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.
Troy Henikoff, the managing director of TechStars Chicago once asked our Starter League students if their startups were "painkillers or vitamins?" Vit...6 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 ...6 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...6 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...6 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...6 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...6 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...6 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 ...6 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...6 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...6 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...6 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...6 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...6 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...6 years ago