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Over 400 video, audio and narrative stories from new venture entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs inside. Use the controls in the right sidebar to sort by entrepreneur type or entrepreneur experience element; or, add demographic filters to refine your results.

Jimmy

Jimmy found it was too hard to run his companies on his own.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy found it was too hard to run his companies on his own.

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Janis

Janis on the role of mentors to make up gaps in experience.

Janis

Founder and Managing Partner, Paladin Partners

Janis on the role of mentors to make up gaps in experience.

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Calvin

Calvin describes their role within the organization.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin describes their role within the organization.

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Pete

Pete lost an important contract, and was crushed. He then got more aggressive with his marketing and pitching.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete lost an important contract, and was crushed. He then got more aggressive with his marketing and pitching. He reframed that failure as a learning opportunity.

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Mary

Mary talks about the idea contest winners and how their roles have shifted.

Mary

Senior Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Mary talks about the idea contest winners and how their roles have shifted.

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Lance

To get funding, Lance believes many people have to go to certain areas nationally to have a chance.

Lance

Startup Catalyst, Atlanta Tech Development Center (ATDC)

To get funding, Lance believes many people have to go to certain areas nationally to have a chance.

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Kamal

Kamal was an expert baker, but when it came the running a business he learned everything on the job.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Kamal was an expert baker, but when it came the running a business he learned everything on the job.

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Kevin

Kevin stumbled into entrepreneurship after he had a great project.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

Kevin stumbled into entrepreneurship after he had a great project.

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Kevin

Kevin believes the culture is really supportive of entrepreneurship.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

Kevin believes the culture is really supportive of entrepreneurship.

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Matt

Matt's experiences have always followed a complex path.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt's experiences have always followed a complex path.

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Mark

Mark explains that because there aren't a lot of visible entrepreneurs, people don't understand it.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark explains that because there aren't a lot of visible entrepreneurs, people don't understand it.

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Startup Chicks

Pivoting is an inevitable part of entrepreneurship and you need to be ready for it.

Startup Chicks

Pivoting is an inevitable part of entrepreneurship and you need to be ready for it.

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Ed

Ed always looks for opportunities to increase chance of buy-in from others.

Always look for opportunities and always consider meeting someone, as an opportunity to gain buy-in, or an opportunity for future collaboration. I would never close any door and wouldn't deny inviting any kind of social capital into the project or long run. An interaction or event may not be useful for your business, but could potentially be useful for your larger organization's business.

Ed

Research Analyst, Higher Education, Coalition

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Jessica

Jess talks about pitching a 6-month working sabbatical to her boss.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about pitching a 6-month working sabbatical to her boss, and stepping into a new role.

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Pete

Pete talks about people reaching a point in their career where they want more control and autonomy, and how family business can be restrictive of that.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete talks about people reaching a point in their career where they want more control and autonomy, and how family business can be restrictive of that.

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Hannah

Hannah recalls previous experience helping her current role.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah recalls previous experience helping her current role.

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Christine

Christine talks about having the ability to listen.

The biggest skill is the ability to listen -- not just hear what people tell you, but to read between the lines and understand what they're saying and NOT saying.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Jamien

Jamien describes "building a table" as a model to best help an organization.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien describes "building a table" as a model to best help an organization.

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Kevin

Kevin pursued entrepreneurship to create "generational wealth."

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

Kevin pursued entrepreneurship to create "generational wealth."

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Joe

Joe says that people unlike you in the organization are essential.

The folks who have less intrapreneurial capacity are essential, in part because the cooperatives their full time jobs are at are some of the businesses that can best offer templates for start-ups and prove the concept of the successful, large, worker cooperative. Having those folks as network members means having access to advice and advising from sources that we'd be negligent to do without. Their membership also increases our legitimacy. Some great complementary teamwork in providing technical assistance has come from having a network member with lots of intrapreneurial energy work with one whose capacity more tied up in their home cooperative.

Joe

Co-op organizer/Tech. assistant, Worker Co-op network

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Danielle

Danielle discusses getting people to buy-in to her vision.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle discusses getting people to buy-in to her vision.

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Bijoy

Bijoy compares bootstrapping versus traditional funding models.

Bijoy

Founder, Bootstrap Austin

Bijoy compares bootstrapping versus traditional funding models.

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Hannah

Hannah discusses bouncing ideas off of a friend with organizational knowledge.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah discusses bouncing ideas off of a friend with organizational knowledge.

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Jonah

Jonah describes co-ops as a catalyst for creativity.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah describes co-ops as a catalyst for creativity.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about helping others find what speaks to them.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about helping others find what speaks to them.

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Emily

Emily writes about collective ownership.

The ideal idea space for me is where an individual can bring an idea to a group, the group takes ownership, and action is delegated collectively. This is the ideal. One of my main goals as an intrapreneur - and as someone who has said "it takes less than three people to start a cooperative, more than three will only start a conversation" - is to create spaces that empower people to take and facilitate action in a collective manner. Accountability and shared work are key. It is so hard to work collaboratively in hierarchical systems, it is so hard to work collaboratively in flat work structures that don't have the proper vehicles or language for working together. And, most importantly, it is so hard for people to work collaboratively having come of age and started working in social and business cultures driven by personal interest - instead of that of community.

Emily

Exec. Dir., Co-op support and education, Nonprofit

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Rachel

Rachel talks about pushing change in an organization.

Leadership is about pushing a change process along at a rate that others can tolerate. In order to even start making progress, as an intrapreneur, you first have to sow seeds of discontent and get people to be able to see the world through your lens.

Rachel

Rabbi/Founder, Religious org.

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Adam

Adam talks about working inside a hierarchy.

Hierarchy is often about comfort for the few. Question why you have it and make sure its functional to achieve agreed upon goals. The more the spirit of being colleagues and less of being bosses and employees exists the better.

Adam

Exec. Dir., Self-organizing

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Rich

Rich learned that you have to keep your story simple, especially when pitching to different audiences.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich learned that you have to keep your story simple, especially when pitching to different audiences.

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Karen

Karen writes about her technique in presenting her ideas to others.

When I meet with [my boss], I know that if what I am asking for requires money, unless I come armed with an idea of how to get that money, he does not listen. He generally gets defensive. So when other faculty or staff ask for advice on how to approach him, this is one of the things I tell them. Always come armed with a solution to the issue you are addressing. I think lots of folks come to him and say "we need to do such and such" and we need this much money. Since times are tough, it just puts more of a burden on him as a fundraiser. I find that if I solve the problem for him, there is a much better chance of him listening. This works with most folks by the way, who are responsible for paying for your idea. If you can also save them money, your suggestion just might be a shoe-in.

So, the moral of the story so to speak is know what you are getting into. Do your research and find out what they are thinking or how they react to proposals before you set up a meeting if you can. Even if you have no access, going in without a demand is a better strategy. If you start with I think I can help solve a problem, they might listen.

Karen

Owner/Artist & Professor, Nonprofit

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Doug

Doug talks about having to transition to a mindset of being a serial entrepreneur.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug talks about having to transition to a mindset of being a serial entrepreneur, and looking for the next best idea.

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Meg

Meg talks about bootstrapping early on, and the network she utilized at that time. hug virtual network of people working with her.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg talks about bootstrapping early on, and hugging the virtual network of people working with her.

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Calvin

Calvin discusses how opposition comes when implementing an idea.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin discusses how opposition comes when implementing an idea.

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Tom

Tom gives his definition of social entrepreneurship.

Tom

Founder, Good Measure Meals

Tom gives his definition of social entrepreneurship.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about making members to become translators.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about making members to become translators, to keep church relevant in people's lives.

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Steve

Steve talks about early opposition.

Steve

Innovation Network Director, Corporation

Steve talks about early opposition.

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Rob

Rob never seems to have enough time in his day.

I typically have dozens of projects going on at once. We work in a very fast paced open door environment where I never seem to have time - take the time - to put one project folder away before the next project folder appears.
[My unofficial title would be] “Chief Taker On Of Too Many Projects with Too Little Time and Not Enough Ability” or “Director of Believing There Are 42 Hours in a Day”

Rob

Founder/CEO, Bike manufacturing co.

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Rich

Rich talks about trying to find an entrepreneurial community to join.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich talks about trying to find an entrepreneurial community to join.

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Diane

Diane talks about the democratization of funding.

Diane

President & CEO, Communispace

Diane talks about the democratization of funding.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about bringing out the "work at the center."

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about bringing out the "work at the center."

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Kamal

Building and retaining a solid team is one of the toughest parts of running a small business.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Building and retaining a solid team is one of the toughest parts of running a small business.

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Calvin

Calvin talks about providing an outlet for people to contribute new thinking.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin talks about providing an outlet for people to contribute new thinking.

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Scott

Scott talks about risks of being in his position within an organization.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about risks of being in his position within an organization.

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Melissa

Melissa's take on acting entrepreneurially in an organization.

Early on, I think I viewed intrapreneurship as a form of rebellion (which was appealing to me), and I was both ready to fight for it and always looking for the mentors who would help me in this fight. As I get older and move more toward the inside of my organization(s) I find a few things: (1) my peer group is less clear and the solidarity I felt with the younger/newer/fighters is less present and natural (2) more vision is demanded of me on a daily basis and some of my ideas are actually listened to, (3) I'm in a position to receive and encourage other people's intrapreneurial energy, and (4) I'm finding it a little challenging to switch modes and keep pushing and stay open in this new set of circumstances.

Melissa

Dev. & Support, Co-op Member

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Patty

Patty describes her organization's shift in culture.

We've really shifted to people who are taking responsibility, who are taking ownership, who are figuring out better ways to do things, who are asking more challenging questions of each other.  So that's really where I see the difference - that level of responsibility that you take not just for executing what's in front of you, but for the entire enterprise.  The level of interest and connect that you feel to our overall mission and how you fit into that.

Patty

Comm. & Dev. Director, Nonprofit

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Jeff

Jeff explains his process of building a market.

I like to collaborate with people who are passionate about the cause. However, there can often be too many cooks in the kitchen. So, I like to do a lot of work beforehand to establish a foundation and give the project direction before seeking out some help from a manager whom I'm close with who usually point towards others who might be interested in the project.

