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SJ31 – Tech and Entrepreneurship in Africa with Mannie T’Chawi and Jason Israel

We were honored to have two very special guests on Startup Jab this week: Mannie T’Chawi and Jason Israel joined us to talk about tech, entrepreneurship, and Africa.

Mannie T’Chawi is the co-founder & CEO of LayerCake; a social enterprise that promotes financial inclusivity and security in Tanzania. He also serves as the Director of International Outreach and Business Development for CULTIVA Solutions, a DC-area education consultancy and brokerage. In addition, Mannie consults on international development efforts helping to strategize, execute, and build partnerships between US and Sub-saharan Africa based organizations.

Jason Israel is a dedicated public servant, naval officer, and educator with over 15 years of experience in military and civilian leadership positions at the federal, state, and local levels. Currently a Commander in the Navy Reserve, he recently deployed to the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa where worked in Somalia toward a more stable and secure future for the east Africa region. Jason is passionate about educating and empowering youth to rise to their full potential and has spent his free time teaching and mentoring students in each community he’s lived. A native Marylander and resident of Baltimore, Jason served as Director for African Affairs for the National Security Council at the White House until earlier this year.

Highlights

  • Mannie: “Thanks to the success of mobile banking platforms in Kenya, for example, Africa has started moving towards mobile banking, which is really mobile transfer. It’s the equivalent of having your money in Verizon or AT&T rather than a a bank… Mobile transfer works for people fairly well, but you can’t exclude banks from the process. There needs to be unity, and less friction, and [my company LayerCake] hopes to provide that… You’re allowing them an opportunity, in a predominantly cash-based economy, to actually grow their wealth and savings rather than it literally being cash under their mattress.”
  • Jason: “What Mannie’s doing is really the driving force behind the change that we want to see in Africa. It’s a great example of looking at the institutions, the strengths and weaknesses that are in the country, and trying to build the capacity of the local banks in order to confront a challenge that is uniquely Tanzanian.”
  • J: “One of the greatest parts of my jobs [at the National Security Council] was hearing all of these stories about what entrepreneurs are doing to solve these unique problems.”
  • M: “People don’t realize that there is a lot of entrepreneurial expertise already in the market… Africa is a market that has always been wrought with necessity and is full of inventors.”
  • M: “The strategy for winning in Africa, no matter the vertical or industry, is being the connective tissue.”
  • J: Regarding “brain drain,” “I think it’s a myth that it’s just, ‘I can make more money in New York or London, so I’m going to head there.’ There are a ton of talented people leaving [Africa], and either a nation lacks the capacity or desire [to keep them in the country], or there’s a corrupt reason where somebody’s getting some money to allow people to leave.”
  • M: “We don’t just need big, bold moves, but we need a lot of big, bold moves all at the same time.”

Links

Some of the cool efforts going on in Africa:

And check out: Somali Entrepreneur Raises $100 Million For Money Transfer Startup WorldRemit

SJ30 – The Business of Narrative Podcasting with Wolf 359

This week, we’re pleased to welcome Gabriel Urbina and Zach Valenti from Wolf 359, a podcast about the advantages of floating, tiny and alone, in the middle of nowhere. A drama in the tradition of the Golden Age of Radio, Wolf 359’s bi-monthly episodes tell the story of Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359.

Join hosts Teague Hopkins and Jason Nellis to talk about how Gabriel and Zach bootstrapped a successful radio show, the art and science of narrative podcasting, and life in isolated, zero gravity conditions.

Links and Highlights

EPISODE 30. This podcast is no longer a spring chicken, folks.

Gabriel dreamed up a character who was monitoring a radio on a space station, and made the “fatal error” of sharing his idea on Facebook. Zach (a voice-over actor) saw on Facebook that a voice-over actor was needed for a one-man radio show. The rest is destiny.

Listen to the first three seasons of Wolf 359 here.

