entrepreneurship

Imminent Death? Or Ultimate Growth Hack?

When people want examples of amazing growth hacks, they usually reference tech companies. Some of the canonical growth hacking stories come from Airbnb, Dropbox, and the classic example of Hotmail adding “Get your free email at Hotmail” tagline to the end of every email. Sure, those are all good examples of growth hacking, but I’ve […]

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5 Tips On How To Ask For An Introduction

Having survived as a founder in the tech startup world for a decade, I’ve met lots of fellow “industry folk.” Being a dutiful founder, I’ve connected with most of them on LinkedIn. As a result, while I’m by no means a tech industry goliath, on LinkedIn I show up as a second degree connection to […]

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How Young Entrepreneurs Can Find World Changing Ideas

As someone who teaches in an entrepreneurship program, I spend lots of time talking with my students about how to come up with ideas for products and companies. Personally, when assessing the potential of a company, I don’t prioritize ideas or products. I believe the most important indicator of success is a company’s approach to […]

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The Two-Letter Word That Will Kill Your Startup

As a young entrepreneur, I remember calculating the market opportunity for multiple startup ideas using some formulation of the following “back-of-the-envelope” math: The market has X-many-millions of people. So, if I only capture Y-tiny-percent of that market, I’m going to have Z-ridiculous-amount of money. Luckily, I advanced beyond that kind of flawed thinking fairly quickly. […]

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  • Dear @dukeinnovation students... pay no attention to the tiger on the chalkboard behind you. #nothingtoseehere #grr
  • Today, the @southwestair Twitter account shared some valuable wisdom with my @dukeinnovation #socialmediamarketing class. I couldn’t agree more 😁
  • Founder of @thestartupfactory and one of my first business mentors, @davenealnc, stopped by the @dukeinnovation Capstone class to discuss #venturecapital and why the #researchtriangle is a great place to build a #startup.
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#entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #startups #startupstories #venturecapitalist #innovation #researchtrianglepark #rtp
  • When Bill Aulet, author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship and managing director of @eshipmit swings by Durham for a day, you cancel your lesson plan and convince him to guest lecture in your @dukeinnovation #entrepreneurship capstone class 😁
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#entrepreneur #startup #startups #entrepreneurlife #startuplife #innovation #business #guestlecture #disciplinedentrepreneurship
  • Lucky to have @youtube #tech personality, #entrepreneur, and #startup founder @matt_schaefer_ swing by my #socialmediamarketing class today to talk about strategies for building audiences online.
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#videomarketing, #influencermarketing, #startups, #entrepreneurship, #marketing, #fearthealgorithm
  • Thanks to Bill Walker, founder of #medtech startup Hemosonics and @dukeengineering director of #entrepreneurship, for speaking with my @dukeinnovation capstone class.
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#entrepreneurship #startup #startups #innovation #inspirationalquotes #knowledgebomb
  • In today’s #socialmediamarketing class for @dukeinnovation, I agreed to give students extra credit if they could convince any celebrities to follow them on Twitter. One of my students was a bit more successful than I’d expected 😳
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#entrepreneur #innovation #startup #marketing #hustle #impressive
  • Giving a 3 hour lecture to a wonderful group of Chinese students from Yangtze University visiting @dukeuniversity. We’ll be taking about #marketing #sales #startups #entrepreneurship  #innovation #socialmediamarketing and lots of other stuff that’ll probably put them to sleep. 😴.
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P.S. It’s really hot in this room and we’re all sweating.
  • ‪“In a business, you can hire to solve almost any problem, but nobody can replace discovering the problem and finding the path toward solving it. That’s what an entrepreneur does.” ‬- Sam Fox, a brilliant young #entrepreneur and @dukeuniversity alum who came back to talk with my @dukeinnovation capstone class about his journey into healthcare innovation.
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#entrepreneur #startup #innovation #healthtech #healthcare #guestspeaker
  • Some #boomerang shots from the first day of classes including the first failure challenge of the year: a one hour game of tic tac toe with students, faculty, and staff from across @dukeuniversity. Because why not? 🤷‍♂️
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A special thanks to my new partner in #failure, @star.gould, for jumping in as my #learningtofail co-teacher. It’s going to be a fun semester.
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#startup #startups #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #innovation #highereducation #highered
  • Torturing my @dukeinnovation #socialmediamarketing students because it’s the #firstdayofschool at @dukeuniversity 😈🤑🤐
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#innovation #entrepreneur #marketing #mystudentshateme
  • Snuck into the back of today’s @dukefuqua Program for Entrepreneurs kickoff event. Maybe if I attend enough classes I can convince someone to give me a free #MBA 😁
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#p4e #entrepreneur #startup #entrepreneurlife #freeMBA

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