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Cheating the System

I recently had the pleasure of guest speaking at a New Media class at UMaine.  During the talk, I did my best to use the opportunity to get to know the students and find out what their thoughts were on the program and industry at large. One topic that surfaced, likely from soon-to-be graduates, was that…

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The 9 ships that don’t make it

I recently stumbled upon an interview with Paul Graham from 2005 where he’s asked about his take on startups. While the entire thing is worth watching, I wanted to take moment and highlight this passage: “If you look at why startups fail, that’s a good way to decide what to do if you’re going to do…

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Why Maine?

If you’re interested in startups like I am, there’s a clear focal point of activity: Silicon Valley.  When I talk with friends, I’ll often compare its current state to Florence during the Renaissance.  And, while I’m no scholar on that period in history, I think there are a lot of similarities. To me, Silicon Valley is…

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TEDxDirigo: GENERATE on November 3rd

If you’ve been on the Internet long enough, I’m sure you’ve heard of the TED conference.  (If you haven’t heard of TED, first — sorry about that previous jab.  Second, set aside the next 6 hours and look over the plethora of amazing videos at TED.com.)  What you may not know, however, is that in…

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On being relentlessly resourceful

Like superheroes, all entrepreneurs have their origin story — the story that explains how they got started and where their first insight came from that let them create a new business. Some ideas come from the needs of founders. My company, Flat Cap Apps was one of these. There was one particular app I was…

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Win a year’s mentorship with Alexis Ohanian

Prizeo is offering a contest to win a year’s mentorship with Alexis Ohanian. OK, with that out of the way, you may be wondering “What is Prizeo?”, “Who is Alexis Ohanian?”, and “Why should I care?” What is Prizeo? Prizeo is a new startup from Silicon Valley with the mission to incentivize giving to charitable…