Jeff

Social Media Project Mgr., Corporation

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Startup Chicks

The differences between SBA type businesses and scalable startups.

Startup Chicks

The differences between SBA type businesses and scalable startups.

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Robin

Robin gives advice on not being afraid to switch jobs.

One thing that I would recommend is to get experience and don't be afraid to change jobs, either within your organization or outside. First, you will learn a lot from each new experience and organization and second, by changing jobs, no one remembers how you may have messed up in the past.

Robin

Sr. Vice President, Investment co.

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Jessica

Jess describes the meeting when she pitched her new role within the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes the meeting when she pitched her new role within the organization.

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Sabrina

As part of an incubator, Sabrina finds lots of learning on the job.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

As part of an incubator, Sabrina finds lots of learning on the job.

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Pam

Pam discusses the ideal employee.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam discusses the ideal employee.

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Janice

Janice talks about people starting ventures out of necessity.

Janice

Director, Jackson County Small Business Incubator

Janice talks about people starting ventures out of necessity after the stock market crash.

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Christine

Christine on operating off the org chart.

I have to work at the edges of my firm to make things happen... I know how to find the best way through the maze to get to the other side, but I also know which boundaries can be crossed and which can't.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Kamal

Telling the story of being a young entrepreneur has been good for Kamal's business.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Telling the story of being a young entrepreneur has been good for Kamal's business.

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Eileen

Eileen wanted to start a business about passion and changing the world.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen wanted to start a business about passion and changing the world.

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Dave

Dave talks about how social capital sidesteps the limitations of place.

Dave

Founder and CEO, TeachStreet

Dave talks about how social capital sidesteps the limitations of place, and how Seattle is a robust area to meet people who want to "start something".

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Jonah

Jonah describes his title within his organization.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah describes his title within his organization.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about skills needed to be successful within his organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about skills needed to be successful within his organization.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about using co-ops as a way to grow local economies.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about using co-ops as a way to grow local economies.

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Pete

Pete had a serendipitous journey in starting his first venture.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete had a serendipitous journey in starting his first venture.

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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan loaned each other money as a way to fund the venture and build trust.

Jacob and Susan

Founders, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan loaned each other money as a way to fund the venture and build trust.

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Janis

Janis talks about the growing prominence of angel investors.

Janis

Founder and Managing Partner, Paladin Partners

Janis talks about the growing prominence of angel investors.

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Brian

Brian talks about the value of Y-Combinator.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian talks about the value of Y-Combinator.

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Jimmy

Jimmy never wanted to work for anyone else, and was influenced by his family to take an entrepreneurial path.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy never wanted to work for anyone else, and was influenced by his family to take an entrepreneurial path.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about her team helping her realize when the timing is right.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about her team helping her realize when the timing is right.

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Rajiv

Learning by doing, and putting something out there is a strategy Rajiv deployed in his business.

Rajiv

Managing Partner, Shape Up the Nation

Learning by doing, and putting something out there is a strategy Rajiv deployed in his business.

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Christine

Christine talks about others in her organization investing in her idea.

[I often seek out] support that requires someone to put a stake in the ground (make a pitch to senior execs, ask for funding, etc.) tend to be where I also need support but this kind of support is harder to come by. Not that people disagree with me or my idea, but that they don't want to be invested themselves. They can't or don't want to be in the line of fire. Those are the times where I need to re-assess and ask if my idea is off, or if I'm communicating it badly, or if the person I need support from isn't going to help for other reasons.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Mark

Mark's current successful venture came from a lot of previous failures.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark's current successful venture came from a lot of previous failures.

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Jessica

Jessica describes her process of socializing an idea.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes her process of socializing an idea.

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Laura

Laura talks about investors disappearing after she wrote the first check.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura talks about investors disappearing after she wrote the first check.

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Hannah

Hannah finds her way of working similar to entrepreneurs, but within an existing framework.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah finds her way of working similar to entrepreneurs, but within an existing framework.

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Mike

Mike talks about the downfall of so many opinions being counteractive towards forward progress.

Mike

Member of Media Working Group, Self-Organizing

Mike talks about the downfall of so many opinions being counteractive towards forward progress.

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Michelle

When Michelle was 15, she knew she wanted to start a business because of her parents.

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

When Michelle was 15, she knew she wanted to start a business because of her parents.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth talk about the importance of leadership, and how it is an "amplification of your voice."

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth talk about the importance of leadership, and how it is an "amplification of your voice."

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Nathaniel

Nathaniel talks about some required skills for entrepreneurs inside.

Compassion, strong listening skills, authentic communication styles are some required resources change agents need when they encounter resistance. Some important questions to ask: What is the resistor really communicating by their actions or lack thereof? What do they need?  How can their strengths feed the change you are proposing? What changes can you make to your plan/model/innovation that accommodates them?

Nathaniel

Ind. Consultant/Strategist, Self-organizing

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Owen

Owen talks about the importance of physical proximity in an entrepreneurial environment.

Owen

Co-Founder, Betaspring

Owen talks about the importance of physical proximity in an entrepreneurial environment.

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Adam

Adam lays out the different options for an intrapreneur.

“If the organization hasn't hired you to create change, and doesn't have an expressed culture of embracing change then I wouldn't recommend putting your energy into. If you are fulfilled by your work otherwise then I would suggest playing it stealth and looking for opportunities where the organization does express it wants to create something new or change and then get yourself in a position or committee to be part of that process. If the organization has hired you to create change but doesn't necessarily have an expressed culture that embraces change, then begin with some education, particularly if this is a place you want to be for more than 2 years. Convene workshops and break people up so that they are in multi-disciplined teams and work them through a design process using rather benign examples that are still exciting but not boring (e.g. you might not want to go right to a hot button issue that you see but no one is talking about). Once people are comfortable with the process of creating change, keep engaging them in it through whatever format is appropriate and build allies. What you want here is an alchemical process of transforming culture. Over time the hot button issue you thought needed to be addressed right off might just change itself. And if not, then once you have trust of the process you can go after it. If you are in the same situation but you are hired on a project basis and not planning to be there for more than two years then just go after your designated project as boldly as you want. Have conversations with people about your process and be as transparent as possible so that people can learn through osmosis. And if you are hired to create change by a company with an expressed culture that embraces it, then have fun!” —adam b.

Adam

Exec. Dir., Self-organizing

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Jessica

Jessica describes negotiating with herself.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes negotiating with herself.

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Alex

Alex differentiates between an intrapreneur and entrepreneur.

You have to love the highs enough to put up with the challenges and the failures. The nice thing about being an intrapreneur instead of an entrepreneur is that if your initiative fails, you are more likely to have a soft landing somewhere in the company - but not always.

Alex

Program Dir., Sr. Care Options, Non-profit

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David

David shares what he wishes others to know.

For me, one of the things that has been hardest to develop, and my "wish" for others to know, is "confidence". I'm haunted by the thought that incompetent people don't know they are incompetent and worry that the things I'm focused on are bad ideas, been tried and didn't work, or are duplications of something I didn't understand. It takes both self-awareness and stick-to-itness to balance caution and crazy.

David

Chief Conspirator, Sustainable Biz Network, Self-organizing

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Christine

Christine describes the type of people who are vital to her process.

I seek out people who can think critically. It's tricky -- complaining is easy, but finding people who can both love your idea but tell you all the ways it's a mess AND what to do to fix it are a real gift. I have people like that at work who are close friends and hugely valuable collaborators.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Rachel

Rachel talks about her habits she's had to overcome.

I've become better about handing off tasks to other staff members within the organization. At the beginning, I wanted to hold onto all of the pieces more tightly, but eventually that became impractical. I try to be strategic about what I hold onto and where I rely on others to support me and/or take over the reigns.

Rachel

Rabbi/Founder, Religious org.

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Rich

Rich finds that you have to be careful when taking advice.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich finds that you have to be careful when taking advice.

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Kamal

For Kamal, not trying is worse than trying and failing.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

For Kamal, not trying is worse than trying and failing.

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Matt

Matt talks about roadmaps not being accurate for him, and how the business climate is always shifting.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt talks about roadmaps not being accurate for him, and how the business climate is always shifting.

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Doug

Doug feels that you can't teach entrepreneurship, that you have to learn a lot of it by the seat of your pants.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug feels that you can't teach entrepreneurship, that you have to learn a lot of it by the seat of your pants.

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Doug

Doug had a hard time distinguishing between good and bad advice.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug had a hard time distinguishing between good and bad advice, and ended up diverting from his original business model.

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Laura

Laura explains the lack of resources and capital available to underrepresented groups in areas of low socioeconomic status.

Laura

Venture Executive, EDCO Ventures

Laura explains the lack of resources and capital available to underrepresented groups in areas of low socioeconomic status.

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Jessica

Jessica describes mapping her relationships with people with each project.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes mapping her relationships with people with each project.

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Kerry

Kerry chose to franchise because it offered a little more of a support structure than starting something completely independent.

Kerry

Franchise Owner, Punch Gym

Kerry chose to franchise because it offered a little more of a support structure than starting something completely independent.

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Kevin

Kevin, at a time, didn’t have a mentor that knew that business very well.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

Kevin, at a time, didn’t have a mentor that knew that business very well.

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Kevin

Kevin talks about communities learning from each other.

Kevin

Co-founder, Tech Ranch Austin

Kevin talks about communities learning from each other.

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Jessica

Jess talks about the investments the company had to make in her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about the investments the company had to make in her new role.

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Laura

Laura is only aware of the entrepreneurship resources within her own community.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura is only aware of the entrepreneurship resources within her own community.

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Meg

Meg talks about the importance of community.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg talks about the importance of community; mainly the importance of her investment community.

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Hannah

Hannah talks about various skills she needs to gain as her role continues to grow.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah talks about various skills she needs to gain as her role continues to grow.

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Lara

Lara describes her definition of entrepreneur.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara describes her definition of entrepreneur.

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Amy

Amy talks about other people's perceptions of her.

In previous jobs, I've been fortunate to be with a team of people also looking for opportunity, in my much larger organization today, I like to think that I'm a secret weapon but other times I think I'm just viewed as a naive idealist who doesn't understand the business. Either way, I'm definitely much more valued by those we work with outside my organization, much more so than some of my co-workers.

