To charge or not to charge? The psychology of free vs. paid events

I don’t believe in free events. In my experience, not charging for long-form events like hackathons can lead to disaster. Here’s why:

Things I would pay for if they existed

I want these things badly

28 things I’ve learned since turning 28

Things I learned as a 28-year-old.

What Startup Weekend organizers want (and don’t want) from sponsors

I helped Coca-Cola run a session at UP Summit to find new ways they can help local startup community event organizers. Here are the results.

How to quickly find out what problems entrepreneurs in your community are facing

Justin Wilcox and I gave UP Summit attendees a technique to quickly discover the biggest problems entrepreneurs in their communities are facing. Here’s the technique, and also the results of the experiment we ran during the session to find out what their biggest problems were as community builders.

46 things you don’t need

A list of useless things that provide no utility nor enjoyment. Please stop buying these things so that they stop manufacturing them.

She woke up

She asked her heart to forgive her for not listening to it all these years. Her heart forgave her. They promised to make decisions together from now on.

Promises to my child

Dear _______, In about 45 days, you’ll be born and I’ll be a father for the first time. Your mom seems to be super prepared but I’m not sure what to do. Our basement is full of the things we’ll need to take care of you. We had the cloth vs. disposal diapers discussion. We […]

No regrets

It’s time to cultivate the moxie to actually live a life of no regrets.

Probably my biggest mistake

I had the perfect job. Then I quit to go do something I thought would make me a lot of money. And that sucks big time.