What’s it like going from submarines to SEO?
Aaron Wall went from the corn fields of Illinois to the big city of Oakland, CA. In-between he discovered the military wasn’t for him, self imposed bland routines are better than those imposed by others, and having multiple irons in the fire is a good thing.
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What’s it like being a software entrepreneur?
Although you might think he’s stuck in Fresno, Rob Walling actually lives there on purpose. From his home office that overlooks a Koi pond and waterfall, he runs 8–9 online businesses, and more are on the way. It’s not the money or the fame. Starting businesses is who he is.
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What’s it like podcasting & teaching marketing?
Jason VanOrden is a cubicle escape artist who teaches others to escape too. His path went from a degree in engineering and guitar, to real estate investor (ala Rich Dad Poor Dad) to podcasting and content marketing.
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What’s it like teaching content marketing?
Joe Pulizzi knows how content marketing can help your business. This is the story of an educated man who more than just book learnin’. He follows the example of John Deer: if you want to sell a plow, teach someone how to use it.
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What’s it like making a living online?
I don’t often use “effervescent” to describe someone but it’s the perfect term for Farnoosh Brock. She is refreshing, bubbly, and always in motion. This is the story of a girl forced to leave her homeland, her friends and even her pet dog. A two week holiday turned into a life-long adventure.
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What’s it like creating a start-up?
Not many people can say they grew up in Boulder, and lived down the street from Anthony Robbins. And not many can head a fast growing start-up company. But Jud Valeski has been spent most of his life living in Boulder, being inspired and running companies. As a child, he discovered that having a business was easier than conforming to the structure of school. Now, as head of Gnip (ping spelled backwards), Jud thrives on the contrasts of bicycling to work and spending the day mentally jumping between daily “fires” of activity.
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What’s it like being a designer?
This is the story of a boy from Milan, Italy who grew up to be a designer and then moved to…Minnesota? Mauro (au is aw, and remember to roll the r) Porcini (pore chee knee) is great fun. He’s smart, talented and learned to speak English in Ireland.
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What’s it like combining engineering and computers?
Bill Storage studied engineering and now uses that knowledge base to solve business problems. He leads his clients through a process that identifies issues, specifies solutions and automates procedures. Bill makes a good case for being a generalist.
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What’s it like being a venture capitalist?
This is the kind of success that it easy to replicate. First, start from a good base. Make sure your Dad is a doctor and your Mom is an artist. Then have your uncle teach you the ropes of business and tech. For college, go to MIT. Then sell your first company at the age of 28, take some on your money (and money from other folk) and invest it in new companies. You’ll have great fun, meet lots of interesting people, and get to live in Boulder, CO. At least that’s how it worked for Brad Feld. Your mileage may vary.
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What’s it like to start a company from scratch?
Aaron Fulkerson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but now lives in San Diego. So he’s a west coast guy who went to school in N. Carolina. His grandfather introduced him to a wide range of philosophical ideas. But instead of becoming a philosopher, Aaron got excited about computers. He boot-strapped his company which now successfully helps other companies manage their corporate knowledge base.
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