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    Reading for Entrepreneurs: The $100 Startup

    You guys really responded to my previous post, .

    I tried to read this book twice. The first time, it pissed me off. All the talk of easy money and simple steps clashed pretty strongly with my experience, which told me that starting a successful business take a lot of strain and effort. I returned a few years later to finish the book and found it delightful on my second read.

    The thing that convinced me that Chris Guillebeau isn’t out of touch is that he talked with 1500 different entrepreneurs, and their stories are liberally sprinkled throughout the book. It also draws from his own experience. This points to the deep truth that different people can engage in the entrepreneurial process in different ways, with different end results. The way you鸿运彩票新版 think about what you鸿运彩票新版 do matters.

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    The $100 Startup moves the emphasis from investing money toward providing value for customers. Guillebeau also emphasizes action over planning, which dovetails nicely with the Lean Startup methodology discussed over here.

    But my favorite part of is the stories of successful entrepreneurs who started with very little money. Like most humans, I love learning through stories, and inspiration is at least an important as content in learning entrepreneurship.

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    Enjoy the reading!

    Social Enterprise Academy

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    Today marked the first day of the Social Enterprise Academy run by the at Fresno Pacific University. I’ve been privileged to get to work on this project as a writer, an entrepreneurship advisor, mentor, and instructor. Here are a few photos from the first day, along with some of the resources we used.

    Worksheets

    These worksheets are created and copyrighted by and Strategyzer AG, and used . These are the same team who produced the wonderful book.

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    • – More screening for ideas about customer pains.
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    Here are my slides from today’s presentation:

    Thanks to everyone who joined us today! Please let me know if there are questions I can answer or additional resources I can add. I look forward to 3 more good sessions!