At What Point Should a Student Entrepreneur Drop Out?


Every student studying entrepreneurship MUST start their own company while in school. Hands down. No question about it. There is no way to learn the skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur, except to just do it. Yes. There are a lot of great books every first time founder should read, student or not. Professors who have actually built a company themselves can be a wealth of valid information. However, all of this knowledge has to be hung on a framework of real experience. This just so happens to be my (and many other’s) philosophy for education in all sorts of fields. In the case … [Read more...]

The One Word that Hurts Students the Most

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The single biggest change students can make to move their careers forward quickly is to stop calling themselves students. Being a student often limits what young people think of themselves and their own capabilities. There is an understanding that if you are a student you are only learning, not actually doing. By standard definitions, being a student requires no action. I looked the definition up on Google: Student (n.) - a person who is studying at a school or college. It denotes someone who is studying in order to enter a particular profession. A person who takes an interest in a … [Read more...]

Do the Laundry: Why Mundane Life Tasks Are Important When Building a Startup


You wake up. Grab everything still scattered on your desk from last night and cram it in a bag. You’re probably wearing running shoes with your dress socks. You may or may not have remembered to brush your teeth or eat breakfast. With that, you’re off. On to the next 14 hour day. Again. And again. You’ll try to get as much done as possible. You don’t know when you’ll get home again and your roommate is ready to move out on you because you’re never home during normal hours to give him friendship. Today could include writing copy, sales, talking with that new pilot that’s already having … [Read more...]

Current Education Models Don’t Foster Entrepreneurship

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Last weekend, Three Day Startup came to Nashville and took 37 Vanderbilt students through an intense, three day accelerator. They went from idea, through testing assumptions, customer discovery, business modeling, and finally pitch development, in under three days. One team, was out testing an MVP by hour 26. How’s that for education? Within college classrooms today, business students work with business students. Engineers with engineers. Computer scientists with computer scientists. The current model of learning doesn’t foster entrepreneurship. Collaboration does. Over the past three … [Read more...]

Your Dreams Matter: Start saying “No”


We’re obsessed with getting better. We’re taught to do everything. We feel guilty for not going to that event. We feel guilty for not calling someone back. We feel guilty for not doing that favor. Serving others is great. I know, give before you get, right? Cool. That’s great. But not when it leaves you no time to crush it on your own work. When’s the last time you carved out a few hours for YOUR THING? Do you even have a side project right now? Is there a block of time on your calender in the next two months to take action on your dream? Say no. Be selfish with your time. … [Read more...]

Malcolm Gladwell at Belmont University

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This past Friday, Malcolm Gladwell spoke at Belmont University for a leadership breakfast. Fortunately for me, a group of students was allowed in. A few of you asked on Twitter, so here are a few notes from the talk. At the bottom you can find links to other articles written from last week and a TED Talk Malcolm did a while ago. Malcolm Gladwell has been speaking on legitimacy and how, when a person or group of people feel that their legitimacy has been challenged, it will drive people to fight. Anger is a direct result of feeling illegitimate, and depending on the person, that anger can … [Read more...]

Deavor Opens Community-Centric Coworking Space in Nashville


Deavor has been in the works for months, quietly preparing to launch their own brand of coworking into the growing Nashville market. With the aim of creating a family of digital creatives, true friends working together and supporting one another, Deavor will be application only (opening next week). As they grew, molded their plan, and made decisions, they didn’t share much. Deavor’s website andsocial media were full of cryptic messages and out of focus images that left us wanting more. This week, they are letting it all out of the bag with a launch party Thursday, January 16. [View Original … [Read more...]

10 DOs to Do on OKDOTHIS During Thanksgiving Travels


Yesterday afternoon, Jeremy Cowart launched his much-anticipated iPhone photo sharing app, OKDOTHIS. And when I say “much-anticipated,” I mean it. At just over one day post-launch, the app is already #4 in the Top Paid Apps on Apple’s App Store. Cowart has worked around the world as a photographer since 2005. He has been developing the ideas behind OKDOTHIS in his mind for years and finally brought it to Nashville-based mobile app developer, Aloompa. Together, the team spent over a year developing what you can now explore. [View Original Post...] … [Read more...]

Google Glass and Wearable Tech with Dr. Syb


Last week Google released the Glass Developer Kit and then this weekend released the Glass Mirror API. With these two releases, development for Glass is ramping up. Wanting to learn more about the exciting future of wearable tech, I recently met with Dr. Sybril Bennett. In addition to being an early Google Glass Explorer, Dr. Syb speaks internationally and is a Professor at Belmont University where she helped develop the New Century Journalism program. This summer, she released her book, “Innovate: Lessons from the Underground Railroad,” in which she uses the Underground Railroad to … [Read more...]

The Winners of the 2013 NEXT Awards


Last night, The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center hosted the 2013 NEXT Awards at the Music City Center to celebrate the top entrepreneurial successes this past year. Hearing the stories of so many upcoming startups was inspiring and encouraging. Michael Burcham, the CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, knows what drives a thriving city and made a point to thank all of the nominees for their work in making Nashville the growing city that it is. [View Original Post...] … [Read more...]