  • “We were both attracted to the idea of doing something together and getting it out there quickly.
  • “What’s great about the first season, when it was basically our moms listening, it gave us a lot of freedom… It took us about 10 episodes to figure out what worked and what the show wanted to be.”
  • “Our philosophy was, let’s put things out there, let’s see if it works, and then let’s polish… [but] it needs to be a certain level of quality.”
  • “A lot of the first few episodes were built on, ‘Hey, I did this guy a solid once.'”
  • “From day one, we wanted to put something out in the universe that people could look at, and so we could really establish ourselves [in our respective careers].”

Zach does “sensual voice-overs” for Pillow.io, which, according to Gabriel, is “exceedingly mature and tasteful and well thought-out.” We say, go try it and find out for yourself (and happy belated Valentine’s Day!).

  • “The biggest technical challenge is making it work when people are recording in different spaces and different rooms with different sound qualities… We eventually solved that by deciding that the people who are remote will always be heard through a kind of filter, an ‘in-universe’ reason for their voices to sound noticeably different than everyone else’s. It was a moment of, ‘we’re going to try to turn this bug into a feature.'”
  • “We are fearless about the weird things that we do… but we rarely, if ever, have the next move planned.”
  • “There are critical times where it’s like, ‘Zach, it is now time to turn the “make shit up” button on’ (or off).”
  • “There have been times when it’s been a choice between having a 13-episode second season and get our merchandise together, and it’s always felt better to focus on making more and better shows.”
  • “Focus on making something that YOU love. The one thing we found in our nerdy, off-center taste is that we’re not alone, so in making something that we love, we inadvertently made something that other people love. Focus on that, because you can control that.”
  • In the beginning, “we tried all kinds of guerrilla marketing tactics when it was just our best friends and their cat listening to us… We tried to do the stereotypical ‘growth hacking’ to create our online presence, and the effect that had was… nil.”

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This episode previously aired on Wednesday, 4/17/16, at 3:30pm ET

SJ28 – Aspire with Lily Cua and Marcy Humphrey

This week’s episode will introduce you to Aspire.is, software that helps companies make smart investments in their workplace perks so that they can recruit, engage and retain the best talent. Lily Cua, founder and COO of Aspire.is, and Marcy Humphrey, Head of Perk Operations, join Startup Jab to share how they are building Aspire, fill us in on the hippest, hottest HR trends, and tell us if office beer pong really is a good idea.

Lily focuses on Aspire’s client acquisition and expansion efforts. She is always keeping an eye out for unique and engaging workplace experiences to build into the Aspire platform, and loves the fact that her job allows her to work with some of the most innovative and creative businesses in the country. Lily is a graduate of Georgetown University and in a previous life was a consultant at PwC. Most importantly, she is a gifted arcade basketball player and brunch enthusiast.

Marcy is a graduate of Georgetown University, and has been in the DC area ever since. Marcy keeps the gears turning at Aspire by working in partner strategy & operations and managing client relationships. She also develops marketing content and is constantly looking for the coolest new HR trends to chat about. She counts among her many talents solving world hunger with Excel shortcuts and running faster than your average snail.

SJ27 – We Survived Snowzilla!

In this week’s episode, we tackled some big problems for brand-new startups, including how to get the right team to be in your corner, and figuring out what’s the real MVP.

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After 27 episodes, it’s time to grow up a little bit. We’ve started adding special content for our podcast listeners, so if you’re not subscribed, it’s your time to shine. Do it!

Links and Highlights:

Quick hit: Are live sports and esports getting closer together? When will the cars be replaced with holograms?

Formula E announces 300kph ‘RoboRace’ championship

  • “It will be a testament to the cars’ software teams and hardware teams to create these vehicles that will compete at 300kph and have the computer driving the car.”
  • (First-person drone racing is a separate league, folks.)
  • “Eventually there will be the ‘you must have a human driver’ league and the unlimited league.”
  • “First, computers are driving, and then they’re taking over our basketball teams. Where does it end, Teague?”
  • “When driver-less cars become a thing, and none of us ever have to pay attention, the irony will be that we spend our time watching driver-less racing.”