Amy

Special Projects Manager, Public Transit, Govt. agency

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Jessica

Jess talks about being aligned to the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about being aligned to the organization.

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Dave

Dave talks about the different generations of entrepreneurs reinvesting back into the local community.

Dave

Founder, TeachStreet

In this audio-only interview, Dave talks about the different generations of entrepreneurs reinvesting back into the local community.

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Diane

Diane believes entrepreneurship is the opportunity to build the company you want to work for.

Diane

President & CEO, Communispace

Diane believes entrepreneurship is the opportunity to build the company you want to work for.

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Mike

Mike believes a business has to adapt and change relative with the market.

Mike

Mike believes a business has to adapt and change relative with the market.

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Scott

Scott discusses having to align his personal expectations with the organization's vision.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott discusses having to align his personal expectations with the organization's vision.

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Chris

Chris talks about the types of support he most often seeks out.

Most of the time I need spiritual support. Someone to tell me that I already know the right thing to do or to review the issue with me and give me energy and a kick in the rump. I get gutsy and ask my heroes if they will have lunch with me. I get a thrill and a boost from hanging our with my heroes and having them just listen. It makes me feel like they keep letting me buy them lunch not because they need a free lunch but because I am actually doing things that they of super hero status might find interesting. Then they say stuff and I am over the moon and reminded why I seek them out.

Chris

CEO, Handcrafted shoe mfr., Family business

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Christine

Christine on knowing when the time is right.

I've also put ideas on the backburner for long periods of time and brought them back when the timing seemed more favorable. One idea I'm working on now is something that a colleague proposed in 2009. It's been off and on for a long time, but the idea is too important to drop. And now we're getting some critical mass of support from outside of our team and now it's about making sure we don't lose momentum.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Michael

Michael on the decision to hire Mohan as the business development person.

Michael

President & CEO, Get Ya Learn On (GYLO)

Michael on the decision to hire Mohan as the business development person.

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Jessica

Jess talks about the setup to pitching her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about the setup to pitching her new role.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about finding the right fit within your organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about finding the right fit within your organization.

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Jonah

Jonah discusses a benefit of the co-op model.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah discusses a benefit of the co-op model.

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Amy

Amy explains how she goes into meetings prepared.

[I agree with] ‘always [coming] armed with a solution to the issue you are addressing.' I couldn't agree more. I think the more effort I put into those important meetings beforehand, really thinking through how the conversations will play out. It helps me get to 'yes'. Related, my organization is governed by a Board of Directors, and I have learned the hard way, to never put an issue to a vote, unless I'm positive I know what the outcome will be- it's not quite opposition research, but I think the ability to anticipate is an undervalued skill.

Amy

Special Projects Manager, Public Transit, Govt. agency

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Jonah

Jonah describes the many roles he plays within his ecosystem.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah describes the many roles he plays within his ecosystem.

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Bennett

As an immigrant, Bennett does not have access to many of the social networks and relationships he might otherwise have.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

As an immigrant, Bennett does not have access to many of the social networks and relationships he might otherwise have.

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Brian

Brian's definition of being a founder is someone who can easily switch between many roles.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian's definition of being a founder is someone who can easily switch between many roles.

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Michelle

Michelle talks about business planning resources, and how they don't cater to women entrepreneurs.

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

Michelle talks about business planning resources, and how they don't cater to women entrepreneurs.

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Jimmy

Jimmy started his second business to support his first one.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy started his second business to support his first one.

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Jonah

Jonah wishes he had more formal education before jumping into his co-op.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah wishes he had more formal education before jumping into his co-op.

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RISE Week Expo, Austin

You need people who know what they're doing.

RISE Week Expo, Austin

You need people who know what they're doing.

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Rajiv

Rajiv talks about pivots that happened as a result of testing things with clients.

Rajiv

Managing Partner, Shape Up the Nation

Rajiv talks about setbacks and pivots that happened as a result of testing things with clients.

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Scott

Scott discusses fighting for funds within an organization.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott discusses fighting for funds within an organization.

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Hannah

Hannah describes her title.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah describes her title.

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Dave

Dave saw problems in learning and used it as an opportunity to start his business.

Dave

Founder and CEO, TeachStreet

Dave saw problems in learning and used it as an opportunity to start his business.

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Patty

Patty talks about risking credibility.

Because you have to be willing to take risks without proven results, which is often difficult if not impossible for "if is not broken, don't fix it" types to understand, you do put your credibility on the line. And you put other's faith in you on the line. And you put potential future backing by the organization on the line, if your idea does not pan out.

Patty

Comm. & Dev. Director, Nonprofit

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Matt

Matt talks about the time when his business partner left to focus on another venture.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt talks about the time when his business partner left to focus on another venture.

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Mark

Mark talks about the challenges of transitioning a company.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark talks about the challenges of transitioning a company.

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Bill

Bill talks about entrepreneurship as a means for success.

Bill

Executive Director, Hope CDA

Bill talks about entrepreneurship as a means for success.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about early experiences contributing to her current skills.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about early experiences contributing to her current skills.

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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan tapped into international co-working groups; and had lots of personal, face-to-face time.

Jacob and Susan

Founder, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan tapped into international co-working groups; and had lots of personal, face-to-face time.

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Scott

Scott can be being pulled in different directions in the organization because of his unique capabilities.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott can be being pulled in different directions in the organization because of his unique capabilities.

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Rob

Rob talks about the importance of opposition.

Creative conflict, opposing views, and healthy questioning have all been valuable parts of the Intra process for me. By definition, if there’s not opposition, it’d be difficult to say a project is truly intrapreneurial.

Rob

Founder/CEO, Bike manufacturing co.

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Kristen

Kristen heard horror stories about getting investment, and views it as time spent away from building her company and customer base.

Kristen

Co-founder, Cubit

Kristen heard horror stories about getting investment, and views it as time spent away from building her company and customer base.

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Kamal

Kamal started his business because he wanted to do something he could put his name on.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Kamal started his business because he wanted to do something he could put his name on.

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Laura

Laura talks about the "devil in the details," and seeking advice and experience.

Laura

Venture Executive, EDCO Ventures

Laura talks about the "devil in the details," and seeking advice and experience.

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Startup Chicks

Talking about startups.

Startup Chicks

Talking about startups.

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Laura

Laura describes the entrepreneurship culture in San Francisco.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura describes the entrepreneurship culture in San Francisco, literally bumping into founders on the street and getting advice.

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Rachel

Rachel talks about seeking companies that have similar experiences.

Rachel

Co-founder, CoThrive

Rachel asks, "What company is out there now that was where I am and is now quadruple in sales. You're four steps ahead of me, how did you get there?"

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Meg

Meg's venture doesn't fit neatly into a category.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg's venture doesn't fit neatly into a category.

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Scott

Scott describes his process of moving concepts forward.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott describes his process of moving concepts forward.

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Laura

Laura talks about her strategy of de-risking.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura talks about her strategy of de-risking.

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Lara

Lara compares the startup vs. small business community.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara compares the startup vs. small business community.

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Lance

Lance thinks many first-time entrepreneurs have a naive approach to funding, so he helps them create a story that will help them get the resources they need.

Lance

Startup Catalyst, Atlanta Tech Development Center (ATDC)

Lance thinks many first-time entrepreneurs have a naive approach to funding, so he helps them create a story that will help them get the resources they need.

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Laura

Laura couldn't quit her idea, or convince anyone else to do it for her.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura couldn't quit her idea, or convince anyone else to do it for her.

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Diane

Diane talks about having the ability to adjust and adapt business models and ideas as you go.

Diane

President & CEO, Communispace

Diane talks about having the ability to adjust and adapt business models and ideas as you go.

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Mike

Prior to founding his company, Mike built up a diverse set of experiences in various industries.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Prior to founding his company, Mike studied physics and history of science, built a small development company, worked at Microsoft. He built up a real diversity of experiences that helped him to be a successful entrepreneur.

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Jamien

Jamien discusses the requirements she created for herself when starting her organization.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien discusses the requirements she created for herself when starting her organization.

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Laura

Laura compares the ecosystems between Austin and rural Texas.

Laura

Laura compares the ecosystems between Austin and rural Texas.

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Jessica

Jess describes the various ways she stays involved in the community.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes the various ways she stays involved in the community.

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Jessica

Jess talks about the uncertainty leading up to pitching her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about the uncertainty leading up to pitching her new role.

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Scott

Scott talks about selling wellness concepts internally and externally.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about selling wellness concepts internally and externally.

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Robin

Robin describes her experience of trying to find community in her organization.

Being an entrepreneur is fantastic in that you are able to focus on what you truly value making your own decisions and schedule. The flip side is that the puck stops here. It can be lonely and if you are not careful you can create your own reality that is different from the reality of others. To avoid that trap it is very important to have a mentor and a networking group of other committed entrepreneurs…
I have been in a group that started formally about 10 years ago and is still going (informally). My group is women and it was particularly valuable because the job itself is lonely and without an opportunity to ask for help in a safe environment.

Robin

Sr. Vice President, Investment co.

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Jamien

Jamien talks about being able to bridge communication gaps.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien talks about being able to bridge communication gaps.

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Scott

Scott describes how others have labeled him and how he sees himself.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott describes how others have labeled him and how he sees himself.

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Christine

Christine talks about hierarchy.

Overall I think the hierarchy hurts more than it helps, only because it slows us down. It's not so much about fiefdoms as it is about people being so busy and so focused on their own thing, that there's little time or attention left to help the innovators.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Doug

Doug feels he "crept" into entrepreneurship.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug feels he "crept" into entrepreneurship.

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Kevin

Kevin talks about the mistake of going non-profit at the start.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin talks about the mistake of going non-profit at the start.

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Danielle

Danielle compares the terms entrepreneurial and innovative to each other.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle compares the terms entrepreneurial and innovative to each other.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about not being afraid to "ruffle some feathers."

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about not being afraid to "ruffle some feathers."

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Matt

Matt talks about his internship experiences in college that led him to want to start his own business.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt talks about his internship experiences in college that led him to want to start his own business.

