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Naturally Caffeinated: The Community Edition

Lessons in Entrepreneurship, by Entrepreneurs

In the Ebook "Naturally Caffeinated" (http://bit.ly/ncthebook), the author describes how entrepreneurship can become an insatiable urge. It's like an addiction that drives you forward in positive ways to accomplish amazing things. But, there are negatives, too: mistakes and disappointments to try to avoid.

This "Community Edition" is about collecting the real life stories of experienced entrepreneurs, to help reach the positives and avoid the negatives. We welcome your personal stories, lessons learned, and hard-earned wisdom to help others cope with a devotion perhaps best described as "Addicted to Entrepreneurship."

To add a story, simply join this project, and then add your story to an existing thread or start your own.

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Mike McGee added an entry in Painkillers vs. Vitamins

  Troy Henikoff, the managing director of TechStars Chicago once asked our Starter League students if their startups were "painkillers or vitamins?" Vit...

5 years ago
Brett Hurt added an entry in Closing the Sale.
5 years ago
Brett Hurt added an entry in Closing the Sale.

  “Your first clients: Start with “who” then “how” to win over the “Cool Kids” A question I often get asked by entrepreneurs is, "how do ...

5 years ago
Chelsea McCullough added an entry in Women & Entrepreneurship

  What is within you waiting to emerge? What is that idea, that dream, that book, that company? Be in it. Just for a moment. See yourself living the s...

5 years ago
Kim Gorsuch added an entry in Professionally Persistent.

  Founding a company is unlike any other role I've ever had, even though I've started plenty of things from scratch for other people. In those other j...

5 years ago
Pia Deshpande added an entry in Youth Are the Future

  As someone who has had the privilege of being recognized with that fancy title you hear thrown around (" young entrepreneur"), I’d like to share som...

5 years ago
Kip McClanahan added an entry in The Kitchen Sink

  An Example Investor Pitch Deck and Discussion A successful pitch deck organizes the concepts and details about your business so that you can clearly a...

5 years ago
Hank Stringer added an entry in Youth Are the Future

  Many things have changed with regard to the systems and processes used to identify, evaluate, and hire college graduates and other young people in a t...

5 years ago
Hank Stringer added an entry in Up with People.

  First-time founders should go into their start-up understanding and accepting that, more than likely, they are not a CEO. It doesn’t mean that they ...

5 years ago
Hank Stringer added an entry in Pivotal Moments.

  In 1989, I was a contract recruiter at Tandem Computers here in Austin. My job was to recruit UNIX kernel hackers. I had a lot to learn, because our p...

5 years ago
Anjali sundaram added an entry in Youth Are the Future

  Creativity. One word with a hundred different meanings. It's creativity that enables entrepreneurs to succeed. We as the youth live in a time where be...

5 years ago
Roger L. Cauvin added an entry in The Product: from Minimum Viable to Whole

  The lean startup movement popularized the term "minimum viable product". The purpose of a minimum viable product (MVP) is to focus our efforts on just...

5 years ago
Ian Charnas added an entry in Youth Are the Future

  I recall in the middle of my undergraduate studies a particular moment when I realized that everything in the world is someone's job. Yes of course co...

5 years ago
Jason Zhao added an entry in Youth Are the Future

  Our world is rapidly evolving. All around us - and now, more than ever - enterprising young people are thinking about starting their own business vent...

5 years ago
Eric Gould Bear added an entry in Growing Leaders

  Some of the companies at Capital Factory will make it big. Most won't. That's ok. More important than every venture going big is supporting the gro...

5 years ago
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Gary Hoover, Gordon Daugherty, Steve Guengerich and 3 others
Lead. Follow. And, get out of the way.
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Up with People.
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Everything Communicates.
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Lonely at the Top.
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Roger L. Cauvin, Steve Guengerich, Calley Nye and 4 others
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Social Ventures: Doing Well & Doing Good.
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Kevin Koym, Steve Guengerich, Joe Milam and 3 others
The Equity Equation
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Bob Gates, Bryan Menell
The Importance of Networking
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Youth Are the Future
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Hank Stringer, Steve Guengerich, Alessandra Rey and 11 others
Paths of Entrepreneurship
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Jeanette Hill, Bijoy Goswami, Greg Merrill
Professionally Persistent.
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Kim Gorsuch, Hugh Forrest, Gary Hoover and 2 others
The Kitchen Sink
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Fixer-Upper
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Growing Leaders
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Painkillers vs. Vitamins
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