It’s Quora Day!

How do you teach early-stage startups to use the Lean Startup methodology? (09:48)

  • “It’s pretty obvious that they haven’t solved customer-problem fit yet, but they believe they have.”
  • Unless you’ve done the proper research, you may created a solution and now you have to back it in to a problem. That’s not how Lean works.
  • “Almost anyone who’s been an entrepreneur has had this exact experience, where you’re like, omg, this is amazing, we built a cool tool, we’ve launched it, and… nothing, because you don’t know who you’re solving a problem for, you haven’t articulated the problem in a way that makes sense to them.”
  • The bigger challenge may be when people have something that sounds logical, but they haven’t actually validated anything by talking to people who would actually buy it.
  • Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the fact.” The way to really help a start-up in this situation is to have them get punched in the face as quickly as possible.

Is there such a thing as an MVP for a luxury fashion startup? (22:15)

  • “I hate the term MVP, because it gets mis-used so often. What are we actually saying? Are we talking about a small run of a physical product, designing a website that can sell this stuff… What’s the actual experiment we’re running?”
  • “Branding is something that is more difficult to experiment with because there are fewer signals and it’s harder to separate out cause and effect. You can do five different things to try to build your brand, but you can’t necessarily separate out the effect of each of those things on building the brand.”
  • “A ‘minimally-loved product’ might be a better thing to try to reach. What is the thing you’re going to build that people will actually really enjoy? And then build the brand around that.”
  • The problem you’re solving might be an emotional problem. Do customers what to be seen as youthful, as adventurous? What’s the emotional need that this luxury brand is trying to fulfill? You can’t invent a brand that’s a luxury brand overnight, you have to grow it, like a tree.

What is the best way to organize technology startup company in terms of projects? (32:35)

Teague gives a broad overview of organizational design in 10 minutes, which is SUPER impressive.

  • “From a design perspective, you want to make sure you have separation of certain characteristics. You don’t want to have any function that is tasked with efficiency reporting to any function that is tasked with effectiveness or vice versa, because you’ll end up having them lead together.”
  • “You don’t want to have short-term focused groups reporting to the same folks as long-term strategic initiatives, because almost always the long-term will be in service to the short-term.”
  • “In any good growing culture, you’re going to hit walls and snags. That’s not the problem. It’s addressing them and fixing them, and if you don’t, that’s the problem.”

As an entrepreneur how do you know when you have the right team in your corner? (40:02)

  • “I know I have the right team when I stop worrying about the team.”
  • “You run into a lot of problems where you have a team where everyone thinks the same thing. Diversity leads to better decisions, and you want those decisions to surface to the manager level. and discussions are happening in a way that you get involved in them and can see both sides of it… Hiring for diversity is a great way to make sure you have people with ‘strong beliefs, loosely held.’”
  • In companies where the benchmark for cultural fit is “We know it when we see it,” it can be damaging because people end up hiring people who look like them.
  • “We talk about how culture is top-down, it’s in-out… You are as responsible to your team as they are to you, and you may have the right team in place and not know it because you were so wrapped up in your own crap that you missed the signs. When you’re a founder of a startup, it’s incumbent on you to recognize these things in advance.”

Live question from Mr. Wonderful: Who is your dream client?

Jason’s dream client is anyone who wants to give him “a lot of money and very little work to do for it.” (Just kidding. We think.)

Time to work together: Let’s get Gary Vaynerchuk on the show!

 

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This episode previously aired on 1/28 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT

SJ26 – The Healthy Uncomfortable and Scaling Your Startup

a.k.a. “We Promise It Won’t Be Boring”

Don’t miss our latest round-up episode, answering your questions, expounding on your conversation starters, and delivering David Bowie tributes. We may also have snuck in some Alan Rickman references.