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Katie

Katie talks about the difference between being an intrapreneur and just being an employee.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie talks about the difference between being an intrapreneur and just being an employee.

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Doug

After spending months trying to find funding, Doug had to switch gears.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

After spending months trying to find funding, Doug had to switch gears.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about connecting with people in the industry.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about connecting with people in the industry.

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Chris

Chris talks about working alone is like "being on an island."

Chris

Co-founder, Super Web-O-Matic

Chris talks about working alone is like "being on an island."

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Jamien

Jamien talks about having community buy-in to her company mission.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien talks about having community buy-in to her company mission.

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Dave

Dave talks about his formal education, and the impact his work community had in his professional growth.

Dave

Founder and CEO, TeachStreet

Dave talks about his formal education, and the impact his work community had in terms of his professional growth.

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Calvin

Calvin and Mary talk about getting investment to internal programs.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin and Mary talk about getting investment to internal programs.

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Startup Chicks

Extending the notion of teams beyond immediate co-founders and employees.

Startup Chicks

Extending the notion of teams beyond immediate co-founders and employees.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about navigating decision making.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about navigating decision making.

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Kevin

Kevin's team first came together around a shared longing to create social good.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin's team first came together around a shared longing to create social good; the particular idea came later.

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Peter

Peter talks about leveraging social networks outside of his organization.

My efforts to challenge the government bureaucracy and personal intrapreneur efforts are related. Connecting with people across the organization, industry, and thought leaders in other industries. Leveraging Twitter, LinkedIn, and other websites has been invaluable for collaborating to generate ideas, mature strategies, and implement solutions. Breaking out of the standard roles and org chart communication channels has helped me. Transitioning from the strict command and control org structures to a more dynamic model with self organizing teams, leveraging the web to collaborate, and crowdsourcing solutions and innovations.

Peter

Principal Econ. Business Analyst, Govt.

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Hannah

Hannah speaks about the evolution of her organization.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah speaks about the evolution of her organization.

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Doug

While trying to get his first company moving, Doug started another completely unrelated venture.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

While trying to get his first company moving, Doug started another completely unrelated venture.

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Matt

Matt decided to "flood" himself, and jump right into his venture.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt decided to "flood" himself, and jump right into his venture.

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Meg

Coming from the world of nonprofits and public health, entrepreneurship was off Meg's radar for a long time.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Coming from the world of nonprofits and public health, entrepreneurship was off Meg's radar for a long time; she only recently came to entrepreneurship as a means to accomplish multiple goals.

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Lara

Lara talks about founding the company to solve their own career needs.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara talks about founding the company to solve their own career needs.

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Jeff

Jeff describes the transition of mindset within the church, and how it has lead him to become more inclusive of new ideas.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff describes the transition of mindset within the church, and how it has lead him to become more inclusive of new ideas.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about empowering people within the organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about empowering people within the organization.

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Janice

Janice believes that there is a very collaborative environment for supporting small business in her area

Janice

Director, Jackson County Small Business Incubator

Janice believes that there is a very collaborative environment for supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in her area.

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Jessica

Jessica describes mapping and building teams.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes mapping and building teams.

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Pam

Pam talks about the most efficient time of her day.

Pam

Pam talks about the most efficient time of her day.

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Mark

In his role as an investor, Mark places his bets on people, more than an idea.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

In his role as an investor, Mark places his bets on people, more than an idea.

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Jeff

Jeff compares getting work done, versus getting many perspectives to get the best work done.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff compares getting work done, versus getting many perspectives to get the best work done.

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Kerry

Kerry has a hard time explaining what he does to people.

Kerry

Franchise Owner, Punch Gym

Kerry has a hard time explaining what he does to people.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about her leadership style within the organization.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about her leadership style within the organization.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about being aware of your relationships with others.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about being aware of your relationships with others.

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Jessica

Jessica discusses striking a balance between pushing ideas and maintaining relationships.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica discusses striking a balance between pushing ideas and maintaining relationships.

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Brian

While working for another company, Brian saw an opportunity for developing eye-tracking software.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

While working for another company, Brian saw an opportunity for developing eye-tracking software.

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Kamal

Kamal always had the dream to create his own thing, saw a former doughnut shop for lease, and took the chance.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Kamal always had the dream to create his own thing, saw a former doughnut shop for lease, and took the chance.

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Jessica

Jessica discusses failure and her organization having to support that.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica discusses failure and her organization having to support that.

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Sabrina

Sabrina has a husband that is a major support.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina has a husband that is a major support.

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Hall

Hall talks about drawing bigger circles around life sciences.

Hall

Founder, Austin Entrepreneur Network

Hall talks about drawing bigger circles around life sciences; state level rather than city level.

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Danielle

Danielle tells a story learning to discover opportunities throughout her life.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle tells a story learning to discover opportunities throughout her life.

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Jessica

Jess talks about how her work is ideal for her.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about how her work is ideal for her.

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Rob

Rob talks about creating a culture of intrapreneurship at his organization.

I have a very strong desire to help people fulfill their work dreams. This tends to cause trouble; some of my most intense disagreements with Seven’s board of advisors and with other founders of Seven have been regarding my interest in fostering entrepreneurship. It is certainly a double edged sword. On the negative side we are teaching and helping our future competitors. There is also an argument that fostering intrapreneurship requires a lot of resources that don’t have a good return on investment, particularly if the employee leaves to become an “entre” rather than an “intra”. Those are both reasonable concerns – and I believe those views are self fulfilling prophesies. And I don’t think those concerns outweigh the benefits of supporting intrapreneurship – benefits including the “intra” being more connecting to the business, truly appreciating the opportunity for experimentation, fostering a sense of trust, and counter-intuitively engendering a stronger loyalty to the existing business.

Rob

Founder/CEO, Bike manufacturing co.

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Katie

Katie talks about a supportive environment for developing new ideas.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie talks about a supportive environment for developing new ideas.

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Jessica

Jess talks about bringing an idea forward, and the work it causes for other people.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about bringing an idea forward, and the work it causes for other people.

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Dave

Dave learns informally all the time.

Dave

Founder, TeachStreet

Dave learns informally all the time.

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Jamien

Jamien talks about the various stakeholders within her organizational ecosystem.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien talks about the various stakeholders within her organizational ecosystem.

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Mark

Mark describes his technique in increasing his social network.

I think it’s my job to get others to see the misalignment [of goals]. It's a real world social networking challenge. The hierarchy is a chain of command but it doesn't mean you can't (or shouldn't) talk to more senior people. I find opportunities to meet the execs. I go to company wide meetings. I make a point of asking questions. I stay after the meeting and I try to get a moment to talk to the presenter. Often the speakers are VP's or EVP's. Be genuine. Be direct. Don't go in with an agenda to circumvent. Meet and greet to know and be known. Sometimes I'm turned off by the person, sometimes I end up on a committee and sometimes I just put myself out there so they know where to find me. After you do all that, report back to your peers, your manager or anyone that might find what you learned relevant. Become a conduit for positive information flow in both directions. It takes time and patience.

Mark

Advisory Software Engineer, Corporation

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Jessica

Jess talks about the fear to ask for what you want.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about the fear to ask for what you want.

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Eileen

Eileen discusses the importance of storytelling and building emotional connections with potential investors and customers.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen discusses the importance of storytelling and building emotional connections with potential investors and customers.

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Startup Chicks

It’s difficult to find help figuring out all the random issues that crop up in startups.

Startup Chicks

It’s difficult to find help figuring out all the random issues that crop up in startups.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about deprogramming himself to live within a co-op community.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about deprogramming himself to live within a co-op community.

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Eileen

From the very beginning Eileen was a building a team – the so-called kitchen cabinet – and leveraging her social networks to develop the business model.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

From the very beginning Eileen was a building a team – the so-called kitchen cabinet – and leveraging her social networks to develop the business model.

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Dave

Dave talks about using stories to see if people are interested in his venture.

Dave

Founder and CEO, TeachStreet

Dave talks about using stories to see if people are interested in his venture.

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Pam

Pam describes her role in her organization.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam describes her role in her organization.

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Chris

Chris talks about the incubation model his business is part of.

Chris

Co-Founder, Super Web-O-Matic

Chris talks about the incubation model his business is part of.

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Bijoy

According to Bijoy, entrepreneurs create new business models; that is their role and ultimate goal.

Bijoy

Founder, Bootstrap Austin

According to Bijoy, entrepreneurs create new business models; that is their role and ultimate goal.

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Mark

Mark talks about his "aha" moment for hammocks.com.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark talks about his "aha" moment for hammocks.com.

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Alex

At his university, Alex said it was impossible to ignore the "Entrepreneurship Train."

Alex

Student, Babson College

At his university, Alex said it was impossible to ignore the "Entrepreneurship Train."

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Bennett

Bennett talks about the difficulty of being an immigrant starting a business.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett talks about the difficulty of being an immigrant starting a business.

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Jessica

Jess talks about "finding her voice."

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about "finding her voice."

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Bijoy

Bijoy talks about places finding their "core ethos."

Bijoy

Founder, Bootstrap Austin

Bijoy talks about places finding their "core ethos."

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Meg

Meg talks about her choice of going for-profit in the funding environment

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg talks about her choice of going for-profit in the funding environment, and how it affects the perception of her business to potential investors.

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Kamal

When there was very little outside capital available, Kamal self-financed his venture through savings and a micro-loan.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

When there was very little outside capital available, Kamal self-financed his venture through savings and a micro-loan.

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Janice

Janice thinks there are a lot of misconceptions around money and funding.

Janice

Director, Jackson County Small Business Incubator

Janice thinks there are a lot of misconceptions around money; funding is not easy, and neither is entrepreneurship.

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Nathaniel

Nathaniel describes his experience with experimentation.

I believe in lots of experimentation. Iterate, iterate, iterate. Run test and run them fast. Work with partial data. Real world experimentation is much more useful than endless conversation about what might happen. I want to get out there and try it. As I often say, “Fail fast.” I’m good a failing and I try to make it happen as fast as possible.

Nathaniel

Ind. Consultant/Strategist, Self-organizing

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Scott

Scott describes benefits of hierarchy within organizations.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott describes benefits of hierarchy within organizations.

