When David Bowie died earlier this year, it hit me hard. I remember telling my wife that the only artist whose death could get to me more would be Prince.
She laughed and said, “Prince will so outlive you.” She was wrong – Prince Rogers Nelson passed away today at the age of 57.
It’s tough when your heroes start dying. And in the general sense, this is simply a massive loss – the word genius is too small to describe Prince’s musical talent.
Anyway, you might have guessed this isn’t what I was planning to write to lead off this isssue. It’s a bit ironic to me that I interviewed Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void earlier today (for next week) as an intentional move to include commercial artists within the Unemployable ranks of freelancers and entrepreneurs.
The episode with Hugh is a precursor to a conversation I had recently with perhaps my last remaining hero – Henry Rollins. You’ll hear that episode as the season two finale in May.
We’ve got two great episodes of the show below, plus 8 other useful resources. I hope you enjoy.
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The Dark Side of Scale
In this episode, you’ll hear about our own philosophical struggles with whether Rainmaker Digital should “go big or go home,” and what we’ve decided at this point. Plus, a special appearance by Seth Godin.
How to Turn a Personal Liability into an Entrepreneurial Asset
A month or so ago, we discussed the idea that entrepreneurs may have afflictions that counterintuitively help them succeed. Today, we’ll hear about a very specific example of that via Peter Shankman, who has ADHD. He’s learned how to succeed with it, and even because of it.
This article is the perfect companion to the The Dark Side of Scale episode. Simply replace “wife” with husband, life partner, children … as applicable.
Turn On the Video
Video is a powerful storytelling medium: Not only can it serve as a prime proving ground for your business’ promotional campaigns, influential ideas, and experimental content efforts, video’s emotionally resonant combination of sound, motion, and visuals can also help you drive deeper, more satisfying relationships between your brand and its audience.
Google Calendar’s latest feature can help you find time for the activities you want to do that always seem to fall by the wayside.
A nice slide deck covering ways to prioritize the many aspects of the product development process.
It’s not scale, it’s S.C.A.L.E. — an operational process that makes your life better instead of worse.
Survey Says …
How important are customer surveys? Peter Drucker’s old saying comes to mind: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” There are two important parts to a customer survey that are covered in this article.
Lending a Helping Hand
Money is the lifeblood of every small business, so having access to funding when you need it can make or break your situation. Figuring out precisely which loan—and which lender—best suits the needs of your business is vital if you want to stay competitive.
Intellectual property is often a company’s most valuable asset, and you should plan ahead and consider all of their IP protection options. The best method will vary depending on the idea and your company’s structure and value proposition.
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