Still want to join in? Send us your thoughts on how this quote applies to you:

“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.” – David Bowie, The Word, 2003

Previously aired on 1/19 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT

Links and Highlights:

Teague as a blonde? The end of the world? There’s a lot going on this week.

The Healthy Uncomfortable

  • “There’s somewhere in between the comfort zone and the terror zone, where you have to have some courage to try the new thing.”
  • New t-shirt idea: “No matter the question, time-boxing is the answer.”
  • “The question to ask oneself is, ‘What are the ways in which I’m intentionally making myself uncomfortable?'”
  • “Being vulnerable over being polished holds people back the most…. If you don’t feel safe in vulnerability, you’re never going to make any changes or push in any uncomfortable directions.” Also known as: “I get knocked down, I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.”

Advice for early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups in the scaling phase:

  • “In addressing an entrepreneur’s most important early-stage question – customer acquisition – it’s easy to waste a lot of money in the wrong channels, especially if you’re not taking a measured approach… How do you know if a channel is working for you or not?”
  • “You can Lean Startup your way through that question by being methodical about it and keeping the costs low by doing it on a pragmatic level. If someone’s selling clothes, for example, I’d go out with 25 t-shirts and see if 25 people will buy them.”
  • “We’re not getting scientific proof; we’re getting down to, ‘Is moving forward on this product or business a reasonable bet to make?'”
  • “Do you have the kind of business that can be advertised, or does it have to be pounding the pavement? Customer acquisitions costs are different depending on the industry.”
  • “Customer acquisition costs will change in different channels all the time, and you have to know when there are diminishing returns in those channels.”

Jason is sharing the story of Mostafa Hassoun, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee now in Annapolis who is hoping to enroll in community college. Take a moment to learn more about him and consider donating to help him rebuild his life after experiencing great tragedy: https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/mostafa-s-college-fund

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SJ25 – Bonus: The Future of Esports

For our favorite subscribers ONLY. (That’s you!) Check out our mini-episode (mepisode?) on a future renaissance for esports. And don’t forget to send us your comments and questions in the mailbag.

Links and Highlights:

  • Teague is officially the Droid to Jason’s iPhone. (We all knew that already, though, right?)

EA sets up Competitive Gaming Division

  • “We’re always going to be dependent on the developers to support esports, because you have to add features like the ability to spectate and make it an experience for the viewers.”

MLG sells “substantially all” assets to Activision Blizzard for $46 million, DiGiovanni replaced – eSports Observer

  • “There is some concern from players that when developers hold so much control over the entire vertical stack of an esport, there’s concern that they will try to milk it for as much money as it’s worth.”

Jason spends at least five minutes comparing esports to competitive hot dog eating. Send your letters to him here.

  • “It’s not that there’s a lack of skill in esports, but there’s a lack of athleticism.”
  • “Is marijuana a performance-enhancing drug when it comes to Halo?”

Facebook Just Held A Business Focused eSports Summit

  • “Facebook recognized that serving esports teams and developers and leagues is actually a lucrative enough business that they want to dedicate some resources to targeting that industry.”

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SJ24 – Online Dating with Erika Gayle Ettin from A Little Nudge

Erika Gayle Ettin, founder of the dating service A Little Nudge, joined us to jab about the challenges of starting her business, advice for fellow entrepreneurs, and the economics & challenges of online dating.

A Little Nudge has been profiled on NPR, the Washington Post, WUSA9, and AskMen.com. Erika is also JDate’s leading expert, has been a featured columnist on Philly.com, and her weekly column is syndicated through the Chicago Tribune.

We had some technical issues, and the audio quality was not what we wanted, but the interview was great. Special thanks to Erika for her work making it happen!

