Thu, 29 May 2008
I was really excited to do this interview with Andy Wibbels of www.andywibbels.com after I heard that he took a "day job" as Marketing Manager at Six Apart.
I have known Andy for a long time and have always admired his candor, sass and brand, as well as his business sense. Since he has done almost everything right to create an effective business, like:
I think his answers will interest you, if not challenge some of your long-held beliefs about entrepreneurship.
My conclusion at the end of the conversation is that there is no work configuration that is inherently evil. It is all about what you are looking for, what is important to you, what you are willing to trade off, and how likely you are to be successful on the "outside."
As for me, I think I am, as Jim Collins once said about entrepreneurs, "constitutionally unemployable," but that doesn't mean I don't respect someone's decision to take a day job.
What do you think?
Mon, 5 May 2008
For this week's podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gary Schoeniger, founder of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative.
Gary has a really interesting story -- from dead broke desperate handyman to successful entrepreneur.
Over the last 15 years, he has interviewed hundreds of successful
entrepreneurs to discover which skills are critical for starting and
running a business. Many are not what you think.
My favorite advice from the interview:
I like that Gary's views make me think. I have been in "do what you love (and work and work and work and work) and the money will follow" mode for so long that the "problem/solution" model was very intriguing.