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Jeff

Jeff describes having a business mind within the church.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff describes having a business mind within the church.

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Bennett

Bennett thinks good business is finding solution to a problem, and that 80% of time spent thinking is of new opportunities.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett thinks good business is finding solution to a problem, and that 80% of time spent thinking is of new opportunities.

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Jeff

Jeff describes his process of overcoming uncertainty.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff describes his process of overcoming uncertainty.

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Pam

Pam talks about failure and success.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about failure and success.

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Jessica

Jess describes the transition to a new space for her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes the transition to a new space for her new role.

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Tina

An incubator opened up a lot of networking doors for Tina.

Tina

President and CEO, PetsMD

An incubator opened up a lot of networking doors for Tina.

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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan had a good feeling for the business they wanted to start, but didn't always have the language to explain it.

Jacob and Susan

Founders, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan had a good feeling for the business they wanted to start, but didn't always have the language to explain it.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about the barriers that come from working outside your official role.

At the end of the day, companies are looking to maximize their employees impact on the business. It's natural to run into some barriers at the beginning when trying to start becoming entrepreneurial within a company, because naturally a company feels that the role you were "hired" to do is the job which maximizes your impact, The "trick" is showing them they're wrong (at least somewhat).

Jeff

Social Media Project Mgr., Corporation

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Sabrina

Sabrina wanted to create a more positive work environment for herself.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina wanted to create a more positive work environment for herself.

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Mike

Mike uses his business as a way to incubate and develop their own new ideas.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike uses his business as a way to incubate and develop their own new ideas.

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Kevin

It took Kevin a while to learn that he didn't have to be an expert in everything.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

It took Kevin a while to learn that he didn't have to be an expert in everything.

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Rich

Rich feels he can't get to where he wants to be alone.

Rich

Founder, BigStove

Rich feels he can't get to where he wants to be alone.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about creating a culture of ownership.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about creating a culture of ownership.

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Patty

Patty on understanding what it costs for others to change.

I understand now better what it "costs" others to change...especially those who have a vested interest in maintaining business-as-usual modes of operating. In seeking to understand these nuances and motivations, I know better where (and if) the leverage points exists. Once I find those leverage points, I can then begin testing my ideas to see if I am going to be able to succeed as an intrapreneur. I no longer need the system to change for me.

Patty

Comm. & Dev. Director, Nonprofit

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Matt

Matt constantly adapted his business model.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt constantly adapted his business model.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about having support in co-ops.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about having support in co-ops.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about traditional mindsets versus new ways of thinking within the church.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about traditional mindsets versus new ways of thinking within the church.

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Katie

Katie speaks on utilizing people's different skills and interests.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie speaks on utilizing people's different skills and interests.

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Mark

Mark feels that there are not the right mentors or resources that other developed entrepreneurial areas have.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark feels that there are not the right mentors or resources that other developed entrepreneurial areas have.

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Rich

Rich wasn't fulfilled by his corporate job, and never had a connection or sense of control.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich wasn't fulfilled by his corporate job, and never had a connection or sense of control.

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Bijoy

Bijoy talks about the pressure of having money.

Bijoy

Founder, Bootstrap Austin

Bijoy talks about the pressure of having money.

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Nathaniel

Nathaniel describes his method for building his team.

By focusing on the positive aspects of their performance, I helped them challenge some major assumptions that have been holding them back from achieving high level goals. I see this as a cultural intervention strategy, which is a major tool in the intrapreneur's kit.

Nathaniel

Ind. Consultant/Strategist, Self-organizing

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Laura

Laura had a great network of supporters when she started her venture.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura had a great network of supporters when she started her venture.

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Scott

Scott talks about "embracing the unbelievers."

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about "embracing the unbelievers."

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Bijoy

Bijoy talks about places not copying each other.

Bijoy

Founder, Bootstrap Austin

Bijoy talks about places not copying each other.

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Mark

Mark talks about entrepreneurs not having access to the "right" capital.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark talks about entrepreneurs not having access to the "right" capital.

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Brian

Brian and his business partner make a good team because they always communicate and always have a similar thought process.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian and his business partner make a good team because they always communicate and always have a similar thought process.

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Scott

Scott talks about "building the dotted lines" within a large organization.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about "building the dotted lines" within a large organization.

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Brian

According to Brian, entrepreneurship is just what people do in the Bay Area.

Brian

Co-founder, Gazehawk

According to Brian, entrepreneurship is just what people do in the Bay Area.

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Laura

Laura talks about cities not competing with each other.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

From Laura's perspective, Laura's shouldn't compete with each other. Instead they should be competing to have more startups overall.

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Eileen

Eileen began by throwing herself into a process of learning everything about the core question driving her venture.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen began by throwing herself into a process of learning everything about the core question driving her venture.

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Scott

Scott talks about having to read the competitive landscape while aligning with specific market.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about having to read the competitive landscape while aligning with specific market.

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Mark

Mark talks about making changes in the organization's culture.

The idea of eliminating handoffs came out one of the organizational structure discussions. I tend to call it the silo mentality and I've always found it frustrating because it lends itself to this concept of separation from the customer once you have moved a product/goal/project/process/etc into another silo. I think instead, it really comes down to personal accountability. To me, that feels like something which can be targeted from the ground up and doesn't need as much buy-in from mgmt. Personal accountability is not something management can enforce but it is something that can happen with a cultural shift.

Mark

Advisory Software Engineer, Corporation

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Jessica

Jessica talks about not wanting to hand projects off, and always wants to be involved.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about not wanting to hand projects off, and always wants to be involved.

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Sabrina

Sabrina talks about the difficulty of being an outsider and being an African-American woman in business.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina talks about the difficulty of being an outsider and being an African-American woman in business.

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Chris

Chris describes his experience from being an entrepreneur to an intrapreneur inside an organization filled with bad habits.

Step one was helping people learn that there weren't any more hand-offs. You could invite others to come collaborate with you, but once you picked up the ball, you held it until everything was done. You were the point, the communicator, the one who kept up the pressure to get all the info and answers needed, regardless of your position, role, or title. We'd talk about things being done when they weren't done. They were "done- except for the stuff that others have to do" or "done - but not this one last thing I'm waiting on feedback for" or "done - pretty much, other than this one thing". So they all had to learn "done done" which meant that there were no other phrases after the first "done". "Is it done, done?"

Chris

VP, Software Engineering, Corporation

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Rob

Rob talks about the benefits of working entrepreurially within an organization.

I’ve found that the intrapreneurs we’ve “uncovered” often get the best of both worlds by staying Intra – and they seem to know how good they have it. They get to experiment in a safe environment. They get praise and camaraderie; I find that most of [our company’s]Entres find it a fairly lonely world – usually being a startup of one. They don’t have to raise capital. Starvation or living on the street are not part of the risk of failure.

Rob

Founder/CEO, Bike manufacturing co.

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Jessica

Jess discusses the barriers her boss had to overcome in approving her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess discusses the barriers her boss had to overcome in approving her new role.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about navigating criticism.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about navigating criticism.

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RISE Week Expo, Austin

Has an idea like groupon, but will incorporate his own relevant skills.

RISE Week Expo, Austin

Has an idea like groupon, but will incorporate his own relevant skills.

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Laura

Laura talks about rural areas having no role models to encourage new ventures.

Laura

Venture Executive, EDCO Ventures

Laura talks about rural areas having no role models to encourage new ventures.

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Mary and Calvin

Mary and Calvin talk about an idea that took off within the organization.

Mary and Calvin

Sr. Proj. Managers, Innovation Network, Corporation

Mary and Calvin talk about an idea that took off within the organization, because of collaborative efforts.

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Scott

Scott describes intrapreneurs as having a confidence like entrepreneurs.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott describes intrapreneurs as having a confidence like entrepreneurs.

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Janis

Janis talks about a young software engineer she is mentoring.

Janis

Founder and Managing Partner, Paladin Partners

Janis talks about a young software engineer she is mentoring.

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Startup Chicks

Being part of a particular group can have a cascading effect on social networks and access to resources.

Startup Chicks

Being part of a particular group can have a cascading effect on social networks and access to resources.

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Bijoy

Bijoy talks about bootstrapping enabling the ability to "go at your own pace."

Bijoy

Founder, Bootstrap Austin

Bijoy talks about bootstrapping enabling the ability to "go at your own pace."

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Laura

Laura talks about how she got her Series A funding.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura talks about how she got her Series A funding.

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Pete

As a result of leaving the family business, Peter lost family and friends, and gained a "life is short" attitude.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

As a result of leaving the family business, Peter lost family and friends, and gained a "life is short" attitude. This inspired him to move-on and start his own business.

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Pam

Pam talks about risk and failure.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about risk and failure.

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Meg

Meg talks about applied learning.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg talks about applied learning. As part of starting up, she wished she had proxies with direct experience in this area.

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Anne

Anne talks about conflicts between academic research and commercial research groups.

Anne

Founder and CEO, Epivax

Anne talks about conflicts between academic research and commercial research groups.

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Brian

Brian thinks Boston social networks keep to themselves, and it's harder to go out and meet startups.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian thinks Boston social networks keep to themselves, and it's harder to go out and meet startups.

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Mary

Mary talks about their CEO as the catalyst for their innovative ideas contest.

Mary

Mary talks about their CEO as the catalyst for their innovative ideas contest.

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Laura

Laura compares starting a company to the beginning of a foot race.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura compares starting a company to the beginning of a foot race.

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Calvin

Calvin talks about the luxury of merging their passions and job responsibilities.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin talks about the luxury of merging their passions and job responsibilities.

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Mark

Although Mark believes formal education is important, there is a lot to learn being on the ground and actually living entrepreneurship.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Although Mark believes formal education is important, there is a lot to learn being on the ground and actually living entrepreneurship.

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Bennett

Bennett decided to go to business school to prepare himself to start his business.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett decided to go to business school to prepare himself to start his business.

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Diane

Diane has a proven track record, so she feels even if she had a lousy idea, she could get investor support.

Diane

President & CEO, Communispace

Diane has a proven track record, so she feels even if she had a lousy idea, she could get investor support.