Previously aired on January 12 at 1pm ET/10am PT

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SJ23 Follow-Up – Advice from Entrepreneurs in the Fray

On our most recent episode, we featured advice from eight inspiring entrepreneurs (and also the Startup Jab team!) at every level of starting and running their businesses. Here is their advice in full:

Bess Winston, managing director of The Winston Agency

I started my own communications agency last year after nearly 20 years working for “big” agencies and the government.

This has been the SCARIEST thing I have EVER done. But if life doesn’t scare you just a little bit, then you’re not doing it right.

What I wish I knew last year? Treat your business (and your brand) like a child. You wouldn’t let any ‘ole body take care of your child. Don’t hand out assignments or work to any ‘ole body. Even if they’re great friends in need of work. The threshold of who gets near your business is simply, do they have the talent to do what you need and can they deliver when you need them to?

My thoughts in general on the most important thing an entrepreneur should do ay anytime of the year is some what cliched, but in my case has been true. If you are REALLY good at what you do, everything will work out. Leap and the net will appear. Be fearless, have faith, and take an Advil when you need to.

 

Mollie Katz, founder of Mollie Katz Communications

Do things you are a bit afraid to do. Most of them can be conquered if you set aside the fear. When they are, you feel victorious and build strength and additional confidence to take on the challenges of the future.

Be honest about your weaknesses, and actively turn them into strengths. Many of us feel anxiety about what we don’t know or have not done. I find the best way to get past this is to see these as areas where we need to learn more. Convince yourself you want to learn more, and take steps to start learning.

Professional development opportunities aren’t hard to find — they are online, in books, in business media and in the community through networking groups, schools, and business resource groups. Gain the knowledge you need and you will feel empowered and ready to turn your weaknesses into strengths.

 

Kaitlin Reimann, founder of uBack

It is a marathon, not a sprint! In the first year of a start-up’s lifespan it seems like everything needs to be done “yesterday” and it is tempting to jump on each request immediately. Instead of juggling 100+ activities each day, I would set goals, both personally and professionally, and stick with them.

Set your plan and socialize the plan with mentors, advisers, colleagues, etc. Doing your due diligence and exposing your plan to a diverse audience early-on in the year helps identify strengths and weaknesses in your plan that you may not have otherwise seen until later in the year.

 

Steve Sunu, public relations manager for Stela

If I could start over again today, the thing I’d bring to the table is I’d want to take a little more risk. We announced in the comics market and it was great and we had a big splash, and there have been a few articles coming out about it since… but I would want to take some more risks in where we hoped to get placement. And where it is we ended up getting placement is great, but it would have been nice to be even a little bit more ambitious then that. Sometimes you gotta start out the gate a little more cautiously; I wish I had known sometimes that it’s ok to swing for the fences a little bit more and take those risks you might normally not want to take if you’re not [at a startup]… It was a really good learning experience and as we go into launch now I’ll be taking a lot more risks and pushing a lot harder.

It’s ok to be scared. It’s what you do with that fear and what you do to help mitigate that that’s really going to drive you moving forward. You have to make sure you’re always working towards trying to alleviate that fear while still being scared – it’s a good thing to drive you forward but work towards alleviating it rather than letting it paralyze you.

 

Paul and Brittany Mederos, authors of Crafting Your UX Portfolio — A Weekend Guide to Getting It Done

Our sales came in spikes. Spikes are coordinated with marketing. Our biggest spikes were getting on design-centered community sites, for example, Sidebar.io and ProductHunt. There was a long-tail effect, but it was pretty tiny. On a spike, we’d get ~20 copies sold, and then it would drip down to ~1 sale per day until the next spike. Interestingly enough, we had a few unexpected spikes, and couldn’t find their sources. We assumed it was private newsletters/in-person meet-ups of some sort, but were never able to confirm by talking to customers.

