, why did Jeremy drive all the way to Vegas to go to BlogWorld?” Well, on the left sidebar of my blog I say:
“I might not post often, but when I do, it could blow your mind.”
Figured I should come and listen to professionals and experts if I am out here trying to blow people’s minds.
I guess last week Yahoo had a big broo-ha-ha about their future.
Kara Swisher has a great write-up of the event called The Yahoo Revival Meeting (Starring His Digital Holiness Steve Jobs)!.
Some super-quick takeaways:
- there were 300 plus top-executive attendees, all VP and above. (Good night, if Yahoo has 300 VP’s, maybe that’s your problem right there)
- the event sounds very well planned and coordinated. Good move there, something like this will either bomb or go great, and the planning is the main key to success
- Steve Jobs came and rallied the troops
- Yahoo’s problems are execution. Put that in the category of obviousness. Can they take a meeting like this and actually do something with it?
- Steve Jobs
Guy Kawasaki, one of Doba’s advisors, is putting on a free online web seminar called “The Art of Evangelism.”
He’s going to explain the strategies and tactics of evangelism for products and services.
It’s Tuesday, September 25th at 11:00 am Pacific.
One of my good friends is Chris Knudsen. Chris has become one of the better known bloggers in Utah. He teaches Entrepreneurship at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He has earned a lot of entrepreneurship battle scars. Some of those scars were formed right along side of me because Chris helped me co-found my first company, GearTrade. Heâ€™s pretty dang smart too boot.
Anyway, Chris posted an entry on his blog a bit back about I own a business so Iâ€™m an entrepreneurâ€¦right?. I and many others made comments, and in the exchange between my comment to the post and Chrisâ€™s reply, he and I realized something: Written communication (email, blogs, comments, letters, message boards, instant messages,
The day after I wrote about doing chicken and doing chicken right, Brad Feld over at FeldThoughts.com wrote about something very similar. In a post titled Lack of Focus, Feldâ€”a managing director at Mobius Venture Capitalâ€”makes a compelling case for entrepreneurs like myself to focus and not deviate too far from our initial plan. Feld writes:
When we started Martingale Software in 1984, our original vision was â€œto write software for the new Apple Macintosh.â€ That was pretty broad, so as we sat around in a classroom somewhere at MIT (because it had a nice big blackboard that we could scribble on, plus it made us feel grown up), we decided to narrow our focus. After