MN Business – Tech Outstate

Dilema: Greater Minnesota needs jobs, while Metro tech firms need people. What if there was an overlapping solution? What if there was a way to bring tech jobs to the rest of Minnesota? http://minnesotabusiness.com/industry-watch-plus-3#spoke-how-tech-can-help-outstate-minnesota http://minnesotabusiness.com/industry-watch-plus-3#spoke-let’s-try-tech-farm-teams http://minnesotabusiness.com/industry-watch-plus-3#spoke-common-elements-of-a-successful-tech-startup-ecosystem  

DocuMNtary Release Speech

September 22, 2016 I gave one of the biggest speeches of my life to that point. It’s about community, pride, and people. Here it is verbatim. ========== Tonight we are here to celebrate. Celebrate an amazing community. To do that, I need your help.  Find a neighbor, someone sitting next to you. Raise your hand,…

Heroes

Who are your heroes? Think of a hero. Your hero. Now think of why they are your hero. Challenge yourself. Make sure they really are your hero. Then think of two more for a total of 3. Someone in your life A Historic Figure A Superhero, musician, anything you are passionate about Everyone needs a…

Participate, Celebrate, Advocate

In April of 2015 I wrote on the back of an agenda. It was orange, with terrible handwriting that resembled a chicken being mowed down in a drive by. In any event, people were able to read it and they liked the idea. Thus started one of the most amazing, powerful, and insane rollercoaster rides…

Books

The past few years have been full of challenge, crises, amazing things, and enjoyment. Surviving isn’t always easy. Especially when you try something big. These books helped me along the way. Change The simple art of not giving a f*ck. Going through change? Struggling to figure out what the hell everything means? Why you are…

Impact

Ever wonder what keeps people going?  Today I listened to some excellent thoughts on how Impact will keep you motivated by Ron Gutman presented by Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders. Two specific points that struck me as fundamental. Have a vision. When things get really really hard, it’s the vision, the purpose that will keep you…

Leadership Through Messaging

It starts with buy-in. You and your team have just been dropped into the Pacific Ocean. They are looking to you for leadership and vision. They need to know that someone has a plan and things are going to be ok. Achieving goals truly consistent with vision is a very real challenge. It takes repetition,…

10 Leadership Lessons From Rage Against The Machine

If you have ever heard of Rage Against The Machine you know they are loud, political and passionate. If you have ever seen Rage play live, you will never forget the experience. I have been a big RATM fan for a couple decades now and have seen them live several times. Their passion, message, and…

Build a Sustainable Business Like a Fire

If you have ever tried to build a fire, you know that there is skill involved in building a sustainable fire. It can be incredibly frustrating to get a blaze going only to have it fizzle out 5 minutes later. Using gasoline or another form of accelerant is expensive and is not a sustainable strategy….

Getting Your Idea Through

Boom, there it is. A wonderful idea. It came to you one day. You have sat on it and thought through the ramifications of x, y and z and concluded this is awesome. Now what? Well, now you have to pitch it. Just like any business idea, convincing your kid to do their homework or…