https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIbbRmox9fI Controlling the narrative as a startup founder in times of crisis is imperative if you want to make sure and manage the perception of how audiences see you. Whether your make a presentation to a potential investor, trying to close a sales deal, or pitching a reporter a press idea, you have to go into each opportunity with a mindset that you have the ability to manage that initial perception and have them seeing you as you want [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKoIR9dj_sc 3 takeaways gleaned from the panel I moderated at SXSW this year called "How Your Founder's Story Can Positively Impact The World" with Amy Perez, Founder & CEO of Primal Pit Paste, and Shawn Nelson, Founder & CEO of Lovesac, at the SDG Media Zone. Think all heart, living a good one, and going binary. Thank you to sponsors SAP & PVBLIC Foundation for giving us a platform to support the United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals with [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la9pk5uQUGE “No one has your story and that is your power.” ~ Me :-) I’m probably not the first to say this, but I’m going to put it quotes so it looks like I did. Entrepreneurship is hard. Really hard. It can be one of the most challenging things that you ever do. The odds are stacked against you (9 out of 10 businesses fail in the first 5 years). But there is one thing that you have control [...]
Simplicity – Why It Matters and How To Make it Part of Your Story: Drew Houston And The Founding Of DropboxS4E Support2018-08-30T19:10:36+00:00
How Drew Houston used the story of forgetting his thumb drive on a 4-hour bus ride as a catalyst for creating Dropbox, a cloud-based storage solution now used by 400M people. Headphones and laptop in hand, Drew Houston stepped on a bus in Boston fully prepared to start cranking out a ton of work.
Turning a Personal Disaster Into a Story That Disrupted An Entire Industry: Carley Roney and The KnotS4E Support2017-05-04T21:18:12+00:00
How Carley Roney turned her disastrous wedding experience into a narrative that became the foundation for a $130M global brand. In 1996, Carley Roney, her husband David Liu, and two friends from film school, were sitting in a café trying to think of ways they could capitalize on this new thing called the Internet.
Why Authenticity Needs to Permeate Your Story: The Story of Scott Harrison, Founder of Charity: WaterS4E Support2017-05-04T21:20:00+00:00
Scott Harrison left his NYC party lifestyle to change the world with water. Now his organization, Charity: Water, has raised over $95 million for 17,000 projects in 24 countries. After a conservative Christian childhood, Scott Harrison started to rebel. At age 18, he grew out his hair, moved to New York City, joined a band, and started drinking and smoking weed.
Bert and John Jacobs were the youngest of six kids. Their family had a small house outside of Boston, and though they were always short on money, the kids had a good childhood. Their dad kept food on the table and their mom made sure there was always laughter in the home. One night, it all changed.