Once we crossed the 100 customer line, it helped clarify our goals, leading us to the decision to stop selling it (instead, it’s a free guide on Medium.) Our goal was never to build a sustainable product; it was to reach the people who needed it to make a difference in their design careers. The peeps who bought (that we heard from) found it incredibly valuable… in fact, they continue to send us updates on their career months after making progress and getting a job. We decided to open-source it, and post it on the biggest network we could find: Medium.

Our switch to Medium is still early, but super optimistic in reaching original goal. It’s only been a week, but we’ve easily had 10x the traffic with minimal marketing effort. Excited about the much higher reach potential, and the stories (and learning) that’ll come with it.

We learned that a more formal mentorship program might be more useful / higher value. When we sold our book, we had two tiers: $30 for the guide, $100 for guide + 1-on-1 time. We capped the 1-on-1 time to ~5 folks, but we got 10x that number of folks who were willing to pay for the 1-on-1. Because of this, we’ve started contemplating a much higher value course… say a $1,000 1-day course, with periodic check-ins over the course of 3 months. Much more service-oriented, but there’s always a product hidden in a service. 😉

We also learned there’s high demand from the other side: recruiters and companies looking to hire designers. They want to learn what to look for and how to do it well. We’re contemplating putting together a “how to hire a designer” guide for entrepreneurs. Lots more customer development needed, but so far signals are high, and we know it’s MUCH higher value market (e.g. in my own company, I’m looking to hire for my tech team, and I’d pay outrageous amounts for qualified people.)

 

Mannie T’Chawi, co-founder and CEO of LayerCake

People: It’s vital for you as an entrepreneur to surround yourself with the right people at all times, throughout your journey. Invest in relationships that build your skills, knowledge (both historical and contemporary), network, and passion. Focus your time and energy in positive relationships, always. Not everyone will get you/your vision or support you, so don’t focus on them. Prioritize the people who support you and help you grow in all aspects of your life. They’re the real MVPs!

Read: I’m sure you’ve heard it ad nauseam by now, but read a lot and read often! Keep filling your mind with positive thoughts, skills, and knowledge. Then analyze, contextualize it to your own personality/journey, then apply it. Rinse and repeat.

Places: Most people love to travel, and exotic trips are all the rage; however, what I mean is spend time in places outside your comfort zone. You don’t need to travel to the remote villages of Honduras to understand how other people live. Invest time in making yourself a well-rounded person by going to areas you’re unfamiliar with, unburdening yourself of any preconceived notions, and truly immersing yourself in a culture/lifestyle foreign to your own. Any entrepreneur looking to be successful and make an impact needs to deeply understand the masses they intend to serve/impact.

Share and Share Alike: Tell others not only about yourself and your endeavor, but share with them your journey in earnest: the people who make you great, the literature that makes you smarter, and the places that’ve made you wiser. In doing so you’ll inspire others to do the same, sharing in the wealth of knowledge and resources that they too have at their disposal. There are more than enough opportunities for all of us to win, so share and share alike.

 

Sarah Meskin and Mal Jones, founders of Rocketkoi

When you’re sick, take a sick day. Your clients will understand and you’re not going to be any use to anybody if you burn the candle at both ends. Actually, your clients will understand most issues that arise as long as you work hard to set up a truly collaborative relationship with over-communication right from the very beginning. Be honest, be open, clients will follow your lead, and be sure to take sick days.

 

Teague Hopkins, host of Startup Jab and founder of the Teague Hopkins Group

Mine is around the idea of sales, and this is a lesson I’ve learned many times and continue to keep learning. The world is not a meritocracy; we go through our educational experience in a quasi-meritocracy, and then we emerge into the business world and you don’t necessarily do business with the person who’s best at providing the service, right? You do business with the person you like, or the person that’s best at selling it. I had a couple of moments in the past year of seeing somebody sell a project and knowing I could do that project better, but I didn’t sell it. On some level, all right, fine, I didn’t sell it, I don’t need the money, that’s fine. But on another level, the person who’s getting that service is not getting the best possible service. So if you can deliver a service that’s really great, you have a moral responsibility to get good at selling it, because otherwise all of your potential clients are going to miss out on having that really great offering… Part of providing value and part of providing good service is actually being able to sell it.