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Tom

Tom believes Social Entrepreneurship has an identity crisis.

Tom

Founder, Good Measure Meals

Tom believes Social Entrepreneurship has an identity crisis.

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Bennett

Bennett talks about his perception of investors, and why he chose to fund his venture through banks.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett talks about his perception of investors, and why he chose to fund his venture through banks.

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Kevin

In his area, a lot of minority entrepreneurs are doing really well, and there is a supportive culture for minority entrepreneurs.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

In his area, a lot of minority entrepreneurs are doing really well, and there is a supportive culture for minority entrepreneurs.

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Carla

Carla decided not to spend 100% of her time on funding because it was like "bashing her head against a wall."

Carla

CEO and Co-founder, Sharp Skirts

Carla decided not to spend %100 of her time on funding because it was like "bashing her head against a wall."

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Startup Chicks

More similarities than differences across companies; many face the same basic set of issues and annoyances.

Startup Chicks

More similarities than differences across companies; many face the same basic set of issues and annoyances.

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Pam

Pam speaks on overcoming roadblocks to move projects forward.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam speaks on overcoming roadblocks to move projects forward.

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Rich

Rich admits that he used to focus too much on ideas.

Rich

Co-Founder, BigStove

Rich admits that he used to focus too much on ideas, whereas now he focuses on the team and execution; go out there and do it.

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Calvin

Calvin talks about investment and partnership.

Calvin

Senior Program Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Calvin talks about investing in an idea and partnering with the right expertise.

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Jimmy

Jimmy had to put his second product through many versions to determine it was a success.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy had to put his second product through many versions to determine it was a success.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth wanted to start a venture but couldn't come up with a good idea, so they bought a business instead.

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth wanted to start a venture but couldn't come up with a good idea, so they bought a business instead.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about needing to entrust others to move an idea forward.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about needing to entrust others to move an idea forward.

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Steve

Steve talks about his initial reaction to the organization's idea contest.

Steve

Innovation Network Director, Corporation

Steve talks about his initial reaction to the organization's idea contest.

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Mark

As an investor, Mark wants to provide "smart" capital.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

As an investor, Mark wants to provide "smart" capital.

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Jessica

Jessica describes her contributions to supporting change within an organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes her contributions to supporting change within an organization.

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Jessica

Jess describes having many people around to "help drive the car" of the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes having many people around to "help drive the car" of the organization.

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Tina and Carla

Carla and Tina talk about some of the barriers women entrepreneurs face in starting a business.

Tina and Carla

Sharp Skirts Austin

Carla and Tina talk about some of the barriers women entrepreneurs face in starting a business.

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Kevin

Kevin talks about building an entrepreneurial community.

Kevin

Co-founder, Tech Ranch Austin

Kevin talks about building an entrepreneurial community.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about being open to collaboration and different perspectives.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about being open to collaboration and different perspectives.

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Pam

Pam talks about being the "center of the wheel."

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about being the "center of the wheel."

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Jessica

Jessica talks about skills required to create change within an organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about skills required to create change within an organization.

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Brian

Brian talks about trying to fit into various communities in his area.

Brian

Co-founder, Gazehawk

Brian talks about trying to fit into various communities in his area.

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Rob

Rob talks about building capacity in the employees you have access to.

Working “only with the best” sounds great, but that’s likely to be a very small team. In many companies the “best” employees, to which you have access, will be a very short list. If you put off being intrapreneurial because you’re surrounded by average employees doing a decent job, then you’re not likely to be intrapreneurial. I certainly wouldn’t let a deficit of bests prevent me from being intrapreneurial. If you can’t find the best, that’s okay; work with the tools you have available.

Rob

Founder/CEO, Bike manufacturing co.

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Scott

Scott on his purpose within the organization.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott on his purpose within the organization.

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Mike

Mike had a diversity of experiences and education that supports entrepreneurship, but college was mainly about critical thinking and writing skills.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike had a diversity of experiences and education that supports entrepreneurship, but college was mainly about critical thinking and writing skills.

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Rachel

Rachel thinks very little money flowing to first times and having a track record makes a big difference.

Rachel

Co-founder, CoThrive

Rachel thinks very little money flowing to first times and having a track record makes a big difference.

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Hannah

Hannah describes her educational preference in correlation to being entrepreneurial.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah describes her educational preference in correlation to being entrepreneurial.

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Danielle

Danielle describes how she helps others see their capacity.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle describes how she helps others see their capacity.

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Sabrina

Sabrina talks about a business partner she did not get along with.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina talks about a business partner she did not get along with.

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Jessica

Jessica describes learning from her social network.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes learning from her social network.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about needing the expertise of others within an organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about needing the expertise of others within an organization.

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Doug

To help pay for the venture, Doug had to take a part-time job.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

To help pay for the venture, Doug had to take a part-time job as a clinical doctor.

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Kamal

Kamal doesn’t feel like he has very many resources within his communities.

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Kamal doesn’t feel like he has very many resources within his communities.

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Jessica

Jessica describes her need to get in and get things done.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes her need to get in and get things done.

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Katie

Katie describes how being entrepreneurial is being resourceful.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie describes how being entrepreneurial is being resourceful.

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Pete

Pete started coaching nights and weekends, developed some skills and gained confidence to go out fully on his own.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete started coaching nights and weekends, developed some skills and gained confidence to go out fully on his own.

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Mike

Mike sees his business as a lab to explore a portfolio of opportunities.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike sees his business as a lab to explore a portfolio of opportunities.

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Jeff

Jeff identifies his title and role within the church.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff identifies his title and role within the church.

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Mike

Mike created negative screens to test if things could work or not.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike created negative screens to test if things could work or not, as a way to de-risk his strategy.

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Doug

It was easy to start another business for Doug after falling into the serial entrepreneur "trap."

Doug

Founder, Medletters

It was easy to start another business for Doug after falling into the serial entrepreneur "trap."

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Rich

Rich had the idea for a while, but was pushed by other entrepreneurs to start his venture.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich had the idea for a while, but was pushed by other entrepreneurs to start his venture.

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Hannah

Hannah talks about differences in her role versus owning a company.

Hannah

Food Systems Activator, Nonprofit

Hannah talks about differences in her role versus owning a company.

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Jamien

Jamien discusses community groups being entrepreneurial.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien discusses community groups being entrepreneurial.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about risking her relationships with others in her role.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about risking her relationships with others in her role.

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Jonah

Jonah discusses the need to work in a place where he feels fulfilled.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah discusses the need to work in a place where he feels fulfilled.

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Pam

Pam talks about attending events to feel connected to a larger group with similar goals for learning.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about attending events to feel connected to a larger group with similar goals for learning.

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Danielle

Danielle describes her role within the organization.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle describes her role within the organization.

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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan talk about gaps in their knowledge of running a business.

Jacob and Susan

Founders, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan talk about gaps in their knowledge of running a business, and that seeking help through their community is more valuable than formal education.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about managing conflict.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about managing conflict.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth talk about all the mistakes they made regarding technology.

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth talking about all the mistakes they made regarding technology; they had serious business chops but nearly crashed the company because they didn't know the tech side of their business.

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Michelle

Michelle wishes she had a more concise set of learning tools to start her businesses.

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

Michelle wishes she had a more concise set of learning tools to start her businesses.

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Jessica

Jessica describes her CEO being a major supporter of her role within the organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes her CEO being a major supporter of her role within the organization.

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Meg

Meg was an expert in other fields, but struggled to understand the basics of business.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg was an expert in international development and maternal health, but really struggled to understand the basics of business.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about hierarchical organizational structure.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about hierarchical organizational structure.

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Matt

Matt used one of his ventures to support the other.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt used one of his ventures to support the other.

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Pam

Pam talks about previous experiences being translated into useful learnings now.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about previous experiences being translated into useful learnings now.

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Pam

Pam talks about having tasks and goals that are measurable.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about having tasks and goals that are measurable.

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Sabrina

Sabrina feels it is important to have champions in your life.

Sabrina

Grant Writer, 1221 Grant Services

Sabrina feels it is important to have champions in your life.

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Jimmy

Finding funding for startups in the music industry is particularly tough.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Finding funding for startups in the music industry is particularly tough.

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Jimmy

Jimmy believes it is important to get a product out to market quickly, and test in iterations.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy believes it is important to get a product out to market quickly, and test in iterations.

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Jacob and Susan

Jacob and Susan talk about their approach to growth.

Jacob and Susan

Founders, Office Nomads

Jacob and Susan talk about their bootstrapped approach to growth.

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Jeff

Jeff describes board or committee approval within his church.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff describes board or committee approval within his church.

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Jonah

Jonah discusses being patient with executing ideas.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah discusses being patient with executing ideas.

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Pam

Pam talks about spending time outside of the office.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about spending time outside of the office.

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Lara

Lara says that she could not have gotten where she is without the help of her network.

Lara

Co-Founder and CEO, Biznik

Lara says that she could not have gotten where she is without the help of her network.

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Jessica

Jess explains her fear of being called out in her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess explains her fear of being called out in her new role.

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Scott

Scott talks about having a strong social network while maintaining innovative operations.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about having a strong social network while maintaining innovative operations.

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Doug

Doug feels that you shouldn't failures as failures, but as experiences to learn from.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug feels that you shouldn't failures as failures, but as experiences to learn from.

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Christine

Christine's take on involving others.

I bet a lot of us are the kind of people who just dig in, and if no one gets our idea, we'll do it ourselves. But ultimately, doing it ourselves only gives us the first proof point. To succeed long-term in a bigger company, the idea/product/solution needs to have the support of multiple people and we can't take it for granted that people will support us just on the merits of our innovation.

Christine

VP, Global Council Mgr., Corporation

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Peter

Peter's experience on what happens when you succeed.

If successful in your efforts or at least stepping up and taking risks to explore new ventures, you'll gain visibility from senior management and key people from across the organization.  Collaborating across the organization will be valuable in sharing ideas, challenges, and learning more about others' projects, skills, and opportunities.  You may be sought out for future efforts.

Peter

Principal Econ. Business Analyst, Govt.

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Jessica

Jess talks about knowing when it's time to do something.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about knowing when it's time to do something.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about how others in his organization see him.

