Build Your House On Value

Common advice I used to always receive is to network and be a connector. While that’s a good way to come up, it’s not stable by itself. Its shaky, like a house of cards. I think networks are definitely important, but creating some form of value as a foundation to build your success “house” on is even better.

Value doesn’t catch feelings, value can’t stab you in the back, value can’t just decide it doesn’t like you anymore, in other words value isn’t human. If you build a house based on connections alone, you can go very far, but one card can cause the whole house to collapse. Then what do you have to fall on? Read more >>

How To Hustle Content Like A Movie Theater

This post originally appeared on The Phat Startup a while back. I thought it was still relevant, given the heavy focus on content all brands are now pushing towards. So, time to give it new life!

I had a great conversation with The Phat Startup co-founder James Lopez about Jay-Z’s ownership with the Nets. There were people criticizing him as if his position with the ownership club didn’t mean anything financially. Well, they were wrong. Jay has pulled a classic move that we jokingly coined the “movie theater hustle.” Give away the movie for little or nothing, and just make money selling the popcorn. Even though we were kidding around, its really a unique analogy for delivering value. Read more >>

Faith Without Works Is Dead

I’m as patient as they come, but sometimes when something clicks in me I ask myself “damn, why couldn’t I have figured this out earlier?” But I accept the way life comes, because everything surely does happen for a reason. Lately I been somewhat addicted to James Altucher blogs and Jim Rohn audio tapes. I connect with them. They come from places where I have been, and even where i’m currently at mentally, physically, and even financially. To “choose yourself” as James would say is to not let the world put you in the rat race, and to take hold of your destination. You can’t just say it, you need a daily practice that stimulates you mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Read more >>

5 Sites To Create a Landing Page For Non-Coders

5 Sites To Create a Landing Page For Non-Coders

Every year is a big “learn how to code” year. I still believe it’s important to learn how to code, but now it’s far from being a reason not to start something. I feel like creating a landing page is a great way to start validating an idea. I emphasize ‘start validating’ because some people get stuck at this stage, and depending on your product it may not provide enough validated learning. A landing page is not a MVP, its one of many things you can do. When teaching people these strategies, I always get the “I can’t code” or “don’t know where to start” push back. So I compiled 5 websites that can get you a landing page up and running in a hour or incredibly less. Read more >>

What Startup Communities Can Learn From The Black Wall Street

What Startup Communities Can Learn From The Black Wall Street

Update: This post actually turned into a Ted Talk. Watch above.

It’s almost common language in the tech community now that you don’t need Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs are taking a different route by creating the community they dream to be part of, right where they live. I’m aiming to do this with Newark, NJ. Using examples from those such as Brad Feld, Tony Hsieh, and of course history.

In 1906 a wealthy African American named O.W. Gurley moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in hopes of buying some new land. He successfully acquired 40 acres and started one of the most unknown business movements in American history with the new Greenwood district. I invite you to read up on it. I want to focus on how they grew. Read more >>

Here Is Why You Will Fail

A few months ago I saw my startup die. I worked hard and long hours putting together specs, building, marketing, and sweating with my co-founders and it just ended up not working out. When I began working on this project I made a few first time entrepreneur mistakes, especially dealing with angel investors. But the worst mistake of all was working with people who weren’t as passionate about the idea as me.

I heard Amos Windbush speak last night and he had a quote that every entrepreneur should know. “There two types of people. Those that gain you energy, and those that drain your energy.” Read more >>

You Are What You Eat, And You Are Who You Follow

We live in a media heavy world filled with distractions galore. Instead of  the limited options of TV and Radio, the internet has given people more freedom over what media they want to consume. Theres just so much information available in today’s world, its like a menu at a restaurant.

What are you eating today?

Instead of going all over the place I want to focus on Twitter. Twitter I would say is my favorite social network. I don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers, I don’t even really tweet as much as I personally would like to. But Twitter gives me access to smart people. And most importantly it gives smart and connected people access to me. I’m 90% sure your reading this post after clicking on it through Twitter. Read more >>