I’m on a flight returning from a business trip to London this last week. The week prior, I spent 5 days off the grid in Montana. When I got back on the grid and only had 1.5 days with the family before jetting off to London, I realized it’d been pretty nice to not use social media for those 5 days. So I decided to continue a self imposed social media ban on my biz trip.
Outside of a couple of tweets for LaunchUp, and logging into FaceBook to promote our event page, I have been completely off of social media for nearly two weeks. Haven’t read any tweets, read any FB updates: zilch, nada, zero.
And you know what? My
Hey Interweb! long time no blog.
Ten years ago today, my wife woke me up by yelling, “Jeremy, get out here, we’re going to war!” She had gotten a phone call telling her to turn on the TV. We watched the towers fall, and knew a lot just changed. I find myself flying to Boston today for the Shop.org conference on the 10th anniversary of that fateful day. And having to fly today makes it an especially sobering and reflective day. I was pretty removed from the situation compared to a lot of others who lost loved ones that day. To all of you: my thoughts and well wishes are with you on this tough day.
For me, today has got
I know, I know. Probably the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen in your life.
Why does my face look like this?
First, because it is AWESOME! Who ever said mustaches weren’t the bomb?!
I started on Nov 1 clean shaven, and have gone about my business this month with this on my face. Reckless, I know.
I’m doing this because:
1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime
1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime
It’s coordinated by StartupCause.org and is being planned during Global Entrepreneurship Week. StartupCause.org is an initiative to bring together the leaders of local initiatives that help entrepreneurs create more and better businesses.
I love entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. At an early age, I told everyone I wanted to be an inventor. I wanted to be an entrepreneur, just didn’t know the word yet. Now, when people ask, what do you do, I say: “I’m an entrepreneur.” It’s awesome.
I also spend as much time as I can helping other entrepreneurs. No entrepreneur in the history of the world found success without standing
Eight years ago today, me, Brandon Williams, and Dave Gray started what would become Doba. I can’t believe it’s been 8 years! And that we (and me) are still plugging away.
Every year, in October, we celebrate our birthday with our Doba Day celebration. It’s a major part of our culture. The culture that’s helped us win Utah Business Best Companies to Work For two times and that just makes Doba an insanely awesome place to spend your time each work day.
Doba employees rule. I consider many of them to be great friends. Doba Day 2010 is in the house, and it’s crazy.
You can watch my Twitter feed @jeremyhanks today for pictures and updates of the nuttiness.
I’m speaking on “How Entrepreneurs Leverage Technology to Build a Successful Business” at 10:30 a.m.
Other Utah based speakers are Jesse Stay (Social Too), Brock Blake (Funding Universe), Tom Dickson (WillItBlend from Blendtec), Kelly King Anderson (Startup Princess), Jyl Pattee (Mom it Forward), and Brandt Page (Launch Sales and Marketing).
The full agenda is on the Small Business Technology Tour Salt Lake City page.
Try and register with the code DOBA for a free ticket (only
Tuesday was my 36th birthday. Or as I put it in iCal as a recurring appointment (hey, I’m a forgetful person) a few years back: Greatest Day in the History of the World.
I got thinking that in a lot of ways, birthdays and the process of aging can teach us some things about startups and entrepreneurship. Here’s what I came up with:
Birthdays mark the passage of time. They signify an annual marker that combined will be your lifespan. Some lives are very long. Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997) lived to be 122 years old, and had the longest unambiguously documented lifespan (I’m 29.5% there). Some lives are cut short. But every year, without fail, time marches on,