Stories and Advice

Ah, the joys of success and the anguish of failure. Sometimes we’re reading online and suddenly it feels like we should be at a campfire with Grandpa, listening to stories about the Great Depression. Well, these are our campfire stories. Want to read about what it’s like to grow a business to over $10 million a year? Or maybe you’d like to try starting and selling a company in 6 months? These are some of our favorites, but they’re only part of our career. Check back here often for updates with more exciting entrepreneurial stories.

29Jul
Tents - Night

Summit: Outside — From The Inside

Tents - NightMuch has been written about Summit, their events and the people that attend them. Summit, as a whole, now includes Powder Mountain and all of the property, employees and outdoor opportunities that come along with these terrific mountains of Northern Utah. They’ve been hosting events for years in different locations around the US but are now permanently based here with the PowMow purchase. As a result of that move, I live and work near their new home. As I’ve written previously, I think the future is brighter with Summit in town.

Many people, including those in the immediate area, throughout the State of Utah and beyond wonder, as I did, what goes on at Summit? Who attends? What do they do? How do you get invited? Being their new neighbor and introduced a few years ago by mutual friend Shervin Pishevar, it was time for me to finally experience Summit for myself. This post will share some play-by-play of what was going on, who was there, and my overall impression of Summit as an event, a gathering, and a new and important citizen of Northern Utah.

I’ll do my best to provide detail and opinions. I should note my ticket to Summit was not free and I have no financial or other interest related in any way to Summit. There is no doubt I want them to succeed, so my comments and opinions are definitely from a positive place. Having said that, I’ve been around the block a few times and don’t give them a pass on reputation alone. My opinions are my own and are unfiltered.
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23Apr

3 Lessons To Shortcut Your Startup Learning Curve

Nelson JamesIt’s always fun to have a close friend (that is qualified) post here on my blog. This is one of those occasions! Nelson James is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Signs.com. Prior to that, Nelson was the president and co-founder of SEO.com, where he helped to grow the company from 2 to over 85 employees and managed many large accounts, including Dell.com. In between all of that, I was able to recruit Nelson to join Lendio, where he was VP of Marketing and was responsible for the creation and management of a marketing team as well as the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest and demand for Lendio’s products and services. He did a great job and it was fun for us to work together. I should note (and this ages me a bit) that I also coached young Nelson when he was a high school tennis star. So yeah, we go back a few years.

Nelson has had the opportunity over the last year to start Signs.com. For all you entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs out there, I thought it would be helpful to hear from him. He’s written three essential lessons learned so far.

Enjoy the read!

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