I Don’t Give a Crap about Your Passion

I Don’t Give a Crap about Your Passion

“Passion” is the most overrated attribute to look for in an entrepreneur. Phew, it feels good to finally say that out loud. I am tired of hearing about passion being the reason certain people and companies succeed while others fail. Passion has very little...
Push Your Idea Off a Cliff

Push Your Idea Off a Cliff

There are a lot of metaphors in the startup world. They act as a visual and tacit aid for understanding difficult concepts that otherwise would be very hard to grasp. The latest metaphor that I’ve started to use is “pushing your idea off a cliff.”...
Twelve Books for Every Entrepreneur

Twelve Books for Every Entrepreneur

I’m often asked about what books influence my life as an entrepreneur. For all of my students, I cannot stop recommending books. I strongly believe you have to devour as much information as possible. So here’s a list of twelve books that entrepreneurs...
Six Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

Six Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs

For the most part, it seems people believe entrepreneurship can be taught, or absolutely rejected the idea. Oddly enough, I land somewhere in the middle. Despite running a summer program for high school students that focuses on entrepreneurship , the Young...
Too Many Incubators, Too Many Wrong Lessons

Too Many Incubators, Too Many Wrong Lessons

Shark Tank resident Mark Cuban recently spoke about the drastic rise of incubators. “There are too many incubators and that has hurt them all,” he tells Lauren Ohnesorge of the Triangle Business Journal. Cuban is absolutely correct. Since 1980, over 1200 incubators...
Why Entrepreneurs Should Cook!

Why Entrepreneurs Should Cook!

Cooking is a get-away for me. Stepping back from the hectic day-to-day of running my company, cooking allows me to focus all of my energy on a single task. The rewards, too, are reason enough to take up cooking, if you haven’t already. As I was making breakfast...