 

Jason Nellis, host of Startup Jab and business development for Brllnt.co

2015 was a lot more of a challenge for me than I thought it was going to be. As much as I wanted certain things to go the way that I had planned for them, they didn’t, and it was a really challenging year. Being at 2016 now, I’m fortunate to have a company I really love, people around me I really enjoy, and more than anything else a sense of direction. It is not without challenge or bumps…

Be kind to yourself, and be generous with yourself. We oftentimes are our own worst judges, our own worst enemies; things aren’t going to work out the way that we think that they’re going to. You can sign someone to a contract that guarantees you $10,000 a day, and if they can’t pay and it’s unenforceable, then you’re SOL, and you have to be okay with that… It’s easy to beat yourself up. It’s easy to take yourself a little too seriously, to be a little too wrapped up in the details. Have faith in yourself, be good to yourself, and be okay with the fact that things are going to go up and down. It’s not the individual wins or losses, it’s the overall average. If things are trending up, that’s the important thing.

 

Katie Stanton, producer of Startup Jab and founder of The Good Lemon

When I started The Good Lemon with my co-founder last summer, I had no idea where to start – I just jumped in, absorbing as much information as I could on the fly and talking to everyone I knew who might have something helpful to say. I wish I had known how valuable these relationships would become as my business grew and as I grew as an owner. This is scary and hard and also amazing, and if I didn’t have good people to share the ups and downs with I don’t know where I would be now. It’s not just about referrals or money, although those things are important – it’s about making strong connections with those who genuinely support you, and who you can support in return. (And on the flip side of that, clearing out the relationships that don’t make you feel supported.)

If you don’t do this already, figure out the routine that helps you be the most productive and happy. Having flexibility means being able to do the things you need to take care of yourself – to feel good, clear your head, and feel accomplished – whatever that means for you. For me it’s exercise, travel, and helping friends with passion projects (like StartupJab!). The more you take care of yourself, the more you can give to others; if you don’t take care of yourself, you’re doing a disservice to your business and your relationships.

SJ23 – 10 Entrepreneurs Give Advice for Kicking off 2016

Welcome to 2016! What are you hoping to accomplish this year? We’ve gathered up some of our favorite guests from previous episodes and entrepreneurs to help us kick this year off right by sharing their best advice and upcoming plans for their businesses.

Join us to hear from Steve Sunu from Comic Book Resources and some of our favorite entrepreneurial friends, and tell us your own words of wisdom live on the show.

This episode previously aired on January 5 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

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SJ22 – Closing Out 2015

It’s our last show of the year!

A few topics covered in this episode: why good managers are so hard to find, podcasts about podcasts, what we learned about StartupJab this year, and, of course, Fallout 4.

Originally aired on December 28 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

Links and Highlights:

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game
http://kotaku.com/guy-beats-fallout-4-without-killing-anyone-nearly-brea-1749882569

Why good managers are so rare
https://hbr.org/2014/03/why-good-managers-are-so-rare

  • They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.

Q from the audience: If management is a discipline unto itself, how do you feel about teachers/coaches/managers/advisors who “haven’t done it before” themselves?

  • “It’s so weird we promote managers out of functional disciplines to be a manager of that discipline – you don’t need your manager to be a great developer, you need them to be a great manager.”

Making Your Agency a Priority Client
http://blog.hubspot.com/agency/agency-priority-client

Q from our hosts: Why are there so many people making blogs about blogging and podcasts about podcasts?

  • “It’s a buyer’s market – far more people doing it than who will be successful.”

Q from the audience: What do you think about hiring an agency for your agency?

  • “You don’t want to outsource your own core competency. You might pay someone to advise you on it.”

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