Yet another small percentage of your life will be used up.

“Every time you say yes to something you don’t want to do, this will happen: you will resent people, you will do a bad job, you will have less energy for the things you were doing a good job on, you will make less money, and yet another small percentage of your life will be used up, burned up, a smoke signal to the future saying, ‘I did it again.’”

– James Altucher, Choose Yourself

Convert Ideas to Actions

Every competitive sports team does this thing called, “practicing.”

Instead of just playing a lot of games, they actually get together outside of their games to practice things. And, they don’t just just their practice times to play more games. Instead, they break down the fundamentals of the game, create drills to improve those core sills, and practice them. Over and over and over.

This is the thing I can’t get out of my head right now: break down ideas into drills. I don’t want to teach people ideas. I want to coach people through drills.

AKA – Why I would rather invest in #MNTech

There are some great things about the bay area. But most of those great things can be experienced or gained simply by flying in and flying back out. I would much rather invest my time and energy into growing the startup community in the TwinCities than deal with things like above.

todo: Update LinkedIn Profile

Even though I recently complained about LinkedIn breaking some of their core functionality, I still believe LinkedIn is a valuable platform.

Now that I’ve sold my most recent company, it is time to update my profile to focus on The Next Thing.

My buddy Chris Brogan has recently shared some good tips on creating the best profile, so I’ll be digging through these for some advice:

In the comments, Jeffrey pointed me to some other good resources:

Do you have any secret tips, or other resources you like?

The MN Startup Community Is Coming Along Nicely

First, I found this story on Minnesota Business by Peter Kane:

“Someone needs to say it: the Twin Cities has a dramatic gap between perceived ability and actual ability to support early stage startups. The lack of startup support structure is letting down an entire generation.”


I would like to be surprised, but I’m not. I am more than willing to fully embrace my disappointment however. But, over the past 8 years I have been more a part of the problem, than the solution. I’m one of those Minnesota entrepreneurs who left the midwest for the ‘glory land’ of San Francisco. I am not going to lie, I did learn a ton by being smack dab in the middle of silicon valley. But, before I left MN, I gathered a ton of folks from the community for a little come to Jesus meeting back in 2008. I feel like we had a good discussion about what was needed to build stronger community and support for entrepreneurs in this city: co-working, conversations around lean principles, more early-stage funding, and a healthier willingness to share what we were working on (rather than keeping everything so close to the vest).

Is the community perfect? No. But, I just moved back to town, and plan on being here for a long time. And over the past 8 years, I can tell you that things ARE getting better. Now, when I look around I see a THRIVING co-working scene, a saturation of understanding and actual practice of lean approach (vs watterfall and build the whole thing before you launch), a much bigger number of angels and seed funds, and many many more local startups.

I get where you are coming from Peter. And I completely agree that there is so much more we can accomplish and strive for as a community. But, these things take time. And, I would hate for us to forget how far we have already come in such a short time.”

Then, I found another response to this story over on by Jeff Pesek


I agree with you that the solution to these frustrations will come from *doing* rather than *complaining.*

But, the intensity of your response leave me feeling like you don’t believe the community needs to do a better job of supporting one another, encouraging one another, and struggling with one another. Maybe that wasn’t your intention, but it is what I absorbed. And, if I were a first-time entrepreneur, and I read your advice to me, I would assume that I should just shut-up until I’ve accomplished something big, don’t ask for help, and don’t admit publicly that I am struggling and need some help. Which to me perfectly describes the biggest hurdle this community needs to overcome to ‘level up’ to the next stage.

I suspect that these two articles describe the two extremes of the current culture in MN startup community, and the healthy reality is somewhere in the middle.

I can’t tell everyone else what to do, but I can tell you what I am doing, and hope to do more of:

  • Dive deeper into the community and get to know more people who are in the arena trying to build something from nothing
  • Share my own struggles and dreams with more people, being as honest as possible about the joys and deep-pains of being an entrepreneur
  • Seek out individual people and the watering holes where people gather to reach out and lend a helping hand to fellow entrepreneurs
  • Share as many lessons-learned as possible so that others can learn from my mistakes and discoveries at scale, hopefully resulting in a ‘rising tides float all boats’ here in MN”

Anybody want to join me?

How I use Kapuno

TL;DR – Finally, a place to have meaningful conversations within a community.

Pretty much the only reason I blog is because I want to have meaningful conversation with people. Something that sits outside of all the social networks with all their noise, ads, and filter issues. They are great a collecting a ton of people, but they aren’t great (most of the time) for having meaningful conversations. Either they are so noisy and huge that I can’t expect real people to ever see the things I share, or they have so many ads and other noise that I can’t find the people I want to start conversations with. So, I blog and just share links out to those other networks. But, few people actually make it all the way through to the comments and jump in. They’re more likely to just like or favorite the link and keep scrolling.

Kapuno changes all of this. The focus is on conversations, instead of “publishing.” The communities of people are self-selected as actually interested in the topic, so they are entirely more likely to jump into the conversation. More things are relevant because deep conversations aren’t scattered between random links, baby pictures, and videos of hate crimes. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, ever since I started blogging in 1998.

I don’t have a general answer to how I use Kapuno. Since conversations are happening within different communities, each community is different. So, in some communities I am much more likely to start a conversation by sharing multiple links to resources, pulling out what is most interesting to me, and then asking some questions. In other communities, I am more likely to begin with a big question and chat through the options. Others are just silly and chatty.

More “How I Use”: