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Guest blog post for CEA: 7 More Tools and Tricks for Entrepreneurs to Get Stuff Done

Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “7 More Tools and Tricks for Entrepreneurs to Get Stuff Done.

In December 2013, I wrote a guest blog post titled “10 Essential Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs to Get Stuff Done,” which highlighted 10 important resources that I use to help me stay productive.

It’s been a few months since I wrote that article, and I’ve changed and added some tools and tricks to the mix. Here are some additional resources that might help you be more productive like they’ve helped me.

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Guest blog post for CEA: The 4 Things I’ve Learned About Managing My Psychology as an Entrepreneur

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Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “The 4 Things I’ve Learned About Managing My Psychology as an Entrepreneur.

Startup founders’ trials and tribulations have been written about frequently in tech and business publications and mostly focus on how brutal it is to run a company. But I believe there are many entrepreneurs like me who are in the earlier stages of building companies, where things are moving more slowly than we’d like, and just aren’t far along enough to relate.

Lack of progress can be very taxing on an entrepreneur’s psyche and confidence, and it certainly has taken a toll on mine. I’ve worked on dealing with these thoughts over the last two years and here’s what I learned about managing my mind.

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Guest blog post for CEA: How to Validate Your Startup Idea with Online Ads

Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “How to Validate Your Startup Idea with Online Ads.

A quick and relatively cheap way to validate our startup idea, Locatize, was to run online ads targeting potential users, lead them to a landing page, and see if they give us their email address to stay updated on Locatize’s progress. Here’s what we did to test the demand for Locatize and how you can test your startup idea, too.

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Guest blog post for CEA: How to Think of a Startup Idea (with co-founders)

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Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “How to Think of a Startup Idea (with co-founders)“.

Coming up with a business or product idea is the easy part of launching a startup, but it’s an important one. This is especially true when you’re doing so with an existing team. This post highlights the process my co-founder and I used to agree on a startup idea that aligned with each of our interests, strengths and experiences.

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Guest blog post for CEA: How 100 Hackers, Hustlers and Designers Launched Companies in 54 Hours

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Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “How 100 Hackers, Hustlers and Designers Launched Companies in 54 Hours“.

I’m a co-organizer of Startup Weekend DC, an event where entrepreneurs get together to pitch ideas, form teams, build products, and launch companies, all in 54 hours. We just held an event last weekend, and here’s the recap. The winning team (see pic below) – Orate, a platform for event speakers to get gigs and build their brand – won the grand prize of $25,000 in engineering services!

SWDC Winning Team Orate

It was an amazing, motivating event. Read more about it here.

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Two new guest posts for CEA and ThornTech

Sorry, I’m a little behind from traveling and other stuff, but I’ve written two guest posts in the last week that you should read!

The first post is for the CEA and is titled “10 Essential Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs to Get Stuff Done.” This post highlights the software and other resources that I use nearly everyday to stay efficient and productive. Check it out, some of these tools could be useful to you!

The second post is for Thorn Technologies and is called “The Week in Technology: Target hacked, Facebook intros video ads, Uber hated, and more.” This post highlights the top tech stories of last week, which includes how Target got hacked, Facebook’s introduction of video ads, PayPal’s and Amazon’s moves in mobile payments, and how Uber pissed off a lot of people a couple of weekends ago.

I hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Guest blog post for CEA: Recap of Startup Weekend DC

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Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) – Companies launched over 54 hours: A Recap of Startup Weekend DC.

I’m a co-organizer of Startup Weekend DC, an event where entrepreneurs get together to pitch ideas, form teams, build products, and launch companies, all in 54 hours. We just held an event last weekend, and here’s the recap.

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Guest blog post for CEA: Team First or Idea First – What’s the Best Option for Launching a Startup?

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Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA): Team First or Idea First – What’s the Best Option for Launching a Startup?

Looking back on the experiences of my short career in entrepreneurship and startups, I’ve been thinking a lot about whether it’s better to start with an idea first then build the team, or work with some potential co-founders first before coming up with a specific idea together.

Both situations have pros and cons, but which is the better path to startup success? Read more about this here.

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Guest blog post for CEA: Date Before You Get Married – The Lesson Learned From My First Failed Startup

Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) – Date Before You Get Married—The Lesson Learned From My First Failed Startup.

In a very-early stage startup, a cohesive team is super important. When building the team for Dokkit (my smart calendar app startup), I moved too fast and placed little importance on team fit and alignment. The team quickly broke up and that was the end of Dokkit. Here’s the story.

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Guest blog post for CEA – How I Came to the Decision to Quit My Job and Become an Entrepreneur

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Hi All!

As I mentioned before, I am guest-blogging for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) about entrepreneurship and startups.

My first post highlighted my journey to entrepreneurship and how there’s no one path to becoming an entrepreneur.

My most recent post takes you through my decision process of quitting my job with the Washington Capitals and taking the leap to launch a startup.

I hope you enjoy!

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