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Ten years ago today I set up a TypePad account and started writing online. That first post was not much, other than the start of a habit that has transformed my life and my career. The early years were all over the place. I would write about the music I was listening to, the places I was visiting, my family, and increasingly my work. Some of you were there at the start and when I see you show up in the comments now it brings a smile to my face. You know who you are and I am most appreciative of your commitment.

Ask The VC February 2, 2010 1:11 PM Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues. Jill Bowman is a great person and her blog is not only informative, but is also written in her voice, not legalese. (Her husband says it’s too “girly” but I totally disagree). Jill promises to dish on IP “train wrecks” (her words) that she’s seen over the past decade and hopefully her wisdom can save some folks future headaches. She also promises to talk about costs savings in IP controversies and expose how some big firms are ripping off their clients.

How to Change the World Amazon start selling the paperback edition of my latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. APE explains how to publish a book by breaking the process down into three stages: Author explains how to write a book. How to Change the World Amazon start selling the paperback edition of my latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. APE explains how to publish a book by breaking the process down into three stages: Author explains how to write a book. Publisher explains how to produce both ebooks and printed books.Entrepreneur explains how to market and sell your book with an emphasis on social media. You can order APE here: There are 204 Amazon reviews for it: 181 five stars, 21 four stars, and 2 three stars which averages to five stars!

Strategic Thinking « The Whole Brain® Blog Thinking Agility Webcast Available for On-Demand Viewing If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our Newsletter. Thank you for visiting the Whole Brain® Blog. Ann Herrmann-Nehdi’s July 13th webcast, Getting More Done With Less: 4 Steps to Building Your Thinking Agility, is now available for on-demand viewing for members. Ann reveals how you can apply what we know about thinking and the brain to better “see around corners” and harness the full brainpower available—your own as well as others’—to meet today’s mental demands while maintaining a more strategic mindset. Here’s what people are saying about the presentation:

10 Things You Can Do Now That You’ll Thank Yourself for Later If you looked back on your life five years from now, would you feel satisfied? Ask yourself this important question today, and remember that the decisions you make in the present consciously create the reality you experience down the road. If you just go through the motions and live for the weekends right now, you can always make gradual changes in order to thrive, not just survive. Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing Indoor Location and Positioning will be huge! Apple recently acquired WifiSlam for its indoor mapping and positioning technology. Why? Because we spend most of our time indoors, working, shopping, eating, at the mall, at the office, on campus, etc. Google already has Indoor Maps for many airports and shopping malls. The race is on.

10 Optimistic and Inspiring Quotes Life is filled with difficulties. How we confront our challenges is precisely what makes us great. Nobody ever reached greatness on a silver platter. Tony Robbins: 6 Basic Needs That Make Us Tick LinkedIn Influencer, Tony Robbins, published this post originally on LinkedIn. I've seen it a million times--people can equate their net worth with their self worth. Their identity is married so deeply to their bank statements and quarterly portfolio reports that they’ve forgotten that money is simply a vehicle for trying to meet our needs, almost all of which are not financial. We're all familiar with the cliche that money cannot buy happiness, but I'm convinced that almost everybody has to learn that lesson the hard way because let's face it; the idea of having enough money to throw at your problems until they're solved is a seductive impulse.

5 Things You'll Never Hear From a Successful Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, from a great diversity of backgrounds and with a great diversity of different philosophies and approaches. This is evident in the spread of company cultures and growth trajectories among startups. Considering this, if you ask 10 entrepreneurs what the most important factors for entrepreneurial success are, you’ll probably get 10 different answers. Related: Please Stop Saying These Ridiculous Phrases at Work Nevertheless, there are fundamental qualities that almost every successful entrepreneur shares in common.

Eccentric Habits of 8 Geniuses That Make You Smarter There’s a fascinating link between geniuses and eccentric behavior. Einstein picked cigarette butts off the street and used the tobacco for his pipe; Benjamin Franklin sat naked in front of a window every morning and let the air circulate over his body. He called it an “air bath”. Their eccentricity isn’t completely without explanation; there are mental benefits behind some of their madness. Here are eight quirky habits from geniuses that will make you smarter: 1.

Want to Build a Big National Brand? Here's Advice From a Founder Who's Done It Twice. (This post is part of a series about the founders of some great American brands. You may want to check out previous posts about the founder of Dunkin' Donuts, and the founder of Under Armour. Got a suggestion about which company I should do next? Contact me here.) Ron Shaich was a college student in the 1970s, when the management at a local convenience store accused him unfairly of shoplifting.

Five character traits every entrepreneur should avoid Go through the list of the five traits below and ask yourself if you embody any of them. Be honest and willing to take a deep look at yourself so you can work through the habits that could be standing in the way of building a growing enterprise. 1. Doer