I think there are certainly people who actively watch from the sidelines and wish they were involved - those people can actually cause problems. But for the most part, it's great to get a reputation for being a mover and a shaker. Non-intrapreneurs then love seeing you in a room, because they know there is something cool on the horizon.

Jeff

Social Media Project Mgr., Corporation

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Mike

Mike talks about his frustration with others' focus on the process, rather than the result.

Mike

Member of Media Working Group, Self-Organizing

Mike talks about his frustration with others' focus on the process, rather than the result.

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Meg

Meg describes herself and her venture differently depending on who she's talking to.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg describes herself and her venture differently depending on who she's talking to.

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Rajiv

Rajiv had a willingness to confront setbacks, and make decisions even if it was wrong.

Rajiv

Managing Partner, Shape Up the Nation

Rajiv had a willingness to confront setbacks, and make decisions even if it was wrong.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about finding like-minded people outside the university.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about finding like-minded people outside the university.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about his title and making it become a "living example" within his organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about his title and making it become a "living example" within his organization.

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Kamal

Without many support services, Kamal feels like he’s “on an island."

Kamal

Owner, Sublime Donuts

Without many support services, Kamal feels like he’s “on an island."

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Mike

Mike identifies as a number of different roles, and feels that entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike identifies as a number of different roles, and feels that entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world.

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Rajiv

Rajiv initially believed he would have a pilot program, and didn't expect the level of growth through participation.

Rajiv

Managing Partner, Shape Up the Nation

Rajiv initially believed he would have a pilot program, and didn't expect the level of growth through participation.

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David

David describes how work environments are changing.

I think we are entering an era of increased participation, democratization if you will, in many realms including democratization of wealth and business. The role of intrapreneur as leader will be increasingly important in these participatory environments - taking responsibility for making things better will be the main way they become better.

David

Chief Conspirator, Sustainable Biz Network, Self-organizing

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Doug

Doug revisited starting his second business after having to settle other things in his life.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug revisited starting his second business after having to settle other things in his life.

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Pam

Pam talks about passing the final vision on to clients.

Pam

Executive Director, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Pam talks about passing the final vision on to clients.

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Mark

Mark doesn't believe that the support networks for entrepreneurship are developed in his area.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark doesn't believe that the support networks for entrepreneurship are developed in his area.

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Rich

Unlike other entrepreneurs, Rich finds that he is risk-averse.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Unlike other entrepreneurs, Rich finds that he is risk-averse.

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Jessica

Jessica describes her role as a "change agent" and a "doer" in her organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes her role as a "change agent" and a "doer" in her organization.

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Eileen

Eileen reflecting on the value of informal and formal learning in her career.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen reflecting on the value of informal and formal learning in her career.

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Hall

Hall talks about entrepreneurial tribes.

Hall

Director, Austin Entrepreneur Network

Hall talks about entrepreneurial tribes.

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Meg

Meg needed someone to actually work with her to do the business plan, but it was hard finding someone else with similar interests.

Meg

Founder, Maternova

Meg needed someone to actually work with her to do the business plan, but it was hard finding someone else with similar interests.

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Michael

Michael talks about knowledge and experience being more important than capital.

Michael

Founder & CEO, Hoot.me LLC

Michael talks about knowledge and experience being more important than capital at his stage in venture creation.

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Tom

Tom thinks for-profits and non-profits have a hard time mixing together.

Tom

Founder, Good Measure Meals

Tom thinks for-profits and non-profits have a hard time mixing together.

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Jamien

Jamien believes that having many perspectives will help her company growth.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien believes that having many perspectives will help her company growth.

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Danielle

Danielle says her entrepreneurial personality is a good fit for her organization.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle says her entrepreneurial personality is a good fit for her organization.

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Jamien

Jamien discusses keeping everything in writing for clarity for herself, and clients.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien discusses keeping everything in writing for clarity for herself, and clients.

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Jessica

Jess discusses the justification of her role within the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess discusses the justification of her role within the organization.

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Adam

Adam talks about the lack of community.

Depending on the context it might be tremendously lonely. You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Depending on the issue you may become a polarizing force, you will have fans and you will have unfriendly critics.

Adam

Exec. Dir., Self-organizing

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Brian

Brian discusses the importance of having an entrepreneurial culture.

Brian

Co-founder, Gazehawk

Brian discusses the importance of having an entrepreneurial culture.

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Bennett

Bennett almost lost a contract because a new client didn't "know him." However, his banker stepped in and saved the relationship.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett almost lost a contract because a new client didn't "know him." However, his banker stepped in and vouched for him and saved the contract.

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Jessica

Jess talks about letting people in to see her process to get internal support.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about letting people in to see her process to get internal support.

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Diane

Diane talks about not having role models to follow when she decided to start her venture.

Diane

President & CEO, Communispace

Diane talks about not having role models to follow when she decided to start her venture.

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Mike

After leaving Microsoft, Mike had to build a new business network from scratch.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

After leaving Microsoft, Mike had to build a new business network from scratch.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth began by just hiring their friends.

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth began by just hiring their friends but then faced the painful realization that they weren't the right fit and then had to subsequently fire them.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about navigating ideas from other people.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about navigating ideas from other people.

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Joe

Joe writes about balancing uncertainty with certainty.

It's wearying. I think I try to manage by balancing certainty with uncertainty. For instance, having predictable income (or at least economic security) for a period enables some risk-taking during the everyday work. I find it is helpful to reflect upon the knowns, especially the high quality of my co-workers, when pushing the edges into the unknowns.

Joe

Co-op organizer/Tech. assistant, Worker Co-op network

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Jessica

Jess talks about a positive environment to ask questions and propose new ideas.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about a positive environment to ask questions and propose new ideas.

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Eileen

Eileen talks about how to build the story of your venture and passion.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen talks about how to build the story of your venture and passion.

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Matt

Matt made a strategic choice to partner with many different companies.

Matt

Founder and CEO, Ecolect

Matt made a strategic choice to partner with many different companies.

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Jessica

Jessica describes connecting what you learn with what you do.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes connecting what you learn with what you do.

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Rachel

Rachel talks about the push back she gets from others.

Whenever I've proposed a new way of thinking, I feel like the first response from institutional folks is a naysayer's voice -- I've heard why my idea is defective, disrespectful to those who have come before me, etc.  But, when I've achieved success, some of those same folks are eager to claim me as their own, celebrate my creativity and hold me up as the poster child for their institutions.  Hmmm....

Rachel

Rabbi/Founder, Religious org.

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Bennett

Bennett can't believe he took the gamble to become an entrepreneur.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett can't believe he took the gamble to become an entrepreneur.

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Bennett

Bennett describes the start of his business.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett describes the start of his business.

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Rich

Rich and his team actively experimented with different business models.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich and his team actively experimented with different business models early on.

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Mary

Mary talks about how people were surprised at the opportunity to innovate.

Mary

Senior Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Mary talks about how people in the organization were surprised at the opportunity to innovate.

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Jamien

Jamien talks about communication skills she picked up while in a corporate environment.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien talks about communication skills she picked up while in a corporate environment.

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Michelle

Michelle talks about the fear of "the pitch."

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

Michelle talks about the fear of "the pitch."

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Kevin

Kevin talks about mentors.

Kevin

President & CEO, Johnson Media

Kevin talks about mentors.

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Jessica

Jess talks about navigating the separation of work and life.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about navigating the separation of work and life.

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Steve

Steve talks about collaborating across business units.

Steve

Innovation Network Director, Corporation

Steve talks about collaborating across business units.

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Jamien

Jamien discusses her role within her organizational community.

Jamien

Owner, Small Business Support, Corporation

Jamien discusses her role within her organizational community.

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Mike

Mike believes a major challenge is to know when your founders and early employees are maxed out

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike believes a major challenge is to know when your founders and early employees are maxed out

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Scott

Scott on successfully bringing others towards your vision.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott on successfully bringing others towards your vision.

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Jessica

Jess discusses the thought of being indispensable to an organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess discusses the thought of being indispensable to an organization, and the uncertainty it brings.

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Jeff

Jeff talks about uncertainty and enemies along his path.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff talks about uncertainty and enemies along his path.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about her initial decision to build a program within her organization, and being prepared for failure.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about her initial decision to build a program within her organization, and being prepared for failure.

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Emily

Emily talks about navigating social situations.

The primary thing I would share is the risk of social capital and credibility. In trying to make change within an existing organization rife with long-standing personalities, your idea might fail, not because it was poor, but because change (period.) was going to be resisted by folks already in the organization. In order to ensure success in light of this reality, you are going to spend an intense amount of your time navigating social situations - more than most would expect (and definitely more than I expected). For someone that gets great satisfaction out of "doing" and "making" - this can be crushing and make you feel as though you are spinning your wheels. Those are times when I almost give up - which brings me to understand success as a constant that exists until you quit.

Emily

Exec. Dir., Co-op support and education, Nonprofit

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Scott

Scott notes how his creative work is often trumped by spending most of his days in meetings.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott notes how his creative work is often trumped by spending most of his days in meetings.

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Jimmy

Jimmy talks about a single person as a key connector and builder of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem; it only takes 1 person.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Jimmy talks about a single person as a key connector and builder of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem; it only takes 1 person.

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Brian

Brian talks about the importance of micro-networks from accelerator programs.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian talks about the importance of micro-networks from accelerator programs.

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Rich

Even after starting his first venture, Rich still doesn't feel 100% like an entrepreneur.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Even after starting his first venture, Rich still doesn't feel 100% like an entrepreneur.

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Laura

Laura talks about gathering vs. building resources.

Laura

Founder, OneForty

Laura talks about gathering vs. building resources.

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Scott

Scott talks about his network of people and making connections.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about his network of people and making connections.

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Rachel

Rachel talks about how she feels like an octopus- intelligent and flexible.

I feel like an octopus a lot. Part of it is because I'm always juggling multiple roles, and there are times when it feels like it would be helpful to have eight arms! In addition, though, the octopus is intelligent and strategic. With no skeleton, the octopus is also incredibly flexible, and capable of squeezing through small openings. In my intrapreneurial work in trying to reshape how the Jewish world thinks about community building, I need to be nimble and responsible, and find those small openings to squeeze through.

Rachel

Rabbi/Founder, Religious org.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about bring an idea forward.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about bring an idea forward.

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Mike

Mike explored a variety of non-standard funding routes.

Mike

Founder and Chairman, Front Seat

Mike explored a variety of non-standard funding routes.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about her shift in roles within the organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about her shift in roles within the organization.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about knowing one's role in the bigger picture.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about knowing one's role in the bigger picture.

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Chris

Chris explains how not to taint relationships.

Keeping centered and maintaining perspective is huge! Without those elements you can go off the rails and lose clients and or people you rely on either by them leaving or tainting the relationship. If you handle things calmly then you almost always come out on top or at least get respect and maintain your relationships for the future.

Chris

CEO, Handcrafted shoe mfr., Family business

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Jessica

Jess describes her title at her organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes her title at her organization.

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Doug

Doug believes finding someone to help guide him through a problem is important.

Doug

Founder, Medletters

Doug believes finding someone to help guide him through a problem is important.

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Kerry

Kerry started his business because he wanted to feel empowered to help people. At his other job, he had too little control.

Kerry

Franchise Owner, Punch Gym

Kerry started his business because he wanted to feel empowered to help people. At his other job, he had too little control.

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Bennett

Bennett talks about gaining experience in other fields before starting his business.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett talks about gaining experience in other fields, and going to business school before starting his business.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about success and failure.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

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Kevin

Kevin used multiple social networks to initially fund venture, but came up short.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin used multiple social networks to initially fund venture, but came up short. On the last day of funding, someone donated the final amount of money they needed to launch.

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Brian

In the beginning, Brian was not sure how to drive the venture forward.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

In the beginning, Brian was not sure how to drive the venture forward.

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Startup Chicks

Accessing funding is a nonlinear path; there’s no conventional path.

Startup Chicks

Accessing funding is a nonlinear path; there’s no conventional path.

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Jessica

Jess talks about reactions to her new role.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess talks about reactions to her new role.

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Jonah

Jonah talks about creating an engaged community.

Jonah

Founder & Worker-Owner, Cooperative

Jonah talks about creating an engaged community.

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Adam

Adam has had a life of intrapreneurial experience.

I have been an intrapreneur since very young- beginning with working to end dysfunction at home, and then school, and then my jobs.

Adam

Exec. Dir., Self-organizing

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Danielle

Danielle talks about being part of team.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about being part of team.

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Scott

Scott discusses the desire to have employees that also have entrepreneurial traits.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott discusses the desire to have employees that also have entrepreneurial traits.

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Jeff

Jeff describes leadership's ideal role within an organization.

Jeff

Reverend

Jeff describes leadership's ideal role within an organization.

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Emily

Emily gives advice on how to maintain social capital.

You maintain social capital in two big ways - 1) by communicating about your intentions and visions to folks in curated ways - telling everyone the A to Z of your entire plan is not wise. You must read people and give them the amount and type of information that will make them feel involved, considered, and informed (even if they really aren't that much); and 2) by not failing.

Emily

Exec. Dir., Co-op support and education, Nonprofit

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Scott

Scott describes past learning experiences that have helped him develop skills.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott describes past learning experiences that have helped him develop skills.

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Jessica

Jess describes when she went to her boss to pitch a new position within her organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes when she went to her boss to pitch a new position within her organization.

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Mike and Seth

Mike and Seth talk about entrepreneurs having the ability to make quick, tactical decisions every day.

Mike and Seth

CEO and CFO, CustomMade

Mike and Seth talk about entrepreneurs having the ability to make quick, tactical decisions every day.

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Kevin

Kevin discusses the conflict of for and not-for-profit status.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin discusses the conflict of for and not-for-profit status.

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Startup Chicks

Learning through mentors and from others’ experience is immensely valuable.

Startup Chicks

Learning through mentors and from others’ experience is immensely valuable.

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Bennett

Bennett had a difficult time getting funding as an immigrant with no connections.

Bennett

President, BMaKK Group

Bennett had a difficult time getting funding as an immigrant with no connections.

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Rich

Rich finds that development time and managing other tasks is difficult to balance.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich finds that development time and managing other tasks is difficult to balance.

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Mark

Mark talks about feeling good about the team, so he jumped right into the venture.

Mark

Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Hayneedle

Mark talks about feeling good about the team, so he jumped right into the venture.

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Michelle

Michelle had a realization that she didn't need to wait to start her business, and to jump into starting it.

Michelle

Founder, Fresh

Michelle had a realization that she didn't need to wait to start her business, and to jump into starting it.

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Jimmy

Winning a local competition that came with a relatively small investment was enough to really get Jimmy's second company off the ground.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Winning a local competition that came with a relatively small investment was enough to really get Jimmy's second company off the ground.

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Katie

Katie talks about the benefit of having many perspectives expanding on an idea.

Katie

Project Manager, Rural Community Development, Nonprofit

Katie talks about the benefit of having many perspectives expanding on an idea.

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Alex

Alex talks about the struggles of doing things without any prior experience or learning.

Alex

Student, Babson College

Alex talks about the struggles of having to do things without having any prior experience or learning in those areas.

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Janis

Janis compares entrepreneurial ecosystems from the west and east coasts.

Janis

Founder and Managing Partner, Paladin Partners

Janis compares entrepreneurial ecosystems from the west and east coasts.

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Laura

Laura talks about getting hung up on setbacks.

Laura

Laura talks about getting hung up on setbacks.

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Jessica

Jessica talks about transparency and clarity within the organization.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica talks about transparency and clarity within the organization.

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Jessica

Jessica describes entrepreneurship as a mindset - knowing how rather than what.

Jessica

VP of Strategy, Planning, & Special Projects, Non-profit

Jessica describes entrepreneurship as a mindset - knowing how rather than what.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about characteristics of being a strong entrepreneur.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about characteristics of being a strong entrepreneur.

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Danielle

Danielle talks about making big decisions early on by building a case on data.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about making big decisions early on by building a case on data.

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Jimmy

Even though the Midwest doesn't have as strong an entrepreneurial climate as other areas, he doesn't see it as a hindrance in the internet age.

Jimmy

Chief Architect, Rockdex

Even though the Midwest doesn't have as strong an entrepreneurial climate as other areas, he doesn't see it as a hindrance in the internet age.

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Eileen

Eileen discusses the differences between being an early team member and an actual founder.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen discusses the differences between being an early team member and an actual founder.

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Janis

Janis talks about entrepreneurship for different ethnic groups.

Janis

Founder and Managing Partner, Paladin Partners

Janis talks about entrepreneurship for different ethnic groups.

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Scott

Scott talks about various publications he reads to help position himself to current trends.

Scott

VP, Prevention & Wellness, Health Insurance Company

Scott talks about various publications he reads to help position himself to current trends.

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Nathaniel

Nathaniel talks about the importance of "people power."

I love developing and implementing strategies that leverage social capital – community, collaboration, and partnership – in other words: people power... Organizations can be powerful structures for coordinating collective action, but in a networked age, they need to radically adjust their practices. Intrapreneurs understand this and develop a strategy for innovating within organizational contexts.

Nathaniel

Ind. Consultant/Strategist, Self-organizing

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Danielle

Danielle talks about the need for positivity in entrepreneurship.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle talks about the need for positivity in entrepreneurship.

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Lance

Lance talks about the hidden funding landscape in his area.

Lance

Startup Catalyst, Atlanta Tech Development Center (ATDC)

Lance talks about the hidden funding landscape in his area, and that you have to know the code words to get in.

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Mary

Mary discusses getting support from senior leadership.

Mary

Senior Manager of CTO, Innovation Network, Corporation

Mary discusses getting support from senior leadership.

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Rajiv

Rajiv talks about not having a real plan and letting the idea pull you along.

Rajiv

Rajiv talks about not having a real plan and letting the idea pull you along.

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Rich

Rich had to change his initial business model because of legal and regulation hurdles.

Rich

Co-founder, BigStove

Rich had to change his initial business model because of legal and regulation hurdles.

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Joe

Joe talks about how to best frame your vision to others.

I think I do a lot of "defensive" innovation. But these are NOT the frameworks that engage other people to join and support organizational change. People are much more interested in participating in innovation when it framed in a visionary way… People don't tend to be romantic about excellent organizational flows - not matter how helpful they are. So I'm inspired to think about how to balance vision and process in order to have greater opt-in to projects I'd like to put in motion.

Joe

Co-op organizer/Tech. assistant, Worker Co-op network

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Rajiv

Rajiv discusses how difficult it is to hire.

Rajiv

Managing Partner, Shape Up the Nation

Rajiv discusses how difficult it is to hire and how you can become jaded after a few bad hires.

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Kevin

Kevin reflects on how his organization's not-for-profit status wasn't serving them well.

Kevin

Co-founder, Global L.E.A.D.

Kevin reflects on how his organization's not-for-profit status wasn't serving them well.

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Pete

Pete had a working style that clashed with the culture of his family business.

Pete

Founder, Peak Performance Coaching

Pete had a working style that clashed with the culture of his family business.

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Alex

Alex found that having social "capital" is vital to his business.

Alex

Student, Babson College

Alex found that having social "capital" is vital to his business.

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Tom

Tom talks about having start something he doesn't intend to finish.

Tom

Founder, Good Measure Meals

Tom talks about having start something he doesn't intend to finish.

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Jessica

Jess describes how people react to her role within the organization.

Jessica

Digital Storyteller, Nonprofit

Jess describes how people react to her role within the organization.

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Brian

Brian talks about different types of investors.

Brian

Co-Founder, Gazehawk

Brian talks about different types of investors.

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Danielle

Danielle discusses being prepared for pushback on ideas.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle discusses being prepared for pushback on ideas.

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Danielle

Danielle discusses the importance of building a team.

Danielle

University President, Nonprofit

Danielle discusses the importance of building a team.

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Eileen

Eileen on the importance of prior experience and opportunities to “practice” entrepreneurship.

Eileen

Founder, President & CEO, Blurb

Eileen on the importance of prior experience and opportunities to “practice” entrepreneurship.

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